Volkswagen have not only implemented their stop-start technology into their cars, but also into referee Michael Jones at Loftus Road. A total of 31 fouls were blown for, about 15 of which were not fouls and about 10 fouls were not blown for as QPR enjoy a record five consecutive home wins after Charlie Austin’s second half header is enough to see off Birmingham City.
QPR handed debuts to two new summer signings, Matty Phillips and Tom Carroll from Blackpool and Spurs, respectively. The first real chance of a scrappy match was for Birmingham when Lee Novak headed Andrew Shinnie’s free-kick onto the post. Charlie Austin saw a couple of shots fired over.
The second half started with a bang as Jonathan Spector’s effort was ruled offside on 47 minutes. Two minutes later when Joey Barton’s freekick found Richard Dunne at the far post whose header was passed across the face of goal to meet the incoming header of Charlie Austin, scoring his first league goal this season.
QPR lie joint top of the table with Blackpool with 16 points from 6 games.