Rotherham United: Player ratings from the QPR clash
The Star's Millers man, Paul Davis, gives his verdict on the performances at Loftus Road.
LEWIS PRICE 5
Excellent second-half save to tip away a Yeni Ngbakoto lob but might have done better with the first goal.
WILL VAULKS 5
Some rash decision-making at times. Needs to keep a calmer head as rushing in can leave him exposed.
SEMI AJAYI 4
The mistake that gave QPR their second goal was an avoidable howler. Obvious potential, still learning, needs to reduce the errors.
AIMEN BELAID 4
Gave away the penalty and was unconvincing throughout the match.
BEN PURRINGTON 4
The boy can defend but needs to be more confident on the ball. Only 20 and still adjusting. His time will come.
JON TAYLOR 4
Rotherham couldn’t get the winger into the game. One moment of danger, but failed to look up and the chance to tee up Lee Frecklington was gone.
TOM ADEYEMI 4
Arguably the Millers’ Player of the Year, but little was seen of him at Loftus Road.
LEE FRECKLINGTON 5
Always competing, but little came off for Rotherham’s captain.
JOE NEWELL 6
Stunning goal. Rotherham’s best player in the first half but faded with the rest of the team after the break.
DANNY WARD 5
Set up Newell’s goal with a deft header and created a chance for Carlton Morris. A long time without a goal now.
JERRY YATES 5
A willing runner but never really asked questions of the QPR defence.
ANTHONY FORDE 4
A 65th-minute replacement for Taylor, he didn’t change much.
CARLTON MORRIS 6
On for the last 20 minutes in place of Yates. Scuffed a shot wide but otherwise looked sharp and decent on his debut.
Played the last five minutes as Ward came off after a couple of knocks.
Subs not used: Bilboe, Warren, Bray, Blackstock.
QPR (5-3-2): Smithies 6; Furlong 7, Onuoha 7, Hall 7, Lynch 7, Bidwell 7; Freeman 6 (Morrison 63, 6), Luongo 6 (Goss 75), Ngbakoto 7; Smith 7 (Washington 63, 6), Sylla 7. Subs not used: Ingram, Mackie, Wszolek, Manning.
Goals: Smith 5, Freeman 15, Ngbakoto pen 49, Luongo 57, Onuoha 90+1 (QPR); Newell 13 (Rotherham).
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) 7.
Attendance: 13,838 (262).