Austin strikes again as QPR see off the challenge of Leicester City

QPR striker Charlie Austin

QPR striker Charlie Austin - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Charlie Austin scored his seventh goal of the season to secure a much needed three points against Leicester City at Loftus Road.

QPR midfielder Leroy Fer

QPR midfielder Leroy Fer - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester had taken the lead through Esteban Cambiasso before the home side drew level thanks to a Wes Morgan own goal. Leroy Fer then put the Rs back ahead before they were pegged back by Jeff Schlupp’s excellent goal, before Austin grabbed the winner.

With Sandro and Bobby Zamora missing through injury and Richard Dunne absent due to suspension, Rs boss Harry Redknapp started with Eduardo Vargas playing alongside Charlie Austin in attack.

Nedum Onuoha started in the heart of the defence with Steven Caulker and Niko Kranjcar was recalled to the starting line up on the right side of midfield.

Eduardo Vargas got on the end of a cross from Mauricio Isla but the striker couldn’t divert the ball on target.

Soon after the visitors grabbed the opening goal of the game through Cambiasso.

The former Argentina international stabbed the ball home right footed from the edge of the box after the ball fell into his path following good work from Andy King.

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Kranjcar’s free kick took a deflection off the top of the Leicester wall and from the corner Fer, like Vargas, failed to hit the target.

Isla saw his shot deflected wide for a corner after Leicester closed down a shot from Kranjcar.

The tireless running of Jamie Vardy continued to cause the QPR back four problems and on 15 minutes he got in behind the defence, picking out Riyad Mahrez with his cross but the Algerian could only fire wide.

QPR then started to take control of the game and drew level on 37 minutes after Caulker’s cross was diverted into his own net by Leicester captain Morgan.

Just on half time the home side then took the lead thanks to Fer, who smashed home from close range after Schmeichel did well to keep out a header from Austin.

At the start of the second half, Green did well to deny Mahrez and had luck on his side when Vardy saw his header hit the top of the crossbar from Mahrez’s cross.

At the other end Austin saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected just wide of the post for a corner which was headed over by Onuoha.

Minutes later after good link up play with Kranjcar, Austin saw his volley well saved by Schmeichel.

Vardy got on the end of a quick free kick but could only find the side netting.

But on 67 minutes, Leicester found their equaliser thanks to former Brentford loanee Schlupp who hit a stunning half volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the peanalty area.

QPR were not to be denied though as Austin put them back in front with a header from 4-yards out following a scramble from a corner to secure the win.

Leicester’s best chance to grab a dramatic late equaliser fell to King but he could only should over the bar from just outside the box.

The victory lifts QPR off the bottom of the league above Leicester and Burnley, who they entertain next Saturday.

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