QPR remain unbeaten in the Championship after securing a club-record equalling seventh consecutive clean sheet with a home victory over Middlesbrough.

Rangers opened the scoring when Danny Simpson's cross fell to Joey Barton and he fired home from the edge of the box.

They doubled their lead when Charlie Austin scored from the spot after Ben Gibson handled a Gary O'Neil shot.

Both sides had chances in the second half but QPR won comfortably to remain three points clear at the top.

Rangers on the march

QPR have now won eight of their 11 matches in all competitions this season, with their only defeat coming at home to Swindon in the Capital One Cup

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp opted for a 4-5-1 system with recent signing Niko Kranjcar drifting in from the left and it caused Boro, who are only four points above the relegation zone, immediate problems.

Barton fired through a crowded penalty area to put his team in front.

The midfielder was then denied by Jason Steele and the Boro keeper also kept out Austin's shot, but the loose ball dropped to O'Neil and his follow-up hit Gibson's hand.

Austin dispatched his second penalty in as many matches and struggling Boro - now without a win in seven matches - never looked like recovering.

They did rally early in the second half and substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz's shot brought a save from QPR keeper Rob Green, while Albert Adomah narrowly failed to connect with Jutkiewicz's right-wing cross.

Adomah later poked wide from 10 yards out but otherwise it was all Rangers and O'Neil had two efforts saved before curling a shot wide.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"We got the ball down and played, controlled the game and kept possession. It was our best display of the season by a mile.

"We've been getting the results but we perhaps haven't been as convincing as we'd have liked with our performances.

"Joey Barton was excellent, Niko Kranjcar came into the side and is a real footballer - but there were others and they were all very good.

"Fortunately, we've managed to get off to a good start. The feeling around the club is a million miles from what it was."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:

"I thought Ben Gibson gave one of our best performances. For a young boy he's got a voice and an understanding of defending.

"To go out and be a goal down after three or four minutes, especially against a team who haven't been conceding goals, left us with a tough task.

"I'm sure that gave QPR a lot of belief and to give them such an early start was frustrating.

"We have to strive to be better and improve. We came here full of expectation that we could get something, but we didn't and we didn't deserve to."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

QPR

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson Booked
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill (Ehmer - 78' )
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 10 Carroll
  • 17 Barton
  • 19 Kranjcar (Hoilett - 83' )
  • 32 Faurlin (Henry - 79' )
  • 36 O'Neil Booked
  • 09 Austin

Substitutes

  • 26 Murphy
  • 03 Traore
  • 28 Ehmer
  • 16 Jenas
  • 20 Henry
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 18 Chevanton

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Friend
  • 05 Richardson
  • 22 Gibson Booked
  • 39 Woodgate (Parnaby - 46' )
  • 06 Butterfield (Smallwood - 67' )
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 08 Varga (Jutkiewicz - 46' )
  • 18 Whitehead Booked
  • 27 Adomah Booked
  • 29 Kamara

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 21 Parnaby
  • 16 Halliday
  • 19 Carayol
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 09 Jutkiewicz
Ref: Deadman
Att: 17,081

Match Stats

Shots

16 19

On target

6 5

Corners

7 3

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:42

Stuart Parnaby crosses the ball.

90:00 +3:03

Shot by David Hoilett missed to the left of the target.

90:00 +2:54

Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

90:00 +2:51

Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Joey Barton.

90:00 +2:26

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:56

Header at goal by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses left of the target.

90:00 +0:52

Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.

90:00 +0:46

George Friend concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Austin.

89:47

Gary O'Neil takes the free kick.

89:27

Albert Adomah goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

89:27 Booking

Booking

89:14

Albert Adomah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson.

88:29

Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.

87:59

Foul by George Friend on Charlie Austin, free kick awarded.

87:28

George Friend has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

87:24

The ball is crossed by Dean Whitehead.

87:24

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

85:13

Header by Albert Adomah goes to the left of the goal.

85:10

Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

85:08

The ball is swung over by Dean Whitehead.

84:30

Stuart Parnaby produces a cross.

84:29

Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.

84:22

Grant Leadbitter delivers the ball.

84:20

Karl Henry makes a clearance.

83:04

Karl Henry makes a clearance.

82:05 Substitution

Substitution David Hoilett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Niko Kranjcar.

81:37

Header at goal by Ben Gibson goes over the bar.

81:32

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line.

81:09

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Tom Carroll gets a block in.

81:06

Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal. Blocked by Max Ehmer.

80:26

Clearance made by Stuart Parnaby.

80:21

Clearance by Frazer Richardson.

80:20

A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

79:54

Clearance by Max Ehmer.

79:50

Clearance by Max Ehmer.

79:49

Clearance by Albert Adomah.

79:10

Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.

78:57 Substitution

Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Karl Henry coming on for Alejandro Faurlin.

78:42

Frazer Richardson concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

78:25

Headed chance falls to Lukas Jutkiewicz. Rob Green makes a block.

77:36 Substitution

Substitution Max Ehmer comes on in place of Clint Hill.

76:56

Stuart Parnaby manages to make a clearance.

76:13

Joey Barton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jason Steele parries the effort to safety.

76:00

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

74:58

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot and cleared the bar.

74:28

Clearance by Richard Dunne.

74:24

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line.

74:03

Albert Adomah takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Richard Dunne.

73:30

The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson.

72:02

Grant Leadbitter has a headed effort at goal. Rob Green makes a block.

71:58

The ball is crossed by Stuart Parnaby.

71:38

Header at goal by Lukas Jutkiewicz to the left of the net.

71:24

Richard Smallwood produces a cross.

70:33

The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.

70:10

Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

70:00

Joey Barton is ruled offside.

69:59

Free kick taken by Alejandro Faurlin.

69:56

Foul by Ben Gibson on Alejandro Faurlin, free kick awarded.

68:17

Free kick taken by Frazer Richardson.

68:07

Charlie Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Richardson.

67:49

Tom Carroll restarts play with the free kick.

67:22

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kei Kamara.

66:55

Shot by Gary O'Neil went wide of the left-hand post.

66:17 Substitution

Substitution Richard Smallwood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jacob Butterfield.

63:28

Clearance by Ben Gibson.

63:15

Clearance by George Friend.

63:12

Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

63:12

A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson.

61:04

Clearance made by Frazer Richardson.

61:02

Kei Kamara makes a clearance.

61:00

Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Jason Steele blocks the ball.

60:51

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

59:35

Shot by Jacob Butterfield went wide left of the target.

58:03

Clearance made by Stuart Parnaby.

57:21

Header by Richard Dunne goes harmlessly over the bar.

57:17

Corner taken by Joey Barton.

56:42

Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Jason Steele parries the effort to safety.

56:39

Clearance by Stuart Parnaby.

56:34

A cross is delivered by Charlie Austin.

54:27

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Rob Green makes a block.

53:22

Clearance made by Danny Simpson.

53:20

The ball is swung over by Albert Adomah.

52:40

Lukas Jutkiewicz manages to make a clearance.

52:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Alejandro Faurlin.

52:17

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

52:09

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

51:40

Tom Carroll has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ben Gibson.

51:12

George Friend makes a clearance.

50:17

Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

50:14

George Friend produces a cross.

49:40

Clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

49:24

The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.

49:13

Frazer Richardson manages to make a clearance.

48:51

Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.

48:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Austin by Ben Gibson.

48:01

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

47:44

Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

47:33

Stuart Parnaby challenges Niko Kranjcar unfairly and gives away a free kick.

47:03

Ben Gibson takes the free kick.

46:44

The offside flag is raised against Charlie Austin.

46:31

Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

46:22

The ball is sent over by Joey Barton.

46:18

Joey Barton takes a short corner.

46:05

Clearance by Frazer Richardson.

46:01

Grant Leadbitter manages to make a clearance.

45:59

Danny Simpson delivers the ball.

45:33

Stuart Parnaby makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Jutkiewicz on for Jozsef Varga.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Stuart Parnaby coming on for Jonathan Woodgate.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:52

Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

45:00 +1:49

Tom Carroll fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick.

45:00 +1:31

George Friend makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:25

Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:00

The official flags Grant Leadbitter offside.

45:00 +0:22

Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

44:55

Danny Simpson sends in a cross.

44:43

Rob Green takes the free kick.

44:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Albert Adomah on Tom Carroll.

44:03

Alejandro Faurlin manages to make a clearance.

43:30

Clearance made by Clint Hill.

43:24

Jason Steele takes the free kick.

43:05

Charlie Austin is ruled offside.

42:43

Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

42:16

Direct strike on goal from the free kick by Alejandro Faurlin goes left of the target.

41:35

Jonathan Woodgate gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Austin.

39:46

Clearance by Clint Hill.

38:25

Free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.

38:17

Clint Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Albert Adomah.

37:38

Clearance made by Clint Hill.

36:59

Header by Richard Dunne goes to the left of the goal.

36:53

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

36:17

Niko Kranjcar takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Frazer Richardson gets a block in.

36:13

The ball is crossed by Gary O'Neil.

34:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Austin - QPR 2 - 0 Middlesbro Penalty taken right-footed by Charlie Austin and scored. QPR 2-0 Middlesbrough.

34:06

The referee shows Ben Gibson a yellow card.

34:06 Booking

Booking

33:51

Handball by Ben Gibson.

33:40

Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Charlie Austin has an effort at goal.

33:36

Jason Steele fumbles the ball.

32:51

Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.

32:50

Clearance by Richard Dunne.

32:40

The referee shows Dean Whitehead a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

32:40 Booking

Booking

32:04

The official flags Benoit Assou-Ekotto offside.

31:17

Joey Barton takes a shot. Jason Steele fumbles the ball.

28:24

Clearance made by George Friend.

27:50

Albert Adomah delivers the ball.

26:05

Charlie Austin has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

26:02

George Friend makes a clearance.

25:41

Free kick taken by Tom Carroll.

25:26

Jozsef Varga concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton.

25:03

Jonathan Woodgate makes a clearance.

23:58

Ben Gibson manages to make a clearance.

23:54

Centre by Niko Kranjcar.

22:05

The ball is crossed by Jozsef Varga.

21:58

The ball is delivered by Dean Whitehead.

21:46

Clearance made by Clint Hill.

21:15

Header by Alejandro Faurlin goes to the left of the goal.

21:10

Danny Simpson delivers the ball.

19:43

Jonathan Woodgate makes a clearance.

19:41

Centre by Danny Simpson.

18:25

Clearance by George Friend.

17:49

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

17:43

Clint Hill makes a clearance.

15:45

Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

15:11

Kei Kamara takes a shot. Rob Green makes a block.

14:53

Clearance by Clint Hill.

14:52

A cross is delivered by Frazer Richardson.

14:42

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

14:20

Niko Kranjcar is ruled offside.

13:51

Clearance made by Grant Leadbitter.

13:45

Corner taken by Tom Carroll.

13:21

Clearance made by Dean Whitehead.

13:15

Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball.

12:21

Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

11:59

Danny Simpson booked for unsporting behaviour.

11:59 Booking

Booking

11:37

Danny Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Leadbitter.

11:30

Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.

11:24

Charlie Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead.

10:33

The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson.

10:01

Header by Kei Kamara misses right.

9:57

Albert Adomah produces a cross.

9:19

Ben Gibson manages to make a clearance.

9:08

Grant Leadbitter produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Rob Green blocks the ball.

8:27

Foul by Tom Carroll on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded.

8:16

Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

8:05

Joey Barton fouled by Grant Leadbitter, the ref awards a free kick.

7:07

Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

7:05

Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.

6:46 Booking

Booking

6:46

The referee books Gary O'Neil for unsporting behaviour.

6:22

Unfair challenge on Jozsef Varga by Gary O'Neil results in a free kick.

5:34

The ball is sent over by Grant Leadbitter.

5:25

Gary O'Neil makes a clearance.

5:19

Corner from the left by-line taken by Grant Leadbitter.

4:54

Shot by Albert Adomah. Blocked by Clint Hill.

3:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Joey Barton - QPR 1 - 0 Middlesbro Joey Barton scores a right footed goal. QPR 1-0 Middlesbrough.

3:28

Danny Simpson produces a cross.

3:25

Clearance by Dean Whitehead.

1:04

Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

0:22

Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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