Soaring QPR are as goal-shy as Rovers

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

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They may be fighting battles at the opposite end of the spectrum but Rovers and Queens Park Rangers are currently sharing the same problem – a lack of goals.

Rovers have now dipped below a ratio of a goal per game following their recent poor run.

This statistic is all the more worrying following the defeat to Charlton on Tuesday where Rovers showed very little bite in attack, mustering just two shots on target.

Also against Charlton in their last game, QPR picked up a 1-0 triumph but assistant boss Kevin Bond felt his side should have been much more comfortable winners.

Bond admitted Rangers’ success so far this season has been built up solid defence but both he and boss Harry Redknapp would like to see improvement at the opposite end of the pitch.

Bond said: “It was tight against Charlton and it didn’t need to be.

“We could have scored more goals and we hit the bar but we’ll happily take the result and it’s another clean sheet for us.

“Harry’s teams have never been purposefully built on defence.

“They’ve been built on flair and letting people play.

“He still wants that.

“But this situation has evolved.

“It does put pressure on the defence but as long as you can keep your concentration you can keep clean sheets.”

Austin’s goal against the Addicks was his eighth of the season.

Despite winning ten of their 16 league games so far, Rangers have only managed to net 18 goals in total and six of the wins came with a 1-0 scoreline.

Of the Championship’s top 14 sides, only 11th placed Wigan have scored fewer goals.

Redknapp will be hoping to call upon winger Junior Hoilett who missed the win over Charlton after suffering a hamstring problem prior to the international break.