Charlie Austin's injury-time goal handed QPR their first win in four league games at the expense of struggling Doncaster.

The victory moves Harry Redknapp's Hoops back up to third - only a point below second-placed Burnley.

Theo Robinson gave Rovers the lead with a low shot before Matt Phillips levelled by poking in from close-range.

The winner came with two minutes of stoppage time played when Austin headed in Danny Simpson's right-wing cross.

Rangers had been unimpressive and lost winger Junior Hoilett to injury after 12 minutes at Loftus Road, where Rovers belied their lowly position - and the wet and windy conditions - with some impressive passing and movement.

Doncaster always posed a threat, with Mark Duffy just failing to connect with Robinson's whipped cross and Richie Wellens shooting narrowly wide after jinking his way into the box.

Tight Hoops

  • QPR have conceded only four home goals in the Championship so far

Rangers switched to two up front by bringing on Andy Johnson at half-time to add impetus to the attack, but they needed a defensive lapse to help them draw level 10 minutes into the second period.

An off-balance David Cotterill was unable to clear Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross at the far post and the ball dropped to Phillips, who poked home.

Rangers continued to press, but when Austin headed wide from Simpson's right-wing cross, Doncaster looked likely to pick up a deserved point.

However, with just a few minutes remaining the striker took his next chance, a well-placed header, to give the west London side the victory.

The defeat leaves Doncaster in the relegation zone and they are without a win in the league since 30 November.

Queens Park Rangers assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"We weren't really at the races in the first half, but competed more in the second and got the winner - a great, great winner - from Charlie.

"We need help in that department [up front] and Charlie needs help, but he's coming up trumps for us. He is under pressure to score.

"If you get someone in from abroad it can be more of a risk, but that's not to say that if the circumstances were right he wouldn't take someone from abroad, because I'm sure he would. Harry Redknapp is looking at the options available to him and hopefully, before the transfer window closes, something can be done."

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov:

"We're all a bit deflated at the moment, we put in a fantastic performance from start to finish and lost the game. Never mind not getting a point, I felt we were unlucky not to get all three against the best team in the division.

"I've got to give the players a lot of credit. We're a bit down at the minute but we've got to take massive positives from the performance.

It's hard to take positives after a result like that, but we've shown we can really compete in this league, and I just want to keep the players believing. I feel we have a good squad and if we keep performing like that we'll be all right."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 17 Barton
  • 05 Dunne
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 35 Benayoun (Johnson - 45' Booked )
  • 36 O'Neil Booked
  • 09 Austin
  • 19 Kranjcar (Traore - 84' )
  • 23 Hoilett (Phillips - 13' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Phillips
  • 08 Johnson
  • 10 Carroll
  • 20 Henry
  • 26 Murphy

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 31 Stevens
  • 04 Furman
  • 02 Quinn
  • 12 McCullough
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 19 Wellens
  • 10 Macheda (Forrester - 82' )
  • 22 Robinson (Brown - 78' Booked )
  • 07 Duffy

Substitutes

  • 09 Brown
  • 13 Maxted
  • 17 Woods
  • 21 De Val
  • 23 Bennett
  • 25 Forrester
  • 30 Peterson
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 15,807

Match Stats

Shots

19 14

On target

6 2

Corners

5 4

Fouls

17 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:09

Attempt blocked. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Quinn.

90:00 +3:17 Booking

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

90:00 +3:17

Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +3:17

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Doncaster Rovers 1. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

90:00 +1:49

Attempt blocked. Liam Wakefield (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.

90:00 +1:14

Foul by Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +1:14

Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:19

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Harry Forrester.

86:09

Hand ball by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

85:10 Booking

Booking Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:06

Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:06

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

84:13

Attempt missed. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Simpson.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Niko Kranjcar.

83:10

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nedum Onuoha.

82:20

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

82:20

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:13

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Forrester replaces Federico Macheda.

81:04

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:04

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

80:07

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:07

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

78:19

Attempt saved. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:00

Attempt missed. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

77:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Theo Robinson because of an injury.

77:27

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

77:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:29

Delay in match Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

75:55

Foul by Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers).

75:55

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:44

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joey Barton.

75:26

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

75:26

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:31

Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:31

Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).

73:47

Attempt missed. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Johnson with a cross.

73:09

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

72:44

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

71:24

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Mark Duffy.

68:41

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:41

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

67:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:37

Delay in match Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

66:32

Delay in match Liam Wakefield (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

66:16

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

65:16

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

64:54

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

64:43

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

62:47

Attempt missed. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

62:17

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Phillips.

58:15

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:15

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

54:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

54:36

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

52:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:57

Delay in match Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

50:57

Delay in match Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

49:50

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

49:47

Attempt blocked. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:46

Attempt blocked. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Wakefield.

48:45

Attempt missed. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross following a corner.

48:15

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by David Cotterill.

47:44

Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross Turnbull.

47:06

Foul by Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers).

47:06

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Andrew Johnson replaces Yossi Benayoun.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

45:00 +0:26

Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

44:34

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

44:34

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

44:10

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:10

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

42:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Federico Macheda following a fast break.

40:38

Liam Wakefield (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:38

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

39:01

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:01

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

38:32

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

38:18

Attempt blocked. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

36:20

Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:20

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

33:15

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

33:15

Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:04

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

27:45

Attempt missed. Liam Wakefield (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dean Furman.

26:58

Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

25:20

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:20

Foul by David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers).

24:34

Attempt missed. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill.

19:15

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton.

16:44

Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:44

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

12:54 Booking

Booking Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

12:47

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:47

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

12:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips replaces Junior Hoilett because of an injury.

12:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:20

Delay in match Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

9:46

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

7:55

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

6:53

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

3:45

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:45

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

3:14

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

2:41

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Duffy following a corner.

2:14

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

0:54

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

0:54

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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