Team: Green, Konchesky, Hall, Onuoha, Perch, Phillips, Luongo, Faurlin, Doughty, Chery, Austin
Subs Not Used: Smithies, Kpekawa, Furlong, Comley, Emmanuel-Thomas, Blackwood
Attendance: 11,189 (including 836 R’s fans)
Tjaronn Chery’s late winner ensured Queen’s Park Rangers left Huddersfield with all three points. The Dutchman side-footed home Massimo Luongo’s cross at the far post, after it had evaded team mate Matt Phillips.
Chery almost opened the scoring early on but his close-range effort from Charlie Austin’s shot looped over.
Town’s Tom Smith nearly scored a 12th-minute own goal as he deflected Phillips’ goal-bound effort inches wide of his own post.
Huddersfield can feel hard done by not to get a point, but Chris Powell’s side are still in search of their first win in any competition this season.
Premier League transfer target Austin was inches away from giving QPR the lead 12 minutes before half-time as Chery’s cross just evaded him. But that was the only real chance Austin had in the final game before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday evening.
Town were the better side after the break as Martin Cranie had a header cleared off the line, while Ishmael Miller also went close.
But Chery’s late winner, which was against the run of play, sent Rangers into fourth place, three points off league leaders Brighton, while Town drop into the relegation places.
This was not a classic. There was very little goalmouth incident throughout the entire 90 minutes and what few attempts/shots on goal that did occur came mostly from Rangers.
Huddersfield posed no real threat especially in the first-half and the match had nil-nil written all over it until Chery popped up on the left to slot home the winner late on much to the delight of the QPR supporters behind that goal.
The R’s edged it and just about deserved their narrow 1-0 victory. We were the better side and quite frankly Huddersfield looked a very mediocre outfit indeed.
The only time I got nervous was deep into time added on when the home side were awarded a free kick in a very dangerous position but thankfully the ball was cleared and this time we did not concede our usual costly last gasp goal.
I thought the team played more as a unit than in recent games and we did appear more organised, although the quality of the football, inventiveness and cutting edge still left much to be desired.
Three very welcome points folks, however don’t get too carried away, there is a very fine line between success and failure. We will face many more tougher fixtures than this one I’m sure.
Bernard Lambert (Kerrins)