Title favourites QPR continued their fine start to the Championship season with a narrow victory which leaves Bolton awaiting their opening win.

Ex-England striker Andy Johnson tapped in Clint Hill's low cross to give QPR their third win in four games since relegation from the Premier League.

Bolton shaded a dire first half and hit the post through Mohamed Kamara's shot.

Wanderers battled for a late equaliser, with QPR keeper Rob Green parrying substitute Craig Davies's angled shot.

Rangers are the clear favourites to win the Championship and secure an instant return to the top flight after relinquishing their place in May.

And Harry Redknapp's side moved to the top of the table, ahead of Saturday's later kick-offs, with a lunchtime win at the Reebok Stadium.

Fortress Reebok falls

QPR's win ended Bolton's impressive 12-match unbeaten home league run and this was the first time Wanderers have failed to score at the Reebok Stadium in 2013

Johnson was the match-winner when he converted from inside the Bolton six-yard box on 54 minutes to finish a slick QPR passing move around the edge of the home penalty area.

But for long periods the west London side did not live up to their billing as Championship contenders as they toiled against a Bolton side which only missed out on the play-offs last season on goal difference.

Wanderers, who have now drawn two and lost two of their opening four league matches, enjoyed plenty of possession throughout but were left to rue a lack of cutting edge.

Before kick-off, Bolton unveiled a bronze statue of legendary striker Nat Lofthouse, who scored 255 goals in 452 appearances for the club between 1946 and 1960, and boss Dougie Freedman could only dream of having a forward of his ilk at his disposal.

Freedman signed his former Leeds team-mate Jermaine Beckford during the summer to provide goals and the ex-Leicester frontman, yet to score since his £1m move, wasted Bolton's clearest first-half opportunity when he dragged a low shot across the face of the QPR goal.

Team-mate Jay Spearing forced QPR goalkeeper Green into a smart push over his own crossbar with a fizzing free-kick before the England international acrobatically tipped Kamara's fierce shot on to his right-hand post.

Other than picking the ball out of his net for Johnson's winner, Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was rarely called into action as the home side pressed for a late leveller.

Their best chance fell to Davies, who found space but could not beat Green from a tight angle as QPR held on for victory.

QPR first-team coach Joe Jordan:

"I'm pleased with the result and I'm pleased with the performance as well. Bolton is not an easy place to come and it is important to measure yourself against a team which is not long out of the Premier League.

"History shows a lot of teams come out of the Premier League and don't grasp how difficult the Championship can be. But we have showed the correct application, got on with it and got some good results.

"We know how difficult it is to get out of this league and we have a group of players who have the qualities needed. We showed some quality today but I think we can get even better."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"I felt our performance, especially first half, merited at least a goal. We showed great approach play against a top team in QPR and have played very well.

"Second half it was two good teams playing against each other in a very even contest. But QPR cut us open with their only opportunity and scored. From then, they showed ruthlessness, experience and closed the game out.

"I'm proud of the lads' effort. Things aren't going our way at the moment but they gave me a lot to be happy about."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 12 Knight
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 23 Tierney Booked
  • 31 Wheater
  • 05 Ream (Hall - 72' )
  • 06 Spearing
  • 27 Lee
  • 44 Medo
  • 09 Ngog (Moritz - 67' )
  • 10 Beckford (C Davies - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 02 Mears
  • 04 Mills
  • 14 Moritz
  • 11 Hall
  • 28 C Davies
  • 38 Odelusi

QPR

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson Booked
  • 05 Dunne Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Onuoha Booked
  • 11 Wright-Phillips (Traore - 77' )
  • 17 Barton Booked
  • 20 Henry Booked
  • 36 O'Neil
  • 08 Johnson (Jenas - 84' )
  • 09 Austin Booked (Zamora - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Murphy
  • 03 Traore
  • 13 Suk-Young Yun
  • 16 Jenas
  • 32 Faurlin
  • 25 Zamora
  • 29 Hitchcock
Ref: Adcock
Att: 14,999

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

3 3

Corners

6 8

Fouls

18 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:35 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +5:25

Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:01

Craig Davies challenges Richard Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +4:09

Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:47

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Mohamed Medo results in a free kick.

90:00 +3:30

Clearance by David Wheater.

90:00 +2:55

Zat Knight sends in a cross.

90:00 +1:51

Jermaine Jenas takes a short corner.

90:00 +0:41

Andre Moritz manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:03

Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:02

Gary O'Neil delivers the ball.

89:48

Rob Green takes the free kick.

89:12

The official flags Robert Hall offside.

88:35

Clearance made by Nedum Onuoha.

88:29

Jay Spearing restarts play with the free kick.

88:23

Bobby Zamora challenges Jay Spearing unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:19

Clint Hill makes a clearance.

88:14

Clearance by Nedum Onuoha.

87:58

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

87:56

Free kick taken by Jay Spearing.

87:33

Nedum Onuoha receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

87:33 Booking

Booking

87:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nedum Onuoha on Craig Davies.

87:11

Clearance by Joey Barton.

87:05

Joey Barton decides to take the corner short.

86:40

Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

86:08

Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

86:04

David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.

85:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Marc Tierney.

85:06

Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

85:04

The ball is sent over by Andre Moritz.

84:57

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

84:51

Andre Moritz restarts play with the free kick.

84:29

Danny Simpson is shown a yellow card.

84:29 Booking

Booking

84:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Hall by Danny Simpson.

83:17

Free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha.

82:59 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Johnson goes off and Jermaine Jenas comes on.

82:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Nedum Onuoha.

82:00

A cross is delivered by Alex Baptiste.

81:54

Clearance made by Armand Traore.

81:51

Corner taken by Jay Spearing.

81:18

Clearance by Danny Simpson.

81:15

Craig Davies takes a shot. Rob Green parries the ball away.

80:46

Craig Davies makes a clearance.

79:40

Free kick taken by Zat Knight.

79:18

Robert Hall fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick.

78:44

Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

78:42

Corner taken by Andre Moritz from the right by-line.

78:22

Clearance by Clint Hill.

78:21

The ball is crossed by Mohamed Medo.

78:05

Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

77:48

Clearance by Armand Traore.

77:15

David Wheater makes a clearance.

77:00

Nedum Onuoha takes the free kick.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Armand Traore.

76:19

Foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Joey Barton, free kick awarded.

75:57

Free kick taken by Rob Green.

75:26

The offside flag is raised against Craig Davies.

75:05

The referee blows for offside.

74:39

Clearance by Joey Barton.

74:22

Clearance made by David Wheater.

73:22

Robert Hall produces a cross.

73:00

Clearance by David Wheater.

71:57

Robert Hall has an effort at goal. Blocked by Joey Barton.

71:41

Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Robert Hall comes on in place of Tim Ream.

70:56

Nedum Onuoha concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Ream.

70:50

Corner taken by Joey Barton.

70:35 Substitution

Substitution Bobby Zamora on for Charlie Austin.

69:15

Andre Moritz has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

68:51

Clearance by Gary O'Neil.

68:48

Clearance by Danny Simpson.

68:46

Marc Tierney crosses the ball.

67:45

The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney.

67:39

The ball is swung over by Mohamed Medo.

66:24

Free kick crossed by Joey Barton.

66:03 Substitution

Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Andre Moritz coming on for David Ngog.

65:22

Mohamed Medo concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips.

65:20

Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

64:45

Shot by Mohamed Medo missed to the left of the target.

64:14

Nedum Onuoha takes the free kick.

63:58

The offside flag is raised against Craig Davies.

63:40

Clearance by Nedum Onuoha.

63:36

Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

63:06

The referee blows for offside against Andrew Johnson.

62:39

Clearance made by David Wheater.

62:34

Rob Green takes the free kick.

62:16 Substitution

Substitution Craig Davies on for Jermaine Beckford.

61:36

The referee blows for offside.

60:56

Joey Barton makes a clearance.

60:54

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

60:52

Jermaine Beckford takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nedum Onuoha.

60:52

Jermaine Beckford has an effort at goal.

60:40

Richard Dunne takes the free kick.

60:17

The referee blows for offside against David Ngog.

58:54

Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.

58:52

Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

58:14

Charlie Austin is booked.

58:14 Booking

Booking

58:13

The referee books Marc Tierney for unsporting behaviour.

58:13 Booking

Booking

57:43

Jay Spearing makes a clearance.

57:38

Marc Tierney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Austin.

57:37

Gary O'Neil restarts play with the free kick.

57:03

Charlie Austin fouled by Marc Tierney, the ref awards a free kick.

56:41

The ball is sent over by Charlie Austin.

56:36

Nedum Onuoha restarts play with the free kick.

56:11

The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Beckford.

54:56

Chung-Yong Lee manages to make a clearance.

53:44

Assist on the goal came from Clint Hill.

53:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Johnson - Bolton 0 - 1 QPR Andrew Johnson scores a right footed goal. Bolton 0-1 QPR.

53:40

The ball is crossed by Clint Hill.

53:27

Gary O'Neil restarts play with the free kick.

53:15

Andrew Johnson fouled by Marc Tierney, the ref awards a free kick.

51:37

Shot by Chung-Yong Lee missed to the right of the target.

51:36

Clearance made by Karl Henry.

51:34

A cross is delivered by David Ngog.

51:21

The ball is swung over by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

50:53

Clearance by Zat Knight.

50:30

Clearance by Nedum Onuoha.

50:26

The ball is sent over by Jay Spearing.

49:28 Booking

Booking

49:28

Karl Henry is shown a yellow card.

49:21

Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick.

48:54

Clearance made by David Wheater.

48:52

The ball is swung over by Gary O'Neil.

48:47

Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

48:45

The ball is swung over by Karl Henry.

48:25

Marc Tierney makes a clearance.

48:24

The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.

46:50

Mohamed Medo sends in a cross.

46:29

Richard Dunne takes the free kick.

46:16

The offside flag is raised against David Ngog.

45:25

Danny Simpson restarts play with the free kick.

45:17

Jay Spearing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:55

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

45:00 +0:54

Centre by Charlie Austin.

45:00 +0:29

David Wheater makes a clearance.

44:19

Clearance made by David Wheater.

44:17

Gary O'Neil produces a cross.

44:02

Karl Henry takes the free kick.

43:59

Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Mohamed Medo results in a free kick.

43:43

David Wheater manages to make a clearance.

43:21

Clearance by Tim Ream.

43:07

Clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

42:52

Danny Simpson restarts play with the free kick.

42:41

Gary O'Neil fouled by Mohamed Medo, the ref awards a free kick.

42:34

Karl Henry takes the free kick.

42:23

Charlie Austin fouled by David Wheater, the ref awards a free kick.

42:18

David Ngog is penalised for a handball.

41:58

Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

41:56

Centre by Danny Simpson.

39:57

Corner taken by Tim Ream from the right by-line.

39:23

Clearance by Joey Barton.

39:22

Alex Baptiste sends in a cross.

39:19

Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

39:16

The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney.

38:28

Centre by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

38:19

Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

38:17

Danny Simpson delivers the ball.

38:04

David Wheater manages to make a clearance.

38:02

The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.

37:12

Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.

37:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by David Ngog.

36:08

Clearance by David Wheater.

36:07

The ball is sent over by Charlie Austin.

35:16

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

34:41

Charlie Austin challenges Marc Tierney unfairly and gives away a free kick.

34:37

The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

33:59

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

33:54

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

33:54

Gary O'Neil takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

32:25

Joey Barton takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

31:38

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

31:37

A cross is delivered by Andrew Johnson.

30:08

The ball is crossed by Chung-Yong Lee.

30:04

Shot by Mohamed Medo. Parried by Rob Green back into danger.

29:09

Free kick taken by Tim Ream.

28:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Chung-Yong Lee.

28:46

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

28:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Charlie Austin.

27:38

Clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

27:36

The ball is swung over by Gary O'Neil.

27:35

Short corner worked by Joey Barton.

27:04

Charlie Austin has an effort at goal. David Wheater gets a block in.

26:47

Clearance made by Joey Barton.

26:18

Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

26:03

David Wheater concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Austin.

24:59

Clearance made by Karl Henry.

23:22

Shot by Joey Barton. Adam Bogdan safely holds on.

23:05

The ball is delivered by Jay Spearing.

23:03

Jay Spearing takes a short corner.

22:39

Strike on goal comes in from Jay Spearing from the free kick. Rob Green turns it away with a finger tip save.

21:56

Joey Barton is shown a yellow card.

21:56 Booking

Booking

21:47

Joey Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee.

21:43

Nedum Onuoha makes a clearance.

21:41

The ball is swung over by Marc Tierney.

21:32

Danny Simpson makes a clearance.

21:31

Marc Tierney crosses the ball.

19:16

A cross is delivered by Marc Tierney.

18:24

Centre by Marc Tierney.

17:53

Gary O'Neil has an effort at goal. Adam Bogdan safely holds on.

17:43

Clearance made by Gary O'Neil.

16:27

Clearance by Zat Knight.

16:24

Corner taken by Joey Barton.

15:58

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

15:57

The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson.

15:14

Jermaine Beckford takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

14:49

Joey Barton takes the free kick.

14:41

Jay Spearing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson.

14:23

Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

14:21

Danny Simpson crosses the ball.

13:50

A cross is delivered by Clint Hill.

13:21

Chung-Yong Lee makes a clearance.

13:07

Clearance by Danny Simpson.

11:18

Jermaine Beckford takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

11:04

Nedum Onuoha restarts play with the free kick.

10:44

David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil.

10:36

Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

10:04

The official flags Andrew Johnson offside.

9:48

Clearance by Nedum Onuoha.

8:47

Clearance by Joey Barton.

8:46

The ball is swung over by Mohamed Medo.

8:43

Zat Knight takes the free kick.

8:14

The referee cautions Richard Dunne for unsporting behaviour.

8:14 Booking

Booking

7:59

Richard Dunne challenges Jermaine Beckford unfairly and gives away a free kick.

7:47

Joey Barton takes a short corner.

7:25

Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

7:22

Centre by Danny Simpson.

7:19

Gary O'Neil restarts play with the free kick.

7:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wheater on Andrew Johnson.

5:56

Clearance made by Charlie Austin.

5:53

Corner taken by Jay Spearing from the left by-line.

5:32

Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

5:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Tim Ream.

4:55

Jay Spearing fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Joey Barton gets a block in.

4:00

Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick.

3:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joey Barton.

2:50

David Wheater manages to make a clearance.

2:47

The ball is delivered by Joey Barton.

2:40

Marc Tierney makes a clearance.

2:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joey Barton.

2:02

Free kick taken by Danny Simpson.

1:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil by Jay Spearing.

1:45

Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.

1:21

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

1:01

Marc Tierney makes a clearance.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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