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Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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How did we think the lads got on down at Loftus Road?

Paul Gilham

Vito Mannone - 6

Couldn't blame him for the goal and everything he did have to do was fairly routine.

Santiago Vergini - 6

Defended the far post well and managed his now customary brief threat to the opposition's goal, but it was far from a stand-out performance from the Argentinian.

John O'Shea - 6

Steady enough. No dramas, no heroics.

Wes Brown - 7

Another fine performance from the former Manchester United man, despite picking up an early head wound.

Patrick van Aanholt - 7

Best game in a largely impressive start to the season. Man of the match.

Lee Cattermole - 6

Good for the most part but his little wobble in the first half coincided directly with the side's wobble as a whole, which perhaps demonstrates just how important he is in setting the tone for his team mates.

Seb Larsson - 6

Just the standard Seb experience really. Steady and industrious without dominating.

Jack Rodwell - 6

He isn't excelling yet, but you can see that he has the tools at his disposal to be a top player for us once he finds a little rhythm and fitness.

Adam Johnson - 6

Pretty nice to watch during the first half in truth as he drifted in from the right and influenced the game centrally. Did that Adam Johnson-y thing though and disappeared soon after.

Connor Wickham - 5

I think he could well make the left forward position work for himself in time, but he needs to get his head up an awful lot more if he's going to. Very wasteful on the ball.

Steven Fletcher - 5

He was far from great but he wasn't THAT bad. Not as bad, certainly, as some would have you believe. He needs better support.

Emanuele Giaccherini - 6

Bit of a livewire and looked the most likely to create something late on. He provided the link between midfield and attack that was missing for the most part.

Will Buckley - 5

Failed to make an impact, though you have to say he was desperately unfortunate to be dropped in the first place.

Jozy Altidore - 6

Made a nuisance of himself.

Man Of The Match - Patrick van Aanholt

He's had a tough time of it defensively since joining in the summer but he was excellent in that regard at Loftus Road, without ever really compromising his swashbuckling intent down the flank. The Dutchman is just starting to look like one hell of a bargain.