Taarabt was not only finishing his chances better and getting on the score sheet, he was also producing a lot more chances in general. Against Fulham, playing in the hole behind the striker, the Moroccan worked tirelessly to hassle the struggling Fulham defence. He was also winning the ball off his opponents a lot more, which allowed QPR to counter much quicker with an attack that possesses both speed and strength in Taarabt, Mackie, Wright-Phillips and Cisse. Although it is too early to tell if Taarabt’s best position is in the hole rather than left midfield after only one proper game, it is a position we are likely to see tested by Harry Redknapp as he looks to sustain good performances from his players.Although Taarabt stole the headlines with his sublime individual efforts, another QPR player that gave the team balance was Stephane Mbia. While Taarabt roamed further up the park to create chances for himself and his teammates, Stephane Mbia, together with Alejandro Faurlin, worked tirelessly as defensive cover for the back four. His performance, again compared with his last game against Wigan, was also one that warranted a win for the Hoops.
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