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Austin header helps QPR win at Luton

Published on: 12 January 2021

Charlie Austin (left) scored twice in the final game of his first spell with QPR in December 2015

Charlie Austin scored on his first appearance since rejoining QPR as they beat Luton for their first win in 10 Championship games.

The striker re-signed on loan from West Brom on Saturday and was in the right place to nod in at the back post after team-mate Geoff Cameron had flicked on a corner.

Luton were unbeaten in six league matches at Kenilworth Road and should have responded after the break, James Collins slicing wide when through on goal and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu clipping the woodwork with a curling effort from just outside the box.

Centre-back Rob Dickie headed over as the R's continued to carry a threat before substitute Macauley Bonne slotted home a second from an inch-perfect Albert Adomah pass.

Victory moves Mark Warburton's side up to 18th, five points clear of the relegation zone and to within six points of the 14th-placed Hatters.

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Former Burnley man Austin, 31, scored 45 goals in 82 league games in his first spell at QPR to earn a move to Southampton but had been restricted to five appearances off the bench for West Brom in the Premier League this season.

He led the line well until being taken off on 59 minutes, poaching his goal and combining well with strike partner Lyndon Dykes.

Luton were off-colour - managing just two shots on target - although Hatters boss Nathan Jones opted not to make any changes until the 77th minute.

On-loan Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall skewed a decent chance off-target and forced a decent low save from Semy Dieng but Luton have now won just one of their past 19 league games against QPR.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsLuton

Formation 4-3-3

12Sluga26Bree15Lockyer5Bradley3Potts17Mpanzu16Rea22Dewsbury-Hall7Cornick19Collins25LuaLua

    12Sluga26Bree15Lockyer5Bradley3PottsSubstituted forNombeat 77'minutes17MpanzuSubstituted forBerryat 83'minutes16Rea22Dewsbury-Hall7Cornick19CollinsSubstituted forHyltonat 83'minutes25LuaLuaSubstituted forMoncurat 83'minutes

Substitutes

    1Shea4Tunnicliffe8Berry9Hylton14Moncur18Clark20Kioso23Galloway27Nombe

QPR

Formation 5-3-2

13Dieng2Kane4Dickie20Cameron6Barbet11Osayi-Samuel12Ball10Chair22Carroll9Dykes45Austin

    13Dieng2Kane4Dickie20Cameron6Barbet11Osayi-Samuel12Ball10ChairSubstituted forAdomahat 75'minutes22Carroll9DykesSubstituted forKelmanat 90+4'minutes45AustinSubstituted forBonneat 59'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

    1Lumley7Bonne19Thomas21Willock23Masterson25Hämäläinen26Bettache29Kelman37Adomah

Referee:Andy WoolmerMatch StatsHome TeamLutonAway TeamQPRPossessionHome47%Away53%ShotsHome9Away13Shots on TargetHome2Away8CornersHome2Away6FoulsHome7Away11Live TextPost update

Match ends, Luton Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

90'+5'Post update

Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Luton Town).

90'+4'Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Kelman replaces Lyndon Dykes.

90'+1'Post update

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Glen Rea.

89'Booking

Macauley Bonne (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

89'goalGoal!

Goal! Luton Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 2. Macauley Bonne (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Luton Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luke Berry with a headed pass following a corner.

87'Post update

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Todd Kane.

87'Post update

Attempt saved. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Bree.

86'Post update

Macauley Bonne (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'Post update

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Luton Town).

85'Post update

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Queens Park Rangers).

85'Post update

Tom Lockyer (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. George Moncur replaces Kazenga LuaLua.

83'Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Berry replaces Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

83'Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Danny Hylton replaces James Collins.

82'Post update

Robert Dickie (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82'Post update

Foul by Sam Nombe (Luton Town).

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Source: bbc.com

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