QPR hit three past Bournemouth this evening as they moved back into the top two of the Championship at Loftus Road.
Goals from Charlie Austin, Junior Hoilett and Matty Phillips were enough to ensure that Rangers unbeaten home record remained intact this season as they scored three in a game for the first time this campaign.
Redknapp made three changes the side that lost at Doncaster Rovers at the weekend. Kranjcar, Jenas and Phillips were out as Hoilett, Carroll and Johnson were all handed starts against the Cherries.
Charlie Austin was the first to try and open the scoring in the sixth minute but fortunately for him he was flagged offside after miscuing his shot in the Bournemouth box before a defensive mix-up at the other end between Assou-Ekotto and keeper Green nearly allowed the visitors in.
Play soon switched to a QPR attack when Danny Simpson, marauding down the right, picked out Austin inside the area but his strong header was acrobatically kept out by former R’s stopper Lee Camp.
An off the ball altercation between Joey Barton and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, that saw the latter collide with the QPR midfielder in front of referee Andy Woolmer, went unpunished and only served to incense the Loftus Road crowd.
That was soon forgotten though as Rangers took the lead in the 27th minute through Charlie Austin. Barton fed Andy Johnson down the left wing – who did well to keep the ball in play – before crossing for Austin. The one time Bournemouth target controlled the ball with a deft touch on his chest before stabbing past Camp from eight-yards.
However, QPR were denied what appeared a strong penalty claim five minutes later when Cherries skipper Tommy Elphick fell over before handling the ball under pressure from Austin. TV replays seemed to suggest it was inside the area but the referee and his assistant disagreed leaving the R’s enraged and with just a free-kick outside the 18-yard box.
W12 was now fired up and Barton – moments after picking up a harsh yellow card – sent an effort flying over the bar from 20-yards.
Bournemouth responded with a header from Steve Cook going over Green’s bar from a corner before Brett Pitman turned R’s defender Richard Dunne and forced a comfortable save from Green as an eventful opening 45 minutes came to a close.
QPR couldn’t have got off to a better start in the second half when nine minutes in they found themselves 2-0 ahead thanks to a flowing team move. AJ crossed from the right and Austin took a wild swing at it on the penalty spot – he missed – but the ball found its way to Hoilett at the back post. He shifted to his left before firing past Camp inside the six-yard box courtesy of a deflection off Bournemouth right-back Simon Francis.
Eddie Howe’s side responded through Pitman who forced a one handed save from Green to preserve QPR’s lead. It was a scare for QPR but they needn’t have worried as substitute Matty Phillips grabbed a third for Rangers just three minutes after coming on for fellow scorer Hoilett.
A goal kick by Green bounced around in midfield and Phillips capatilised racing onto the loose ball before pulling the trigger from outside the box beating Camp in his top corner in the 77th minute.
That was enough as QPR comfortably saw the match out under the floodlights to record their 11th win of the season and move level on points with league leaders Leicester City.