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QPR 1 - 2 Everton: Player Ratings

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Blues steal a win at Loftus Road.

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It may not have been the prettiest win, but it was an important one for Everton. Now nine points clear of the drop zone, talk of a relegation battle should die down. Here's how the players rated:

Tim Howard - 5 - Got lucky that an early mistake didn't cost a goal. Blame for the QPR equalizer can't be placed squarely on Howard, but it wasn't his best day.

Leighton Baines - 7 - His corner kicks haven't been up to par lately, but the rest of his match was more than substantial today.

Phil Jagielka - 8 - A strong defensive performance from the captain kept the Queens Park Rangers offense frustrated all day.

John Stones - 7 - Stones also looked solid in his return to the Everton backline.

Seamus Coleman - 9 - His goal was a thing of beauty. It was good to see him back on the score sheet in an otherwise off-year for the defender.

James McCarthy - 7 - Spent a lot of time drifting back into defense, and it paid off for the Toffees in the end.

Darron Gibson - 7 - As usual, Gibson's passing was excellent.

Arouna Kone - 7 - Was involved in both goals, and suffered an unfortunate injury just before the second.

Leon Osman - 8 - Threatened throughout his day and got the assist on the opener.

Aaron Lennon - 9 - Got the winner and his first in an Everton shirt, and made numerous defensive plays tracking back into defense.

Romelu Lukaku - 7 - Had to be replaced after suffering a hamstring injury. Before that setback, his strength caused the QPR defense some headaches, though he didn't have many chances at goal.

Ross Barkley - 6 - Barkley came on for Lukaku after the striker's injury, but couldn't equal his performance in Ukraine on Thursday.

Steven Naismith - 6 - Only played about ten minutes, and most of those minutes were spent in Everton's end as QPR chased the equalizer.