Player ratings and match stats from QPR 2 Rotherham United 1

Millers writer Paul Davis delivers his verdict on Championship events at Loftus Road.

Millers (3-5-2)

Viktor Johansson: 7

Could have done better with both QPR goals but had shown his usual excellence up until then. Rare errors from arguably the Championship's best goalkeeper.


Hakeem Odoffin: 7

Solid again on the right of a three-man backline. Not spectacular but did his job.

Sean Morrison: 8

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Strong at the heart of the defence and that long throw of his is a big weapon for a struggling side who rely on set-pieces for much of their threat.


Cameron Humphreys: 7

Added some class and composure to the defence until, worryingly, having to go off. Has quickly got up to speed after his long lay-off.

Femi Seriki: 5

His first Millers start and one the young loanee won't fondly remember. A good athlete but his play needs developing. The wing-back offered little in attack and was given a hard time in defence by QPR dangerman Ilias Chair.

Andy Rinomhota: 7

Played well. Ran with the ball, dug in when he didn't have it and kept Rotherham on the move with his passing.

Christ Tiehi: 6

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Put in a shift. Kept possession and plugged a lot of gaps. He doesn't panic on the ball in tight areas.

Sam Clucas: 6

Worked hard and showed one or two moments of quality.

Peter Kioso: 7

He's done well since his return from his loan at Peterborough United. Was up and down the pitch at Loftus Road. Good attitude, good display.

Tom Eaves: 6

Produced a lovely finish to put the Millers ahead early on. A reasonable contribution after that was marred by a fluffed header when he had an inviting opening.

Sam Nombe: 5

Ran hard but not for long enough. Showed up well early on and faded after the break. His touch has yet to reach Championship standard.

The subs

Cafu (for Seriki 56): 5

Easy on the eye without ever hurting QPR.

Jordan Hugill (for Nombe 78): NA

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QPR were in control by the time he came on and he had little impact.

Charlie Wyke (for Eaves 78): NA

Ditto Hugill

Jamie Lindsay (for Rinomhota 84): NA

Typical doggedness from the Scot in the few minutes he was on the pitch.

Arvin Appiah (for Humphreys 84): NA

Another game, another brief cameo that offered no real danger. It's become the story of the loanee's season.

Not used: Dillon Phillips, Lee Peltier, Shane Ferguson.

QPR (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic 6; Jimmy Dunne 6, Steve Cook 6, Jake Clarke-Salter 6, Kenneth Paal 6 (Ziyad Larkeche 84); Isaac Hayden 6 (Sam Field H-T), Jack Colbeck 6; Chris Willock 7, Joe Hodge 6 (Paul Smyth H-T, 7), Ilias Chair 9 (Lucas Anderson 90+2); Michael Frey 6 (Lyndon Dykes 84). Subs not used: Jordan Archer, Morgan Fox, Reggie Cannon, Sinclair Armstrong.

Goals: Eaves 7 (Rotherham); Smyth 60, Willock 75 (QPR).

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Greater Manchester).

Attendance: 16,351 (609).

Opposition view

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“We knew it would be a difficult game. It is a relegation battle. The performance today was mixed.

“It was perhaps the worst scenario we could face, going behind after a few minutes. We had talked a lot about starting on the front foot and applying pressure.

“Rotherham have been changing their approach in the last few weeks. They are in an all-or-nothing situation so are risking more.

“At half-time we made some adjustments and the second half was much better.

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“We didn't start well, but credit to the guys: we deserved the win in the second half.

“The season is a marathon, I know everyone suffers when you are down there. Today, we need to enjoy it, but we need to be humble and keep working.”

- QPR head coach Marti Cifuentes

The stats

Possession: QPR 65 per cent, Millers 35

Goal attempts: QPR 18, Millers 14

On target: QPR 9, Millers 4

Corners: QPR 9, Millers 0

Fouls: QPR 9, Millers 17

Final word

Credit to 609 away fans. That's an excellent turnout when the Millers are in a position of no hope.