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Austin Double Beats Brave Barnsley

Monday October 7 2013


David Flitcroft David Flitcroft


TWO second-half goals from Charlie Austin condemned the Reds to another Championship defeat on Saturday.

Barnsley, who have lost all six of their away games, defended resolutely but rarely threatened. A dominant QPR were able to set a new club record of eight successive league clean sheets and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

After a promising draw against Reading on Tuesday night, the Reds held high-flying QPR until the 66th minute, when Austin slotted home after good work from Junior Hoilett.

The in-form striker, a summer signing from Burnley, then doubled his tally for the afternoon from the spot - his fifth goal in as many games.

David Flitcroft revealed defender Peter Ramage sustained a thigh knock and will be monitored over the next week.

The Barnsley boss also revealed he has 'irons in the fire' regarding a left-sided defender and players 'could move out' on loan.

He said: "We defended well as a team and limited them to two chances in the first half. We kept them at bay and kept their fans low, but that first goal really gave them energy and verve.

"We've got to balance and shape this squad and find out who we're going forward with. It's two weeks to assess things."

Next up for the Reds is a visit from Middlesbrough, who come to Oakwell on October 19.

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