• Hull claim first win over QPR at Loftus Road since 1963
  • Ferdinand and Caulker fail to keep clean sheet on debut
  • Remy starts for QPR but spurns a number of chances
  • Hull summer signing Snodgrass injured in first half

QPR made a losing start to life back in the Premier League as James Chester's header gave Hull an opening-day victory at Loftus Road.

Chester outmuscled Rangers debutant Rio Ferdinand at the back post to head in from a corner early in the second half.

The home side had a superb chance to salvage a point after Chester was harshly adjudged to have handled a cross from substitute Junior Hoilett.

But Allan McGregor rescued City by saving Charlie Austin's penalty.

On the balance of play, QPR deserved a point, having created by far the greater number of chances over the course of the game.

QPR 0-1 Hull: Harry Redknapp sees positives in defeat

Prior to the goal, Rangers' Alejandro Faurlin dragged a shot on the turn wide from inside the box, Joey Barton struck the side-netting with a curling free-kick from 20 yards and summer-signing Steven Caulker saw a header cleared off the line by Hull's off-season recruit Andy Robertson.

But for most top-flight sides, football is all about taking your often limited chances and in this regard, Hull have given the new-comers a valuable refresher lesson.

Chester's header was the away side's first effort on target and one of only a handful throughout the game, yet it gives them the three points and that all-important opening-day platform.

QPR's poor Premier record

QPR have now won just four of their last 40 Premier League matches and have taken just one point from seven opening weekend matches in the competition

The Tigers may have lacked a distinctly Shane Long-sized physical attacking presence - emphasized by the absence of Yannick Sagbo through suspension - but they were well-drilled, disciplined and hard-working throughout.

Even an injury to summer-signing Robert Snodgrass - who had shown signs of a promising partnership down the left with fellow Scot Robertson - did not affect their solidity.

Loic Remy is tackled by Curtis Davies

Remy (right) started the game after seeing a move to Liverpool collapse this summer

And had another of their summer recruits, Tom Ince, slotted home a chance on the break with 15 minutes remaining they could even have avoided the late drama to come.

QPR know only too well how costly a poor start can be after a 16-game winless run at the beginning of their last top-flight campaign in 2012-13 led to their relegation to the Championship.

That season, they suffered an opening-day humiliation as Swansea exposed all of their naivety and defensive deficiencies to claim a 5-0 victory at Loftus Road.

This was a much better display, but it again led to another opening-day defeat for the hosts.

QPR 0-1 Hull: Steve Bruce praises 'terrific' James Chester

Former England captain Ferdinand is a high-profile addition, designed to provide maturity and authority at the back and for the most part did just that, with his every touch in the first half greeted with grateful applause from the home support.

However, the 35-year-old's most significant act was in allowing Chester to get the better off him at the back post and steer the game's only goal into the bottom corner of the net.

Rangers' subsequent failure to conjure an equaliser will evoke unwelcome memories of their last top-flight campaign when they scored just 30 goals - a league low.

Substitute Bobby Zamora had a superb chance when he was through on goal but allowed Ahmed Elmohamady to tackle him.

Hull tighten up at the back

Prior to Saturday's clean sheet, Hull had conceded two or more goals in each of their last five Premier League fixtures

Loic Remy - who did enough to suggest that talk of a failed medical with Liverpool this summer were wide of the mark - saw the last of a trio of shots saved by McGregor in the closing stages.

Most galling of all for Rangers will be the penalty miss.

Chester was adjudged to have handled Hoilett's cross in the box when the ball appeared to strike his chest, but McGregor ensured any controversy was academic as he dived to his right to push away Austin's tame effort.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "Some days it just doesn't go your way.

"You get a penalty late on and I think if we'd scored the penalty we had time to win the game, the momentum was with us. Some days you get the breaks and some days you don't.

"I thought in the first half we played well - we had good control, a good shape to the team, we passed it well and created some good chances so it was encouraging."

Hull boss Steve Bruce: "The referees have got to get together and realise they're making a mockery of it (the rule regarding handball) - it's supposed to be deliberate.

"Chester has got his hand by his side, the ball is a yard away and probably travelling at 50 miles per hour - what's he supposed to do?

"We need to stop all this nonsense and have a bit of common sense."

Armand Traore tackles Nikica Jelavic

Armand Traore played as a wing-back in QPR's 3-5-2 formation

QPR coach Glenn Hoddle (left)

New QPR coach Glenn Hoddle watches on from the stands

James Chester (right) scores for Hull

Chester (right) gets ahead of Ferdinand to head the only goal of the game

James Chester (right) celebrates with Allan McGregor (centre)

Goal-scorer Chester and goalkeeper McGregor celebrate after the latter's penalty save helps Hull to victory

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 04 Caulker
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 22 Dunne Booked (Zamora - 78' )
  • 02 Simpson (Phillips - 68' )
  • 18 Faurlin (Hoilett - 69' )
  • 17 Mutch
  • 08 Barton
  • 03 Traore
  • 19 Remy
  • 09 Austin

Substitutes

  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Phillips
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 20 Henry
  • 21 Murphy
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 25 Zamora

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 05 Chester
  • 04 Bruce (McShane - 45' )
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 14 Livermore
  • 26 Robertson
  • 23 Ince (Meyler - 82' )
  • 10 Snodgrass (Quinn - 40' )
  • 18 Jelavic Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Figueroa
  • 07 Meyler
  • 11 Brady
  • 15 McShane
  • 22 Harper
  • 24 Aluko
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 17,603

Match Stats

Shots

19 11

On target

6 4

Corners

8 9

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Hull City 1.

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Hull City 1.

90:00 +4:53

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

90:00 +3:05

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

90:00 +2:45

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

90:00 +0:14

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross following a corner.

89:50

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

87:33

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James Chester.

86:55

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

86:46

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

85:28

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

84:06

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

84:02

Penalty saved! Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

82:43

Penalty conceded by James Chester (Hull City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

81:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Tom Ince.

80:41

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:41

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

79:41

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James Chester.

78:30 Booking

Booking Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:25

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

78:25

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Richard Dunne.

76:44

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

74:03

Attempt blocked. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

73:29

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

73:28

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross.

72:55

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

72:13

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

72:12

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic.

70:21

Offside, Hull City. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Ahmed Elmohamady is caught offside.

69:23

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Robert Green.

69:20

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Hull City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:24 Booking

Booking Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:19

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:19

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett replaces Alejandro Faurlin.

67:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips replaces Danny Simpson.

67:04

Tom Ince (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:04

Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

64:45

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

63:38

Attempt saved. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton.

63:00

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

59:29

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

59:29

Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:06

Foul by Tom Ince (Hull City).

59:06

Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:15

Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:15

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

56:05

Tom Ince (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:05

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

54:52

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross following a corner.

54:18

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James Chester.

51:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Hull City 1. James Chester (Hull City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross following a corner.

50:46

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

49:35

Allan McGregor (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:35

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

48:49

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

48:49

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

48:20

Foul by Tom Ince (Hull City).

48:20

Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 0, Hull City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Paul McShane replaces Alex Bruce.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Hull City 0.

43:06

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

43:02

Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

42:21

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

42:19

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

41:57

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:57

Foul by Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers).

41:15

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Andrew Robertson is caught offside.

39:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Robert Snodgrass because of an injury.

38:37

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:37

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

37:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:00

Delay in match Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) because of an injury.

33:59

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordon Mutch.

33:22

Foul by Tom Ince (Hull City).

33:22

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

31:26

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Armand Traore.

31:18

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

29:29

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a cross.

28:17

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

27:31

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

26:37 Booking

Booking Curtis Davies (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:14

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

26:14

Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:27

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:27

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers).

16:43

Attempt missed. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Caulker following a corner.

16:36

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

16:34

Attempt blocked. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a headed pass.

16:06

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

13:45

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joey Barton.

11:04

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers).

11:04

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:08

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

10:08

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

9:00

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

7:19

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

4:56

Attempt blocked. James Chester (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic with a headed pass.

4:24

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Armand Traore.

3:05

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

3:05

Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) 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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