QPR secure first Premier League win thanks to awesome Austin
PUBLISHED: 17:01 30 August 2014 | UPDATED: 20:12 30 August 2014
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Charlie Austin’s first goal of the season secured QPR their first win of the season against Sunderland at Loftus Road.
The 25-year-old missed a penalty on the opening day against Hull City but made no mistake from 6-yards after getting on the end of a Leroy Fer header from Joey Barton’s corner on the stroke of half-time.
After missing the Spurs defeat with a hamstring injury Austin returned to the starting line up at the expense of Loic Remy who was not included in the squad with the French international expected to join rivals Chelsea.
Austin was bright from the off and on three minutes met Joey Barton’s corner with a firm header which was cleared off the line.
With Harry Redknapp scraping the 3-5-2 formation which fell apart against Spurs for a more familiar looking 4-4-1-1 formation Rangers continued to press but were given a scare on 17 minutes when Patrick van Annholt got found space between Mauricio Isla and Matt Phillips but his right-footed effort sailed over.
A minute later Rangers fans sang the name of Alejandro Faurlin around Loftus Road – the Argenine midfielder has been ruled out for nine month after sustaining his third cruciate knee ligament injury in as many years during the league cup defeat at Burton.
On the half hour mark Leroy Fer was inches away from scoring his first goal for the club but the Dutch international could only look on as his powerful strike from 35-yards rattled off the crossbar.
Five minutes later Connor Wickham tried his luck from the same distance but could only drag his shot wide of Rob Green’s right-hand post.
Lee Cattermole picked up a booking before Junior Hoilett stung the palms Vito of Mannone who did well to parry the shot clear of danger.
In the final action of the half QPR got the break their hard work deserved.
Barton’s corner from the left found Fer at the back post and his headed down for Austin who smashed his shot high into the top corner – his ninth goal in nine games at Loftus Road.
The second half was one of few clear cut chances but QPR showed a lot of work has been done of the training ground with the back four standing firm.
On 49 minutes Barton dragged his shot from the edge of the box wide and five minutes later Jack Rodwell dug out an effort but it was easily dealt with by Green.
Sunderland right-back Santiago Vergini saw his shot saved by Green down to his left on 53 minutes as QPR looked to secure their first victory.
Bobby Zamora replaced Austin and the play-off final hero did well to hold off a challenge from O’Shea before playing an excellent through ball to Armand Traore but the winger dragged his shot wide.
With Sunderland pressing for an equaliser Italian forward Emanuele Giaccherini hit a superb volley but Green was equal to it as QPR claimed their first win since returning to the top flight.
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