Matt Phillips scored one and created the other against his former club to help QPR move top of the Championship with a win against Blackpool.

The ex-Seasiders forward put the London club ahead when he fired in from outside of the area in the second half.

QPR keep it clean

QPR have the Championship's best defence - they have conceded only 10 goals so far this season

Charlie Austin sealed the three points soon after when he headed into the top corner from Phillips' cross.

After Burnley were held to a draw at Leicester earlier on Saturday, QPR moved to top of the division.

Defeat for Blackpool leaves Paul Ince's side two points off the play-off positions, but they had a promising start at Bloomfield Road.

QPR keeper Rob Green had to be alert to push away Steve Davies' header, before Barry Ferguson's free-kick caused havoc in the area until Craig Cathcart's effort was tipped over.

It was not until after the break that QPR tested Matt Gilks, with the Blackpool keeper stopping Phillips' 35-yard effort.

Seasiders' struggle

Blackpool have won just three of their last 14 Championship matches

Tom Ince then forced Green into another save to keep out his half-volley before the visitors took the lead in the 61st minute.

Phillips, who joined QPR from Blackpool during the summer, beat Gilks from 25 yards with a deflected effort and almost got a second soon after when the Seasiders keeper had to tip a shot wide.

But Austin rounded off the win from six yards out in the 73rd minute as Harry Redknapp's side secured their first victory away from home since September.

Blackpool assistant manager Steve Thompson:

"We maybe lacked a bit of quality in attack in the first half, but we still created three or four good goalscoring opportunities.

"We were punished for that in the second half. We know how good they are and how good their squad is but Harry Redknapp has just told us we should have been 2-0 up in the first half.

"The goals were a combination of errors. The deflection for the first goal after we gave the ball away and perhaps the second was just a quality goal - a one-two and a cross and a good header."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"Matt Phillips did well, his first goal took a deflection but his cross for the second was brilliant.

"Charlie Austin hasn't had enough of those chances this season, but the delivery was perfect.

"Blackpool know what Matt has to offer and in the second half he was a big threat. He'll be very keen to do well for us in a side that wants to do things this season."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 17 Basham
  • 03 Robinson
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 04 Gosling
  • 18 Osbourne (Barkhuizen - 72' )
  • 09 Davies (Chopra - 68' )
  • 11 Ince
  • 14 Delfouneso (Grant - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Chopra
  • 10 Grant
  • 13 Warner
  • 15 Dobbie
  • 25 Blackett
  • 27 Barkhuizen
  • 33 Harris

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 17 Barton
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill (Onuoha - 45' )
  • 36 O'Neil (Kranjcar - 54' )
  • 10 Carroll
  • 09 Austin
  • 16 Jenas (Henry - 84' )
  • 07 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 18 Chevantón
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 20 Henry
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 26 Murphy
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 13,822

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

4 6

Corners

3 3

Fouls

6 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

90:00 +2:26

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +1:20

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:48

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

89:37

Attempt saved. Robert Grant (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

87:08

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

87:08

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Jermaine Jenas.

82:36

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

82:08

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

82:08

Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:07

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

81:07

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:23

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

80:23

Robert Grant (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Robert Grant replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

78:45

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Chopra.

77:43

Attempt saved. Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

77:23

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince.

76:50

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

76:50

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:07

Offside, Blackpool. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but Michael Chopra is caught offside.

76:03

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:06

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:06

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

72:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

68:58

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

68:56

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

67:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Steve Davies.

66:59

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

64:31

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

64:30

Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton.

62:29

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:29

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

60:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 1. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

59:26

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

58:03

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:03

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

53:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Gary O'Neil.

52:40

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

50:08

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

49:02

Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:05

Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Nedum Onuoha replaces Clint Hill.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

43:20

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Danny Simpson is caught offside.

35:36

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:36

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

34:22

Hand ball by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

32:55

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

31:52

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

31:50

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Davies.

29:35

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

29:35

Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:37

Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

28:34

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

24:16

Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:16

Foul by Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).

19:17

Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso following a corner.

18:48

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Robert Green.

18:43

Attempt saved. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

18:40

Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Ferguson with a cross.

18:03

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

18:03

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:58

Hand ball by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

15:53

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Robinson with a cross.

14:57

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

14:57

Dan Gosling (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:53

Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:53

Foul by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

13:17

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:17

Foul by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

6:55

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Jermaine Jenas is caught offside.

3:37

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Jermaine Jenas is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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