Neil Etheridge

Struggled under pressure as QPR took control and kept a tight grip on their visitors. Etheridge was under pressure with crosses delivered into the penalty area and sheer attacking momentum. He didn’t react well, but equally the defensive in front of him was woeful at times 4

Jazz Richards

Jazz has been impressive over the last few games, but slipped well below his best at QPR. What happened? Certainly players around him were struggling and the whole team seemed to be dragged down. Played at left-back, but never got to grips with Rangers’ right-sided players 4

Curtis Nelson

The defender’s inconsistency is infuriating. Clearly, he has talent and has looked quality at times, but needs to show he can thrive at Championship level – and quickly. Struggled in all aspects defensively 4

Aden Flint

The big centre-back handed Rangers their third goal courtesy of a shockingly wayward pass and lacked composure when QPR pressed. Hit the bar with a header when QPR led 1-0, but then City faded 4

Sol Bamba

The return of Bamba against Sheffield Wednesday after injury was hailed with delight. What happened to the joy of his return to fitness? Maybe the change of system simply didn’t suit Bamba, Flint and Nelson. They didn’t appear to know what they were supposed to be doing. None of the three settled against Rangers, they made crucial errors and Bamba was taken off at half-time with Lee Peltier taking over 4

Leandro Bacuna

Lesson learned, hopefully. Bacuna is not a right-back. Or a right wing-back. He has been tried there before, when Neil Warnock was in charge, and that experiment failed. It’s happened again and, personally, I never want to see him in the defensive unit again. Far, far more comfortable in his usual midfield role. Replaced by Ward at half-time 4

Will Vaulks – Man of the Match

Man of the match, although there was scarcely any competition. Produced the one big moment for City when he scored a late consolation. Prominent during the opening 45 minutes in particular, a cracking shot for the goal and worked to impress 5

Marlon Pack (capt)

Pack is a proven leader and, at his best, can drive the team forward from his position at the heart of midfield. Impressed with his get up and go at Sheffield Wednesday, but completely lost his way at Loftus Road. Seemed to lack energy and conceded possession too often 4

Lee Tomlin

The lone genuine creative spark for the Bluebirds – and there is no doubt he will play a part in manager Neil Harris’ future plans. Little he could do with players around him operating below par 5

Junior Hoilett

Laboured through a difficult match. Could not find his passing accuracy and simply unable to create 4

Robert Glatzel

It’s tough enough adapting to life in the Championship without playing in a team struggling for confidence and, at least in this match, lacking character. Played the full 90 minutes, but service to the German forward was poor 4

Subs not used:

Alex Smithies (gk)

Not used

Lee Peltier

For Bamba 46

Danny Ward

For Bacuna 46

Gavin Whyte

For Glatzel 69

Sean Morrison

Not used

Callum Paterson

Not used

Gary Madine

Not used

Queens Park Rangers: Lumley, Wallace, Hall, Leistner, Cameron, Amos, Chair (Pugh 66’), Ball, Osayi-Samuel (Smith 76’), Eze, Wells (Hugill 67’). Subs not used: Kelly, Kane, Manning, Mlakar.

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 12,355