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Andy Johnson: Charlie Austin is the most in-form striker in the league

PUBLISHED: 18:20 18 January 2014 | UPDATED: 20:48 18 January 2014

Charlie Austin of QPR celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Huddersfield. Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Charlie Austin of QPR celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Huddersfield. Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

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QPR striker Andy Johnson believes Charlie Austin’s red-hot goalscoring form makes him one of the most dangerous strikers in the Championship.

Austin scored his 13th and 14th goals of the campaign against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as Rangers dug deep to record a narrow 2-1 win at Loftus Road.

Austin scored 45 goals in just over two years at his previous club Burnley, and his fellow striker Johnson believes there are few better forwards in the division.

“After what Charlie has done in the last two seasons, and with what he continues to do, he’s proven at this level,” said Johnson. “Charlie’s a great player and he’s in great form. At the moment, for me, he’s the most in-form striker in the league.”

Johnson was making only his eighth start of a season which has been blighted by injury, but said he was enjoying the opportunity to play alongside Austin.

He added: “He’s scoring really important goals for us, and I’m really pleased to play a part in that when I’m on the field.

“I’ve had a couple of assists in the last couple of games I’ve started with him, so I’m pleased with that. It would be nice to get on the scoresheet myself as well, but the most important thing is picking up points.

“It would be great to have more game time with Charlie, but it’s not down to me.”

QPR made hard work of the first half against Huddersfield, but, in keeping with their season so far, improved in the second period. Johnson admitted teams are making it difficult for Harry Redknapp’s side to play at Loftus Road.

“There are not too many games where it’s going to be flash football from both teams,” he said. “Every team has a game plan, and they come here and make it hard for us.

“Teams are well aware that we were one of the favourites to go up, so it’s a tough place for us to play against teams who want to make it hard for us.

“If you look at our season overall, we’ve mixed it up. When we have had to battle and dig in, we have done that. When we’ve earned the right to get the space we’ve played our football.”


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