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QPR vs Luton Town at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

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  • 2 QPR

    • 10'‘ Chris Willock
    • 55'‘ Charlie Austin
  • 0 Luton Town

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Key Moments

  • Austin adds a second
  • Willock opens the scoring
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3-4-3
5-3-2
  • 1 GK Seny Dieng
  • 37 M Adomah (0‘)
  • 3 D Wallace
  • 6 D Barbet
  • 20 D Dunne
  • 4 D Dickie
  • 17 M Dozzell
  • 7 M Johansen
  • 11 FWD Austin (0‘)
  • 21 M Willock
  • 10 M Chair (0‘)
  • 12 GK Sluga
  • 2 D Bree
  • 24 M Onyedinma
  • 4 M Naismith
  • 5 D Bradley
  • 15 D Lockyer
  • 22 D Campbell (0‘)
  • 17 D Mpanzu
  • 11 FWD Adebayo
  • 7 M Cornick (0‘)
  • 23 M Lansbury

Substitutes

  • 13 GK Archer
  • 12 D Ball
  • 8 M Amos (0‘)
  • 14 M Thomas
  • 2 D Kakay (0‘)
  • 15 M Field (0‘)
  • 34 M Duke-McKenna
  • 35 FWD Jerome (0‘)
  • 9 FWD Hylton
  • 1 GK Shea
  • 18 M Clark
  • 29 D Bell
  • 26 FWD Muskwe (0‘)
  • 32 D Osho
Attendance:
15062
Referee:
Matt Donohue

QUEENS PARK RANGERS have finally broken that Friday night hoodoo curse, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Luton Town at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

In an end-to-end game pinned on counter attacking moves, it was the Super Hoops who came out on top courtesy of strikes from Chris Willock and Charlie Austin.

Willock got the ball rolling in the tenth minute when he latched on to Ilias Chair’s clever ball before calmly lobbing Simon Sluga from distance.

Before Austin wrapped the victory with a fine 55th minute header.

Heading into this one boss Mark Warburton made three changes to the starting XI from our recent draw with Blackpool, with captain Stefan Johansen, Austin and Lee Wallace returning to the side.

Of course, Wallace hasn’t featured for the R’s since August following his hamstring injury, whilst Johansen missed out on our trip to the Seaside due to illness.  

This ultimately saw Seny Dieng lining up between the posts, behind a back five of Albert Adomah, Rob Dickie, Jimmy Dunne, Yoann Barbet and Wallace.

Captain Johansen returned in holding midfield alongside Andre Dozzell, with Chair and Willock in the attacking options, with Austin leading the line for the Super Hoops.

Under the lights in W12, Rangers headed into this one off the back of two important away trips, which saw the R’s picking up four points from a possible six and rolled into the international break in the top six.

Rangers faced a Luton Town side who sat in 11th position, with a chance to leapfrog the R’s with a positive result this evening.

The Hatters included former Aston Villa man Henri Lansbury and striker Fred Onyedinma and it was the visiting forward who carved out the first chance of the game.

With only three minutes on the clock the 24-year-old was able to pounce on a hesitant piece of defending from Jimmy Dunne, ensuring that Dieng had to be on hand to deny the Luton man, before Dickie then had to be alert to block Harry Cornick’s goal bound effort.

In a end to end start to proceedings in west London, Chair was able to quickly produce Rangers’ first effort on goal in the 6th minute.

A shot from the edge of the box going agonisingly over Sluga’s crossbar and sailing into a boisterous Luton Town away end.

But, despite Luton’s early pressure, it was Warburton’s side who took the lead.

A fine counter attacking move which saw Chair on the edge of his own box finding his partner in crime Willock with a fantastic ball and the 23-year-old was calmly able to capitalise on some hesitancy from Sluga and looped the ball over the Croatian international, for his fourth of the campaign and his second in consecutive games.

After the goal Rangers had grown in confidence, a strike from the returning Wallace sailed wide, but signalled the swing in momentum.

However, this attacking threat didn’t come without being exposed at the back.

A fine run from Cornick and then Adebayo forcing Dieng into action once again, but the Senegalese international was on hand to come out on top on both occasions.

After an electric start, by the half an hour mark proceedings had started to slow down, with both sides battling to maintain possession of the ball.

However, an out swinging corner kick from Johansen five minutes from time, picked out Austin but the R’s frontman could only poke the ball wide, however highlighted Rangers’ attacking threat once again.

With the half starting to peter out, the free-flowing feel of the game really had disappeared with both sides careless in possession and seemingly awaiting the looming half-time whistle.

And at the break Rangers led.

Luton started the second half brightest, with Kal Naismith heading wide.

But in the 55th minute that man Austin was on hand to double Rangers’ advantage.

Willock initially drawing the foul on the edge of the box, which Johansen whipped in, but the Norwegian’s cross was cleared, but only as far as Dozzell, who calmly picked out Willock who in turn dug out a fine cross for Dunne at the far post who was able to perfectly tee it up for Austin, who with a fine header doubled Rangers’ advantage.

Following the Super Hoops’ second of the evening, Luton boss Nathan Jones rung the changes, with Admiral Muskwe replacing Cornick and his appearance instantly made a difference, with his run causing trouble down the left-hand side.

The 78th minute saw the departure of goal scorer Austin, with Sam Field arriving for his first appearance in the Blue and White hoops this season following a tough knee injury.

Adomah was then quickly replaced by Osman Kakay as R’s boss Warburton looked to add more defensive solidity to the backline for the remaining ten minutes.

Luton continued to pile on the pressure, with substitutes Muskwe and then Cameron Jerome both firing wide.

And the R’s whose recent Achilles heel have been conceded late goals knew they had to dig in deep and the arrival of Luke Amos in the 88th minute for Moroccan Chair only highlighted this.

Four minutes were added, and Luton threw everything forward, but it was ultimately Rangers’ night and as the full-time whistle rung around this famous old ground the points were staying in west London and the R’s were up to fifth.

QPR XI: Dieng, Adomah (Kakay 80’), Dickie, Dunne, Barbet, Wallace, Johansen, Dozzell, Chair (Amos 88’), Willock, Austin (Field 78’)

Subs not used: Archer, Ball, Thomas, Duke-McKenna.