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Lack of goals a worry for QPR number two

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QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond admitted QPR need to be more clinical despite Charlie Austin’s fine strike securing a 1-0 victory at home to Charlton Athletic.

The former Burnley forward struck from 30-yards just five minutes before half-time, and gave promotion-chasing Rangers another narrow win. They currently sit third in the Championship table - level on points with the Clarets and Leicester City in the battle for the title.

“It was tight today out there and there was no need for it to be,” said Bond in his post-match press conference.

“We could have scored a few more goals and we hit the bar, but we’ll happily take that and it’s another clean sheet for us. Charlie deserved that goal today because when he’s not scoring he’s still working really hard for the team.”

The home side saw Jermaine Jenas hobble off at half-time after the midfielder aggravated a hamstring injury and Joey Barton suggested via Twitter that he has suffered a broken hand.

Redknapp’s side was also without Nedum Onuoha and Junior Hoilettt for the victory at Loftus Road, with the pair both struggling with hamstring injuries picked up in the week.

Rangers marked Redknapp’s 30 years in management by producing a special-edition matchday programme and the spotlight has been on the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss this week.

But he declined to speak to the media after the game, with Bond explaining the veteran doesn't want to be the centre of attention.

“He doesn’t like the focus on that sort of thing," added Bond.

“It’s obviously a fantastic achievement for him but typically of Harry he didn’t want all that.

“He’s very grateful that people remind him of it and help him celebrate it, but his only focus is on the team and thankfully it was a good day all round.”

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