Player Ratings: Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Stoke City

Sports Mole takes a look at the individual performances during Saturday's 2-2 draw between QPR and Stoke in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers fought back twice on Saturday to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke City in the Premier League.

Mame Biram Diouf headed the visitors in front on 10 minutes before a Charlie Adam own goal levelled the match at half time.

Peter Crouch struck to give Stoke the lead once more at the start of the second half, but a stunning free kick from Niko Kranjcar two minutes from time earned QPR a share of the spoils.

Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the individual performances during an entertaining 90 minutes at Loftus Road.


Niko Kranjcar of QPR celebrates scoring with a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City at Loftus Road on September 20, 2014 © Getty Images

QPR

Goal

Rob Green: The former England international had few things to do as Stoke rarely ventured forward. Little he could have done about the away side's two goals. (7/10)

Defence

Armand Traore Provided his team with a good attacking outlet down the left, though he was caught napping one or two times back in defence. (7/10)

Rio Ferdinand: The summer signing often looked a touch off the pace as he struggled to assert his usual authority on the match. (6/10)

Steven Caulker: The centre-back is still yet to gel with Ferdinand, as this underwhelming display demonstrated. However, he made a positive contribution in the first half by helping his side gain the lead. (7/10)

Mauricio Isla: The Chilean appeared lost for large periods of the game, gifting Stoke the ball in dangerous areas and failing to get involved at the other end of the pitch. (5/10)

Midfield

Niko Krajcar: The Croatian was QPR's most effective player on the day, showing plenty of attacking intent and offering his teammates some inspiration from central areas. Capped a good performance by curling in a superb free kick with two minutes left. (8/10)

Joey Barton: The R's skipper found it difficult to influence what was a scrappy match from midfield before going off with a hamstring problem on 34 minutes. (5/10)

Leroy Fer: Fer often got stuck in as the game turned physical, but he did not do enough between the boxes to have a positive impact. (6/10)

Jordon Mutch: Lasting 50 minutes before coming off with an injury, Mutch was unable to cause Stoke any problems with his usual blend of pace and trickery. (6/10)

Attack

Eduardo Vargas: Making his home debut for QPR, Vargas was unimpressive in attack as the Stoke defence proved tough to break down. (6/10)

Charlie Austin: The man who is expected to lead the team's line this season did an admirable job on Saturday, getting forward and showing no fear in having a go at goal. (7/10)

Substitutes

Matt Philipps: The youngster put in a strong performance when he came off the bench on 34 minutes. Some excellent crossing from the right had the Stoke defence worried on more than one occasion. (7/10)

Karl Henry: The midfielder entered the action at the start of the second half and helped QPR dominate centrally for the remainder of the game. (6/10)

Bobby Zamora: Zamora's influence during the final 20 minutes was modest, though his presence gave Stoke food for thought. (6/10)


Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates his goal with Phil Bardsley of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City at Loftus Road on September 20, 2014© Getty Images

STOKE

Goal

Asmir Begovic: Similar to his opposite number, Begovic did not have the busiest of afternoons between the sticks, though he was forced into a couple of saves late on as QPR pushed for an equaliser. (7/10)

Defence

Marc Wilson: Played his part in a Stoke defence that was robust for most of the afternoon, soaking up lots of QPR pressure for long periods. (6/10)

Ryan Shawcross: Another fine day at the office for the Stoke captain, who kicked, headed and blocked everything that came at him. Could have been sent off for his reckless foul on Kranjcar late on. (7/10)

Phil Bardsley: Did not stand out for the visitors, but his experience at the back was important during the bombardment from QPR towards the end of the match. (6/10)

Erik Pieters: Showed plenty of composure in defence for the Potters and provided good support for the rest of his teammates. (7/10)

Midfield

Glenn Whelan: The Irishman was extremely ineffective in midfield, with most of Stoke's counter-attacking play bypassing him. (5/10)

Charlie Adam: Adam was unable to impose himself on the action in his usual way, though he was more than happy to get involved in the physical stuff when necessary. (6/10)

Steven N'Zonzi: Like Adam, N'Zonzi had few qualms about getting involved in the congested midfield during a sometimes-feisty encounter. (7/10)

Victor Moses: The Nigerian international was a persistent attacking threat for Stoke as his pace proved to be a key factor in the game. He also played an important part in his team's second goal, dispossessing Isla before setting up Crouch. (8/10)

Attack

Peter Crouch: Stoke's lanky forward surprised by getting involved in the team's counter-attacks, while also holding up the ball expertly. Took his goal well at the start of the second half by smashing the ball past Green. (8/10)

Mame Biram Diouf: Did what all good strikers do by popping up in the box to give Stoke the lead and remained consistent throughout by linking well with Crouch and Moses. (8/10)

Substitutes

Steve Sidwell: The midfielder's sole contribution was to give away the free kick that allowed QPR to equalise two minutes from time. (5/10)

Marko Arnautovic: Did little when he came off the bench with just over 10 minutes left to play. (6/10)


Armand Traore of QPR is tackled by Phil Bardsley of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City at Loftus Road on September 20, 2014
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