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Posted Sat 14 Sep 13 at 17:30 PM

The Report: QPR 1 Blues 0

Blues were left feeling hard done by following a valiant display against promotion-favourites Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

The visitors were arguably the better side throughout and dominated large periods against a physical Hoops side.

However Blues were ultimately undone by a scrappy Charlie Austin goal in the 48th minute.

Lee Clark's side had their chances and could have easily left west London with three points and a comfortable victory under their belts but luck wasn't on their side.

Lee Novak's flicked header, from Andy Shinnie's free-kick, had Rob Green beaten in the 24th minute but couldn't find its way past the post. Novak then returned the favour, after Tom Adeyemi had pounced on a sloppy play from QPR in the middle, by squaring for Shinnie in space and 18 yards out, only for his effort to sail well wide of the target.

Blues even had the ball in the net in the 47th minute when Jonathan Spector's close-range shot wriggled beyond the grasp of Green but the American was judged to have been offside. 

The afternoon took a cruel twist seconds later. Joey Barton's free-kick from the left side of the area was kept alive at the far post by substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips before Adeyemi's attempted clearance ricocheted off the underside of the bar only to fall into the path of Austin a yard out.

Blues didn't let that sucker punch get to them and pushed forward with purpose. Novak and Kyle Bartley saw headers flash just wide of the target before Spector's afternoon got worse in the 79th minute. The USA international burst into the QPR box and appeared to be clipped by Richard Dunne as he skipped past the Irishman. However, Mike Jones struck another blow for Blues by booking Spector for diving.

Barton could have extended QPR's lead further with an audacious overhead kick before striking Darren Randolph's left-hand post with a well-struck set piece from 25 yards. 

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