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Posted Tue 03 Dec 13 at 21:35 PM

Cherries beaten by Redknapp's QPR

Former Poole Town striker Charlie Austin was on the scoresheet as the Cherries were beaten 3-0 by Queens Park Rangers.

Austin, who was signed by Eddie Howe for Burnley in January 2011, put the hosts in front in the 27th minute with a close range finish.

Harry Redknapp’s side extended their lead when Junior Hoilett finished from a narrow angle shortly after half-time.

The Cherries also had chances in either half, with two of the best falling to Brett Pitman, who was unable to find a way past the tightest defence in the Football League.

Howe sent on Tokelo Rantie, Lewis Grabban and Ryan Fraser for the final 30 minutes, and all three combined as the Scotland under-21 winger tested Rob Green from distance.

But substitute Matt Phillips made an instant impact to ensure all three points for the R’s with an impressive solo effort 13 minutes from time.

While QPR enjoyed most of the early possession, they put themselves under pressure with Benoit Assou-Ekotto forcing a save out of his own goalkeeper and Richard Dunne gave the ball to Matt Ritchie, who fired 
wide of the mark.

Down the other end, Austin saw a header pushed over the bar by Lee Camp in front of the travelling contingent.

But for all Cherries’ promising play in the opening 25 minutes, the R’s number nine produced a cool finish to put the home side into the lead. 

The Cherries’ best chance of the first half came in injury time as Andrew Surman played in Pitman, only for the striker to aim his effort too close to England goalkeeper Green.

The visitors started the second period well and Pitman may feel he could have done better when he cut inside and guided a shot narrowly wide.

But Hoilett extended QPR’s lead as his shot deflected off Simon Francis and eluded Steve Cook on the line as it found its way into the back of the net.

With half an hour left to play, Howe introduced Rantie and Grabban in place of Pitman and Shaun MacDonald, as the Cherries switched to 4-4-2. They were soon joined by Fraser as the visitors looked to find a way 
back into the game.

All three combine to create a chance for the Scotland under-21 winger, who tested Green from 25 yards.

However, the game was finished as a contest when Phillips burst past his marker and made it 3-0 with a powerful finish in the 77th minute. 

QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Barton, O’Neil (Traore 81), Hoilett (Phillips 73), Johnson (Jenas 73), Austin.

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Traore, Kranjcar, Henry, Young.

Goals: Austin (27), Hoilett (54), Phillips (77)

Booked: Barton

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Arter, Surman, MacDonald (Grabban 61), Ritchie (Fraser 68), Pitman (Rantie 61), Pugh.

Unused substitutes: Flahavan, Harte, O'Kane, Thomas.

Booked: MacDonald

Attendance: 16,331 (including 1,467 Cherries supporters)

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