Charlie Austin's second-half double earned victory over bottom-of-the-table Barnsley and kept QPR level on points with Championship leaders Burnley.

Austin's low shot put the hosts ahead after good work by Junior Hoilett.

And Austin made it 2-0 late on when he scored from the penalty spot after he was tripped by Martin Cranie.

The visitors defended resolutely but rarely threatened and a dominant QPR were able to set a new club record of eight successive league clean sheets.

Rangers, who have moved three points clear of third-placed Leicester City following their defeat at Doncaster, had numerous chances to go ahead before the break.

Richard Dunne saw an early header from Tom Carroll's corner cleared off the line by David Perkins and away goalkeeper Jack Butland made a fine double save to keep out Austin's strike and the follow-up attempt by Alejandro Faurlin.

Barnsley, who have now lost all six of their away league games, briefly threatened when Tom Kennedy's mis-hit cross was tipped over by Rob Green and also when they thought they should have had a penalty for a handball by Niko Kranjcar.

The hosts' domination continued after the break and only a fine goalline clearance by Paddy McCourt kept out a Krancjar shot.

Built on solid ground

QPR have set a new club record of eight successive clean sheets in the league.

They also remain the only club in the Championship who have yet to lose a league game.

But Rangers persevered and Austin's smart finish finally broke the deadlock.

Substitute Hoilett tricked his way to the left byeline and his pull-back was knocked in by the summer signing from Burnley from close range.

And the in-form Austin then doubled his tally for the afternoon from the spot, his fifth goal in as many games.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond

"In the end it was comfortable, but you're always anxious I suppose until you get the breakthrough.

"I just felt we needed to increase the tempo of the game in the second half. We'd had a couple of really good chances and their keeper made great saves.

"The longer it goes on the more you can get frustrated, so I think the introduction of Junior Hoilett helped us. We needed to get the ball out wide more and he helped us with that.

"And it was nice to see Charlie score again, but the crowd also appreciate what he does for the team."

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft

"It was probably 20 or 30 seconds of us not doing what we wanted to do which cost us.

"You can't give Charlie Austin two inches. We said before the game that we'd have to mark him because he's a unique goalscorer at this level. Then Martin Cranie doesn't have to tackle him there.

"We defended well as a team and limited them to two chances in the first half. We kept them at bay and kept their fans low, but that first goal really gave them energy and verve.

"There were a few tired performances in the last 20 minutes. We just ran out of legs.

"We've got to balance and shape this squad and find out who we're going forward with. It's two weeks to assess things."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 10 Carroll
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 36 O'Neil (Henry - 81' )
  • 17 Barton
  • 09 Austin
  • 32 Faurlin (Hoilett - 62' )
  • 19 Kranjcar (Chevantón - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 16 Jenas
  • 18 Chevantón
  • 20 Henry
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 26 Murphy
  • 28 Ehmer

Barnsley

  • 12 Butland
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 34 Fox
  • 06 Cranie
  • 03 Ramage (Hassell - 67' )
  • 42 McCourt
  • 11 Perkins Booked
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 09 Scotland (Pedersen - 54' )
  • 21 Mellis Booked (Cywka - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 08 Dawson
  • 19 Cywka
  • 20 Pedersen
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
Ref: David Phillips
Att: 16,202

Match Stats

Shots

20 9

On target

5 1

Corners

7 4

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Barnsley 0.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Barnsley 0.

90:00 +3:43

Attempt saved. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +2:23

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:05

Attempt missed. Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +2:01

Attempt blocked. Javier Chevantón (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:05

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett tries a through ball, but Javier Chevantón is caught offside.

90:00 +0:25

Attempt missed. Javier Chevantón (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

87:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Javier Chevantón replaces Niko Kranjcar.

86:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Barnsley 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

85:22

Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Austin draws a foul in the penalty area.

85:22

Penalty conceded by Martin Cranie (Barnsley) after a foul in the penalty area.

84:12

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

83:34

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

80:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Gary O'Neil.

77:46

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

77:46

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:10

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

77:10

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:18

Attempt missed. Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Thomas Carroll with a cross following a corner.

74:37

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

70:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka replaces Jacob Mellis.

70:11

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Danny Simpson is caught offside.

69:23

Attempt missed. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

68:48

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

68:13

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Clint Hill.

67:39

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

67:39

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Robert Hassell replaces Peter Ramage because of an injury.

65:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Barnsley 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

65:16

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

63:28 Booking

Booking David Perkins (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

62:19

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

61:56

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

61:13 Substitution

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

59:52 Booking

Booking Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:39

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:39

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

58:20

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

57:00

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Patrick McCourt.

56:56

Attempt missed. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton.

56:31

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

56:31

Foul by David Perkins (Barnsley).

55:54

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

55:26

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

54:54

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

54:19

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

53:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Marcus Pedersen replaces Jason Scotland.

53:04

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

52:17

Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:17

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

50:32

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

50:32

Jason Scotland (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:29

Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

47:29

David Fox (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:32

Attempt missed. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by David Fox with a cross following a corner.

46:09

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Niko Kranjcar.

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 0, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +0:01

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

45:00 +0:01

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

43:51

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

43:51

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:22

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

42:14

Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

41:12

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

41:12

David Fox (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:50

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

40:50

Jack Butland (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:12

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

39:46

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

39:46

Foul by David Perkins (Barnsley).

39:00

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

35:55

Attempt blocked. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

35:52

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

34:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:00

Delay in match Martin Cranie (Barnsley) because of an injury.

32:06

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

29:56

Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:56

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

29:03

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

29:03

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:52

Attempt missed. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Fox.

25:08

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

21:36

Attempt missed. David Perkins (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

19:32

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

19:08

Attempt blocked. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Carroll with a cross.

18:40

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

18:38

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

16:34

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Robert Green.

15:22

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

14:41

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

12:20

Offside, Barnsley. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

8:32

Offside, Barnsley. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

7:11

Foul by Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).

7:11

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:58

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

4:17

Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:17

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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