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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Huddersfield Town

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.

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:

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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."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 10CarrollBooked at 87mins
  • 5Dunne
  • 6HillBooked at 45mins
  • 36O'NeilSubstituted forPhillipsat 45'minutes
  • 20Henry
  • 8JohnsonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forTraoreat 81'minutes
  • 9Austin
  • 19Kranjcar

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 7Phillips
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 15Onuoha
  • 24Diakité
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 12HammillSubstituted forGobernat 78'minutes
  • 3Dixon
  • 15Wallace
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27Smith
  • 6Hogg
  • 8Clayton
  • 11D WardSubstituted forVaughanat 51'minutes
  • 21Wells
  • 4NorwoodSubstituted forScannellat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 7Scannell
  • 9Vaughan
  • 10Gobern
  • 13Bennett
  • 18Lolley
  • 38Holmes
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
17,185

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home19
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Huddersfield Town 1.
Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).
Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Oscar Gobern.
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.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).
Attempt missed. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.
Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).
James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Booking

Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).
Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).
Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).
Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Smith with a cross.
Hand ball by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Oscar Gobern replaces Adam Hammill.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Smithies.
Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Adam Clayton.
Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.
Attempt blocked. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.
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.
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.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Smith.
Attempt blocked. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Andrew Johnson is caught offside.
Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).
Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).
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.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Robert Green.
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.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan replaces Daniel Ward.
Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).
Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).
Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Murray Wallace.
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.
Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).
Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester2618352057
2QPR2615741552
3Burnley2614931951
4Derby2614571647
5Nottm Forest26111141344
6Reading261187941
7Brighton261097739
8Blackburn261079037
9Middlesbrough26998836
10Ipswich26998636
11Wigan251069236
12Leeds2610511035
13Huddersfield269710434
14Blackpool268810-832
15Watford257108531
16Bournemouth268711-1331
17Birmingham267811-229
18Bolton2661010-1128
19Sheff Wed255119-126
20Millwall266713-2325
21Charlton255911-924
22Doncaster266614-2124
23Yeovil255515-1720
24Barnsley254813-1920
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