QPR’S first pre-season friendly ended in defeat at Austria Vienna on Friday night.
Mark Warburton’s new-look Rangers fell behind to Yoann Barbet’s own goal, but recovered well and went in level at half-time thanks to Josh Scowen.
Two goals either side of the hour mark from our hosts, though, saw Vienna run out victors.
Warburton named three of his summer signings in the starting XI with Barbet in the centre of defence, whilst Dominic Ball and Luke Amos lined-up alongside one another in holding midfield.
It was the R’s who threatened first, with Darnell Furlong heading over early on.
At the other end, Edomwonyi Bright Osagie provided Vienna’s first effort of note but he could only fire over too from distance.
From their next attack, however, they made the breakthrough albeit with a fair slice of fortune. Grant Hall slid in to thwart Osagie’s next venture forward, but his clearance cannoned off Barbet inside the R’s six-yard box and into his own net.
Rangers were in danger of conceding a second from a quick counter-attack, but Amos raced back to deny Osagie inside the box.
Amos looked like being instantly rewarded when Lucic Ivan spilled Ebere Eze’s effort to Aramide Oteh, only to make amends with a sublime point-blank save to frustrate Oteh.
From the R’s next attack, though, they levelled. Oteh couldn’t get on the end of Darnell Furlong’s inviting right-hand cross, but Scowen was there to coolly slide it home into the bottom left-hand corner.
Parity didn’t last long, however, as Vienna struck five minutes into the second period. Barbet appeared to be fouled by Osagie in the build-up, but he was allowed to fire past Liam Kelly – a half-time replacement for Joe Lumley – from six yards.
Vienna made it 3-1 on 64 minutes. Kelly dived low to his right to repel Prokop Dominik’s drive, but was helpless to prevent Yateke Sterling Siloe from the rebound.
Defeat then for the R’s, who’ll have benefited from the week abroad and head home on Saturday ahead of their next outing at Boreham Wood in midweek.
QPR: Lumley (Kelly 46); Furlong, Hall (Leistner 60), Barbet (Masterson 75), Manning; Amos (Hamalainen 46), Ball (Owens 75); Shodipo, Scowen, Eze; Oteh (Osayi-Samuel 60).
Booked: Amos, Hall.