Charlie Austin marked his second debut for QPR with a aim as Mark Warburton’s struggling facet earned a primary victory in 11 video games after a hard-fought 2-Zero win at Luton on Tuesday evening.
Austin, who has scored 49 instances in 90 appearances for the Rs, nodded dwelling from shut vary after Ilias Chair’s nook had been headed on on the close to put up by skipper Geoff Cameron.
It was the guests who began the brighter as Vivid Osayi-Samuel set off on a strong early run to unleash a cross-shot that compelled keeper Simon Sluga to parry.
Visiting stopper Seny Dieng then wanted to be alert to forestall an personal aim after Harry Cornick’s cross cannoned goalwards through defender Cameron’s outstretched foot.
James Collins lashed over after James Bree headed a cross into his path, whereas Austin drove a low shot at Sluga from 20 yards out in his first sighter since returning on mortgage from West Brom.
Austin had one other try moments later, his glancing header collected by Sluga at his close to put up after an inviting ball in from Todd Kane.
It may have been 1-Zero on the half hour as Lyndon Dykes was despatched by way of on aim however, together with his contact taking him away from the goal, a low try was deflected by the legs of Sluga.
The Hatters lastly registered an effort on the right track when Dan Potts’ right-footed try was simple for Dieng, Kane then dragging a volley throughout aim for the away facet.
Rangers took the lead they deserved within the 38th minute although, as Austin received the aim he had been threatening. A left-wing nook was flicked on by Cameron and the striker nodded dwelling from just a few yards out.
Luton improved within the second interval, however crucially wasted their finest alternative simply moments after the whistle.
A lucky rebound noticed high scorer Collins go clear by way of on aim, solely to slice horribly extensive on his left foot.
Potts fired ambitiously excessive from distance, earlier than Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor shanked woefully into the stands from 20 yards out as City’s taking pictures boots abandoned them.
Kane’s blast was off course for Rangers, who might need had a second if Ilias Chair had mustered the facility to beat Sluga.
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu was inches away from an equaliser when his roller from the sting of the field hit the body of the aim on its method behind.
QPR defender Rob Dickie may have made the sport protected, thumping his header over from one other penetrating nook.
Dewsbury-Corridor’s low roller was nicely stopped by Dieng, earlier than Rangers made the factors protected with a minute to go.
Mark Warburton’s facet customary a two-on-one break, with Albert Adomah selecting out fellow substitute Macauley Bonne to comfortably side-foot into the underside nook.