Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers scores his team's second goal

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.

Paul Dickov

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Post-match: Paul Dickov on QPR Defeat

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.

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2416351651
2Burnley2413831847
3QPR2413741246
4Derby2413561844
5Nottm Forest24101041040
6Ipswich24996936
7Brighton24996736
8Leeds241059735
9Reading24987235
10Blackburn24978234
11Wigan23968233
12Blackpool24888-432
13Huddersfield24879431
14Watford23797630
15Middlesbrough24798530
16Bournemouth248610-1030
17Birmingham24789129
18Bolton24699-527
19Charlton245910-824
20Sheff Wed234109-722
21Millwall245712-2322
22Doncaster245613-2321
23Yeovil234514-1817
24Barnsley243813-2117
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