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How the players rated: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 QPR

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JOSH Magennis’s fourth goal of the season was not enough to prevent Wanderers slipping to defeat against QPR.
    
Phil Parkinson’s side left themselves too much to do after going 2-0 down through goals from Luke Freeman and Eberechi Eze.
But who deserved our man of the match vote, and how did the players rate out of 10? Chief football writer Marc Iles gives his views. 

WANDERERS (4-5-1) 

BEN ALNWICK… 6 Didn’t have many saves of note to make but collected a few awkward crosses and was let down by some dithering defending in front of him for the goals.

PAWEL OLKOWSKI… 8 Another Rolls Royce performance from the Polish full-back, who is rapidly becoming a crowd favourite. Unflappable on the ball, his only blip was in the build-up to the first goal. MOM 

DAVID WHEATER… 7 Played a captain’s role on a tough day. Read the game well and made some important challenges – albeit he was one of a group of defenders by-passed for the first goal. 

MARK BEEVERS… 6.5 Solid enough from the big centre-back, who won more aerial challenges than anyone else in a Wanderers shirt on the day.

JONATHAN GROUNDS… 5 Yet to win over those doubters and found himself in the middle of both QPR goals. His pedigree suggests better – so surely due a change in fortune? 

CRAIG NOONE… 6 A couple of busy runs but after being one of Wanderers’ best performers of recent weeks, this was a bit of an off-day for the winger.

JOE WILLIAMS… 6 Just didn’t have the same impact he had at Preston. An early yellow card may have checked his natural game a little. 

JASON LOWE… 6 Compact in possession, as ever, but with little to aim at ahead of him it was very lateral stuff. 

GARY O’NEIL… 6.5 Same energy levels, closed down space, but like Lowe you would have liked to see him do more in the QPR half. 

SAMMY AMEOBI… 6 One mazy run and cross-field ball showed why he is so important to Wanderers but an unfortunate ankle injury means he could be out for weeks.

CHRISTIAN DOIDGE… 6 No dream debut for the former Forest Green man. Worked hard but not much came off for him but for winning the free kick that led to Magennis’s goal. 

Subs: Wildschut 5, 35 (for Ameobi) – Got behind QPR once but didn’t look on form.
Magennis 7, 60 (for Lowe) – Bludgeoned a free-kick into the QPR net.
Oztumer 82 (for Grounds) – Lively when he came on and could have scored.

Not used: Vela, Hobbs, Wilson, Matthews. 

QPR (4-4-2): Lumley; Rangel, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell; Eze, Couzens, Luongo, Freeman; Wells, Hemed.
Subs: Cameron 73 (for Hemed), Scowen 83 (for Freeman), Smith 87 (for Wells)
Not used: Ingram, Baptiste, Osay-Samuel, Wszolek.

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