Charlie Austin and Karl Henry scored against Bolton to give Championship promotion-chasers QPR their fourth consecutive league victory.

After dominating the first half, Bolton were undone when Austin headed home Matt Phillips' cross.

Henry doubled the lead five minutes after the break with a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Jay Spearing scored a late consolation goal for Bolton, who have won only one of their last seven league matches.

The narrow win keeps Rangers eight points behind leaders Leicester and three clear of third-placed Burnley.

Bolton, who are struggling at the other end of the table in 18th, went close through Darren Pratley, before Craig Davies hammered a 25-yard shot against the crossbar with Rob Green well beaten.

QPR made the most of their good fortune as Austin rounded off a fine move to score his 15th goal of the season.

Bolton suffered further punishment when Henry fired in his first goal for the club from long range, although Bolton remained a threat and Green had to produce two fine saves.

Shortly after the tipping over Lee Chung-yong's effort, the keeper dived to his right to push away Medo's powerful strike.

Rangers struggled to carve out clear-cut chances and had to endure an nervy finale finish after Spearing's 85th-minute shot from just outside the area flew past an unsighted Green.

QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond:

"Charlie's got a problem with his shoulder and we don't yet know the extent of it.

"He had to come off after going on as long as he could. In the end it was too much for him and we'll have to assess it.

"He's as game as they come and got his goal from a great cross by Matt Phillips. We know we're reliant on Charlie and didn't need reminding."

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman:

"We've just got to keep going and things will change for us. I felt we were very unfortunate.

"The little things are just not going for us but the performance levels and the commitment are both there. We've got to make sure that we keep the standards high and on another day the shot that hit the bar goes in.

"I'm very proud of the lads' effort. We felt we were very unlucky not to take the lead on a few occasions and felt hard done by to be 1-0 down."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 03 Traore
  • 10 Carroll
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Phillips
  • 20 Henry
  • 09 Austin (Zamora - 70' )
  • 08 Johnson
  • 19 Kranjcar (Wright-Phillips - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 24 Diakité
  • 25 Zamora
  • 26 Murphy
  • 28 Ehmer
  • 36 O'Neil

Bolton Wanderers

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 05 Ream (White - 5' )
  • 44 Kamara
  • 04 Mills
  • 12 Knight
  • 21 Pratley
  • 06 Spearing
  • 28 Davies (Jutkiewicz - 67' )
  • 16 Davies
  • 18 Danns (Lee Chung-yong - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 07 Eagles
  • 14 Moritz
  • 25 Vela
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong
  • 29 Jutkiewicz
  • 33 White
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 15,097

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

3 3

Corners

10 5

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

90:00 +3:22

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Hayden White tries a through ball, but Mark Davies is caught offside.

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +1:50

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:54

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

89:55

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

89:55

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:18

Attempt missed. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

88:11

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

88:05

Attempt blocked. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:18

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:18

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

84:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

84:02

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Clint Hill.

83:05

Attempt blocked. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

82:09

Shaun Wright-Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:09

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

81:06

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

80:02

Attempt missed. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

79:09

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:09

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

78:43

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Bobby Zamora.

78:20

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

77:52

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Niko Kranjcar.

72:15

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:15

Foul by Hayden White (Bolton Wanderers).

71:30

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

70:40

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

70:40

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Charlie Austin.

66:52

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

66:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Craig Davies.

65:44

Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

64:07

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

63:41

Attempt saved. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

63:03

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Robert Green.

63:01

Attempt saved. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

61:21

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

60:34

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:34

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

58:49

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

58:07

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Hayden White.

57:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Neil Danns.

57:01

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

57:01

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:54

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

51:44

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Medo with a headed pass.

50:07

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

50:07

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

48:48

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

47:48

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:48

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

47:18

Attempt missed. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

45:34

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 +7:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 +5:57

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Robert Green tries a through ball, but Matthew Phillips is caught offside.

45:00 +4:52

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

45:00 +4:43

Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karl Henry.

45:00 +3:08

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

45:00 +2:26

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:26

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

45:00 +1:23

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

45:00 +1:23

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

44:23

Attempt missed. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar with a cross following a corner.

43:53

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Hayden White.

40:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

38:29

Attempt missed. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

35:12

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Mark Davies.

33:43

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

33:43

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:22

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

31:22

Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:38

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

26:38

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:09

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Davies.

17:32

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Hayden White.

17:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:48

Delay in match Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

14:38

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

13:04

Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:04

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

12:02

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Hayden White.

11:10

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

9:54

Attempt blocked. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Davies.

8:22

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Karl Henry.

8:04

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

6:09

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

5:21

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

5:21

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

4:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Hayden White replaces Tim Ream because of an injury.

0:29

Delay in match Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

0:10

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

0:10

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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