Charlie Austin scored twice as QPR moved up to second in the Championship with victory over Huddersfield.

Rangers struggled until 10 minutes after the break, when Austin smashed in from Andy Johnson's flick-on.

Recent signing Nahki Wells equalised for the Terriers with a header from Adam Hammill's cross.

But with 11 minutes remaining, striker Austin grabbed the winner for QPR when he nodded in Benoit Assou-Ekotto's right-wing corner.

The visitors impressed in defeat, however, with Danny Ward twice coming close to scoring in the first half when he fired over from close range and then squandered a golden opportunity by dragging a shot wide.

Terriers tamed

QPR are unbeaten in the last four meetings between these sides, winning three

Town continued to cause problems and keeper Rob Green pushed over Oliver Norwood's free-kick before saving Wells's header.

QPR had another lucky escape when the unmarked Jonathan Hogg shot tamely at Green despite having plenty of time and space after collecting Ward's pass.

But Harry Redknapp's QPR side, who kicked off eight points behind early winners Leicester, were at least able to rely on Niko Kranjcar's set-piece deliveries, and another corner from the Croatian led to Austin and then Henry heading against the bar.

They finally found the net in the second period when Austin scored his 14th of the season with a composed finish.

However, Town hit back midway through the half, Bermuda international Wells nodding in from Hammill's delivery.

Rangers responded strongly with substitute Matt Phillips forcing a fine save from keeper Alex Smithies before Austin headed what proved to be the winner, moving them above Burnley and leaving Huddersfield 13th.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

Post-match: QPR manager Redknapp

"We were better in the second half. We needed to up our game and we got two goals from Charlie, which has been pretty much par for the course.

"He's the one who has scored the goals for us and that's why we are where we are, as well as the fact that we've managed to keep the ball out of the net.

"I also thought Matt Phillips and Armand Traore made a difference when they came on as perhaps we lacked width."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"On the one hand we played really well but on the other we've not got that point, so it's difficult to swallow.

"In the first half I thought we were brilliant. That's no surprise to me, because we're good. We came here and took the game to them.

"We've done well, but we had clear-cut chances and should really have been 3-0 up at half-time. We didn't take those chances and you know they are then going to come at you in the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 10 Carroll Booked
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill Booked
  • 36 O'Neil (Phillips - 45' )
  • 20 Henry
  • 08 Johnson Booked (Traore - 81' )
  • 09 Austin
  • 19 Kranjcar

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 07 Phillips
  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 24 Diakité
  • 25 Zamora
  • 26 Murphy

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill (Gobern - 78' )
  • 03 Dixon
  • 15 Wallace
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 27 Smith
  • 06 Hogg
  • 08 Clayton
  • 11 Ward (Vaughan - 51' )
  • 21 Wells
  • 04 Norwood (Scannell - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 07 Scannell
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 10 Gobern
  • 13 Bennett
  • 18 Lolley
  • 38 Holmes
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 17,185

Match Stats

Shots

19 15

On target

6 6

Corners

13 3

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +4:49 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +4:09

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +4:09

Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:36

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Oscar Gobern.

90:00 +2:02

Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Dixon with a cross.

90:00 +0:38

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:38

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

89:06

Attempt missed. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

88:27

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

88:27

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:34

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:34

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

86:13 Booking

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

86:05

Foul by Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).

86:05

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:53

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

84:53

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:22

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:22

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

82:23

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Smith with a cross.

81:37

Hand ball by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

80:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Andrew Johnson.

78:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Huddersfield Town 1. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross following a corner.

77:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Oscar Gobern replaces Adam Hammill.

76:54

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

76:51

Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

75:32

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

74:54

Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:54

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

72:57

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

72:52

Attempt blocked. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

72:18

Attempt missed. Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

70:34

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karl Henry with a cross.

69:31

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Smith.

69:16

Attempt blocked. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

67:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

66:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.

65:58

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

65:17

Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).

65:17

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:53

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

62:04

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

59:51

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:51

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

56:47

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

56:14

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Robert Green.

56:08

Attempt saved. Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

55:45

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

54:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Andrew Johnson.

50:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan replaces Daniel Ward.

50:14

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:14

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

47:30

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

47:30

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:57

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

46:55

Attempt blocked. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Austin with a headed pass.

46:37

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:37

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

45:47

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:47

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips replaces Gary O'Neil because of an injury.

45:00 +3:44 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

45:00 +3:36

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +3:36

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +3:19

Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +2:38 Booking

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

45:00 +2:29

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +2:29

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

44:28

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Tom Smith tries a through ball, but Oliver Norwood is caught offside.

43:59 Booking

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

43:51

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:51

Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).

42:42

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

41:38

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

41:38

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

39:44

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Smith.

38:49

Attempt missed. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

34:38

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

33:08

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a header from very close range following a corner.

33:07

Attempt saved. Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:05

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar with a cross following a corner.

32:43

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

30:51

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

29:09

Attempt missed. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

28:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:19

Delay in match Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

25:48

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

25:48

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:31

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

25:31

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:33

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:33

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

22:31

Attempt saved. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

19:36

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

19:33

Attempt blocked. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

19:03

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Smith.

18:27

Attempt saved. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a through ball.

16:29

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

15:52

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

14:30

Attempt missed. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

12:55

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Robert Green.

12:52

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

12:06

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:06

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

10:23

Attempt blocked. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar with a cross.

10:02

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Smith.

7:52

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Tom Smith tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

6:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:03

Delay in match Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

5:47

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:56

Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:56

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

4:30

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

3:31

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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