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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:

"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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Booking

    Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Shaun Wright-Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Andrew Johnson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Cameron Stewart.

  12. Booking

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaun Wright-Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Clint Hill.

  17. Post update

    Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.