Ch­ery on top for QPR late show

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

TJARONN Ch­ery’s late win­ner saw QPR com­plete a smash and grab raid away at Hud­der­s­field – but R’s boss Chris Ram­sey re­mained tight-lipped on star striker Char­lie Austin’s fu­ture.

The Dutch­man’s third strike in two games was enough to clinch vic­tory for the Lon­don side to stretch their league win­ning streak to three games.

And though ad­mit­ting his side’s for­tune in the en­counter, head coach Ram­sey would not be drawn on whether in-de­mand Eng­land striker Austin will still be a QPR player when the trans­fer win­dow closes on Tues­day.

“I wouldn’t like to say be­cause if I’m be­ing hon­est, my gut feel­ing was at pre-sea­son that he wouldn’t be here so I’ve been wrong,” he said.

“I think a lot of the young play­ers look up to him and I think it will be a big boost for us be­cause he’s a goalscorer and we know that, as long as he’s on the pitch, there’s go­ing to be al­ways an op­por­tu­nity that he’s go­ing to win us the game or bring the game back for us.

“Some­times you have to put your hand up when you’ve been for­tu­nate to take three points but an away win is very im­por­tant to us at this stage.”

Austin fired a fourth-minute shot from dis­tance which Ch­ery di­verted just over Joe Mur­phy’s bar.

Matt Phillips cut in­side from the right and fired a low 12th-minute cross into a crowded box which Tommy Smith was for­tu­nate not to put into the back of his own net.

The hosts re­sponded through Ja­cob But­ter­field – sub­ject of re­jected bids from Derby – who un­leashed a fierce 19th-minute long-range drive but Rob Green was equal to it.

Sean Scan­nell went toe-to-toe with vet­eran de­fender Paul Konch­esky and nearly tri­umphed af­ter beat­ing the de­fender and fizzing a 23rd-minute ball across the face of goal.

Smith gave away pos­ses­sion and nearly rued his 33rd-minute er­ror when Ch­ery broke free down the left and fired a cross into a slid­ing Austin who failed to con­nect with the goal gap­ing.

Af­ter a tight first half, Ter­ri­ers sub­sti­tute Martin Cranie’s goal- bound header from But­ter­field’s cor­ner was cleared through some fran­tic de­fend­ing from the Lon­don side.

Ch­ery tried his luck with an am­bi­tious left-wing free-kick on 64 min­utes which flew past a div­ing Mur­phy and sailed just wide.

Phillips pro­duced QPR’s best mo­ment to that point when his 67thminute run ended with a fierce shot that Mur­phy par­ried wide with a fine div­ing save.

As chances con­tin­ued to come at a pre­mium, the ball fell to Ish­mael Miller on the edge of the area but he placed his 74th-minute ef­fort off tar­get.

But the dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken by the visi­tors when Mas­simo Luongo broke free and drove a low 84th-minute cross for Ch­ery who slid in to ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touch.

Town boss Chris Pow­ell – whose side are yet to win this sea­son – be­lieves the Hud­der­s­field hi­er­ar­chy will re­main strong on any fu­ture bids for midfielder But­ter­field.

“Ob­vi­ously with But­ter­field we’ve stayed strong, we’ve re­buffed some bids and I know my chair­man will con­tinue to stay strong on that,” he said. #

“But he’s been a top, top player for me and he’s a top player for us and we want 6pm to come along pretty quickly on Tues­day.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

TIMELY: QPR;s Tjaronn Ch­ery scores the win­ning goal with eight min­utes left

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