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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin and Karl Henry scored against Bolton to give Championship promotion-chasers QPR their fourth consecutive league victory.

After dominating the first half, Bolton were undone when Austin headed home Matt Phillips' cross.

Henry doubled the lead five minutes after the break with a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Jay Spearing scored a late consolation goal for Bolton, who have won only one of their last seven league matches.

The narrow win keeps Rangers eight points behind leaders Leicester and three clear of third-placed Burnley.

Bolton, who are struggling at the other end of the table in 18th, went close through Darren Pratley, before Craig Davies hammered a 25-yard shot against the crossbar with Rob Green well beaten.

QPR made the most of their good fortune as Austin rounded off a fine move to score his 15th goal of the season.

Bolton suffered further punishment when Henry fired in his first goal for the club from long range, although Bolton remained a threat and Green had to produce two fine saves.

Shortly after the tipping over Lee Chung-yong's effort, the keeper dived to his right to push away Medo's powerful strike.

Rangers struggled to carve out clear-cut chances and had to endure an nervy finale finish after Spearing's 85th-minute shot from just outside the area flew past an unsighted Green.

QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond:

"Charlie's got a problem with his shoulder and we don't yet know the extent of it.

"He had to come off after going on as long as he could. In the end it was too much for him and we'll have to assess it.

"He's as game as they come and got his goal from a great cross by Matt Phillips. We know we're reliant on Charlie and didn't need reminding."

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman:

"We've just got to keep going and things will change for us. I felt we were very unfortunate.

"The little things are just not going for us but the performance levels and the commitment are both there. We've got to make sure that we keep the standards high and on another day the shot that hit the bar goes in.

"I'm very proud of the lads' effort. We felt we were very unlucky not to take the lead on a few occasions and felt hard done by to be 1-0 down."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 3Traore
  • 10Carroll
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 7Phillips
  • 20Henry
  • 9AustinSubstituted forZamoraat 70'minutes
  • 8Johnson
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 23Hoilett
  • 24Diakité
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy
  • 28Ehmer
  • 36O'Neil

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5ReamSubstituted forWhiteat 5'minutes
  • 44Kamara
  • 4Mills
  • 12Knight
  • 21Pratley
  • 6Spearing
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 67'minutes
  • 16Davies
  • 18DannsSubstituted forLeeat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 7Eagles
  • 14Moritz
  • 25Vela
  • 27Lee
  • 29Jutkiewicz
  • 33White
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
15,097

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Hayden White tries a through ball, but Mark Davies is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Clint Hill.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

  18. Post update

    Shaun Wright-Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester28203551282363
2QPR27167433171655
3Burnley271410339201952
4Derby28156754371751
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading28128844331144
7Ipswich28101084032840
8Brighton27101073023740
9Blackburn2810993535039
10Middlesbrough2891094135637
11Wigan2610792826237
12Leeds27106113636036
13Huddersfield2797113633334
14Bournemouth2797113446-1234
15Blackpool2889112739-1233
16Watford2571083631531
17Birmingham2778123134-329
18Bolton27610113244-1228
19Doncaster2877142644-1828
20Sheff Wed2651293334-127
21Millwall2768132851-2326
22Charlton2659122234-1224
23Barnsley2649132544-1921
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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