81% pass-accuracy; 11 clearances: Rio Ferdinand vital in QPR's 2-0 win

Queens Park Rangers defeated Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday evening, and Rio Ferdinand impressed for the visitors.

It is fair to say Rio Ferdinand has not always shown his best form since moving to Queens Park Rangers last summer.

At 36, the former Manchester United defender is well past his best and he has barely featured since the opening weeks of the season.

But against Sunderland on Tuesday evening, Ferdinand rolled back the years to help inspire his side to a 2-0 victory.

The much-needed result was Chris Ramsey’s first win since taking temporary charge following Harry Redknapp’s resignation, and it meant QPR climbed out of the bottom three.

Goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora sealed the win, but at the opposite end of the pitch, Ferdinand marshalled his defence impressively and racked up some fine individual statistics.

  Passing AccuracyOutfield BlocksTackles WonDuels WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesDispossessedMins Played
Rio Ferdinand 81% 3 2 2 1 7 4 0 90

As you can see above, the QPR defender had a passing accuracy of 81 per cent, which is indicative of his playing style and his composure on the ball.

But he also put his body in the way time and again, making three outfield blocks, winning two tackles, two duels and one interception. He also made 11 effective clearances in total while he was not dispossessed all night.

In short, Ferdinand played a big role in QPR's win and Ramsey will be hoping he keeps this up in the weeks ahead, as will whoever ultimately takes the permanent manager's position at Loftus Road.

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