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Find out Marc's player ratings after Steve Clarke's men suffered their latest blow, a last-ditch home defeat to mid-table QPR.

Ali Al-Habsi - 5

The club's official player of the month (note: not TTE's) initially looked commanding when claiming loose balls in the area but his shot-stopping capabilities remain sullenly inconsistent. Nedum Onuoha's header was pretty much directly at the Oman international but as it was diverted into the back of the net by his insufficient attempt at making a save, the Mad Stad crowd was sadly reminded of why he's previously earned the nickname 'Al-Flapsi'.

Chris Gunter - 6

Made good strides going forward but was bedazzled in defence by Hoilett's dribbling once or twice, remaining fortunately unpunished. A good, workmanlike performance that Gunter tends to deliver week in week out.

Michael Hector - 5

Made himself known in attack while being slightly unlucky not to trouble Rob Green, but his dip in form was evident in both defence and possession. QPR drew him out of the compact back-line too easily and he also wandered too naively with the ball, making several questionable clearances and passes.

Anton Ferdinand - 6

To his credit you rarely notice Ferdinand, in contrast to Hector, as he does so little wrong. Whether that also tells a tale of low influence could be argued, but the veteran is a safe bet at centre-back.

Andrew Taylor - 6

Perfectly committed, Taylor set out to get the basics right and can hardly be accused of giving his marker an inch given QPR's inability to create from the flanks. Helped by a midfield partner who tracked back, too.

Garath McCleary - 6

Always plays well against QPR but the home crowd had to settle for glimpses tonight. The Jamaican showed good feet on his return from injury but was ultimately unable to breach into the box or deliver a dangerous final ball.

Danny Williams - 5

Got on the ball a lot but rarely was this not over-ran or mis-controlled. The American shows plenty of bluster but his contribution is drawn into doubt when attacking moves fall down as soon as he receives the ball.

Oliver Norwood - 7

It's hard to think what more Norwood needed to do to fulfil his role tonight, he faded late on but through much improved set-piece deliveries and expert pressing, he showed why he was voted player of the month for November by TTE readers.

Alex Fernandez - 6

Maybe a tad hesitant when faced with 50-50s and more physical aspects of the game. That said, he was shoved out to an unfamiliar left-wing position that he made the most of by showing for the ball and linking up well.

Nick Blackman - 6

Almost won the game with a stunning free-kick and it's clear Blackman is trying a good deal to re-create the form he found earlier in the season, it's just not coming off for him at the moment.

Matej Vydra - 6

The Czech striker just didn't get hold of the ball in space or in the penalty area, but did show good touches and pressed the opposition well. There's potential there, clearly, he's either not playing to it or not being utilised fully.

Substitutes

Hal Robson-Kanu - 6

It's nice to see an enthusiastic HRK return from a two month layoff but his one chance was dragged wide just before QPR won the game.

Orlando Sa & Ola John - N/A

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