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Queens Park Rangers 4-2 Rotherham United

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Tjaronn Chery
Tjaronn Chery scored 22 goals in 65 league games in the Dutch Eredivisie for his previous club FC Groningen

Tjaronn Chery and Charlie Austin both scored twice as Queens Park Rangers climbed to sixth in the Championship after beating Rotherham United.

Dutch midfielder Chery hit his first two goals for the Championship club.

But it was Austin who proved the main architect of victory, scoring QPR's third goal after laying on the first two either side of half-time for Chery.

Rotherham got it back to 3-2 with goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and Tom Thorpe, before Austin's late penalty.

Just when it looked as if the Millers might complete an unlikely comeback after being three down with less than half an hour to play, Austin scored from the spot after Lee Frecklington was adjudged to have fouled home substitute Sebastian Polter.

Charlie Austin - the £15m man
QPR director of football Les Ferdinand revealed on Friday night that QPR, who put a £15m price tag on Charlie Austin, have only received two official offers for the striker who hit 18 Premier League goals in 35 games last season - from Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

The Millers, who won on their first trip to Loftus Road in 1951 but are now winless in five subsequent visits, had cause to feel aggrieved to trail at the break after matching their hosts for most of the first 45 minutes.

Austin set up Chery to drill his left-foot shot into the top-left corner from 12 yards just before half-time. And a fair proportion of the fans had failed to make it back to their seats by the time Austin proved playmaker again just five minutes after the restart.

This time it was the sought-after striker's backheel that created the space for Chery to hit his second of the afternoon. And, on 63 minutes, Austin scored his third goal of the season.

Rotherham, who have now won just one of their last 14 away games, gave themselves hope when Clarke-Harris received Frecklington's pass before cutting in to curl a low left-foot shot into the bottom-left corner.

And, on 88 minutes, they were two-thirds of the way to a dramatic rescue when Thorpe struck from six yards.

But the Millers were disappointed with the penalty decision which, less than a minute later, allowed Austin to make it four goals in four games.

Stan Bowles Day at Loftus Road

Stan Bowles played for QPR from 1972 to 1979

QPR chose this day to honour club legend Stan Bowles, the former England inside-forward, who has Alzheimer's disease.

Manchester-born Bowles, 66, who scored 97 league goals in 315 league appearances for Rangers from 1972 to 1979 and won just five caps for England, looked in good physical condition when introduced to the crowd before kick-off.

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey told BBC London 94.9:

"Charlie Austin wants people to know that he's fit. He's reacted well today. He's reacted well all season. He scored another two goals and is running around like a two-year-old, so the comments seem to be unjust.

"Everyone at the club was disappointed about the comments. But Charlie knows if you're going to be in the big time then people are going to be knocking you. He's taken it on the chin. If you're attacked from nowhere, out of the blue and unprovoked, you are going to defend yourself.

"I hope Charlie Austin stays. No-one has give us any indication we are going to lose him, but obviously there is speculation. Ambition is a big thing. When you're a footballer you want play at the highest level you can."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"For 42 minutes there was one good team out there, and it was us. We had a couple of half-chances but we didn't take them.

"We got Chris Ramsey to change systems three or four times, and it was a good performance. But goals always change matches.

"They had a good finish to be fair, after a good passage of play, and we're disappointed. We can certainly defend the third and fourth goals better, we know that, but we showed some character."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Green
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 15Konchesky
  • 20Henry
  • 18FaurlinSubstituted forDoughtyat 77'minutes
  • 7Phillips
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forPolterat 82'minutes
  • 8CherySubstituted forKpekawaat 90+2'minutes
  • 9AustinBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 14Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 16Doughty
  • 23Hoilett
  • 25Smithies
  • 33Polter
  • 42Kpekawa

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roos
  • 2BuxtonBooked at 69mins
  • 15Halford
  • 4Collins
  • 22Newell
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33SmallwoodSubstituted forThorpeat 45'minutes
  • 17WardSubstituted forMaguireat 78'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 10LedesmaSubstituted forWhiteat 68'minutes
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 9Ward
  • 11Green
  • 14White
  • 20Rawson
  • 21Collin
  • 23Thorpe
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
15,009

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 4, Rotherham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 4, Rotherham United 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Newell following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Cole Kpekawa replaces Tjaronn Chery.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 4, Rotherham United 2. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Sebastian Polter draws a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 3, Rotherham United 2. Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Collins with a headed pass following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by James Perch.

  13. Post update

    Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Joe Newell.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Sebastian Polter replaces Massimo Luongo.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.