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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Barnsley

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.

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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.

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

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"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."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 10Carroll
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 36O'NeilSubstituted forHenryat 81'minutes
  • 17Barton
  • 9Austin
  • 32FaurlinSubstituted forHoilettat 62'minutes
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forChevantónat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 16Jenas
  • 18Chevantón
  • 20Henry
  • 23Hoilett
  • 26Murphy
  • 28Ehmer

Barnsley

  • 12Butland
  • 14Wiseman
  • 4Kennedy
  • 34Fox
  • 6Cranie
  • 3RamageSubstituted forHassellat 67'minutes
  • 42McCourt
  • 11PerkinsBooked at 64mins
  • 10O'Grady
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forPedersenat 54'minutes
  • 21MellisBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCywkaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 7O'Brien
  • 8Dawson
  • 19Cywka
  • 20Pedersen
  • 23Etuhu
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
16,202

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Barnsley 0.
Attempt saved. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).
Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Javier Chevantón (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett tries a through ball, but Javier Chevantón is caught offside.
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.

Substitution

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

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.
Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Austin draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Martin Cranie (Barnsley) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Gary O'Neil.
Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).
Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).
David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley118211426
2QPR108201026
3Leicester11722623
4Nottm Forest11641822
5Watford116321121
6Blackpool11551420
7Reading11542519
8Bournemouth11515-616
9Blackburn10433515
10Derby11434315
11Ipswich11434315
12Huddersfield11353314
13Leeds11425-314
14Brighton11344-113
15Middlesbrough11263-112
16Doncaster10334-212
17Wigan8323311
18Millwall11326-1111
19Birmingham11317-210
20Bolton11155-98
21Charlton10145-67
22Sheff Wed10064-66
23Yeovil11128-125
24Barnsley11128-165
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