STATS: Taarabt hitting the target for QPR vs Mariappa’s interceptions for Reading

QPR v Reading, Sunday 13:30

QPR looked like holding Arsenal to a draw in their last league fixture before Mikel Arteta scored a controversial late winner

Previously Jamie Mackie and Esteban Grenaro had both missed good opportunities to get on the score sheet

Only Sunderland have scored fewer goals than QPR this season, but it’s not for lack of effort on QPR’s part. Adel Taarabt and David Hoillett have each had 15 efforts on goal with 10 of those on target, while Granero has had 13 efforts at goal with 5 on target and Booby Zamora has had 11 shots with 8 on target

Reading played their part in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Fulham in their last league outing

Mikele Leigertwood put Reading ahead, before the Royals fell to 2-1 before a thrilling final five minutes saw three goals scored including two from Reading via Gareth McCleary and Hal Robson-Kanu left the fans breathless and with a point per team

Leigertwood and McCleary were each scoring their first Premier League goals for Reading, with Leigertwood having previously had six shots at goal with two on target and McCleary six shots at goal with five on target. Robson-Kanu’s was his second from an efficient five efforts at goal with three on target

Adrian Mariappa made 21 interceptions in that game to contribute to a see saw encounter, the fourth highest by an individual player in a single Premier League game this season. Kaspars Gorkss, meanwhile, put in a performance that ranks 9th for interceptions in a game with 19 interceptions

Nicky Shorey continues to enjoy a renaissance at Reading having delivered 20 crosses this season, the second highest by a defender in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index after Everton’s Leighton Baines. 8 of those crosses were delivered in the game against Fulham, enough to put Shorey’s performance in the top ten this season for crosses delivered in a single game

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