QPR moved to the top of the Championship table after a goalless draw at home to Brighton.

Harry Redknapp's side were looking for a fifth straight win but wasted a string of chances with Charlie Austin the main culprit.

Summer signing Austin fired wide from a Benoit Assou-Ekotto cross before missing the target from three yards.

He also headed a corner straight at Tomasz Kuszczak before Richard Dunne headed over in the final minute.

Redknapp's forward options

Andrew Johnson
  • Andrew Johnson - Signed on free from Fulham June 2012. Out with knee injury. Scored two league goals for QPR
  • Charlie Austin - Signed from Burnley for £4m in August 2013. Scored one league goal for QPR
  • Bobby Zamora - Signed from Fulham for £4m in January 2012. Out with knee injury. Scored six league goals for QPR
  • Mo Shariff - Signed from Slough Town in August 2010. Yet to score

Redknapp revealed after the match that he is keen to sign a striker on loan with Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora out with injury for the foreseeable future.

Zamora, 32, has had knee surgery and will be out until Christmas while Johnson is also out with a knee injury.

Rangers also lost defender Nedum Onuoha to a hamstring injury during the first-half.

QPR had the ball in the net after only eight minutes, but Shaun Wright-Phillips was a long way offside when he played the ball across the face of goal for Joey Barton to tap in.

Austin then fired wide before wasting his best chance with a header from Barton's delivery.

Brighton's best effort saw Keith Andrews fire over from 25 yards.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"We've got a problem at the moment - we've only got one striker so it's difficult. We just lack that little bit of firepower.

"I'm looking to bring another striker in, we need somebody for sure.

"I felt the work-rate and effort was great again, they all put a shift in.

"If we keep doing that then we'll be right up there or thereabouts come the end of the year."

Brighton assistant Nathan Jones:

"We'd have loved to have taken all three points but let's not be greedy.

"They are a good side and not many teams will dominate them here, so if we are being honest as the away team a draw is a fair result."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

QPR

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Onuoha (Assou-Ekotto - 23' )
  • 07 Phillips (Traore - 80' )
  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 17 Barton Booked
  • 20 Henry (Jenas - 74' )
  • 36 O'Neil
  • 09 Austin

Substitutes

  • 26 Murphy
  • 03 Traore
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 10 Carroll
  • 16 Jenas
  • 32 Faurlin
  • 29 Hitchcock

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon Booked
  • 17 Ward (Bruno - 80' Booked )
  • 20 Upson
  • 04 Andrews
  • 08 Crofts
  • 18 Caskey (Ince - 85' )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 21 David Lopez (Buckley - 67' )
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 02 Bruno
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 27 March
  • 38 Ince
  • 30 Buckley
Ref: Madley
Att: 17,246

Match Stats

Shots

12 5

On target

3 1

Corners

7 7

Fouls

9 21

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +4:15

Header at goal by Rohan Ince goes over the bar.

90:00 +4:14

Corner from the left by-line taken by Craig Conway.

90:00 +3:03

Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:51

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Joey Barton and misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +1:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Armand Traore by Bruno Saltor.

90:00 +0:32

Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:03

Header by Richard Dunne goes harmlessly over the bar.

89:56

Free kick crossed by Joey Barton.

89:31

Bruno Saltor is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

89:31 Booking

Booking

89:22

Bruno Saltor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Armand Traore.

88:13

Clearance made by Will Buckley.

88:13

The ball is delivered by Armand Traore.

87:49

Clearance by Bruno Saltor.

87:46

Free kick crossed by Joey Barton.

87:10

Foul by Rohan Ince on Charlie Austin, free kick awarded.

86:39

Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.

86:32

Handball decision goes against Will Buckley.

85:35

Clint Hill restarts play with the free kick.

85:20

Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Andrew Crofts results in a free kick.

84:51

Clearance by Joey Barton.

84:32 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Rohan Ince coming on for Jake Forster-Caskey.

83:44

Clearance by Matthew Upson.

83:40

Joey Barton takes the free kick.

83:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Andrew Crofts.

83:04

Clearance by Clint Hill.

83:02

The ball is sent over by Craig Conway.

82:30

Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.

82:26

Clint Hill makes a clearance.

82:21

Jake Forster-Caskey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

81:45

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Will Buckley, free kick awarded.

80:58

Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

80:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Barnes on Clint Hill.

79:51 Substitution

Substitution Bruno Saltor on for Stephen Ward.

79:49 Substitution

Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Armand Traore coming on for Matt Phillips.

77:59

The ball is sent over by Craig Conway.

77:47

Clearance by Rob Green.

75:23

Clearance made by Stephen Ward.

75:19

Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

74:55

Will Buckley challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:34

Free kick taken by Rob Green.

73:19 Substitution

Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Karl Henry.

73:01

Richard Dunne fouled by Ashley Barnes, the ref awards a free kick.

72:19

Gordon Greer makes a clearance.

72:08

Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

71:59

Jake Forster-Caskey challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:46

Clint Hill takes the free kick.

71:43

Booking for Inigo Calderon.

71:43 Booking

Booking

71:32

Inigo Calderon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary O'Neil.

69:05

Clearance by Richard Dunne.

69:04

A cross is delivered by Keith Andrews.

68:55

A cross is delivered by Inigo Calderon.

68:22

Clearance made by Karl Henry.

68:11

Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

68:10

Will Buckley crosses the ball.

67:42

Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

67:39

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.

67:36

The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward.

67:22

Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.

67:21

Centre by Craig Conway.

66:34 Substitution

Substitution Will Buckley joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Lopez.

66:04

Matt Phillips has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

64:56

Gordon Greer makes a clearance.

64:39

Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

64:37

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

63:59

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

63:09

Handball by Ashley Barnes.

63:03

Ashley Barnes manages to make a clearance.

63:02

Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross.

62:56

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

62:53

Header at goal by Richard Dunne. Tomasz Kuszczak parries the ball but the danger is not over.

62:44

Corner taken by Joey Barton.

62:14

The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips.

62:12

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

61:48

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

61:45

Jake Forster-Caskey crosses the ball.

61:31

Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

61:05

Joey Barton is penalised for a handball.

60:49

Gary O'Neil manages to make a clearance.

60:45

The ball is swung over by Craig Conway.

59:46

Clearance by Gary O'Neil.

59:43

Jake Forster-Caskey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

59:02

Foul by Richard Dunne on Craig Conway, free kick awarded.

58:07

Clearance made by Keith Andrews.

58:07

The ball is delivered by Gary O'Neil.

57:51

Jake Forster-Caskey takes the free kick.

57:48

Unfair challenge on Jake Forster-Caskey by Karl Henry results in a free kick.

57:11

Shaun Wright-Phillips delivers the ball.

56:57

Clearance by Gordon Greer.

56:53

Clearance made by Stephen Ward.

56:53

Centre by Charlie Austin.

56:13

Jake Forster-Caskey has a headed effort at goal. Rob Green safely holds on.

56:09

David Lopez crosses the ball.

54:25

Charlie Austin crosses the ball.

54:25

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

54:07

Centre by Danny Simpson.

54:01

The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

53:05

Clearance by Keith Andrews.

52:24

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

51:55

Joey Barton has an effort direct from the free kick. Tomasz Kuszczak parries the ball away.

51:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Andrews on Charlie Austin.

49:39

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

49:11

Clearance made by Inigo Calderon.

48:03

Clearance by Ashley Barnes.

47:59

Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

47:21

Foul by Matthew Upson on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded.

45:59

Clearance by Richard Dunne.

45:56

Corner taken by Jake Forster-Caskey from the left by-line.

45:34

Danny Simpson makes a clearance.

45:32

The ball is crossed by Keith Andrews.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Simpson.

45:00 +1:07

Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

45:00 +1:04

Clint Hill fouled by Ashley Barnes, the ref awards a free kick.

45:00 +0:43

Jake Forster-Caskey restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Phillips on Stephen Ward.

44:45

Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

44:20

Foul by Karl Henry on Stephen Ward, free kick awarded.

44:13

Chance falls to Clint Hill who heads at goal. Tomasz Kuszczak parries the ball away.

43:59

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

43:41

Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

43:41

Matt Phillips crosses the ball.

43:27

Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.

43:05

Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

43:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by David Lopez.

42:42

Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.

42:26

Charlie Austin is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

42:03

Gary O'Neil takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

41:52

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

41:51

Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

41:23

Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.

41:19

Shaun Wright-Phillips sends in a cross.

41:04

Karl Henry takes the free kick.

40:58

Jake Forster-Caskey challenges Charlie Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

40:21

Stephen Ward delivers the ball.

40:16

Short corner taken by David Lopez.

38:48

Clearance made by Clint Hill.

38:47

The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward.

37:10

Clearance by Gordon Greer.

36:58

Rob Green takes the free kick.

36:52

Unfair challenge on Danny Simpson by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick.

36:43

David Lopez crosses the ball.

36:37

Clearance made by Karl Henry.

36:30

Corner taken by Jake Forster-Caskey.

36:02

David Lopez takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

35:56

Short corner worked by Jake Forster-Caskey.

35:32

Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

35:25

Keith Andrews restarts play with the free kick.

34:38

Joey Barton is given a yellow card.

34:38 Booking

Booking

34:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes by Joey Barton.

34:06

David Lopez crosses the ball in from the free kick.

33:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Joey Barton.

32:38

Shot by Matt Phillips went wide of the right-hand upright.

30:58

Clearance by Clint Hill.

30:18

Charlie Austin takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand post.

30:10

The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

29:38

Clearance by Inigo Calderon.

29:08

Clearance made by Inigo Calderon.

29:05

Joey Barton takes the free kick.

28:55

Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Andrew Crofts results in a free kick.

25:06

Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

24:23

Foul by Gordon Greer on Charlie Austin, free kick awarded.

24:10

Free kick taken by Karl Henry.

24:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Andrew Crofts.

23:23

A cross is delivered by Jake Forster-Caskey.

22:54 Substitution

Substitution Benoit Assou-Ekotto replaces Nedum Onuoha.

22:04

Free kick taken by Rob Green.

21:05

Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Nedum Onuoha.

20:36

Gary O'Neil takes the free kick.

20:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Crofts on Charlie Austin.

19:24

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

19:22

Andrew Crofts sends in a cross.

17:14

Rob Green takes the free kick.

16:59

Ashley Barnes is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

15:42

Clearance by Matthew Upson.

15:31

Joey Barton takes the free kick.

15:15

Gordon Greer is adjudged to have handled the ball.

14:48

Free kick taken by Keith Andrews.

14:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Hill on David Lopez.

14:17

Centre by Nedum Onuoha.

14:12

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

14:07

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

12:49

Joey Barton takes a shot.

11:45

Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.

11:27

Foul by Matt Phillips on Craig Conway, free kick awarded.

8:59

Centre by Craig Conway.

7:33

Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

7:03

The referee blows for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips.

6:53

Clearance by Charlie Austin.

6:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jake Forster-Caskey.

6:21

Clearance made by Danny Simpson.

6:18

Centre by Craig Conway.

4:27

Keith Andrews takes a shot and cleared the bar.

4:26

Clearance by Karl Henry.

4:22

A cross is delivered by David Lopez.

4:14

Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

4:10

Corner taken by David Lopez from the right by-line.

3:40

Clearance by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

3:38

David Lopez sends in a cross.

2:24

Shaun Wright-Phillips takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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