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Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Charlton Athletic

QPR striker Charlie Austin scores against Charlton

Charlie Austin's spectacular goal gave QPR victory over Charlton in the London derby at Loftus Road.

Striker Austin struck five minutes before half-time, finding the corner of the net with a 30-yard shot for his eighth goal of the season.

QPR were denied a second when substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips hit the woodwork in the final seconds.

The Hoops remain third despite the win but are level on points with leaders Burnley and second-placed Leicester.

Defeat leaves Charlton just one place above the relegation zone.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, celebrating 30 years in management, saw his team struggle to create clear-cut chances before Austin emphatically broke the deadlock.

With the Hoops continuing to dominate possession after the break, Charlton keeper Ben Hamer tipped away a free-kick from Joey Barton.

And he was also down quickly to stop Wright-Phillips's attempt from just outside the penalty area as Chris Powell's visitors were forced to defend in numbers.

Austin fluffed a late chance to score a second, miscuing from 15 yards following good work by substitute Andy Johnson.

Wright-Phillips then created room for himself on the edge of the box before curling in a shot, which beat Hamer but came back off the crossbar.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"It was tight today and it didn't need to be.

"We could have scored more goals and we hit the bar, but we'll happily take that and it's another clean sheet for us.

"It was a great goal from Charlie and he deserved that, because when he's not scored he's worked really hard and I think the fans appreciate that."

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

Chris Powell

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Post-match: Charlton boss Powell

"We were beaten by a wonder strike - an excellent goal.

"We acquitted ourselves well but lacked belief in the final third. We defended really well but certain things didn't go our way and that's hard to take.

"I've got to do my best to instil some confidence in the players. They know what they're up against but they're in the same league and I feel can play against these guys."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 36O'Neil
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forJohnsonat 77'minutes
  • 17BartonBooked at 86mins
  • 9Austin
  • 16JenasSubstituted forHenryat 45'minutes
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 8Johnson
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 14Onyewu
  • 20Henry
  • 21Young
  • 26Murphy

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 14PritchardSubstituted forHarriottat 58'minutes
  • 8Stephens
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forKermorgantat 58'minutes
  • 4JacksonBooked at 90mins
  • 32StewartSubstituted forSordellat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 3Evina
  • 10Sordell
  • 11Harriott
  • 12Alnwick
  • 15Wood
  • 18Kermorgant
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
17,397

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away9

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1610511735
2Leicester1611231035
3QPR1610511035
4Blackpool16772528
5Nottm Forest16763727
6Leeds16826526
7Derby16745725
8Reading16673525
9Brighton16664524
10Watford16655623
11Wigan15645422
12Ipswich16556220
13Huddersfield16556120
14Blackburn16556120
15Bolton16475-419
16Bournemouth16538-1018
17Millwall16457-1217
18Middlesbrough16376016
19Doncaster15447-1016
20Birmingham16439-515
21Charlton15357-714
22Sheff Wed15186-711
23Barnsley16259-1611
24Yeovil162311-149
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