Premier League - Austin opens account to give QPR first victory

Premier League, Loftus Road - QPR 1 (Austin 45+2) Sunderland 0

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Premier League - Austin opens account to give QPR first victory
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QPR's Charlie Austin celebrates his goal against Sunderland (Reuters)

Charlie Austin’s first ever Premier League goal was the difference as QPR beat Sunderland 1-0 at Loftus Road.

Austin, who scored 17 times in the Championship last year, struck seconds before half time to give QPR the platform to win the game comfortably in the second half.

Following their dismal week, Harry Redknapp’s much improved side looked like a team united and were far more comfortable in a 4-3-3 formation than the 3-5-2 used against Tottenham last week.

Sunderland were lacklustre for much of the defeat and struggled to compete with the intensity and work-rate being displayed by their opponents.

QPR now have leapfrogged Sunderland in the table with their first three points of the season and sit in 13th place.

Gus Poyet’s men await their first victory of the season and sit in 15th with two points from their opening three games.

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Clint Hill of QPR and Adam Johnson of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match …

KEY MOMENTS

3’ – OFF THE LINE! – Barton swings in a corner to the far post where Austin gets up well. His header beats Mannone but Johnson was on the line to smash it clear.

11’ – GREAT SAVE! – Johnson slips Fletcher in behind Ferdinand and the striker gets a shot away which was heading into the bottom corner before Green got a fingertip to it to turn it round the post.

30’ – CROSSBAR! – Fer skips away from Rodwell in the middle before lashing a shot from distance onto the bar with Mannone well beaten.

45+2’ – GOAL! – Austin finally gets his goal as Barton’s deep corner is nodded back to him by Caulker before the striker lashed a half volley into the top corner.

54’ – CHANCE! – Fletcher swings a low cross in to the far post where Vergini strikes first-time into the bottom corner but Green is down well to save at his near post.

86’ – CHANCE! – Fer spins beautifully past Cattermole before laying in Zamora ahead of him. The striker finds the run of Traore but his right footed shot drags wide from the edge of the area.

TALKING POINT

Can QPR rely on Charlie Austin to score goals with Loic Remy now a Chelsea player? On today’s evidence, yes. The striker was extremely hard-working and ran Sunderland’s defence into the ground. He took his first ever Premier League goal like a seasoned top-flight striker and will grab many more if he puts in this amount of work every week.

KEY STATS

Sunderland enjoyed 61 of the possession but managed just six shots on target in the entire match.

QPR have recorded their first win of the season on the same day Charlie Austin scored his first ever Premier League goal.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Leroy Fer – QPR’s midfield maestro was everywhere today. He defended well, he closed down at every opportunity and linked the play between midfield and attack nicely. Was unlucky not to score with a cracker of a shot that hit the crossbar before half time, which appeared to turn the tide of the game in QPR’s favour.

PLAYER RATINGS

QPR: Green 7, Isla 7, Ferdinand 7, Caulker 7, Hill 7, Fer 9, Barton 8, Mutch 7, Phillips 8, Austin 8, Hoilett 7.

Subs: Traore 6, Zamora 6, Taarabt 6.

Sunderland: Mannone 7, Vergini 6, van Aanholt 7, Brown 6, O’Shea , Cattermole 6, Larsson 6, Rodwell 7, Johnson 6, Wickham 7, Fletcher 5.

Subs: Altidore 5, Giaccherini 6, Buckley 6.

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