Round-up: Charlie Austin double lifts QPR to second

 

Charlie Austin’s double lifted Queens Park Rangers to second in the Championship after a 2-1 home victory over Huddersfield Town yesterday.

Harry Redknapp’s side, heavily dependent on Austin this season, struggled before their top scorer broke the deadlock by finishing emphatically on 55 minutes following Andy Johnson’s flick. The Terriers looked set for a deserved point when Nahki Wells equalised midway through the second half, heading home a cross from Adam Hammill. But Austin’s header with 12 minutes left from Benoît Assou-Ekotto’s corner proved decisive.

Reading run riot

Adam Le Fondre scored a first-half hat-trick as Reading thrashed Bolton 7-1 to move into the play-off places. Le Fondre set the hosts on their way with three goals in the opening 33 minutes, two from close range and one from a precise finish after good work by Pavel Pogrebnyak. The Russian striker added a fourth from the penalty spot just before the break and there was no respite for Dougie Freedman’s side after the interval. The hosts claimed further goals from Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman before David Ngog’s late consolation.

Maguire denies Burnley

Burnley lost ground on Leicester City and QPR at the top of the Championship after Sheffield Wednesday clinched a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor. Sam Vokes put Sean Dyche’s side ahead just before half-time with a calm finish. But that lead lasted less than two minutes before Chris Maguire, who was also denied a penalty from a late claim, fired home from close range.

Lansbury fires up Forest

Nottingham Forest made it 10 matches unbeaten as Blackburn Rovers were swept aside 4-1 at the City Ground. Henri Lansbury scored twice from the spot in the first half, and while Ben Marshall pulled a goal back before the break with a curling shot, Jamie Paterson killed off the visitors with a superb solo effort for his fifth goal in three games. Andy Reid rounded off the win with a spectacular strike from the edge of the box.

Classy Commons

Kris Commons scored twice to earn Celtic a 3-0 win at home to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership. The midfielder registered his 18th goal of the season with a shot in the fifth minute before driving in a penalty. Stephen McManus then deflected James Forrest’s cross into his own net in the 68th minute. Celtic’s Anthony Stokes was sent off late on for a lunge.

Life and Style
love + sex
Voices
A propaganda video shows Isis forces near Tikrit
voicesAdam Walker: The Koran has violent passages, but it also has others that explicitly tells us how to interpret them
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles
tvReview: No soggy bottoms, but plenty of other baking disasters on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all