Team: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Sandro, Faurlin, Petrasso (Austin), Hoilett (Henry), Suk-Young (Chery), Phillips
Subs Not Used: Smithies, Angella, Tozser, Luongo
Attendance: 18,031 (including 3,220 away fans)
No striker again but at least Charlie Austin was on the bench and I was pleased to see that Michael Petrasso was in our starting line-up.
Sandro and Ale Faurlin were superb in midfield and we must have won most 50/50 balls.
Rob Green came out to clear a ball in the first-half and the Leeds player rounded him but thankfully he made a mess of it.
There was a wonderful moment after the break when Nedum Onuoha went through two or three challenges around the visitors’ boxBob Hazell style!
A high tempo performance from the R’s but we still needed Charlie Austin to come on and score, which he did with his first touch within two minutes. He met Ale Faurlin’s corner with a powerful header.
Silvestri then made a couple of very good saves from Chery and Austin as we looked to increase our lead.
Phil Parkes and Gerry Francis were interviewed at half-time.
Charlie Austin came off the bench and scored with his first touch to beat Leeds and give Neil Warnock his first win as QPR’s interim manager. Austin headed in his eighth league goal of the season from a corner to end the R’s run of four games without a goal.
Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri made several important saves from Austin and Tjaronn Chery to keep it at 1-0. QPR kept pressing but their fourth straight home clean sheet ensured a first league win in over a month.
With top scorer Austin on the bench and not deemed match fit following a calf injury, the hosts struggled to find a cutting edge in the first-half.
Grant Hall headed over from Alejandro Faurlin’s corner before Nedum Onuoha’s long-range shot flew off target, while Chris Wood blazed Leeds’ best chance over from a narrow angle.
The turning point came when Warnock introduced Chery and Austin 10 minutes into the second-half, and after Chery won a corner, Austin got free to head past the helpless Silvestri.
Austin then headed over from Matt Phillips’ free kick before another header forced Silvestri into a reflex save. Phillips fired a shot wide and Silvestri was once again called into action to stop a low Chery effort.
Leeds winger Stuart Dallas flashed an effort across goal to jangle the home fans’ nerves, but QPR held on to secure a valuable win.
QPR interim manager Neil Warnock: “We haven’t got a lot of goals in the squad, we know that. That’s why I went with the team I did, moving Junior Hoilett inside and also bringing young Mikey (Petrasso) in.”
“We knew Charlie couldn’t play more than half an hour, but I always thought we were going to create chances for him. We know Charlie will always score goals.”
“He was really disappointed not to be involved at Middlesbrough last week and has enjoyed training this week.”
Leeds United boss Steve Evans: “We were disappointing in every aspect of the team. We can’t be waiting until the last 10 minutes to get the ball down and pass it and create chances. We’re a long way short of where we need to be.”
“This is a famous football club that has had world-class stars. It’s a privilege to represent this club and we need to show work-rate and desire.”
“I don’t think we have that many good players and we certainly don’t have many very good players at this level.”