Dec 3, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Loftus Road
QPRQueens Park Rangers
Austin (27'), Hoilett (54'), Phillips (77')
Barton (34')
FT(HT: 1-0)

MacDonald (52')

Result: Queens Park Rangers join Leicester City at summit of Championship

QPR join Leicester City at the top of the Championship after emphatically beating Bournemouth 3-0 at Loftus Road tonight.

Queens Park Rangers have gone level with Leicester City at the summit of the Championship after beating Bournemouth 3-0 at Loftus Road tonight.

Charlie Austin of QPR scores the first goal of Bournemouth during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Bournemouth on December 3, 2013© Getty Images

The Foxes' 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday this evening extended an invitation to Harry Redknapp's men to join them at the top of the table, and the West Londoners duly obliged.

Charlie Austin continued his fine run of form by opening the scoring on 27 minutes, before David Hoilett added a second early in the second half.

Matt Phillips was on hand to secure the points on 77 minutes as the R's move second behind Nigel Pearson's men on goal difference.

Redknapp's charges began the brighter, with Austin, in particular, proving the most likely candidate to open the scoring after seeing his 11th-minute header tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Lee Camp.

The 24-year-old would not be denied a second time, though, as the former Burnley hitman poked past Camp from close range to score in his third successive fixture.

There was a moment of controversy on the half-hour mark, as Tommy Elphick appeared to use his hand to deny Austin a clean sight goal but, much to the fury of the home supporters, no card was issued for the defender.

The hosts had not scored more than once in any of their three previous games in England's second tier, but Hoilett brought an end to that record early in the second half, firing past Camp from a tight angle to establish daylight in the scoreline.

Phillips secured the points with 13 minutes remaining, racing through on goal before smashing past Camp as the capital club registered an impressive victory.

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