AFC Bournemouth: Charlie Austin's absence has hampered QPR's promotion push

Bournemouth Echo: PROLIFIC: QPR striker Charlie Austin PROLIFIC: QPR striker Charlie Austin

HARRY Redknapp knows only too well how injuries can disfigure a season.

As boss at Dean Court in 1989-90, Redknapp was left to count the cost of losing key players as Cherries surrendered their second-flight status following a disastrous run-in.

The likes of Shaun Teale, John Williams and Paul Morrell were all casualties as Cherries’ three-year stay ended, with just one win from their final 16 games having seen them slip from 12th to 22nd.

Bidding to mastermind an immediate return to the Premier League with QPR this season, Redknapp presided over a flying start which saw the Londoners win 12 and draw six of their opening 20 games, the run including a 3-0 victory against Cherries at Loftus Road in December.

And although a first home defeat by Leicester was followed by a 2-0 loss at Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, four wins on the trot saw Rangers close January three points clear of Burnley in second place.

However, the loss to injury of leading goalscorer Charlie Austin has coincided with an indifferent run which has probably left Redknapp’s men facing the lottery of the play-offs rather than the luxury of automatic promotion.

The former Poole Town striker, who has hit 15 goals for Rangers, required surgery after damaging his shoulder and has an outside chance of being involved against Cherries after returning to training at the start of this week.

In Austin’s absence, QPR have lost five of their past 12 games and have slipped nine points behind Burnley. Currently third, they need 11 points from their final seven games to be mathematically certain of a place in the play-offs.

To compound their problems, Rangers also saw Wolves striker Kevin Doyle end prematurely a loan spell at Loftus Road after he sustained a knee injury having netted twice in six appearances.

QPR’s automatic promotion hopes suffered another dent when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Blackpool six days ago with Junior Hoilett’s late equaliser saving the day.

Hoilett said: “We still have a fighting chance. We are nine points off but it is still possible. It is difficult when we have the players we have because people expect us to win every game.”

Rangers, beaten by Cardiff in the 2004 play-off final, bolstered their resources in February by drafting in highly-rated West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison, the England under-21 international set to remain on loan at Loftus Road for the rest of the season.

Described by Birmingham boss Lee Clark as “the best footballer since Paul Gascoigne”, the 21-year-old, who spent time on loan at St Andrew’s last season, has netted five goals in his past seven appearances, adding to the three goals he scored for West Ham in the Premier League.

Rangers are under pressure to regain their top-flight status for financial reasons having recently announced losses of more than £65million from the year to May 2013, which means they should face sanctions under the Financial Fair Play rules.

Ex-Cherries and QPR winger Wayne Fereday, who made more than 200 appearances for the west London club, will be in the press box tomorrow compiling match stats for the Press Association on behalf of the PFA.

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7:18am Fri 4 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I remember Austin taunting us Cherries fans after scoring against at Loftus Road, so I really hope we turn them over tomorrow and they end up not going up, tw*ts! The only downside is we'd have to play them agsain next season and you can't get a drink as an away fan in Sheperds Bush, worse than L**ds at least you can get a beer there.
I remember Austin taunting us Cherries fans after scoring against at Loftus Road, so I really hope we turn them over tomorrow and they end up not going up, tw*ts! The only downside is we'd have to play them agsain next season and you can't get a drink as an away fan in Sheperds Bush, worse than L**ds at least you can get a beer there. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

8:21am Fri 4 Apr 14

smhinto says...

I am just puzzled what this report has to do with AFC Bournemouth ??
I am just puzzled what this report has to do with AFC Bournemouth ?? smhinto
  • Score: -11

8:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

Solentcherry says...

Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,!
Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,! Solentcherry
  • Score: 6

9:43am Fri 4 Apr 14

a real supporter says...

Bad news Harry I'm afraid. Now your only route to promotion is the play-offs , when you meet Derby in the final you will lose. You will then face the sack or hopefully a point’s penalty for going into administration. Maybe QPR will do a Portsmouth and Harry's CV will be further enhanced. As for the To##er Austin can't tell you how delighted we are that you are injured. Although, you have deprived us of singing the coke song (ha ha)
UTCIAD
Bad news Harry I'm afraid. Now your only route to promotion is the play-offs , when you meet Derby in the final you will lose. You will then face the sack or hopefully a point’s penalty for going into administration. Maybe QPR will do a Portsmouth and Harry's CV will be further enhanced. As for the To##er Austin can't tell you how delighted we are that you are injured. Although, you have deprived us of singing the coke song (ha ha) UTCIAD a real supporter
  • Score: 1

10:25am Fri 4 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

a real supporter wrote:
Bad news Harry I'm afraid. Now your only route to promotion is the play-offs , when you meet Derby in the final you will lose. You will then face the sack or hopefully a point’s penalty for going into administration. Maybe QPR will do a Portsmouth and Harry's CV will be further enhanced. As for the To##er Austin can't tell you how delighted we are that you are injured. Although, you have deprived us of singing the coke song (ha ha)
UTCIAD
I wasn't going to mention the nose candy, but as the songs at QPR proved, it's a small world and it's amazing who knows what about you, especially when you're being an obnoxious n0b!
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Bad news Harry I'm afraid. Now your only route to promotion is the play-offs , when you meet Derby in the final you will lose. You will then face the sack or hopefully a point’s penalty for going into administration. Maybe QPR will do a Portsmouth and Harry's CV will be further enhanced. As for the To##er Austin can't tell you how delighted we are that you are injured. Although, you have deprived us of singing the coke song (ha ha) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]I wasn't going to mention the nose candy, but as the songs at QPR proved, it's a small world and it's amazing who knows what about you, especially when you're being an obnoxious n0b! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

11:00am Fri 4 Apr 14

afcb-mark says...

Let's hope if we beat them tomorrow we don't get the sob stories from recent teams we have beaten such as the pitch was bobbly, we were without our best players etc etc. It would be refreshing to hear a bit of praise about how well we are doing instead of sour grapes and for once admit we were the better team. Some should take a leaf out of Brendon Rodgers book.
Let's hope if we beat them tomorrow we don't get the sob stories from recent teams we have beaten such as the pitch was bobbly, we were without our best players etc etc. It would be refreshing to hear a bit of praise about how well we are doing instead of sour grapes and for once admit we were the better team. Some should take a leaf out of Brendon Rodgers book. afcb-mark
  • Score: 4

11:08am Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
a real supporter wrote:
Bad news Harry I'm afraid. Now your only route to promotion is the play-offs , when you meet Derby in the final you will lose. You will then face the sack or hopefully a point’s penalty for going into administration. Maybe QPR will do a Portsmouth and Harry's CV will be further enhanced. As for the To##er Austin can't tell you how delighted we are that you are injured. Although, you have deprived us of singing the coke song (ha ha)
UTCIAD
I wasn't going to mention the nose candy, but as the songs at QPR proved, it's a small world and it's amazing who knows what about you, especially when you're being an obnoxious n0b!
Guys, dont get wound up by CA, he is just a "skid mark in the underpants of life". I couldn't care less if he plays or not, Tommy will take care of him.!!!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Bad news Harry I'm afraid. Now your only route to promotion is the play-offs , when you meet Derby in the final you will lose. You will then face the sack or hopefully a point’s penalty for going into administration. Maybe QPR will do a Portsmouth and Harry's CV will be further enhanced. As for the To##er Austin can't tell you how delighted we are that you are injured. Although, you have deprived us of singing the coke song (ha ha) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]I wasn't going to mention the nose candy, but as the songs at QPR proved, it's a small world and it's amazing who knows what about you, especially when you're being an obnoxious n0b![/p][/quote]Guys, dont get wound up by CA, he is just a "skid mark in the underpants of life". I couldn't care less if he plays or not, Tommy will take care of him.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 4

11:12am Fri 4 Apr 14

smhinto says...

Solentcherry wrote:
Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,!
I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago.
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Just a meaningless report i beleive.
[quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,![/p][/quote]I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive. smhinto
  • Score: -5

11:29am Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
Solentcherry wrote:
Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,!
I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago.
.
Just a meaningless report i beleive.
Bet you would no a thing or two about meaningless reports eh.!!!!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,![/p][/quote]I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.[/p][/quote]Bet you would no a thing or two about meaningless reports eh.!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Fri 4 Apr 14

a real supporter says...

smhinto wrote:
Solentcherry wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,!
I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.
throughly,Chalie, i, beleive.
That English Degree has certainly paid off for you. Every schoolchild knows i before e such a basic mistake whatever the circumstances at the time of writting. Just more proof that you are a king size bullshi~ting thick idiot
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,![/p][/quote]I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.[/p][/quote]throughly,Chalie, i, beleive. That English Degree has certainly paid off for you. Every schoolchild knows i before e such a basic mistake whatever the circumstances at the time of writting. Just more proof that you are a king size bullshi~ting thick idiot a real supporter
  • Score: 2

6:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

smhinto says...

a real supporter wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Solentcherry wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,!
I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.
throughly,Chalie, i, beleive.
That English Degree has certainly paid off for you. Every schoolchild knows i before e such a basic mistake whatever the circumstances at the time of writting. Just more proof that you are a king size bullshi~ting thick idiot
I believe that you find that missing the 'r' out of Charlie was merely down to a typing error and not down to literal incompetence. By the way, the word writing only as one 't'.
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Just further proof that indeed you are an ignorant, high echelon Premier League, thick idiot yourself who often seeks confrontation for no justifiable and apparent reason.
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God evening to you.
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,![/p][/quote]I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.[/p][/quote]throughly,Chalie, i, beleive. That English Degree has certainly paid off for you. Every schoolchild knows i before e such a basic mistake whatever the circumstances at the time of writting. Just more proof that you are a king size bullshi~ting thick idiot[/p][/quote]I believe that you find that missing the 'r' out of Charlie was merely down to a typing error and not down to literal incompetence. By the way, the word writing only as one 't'. . Just further proof that indeed you are an ignorant, high echelon Premier League, thick idiot yourself who often seeks confrontation for no justifiable and apparent reason. . God evening to you. smhinto
  • Score: -3

11:04am Mon 7 Apr 14

a real supporter says...

smhinto wrote:
a real supporter wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Solentcherry wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,!
I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.
throughly,Chalie, i, beleive. That English Degree has certainly paid off for you. Every schoolchild knows i before e such a basic mistake whatever the circumstances at the time of writting. Just more proof that you are a king size bullshi~ting thick idiot
I believe that you find that missing the 'r' out of Charlie was merely down to a typing error and not down to literal incompetence. By the way, the word writing only as one 't'. . Just further proof that indeed you are an ignorant, high echelon Premier League, thick idiot yourself who often seeks confrontation for no justifiable and apparent reason. . God evening to you.
"I believe that you find that missing” A riposte with more mistakes and a complete failure to address other mistakes or are they all typos. Classic Tosser .’Oh’ and it's not me who claims to have a degree or be a boy scout.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: Errrmm.... It's a preview of our opponents tomorrow. ,![/p][/quote]I have read the article throughly I can see no preview of tomorrows game. It seems to be focusing on the fact that QPR are without Chalie Austin of which is nothing to do with us and a few other facts that have now passed years ago. . Just a meaningless report i beleive.[/p][/quote]throughly,Chalie, i, beleive. That English Degree has certainly paid off for you. Every schoolchild knows i before e such a basic mistake whatever the circumstances at the time of writting. Just more proof that you are a king size bullshi~ting thick idiot[/p][/quote]I believe that you find that missing the 'r' out of Charlie was merely down to a typing error and not down to literal incompetence. By the way, the word writing only as one 't'. . Just further proof that indeed you are an ignorant, high echelon Premier League, thick idiot yourself who often seeks confrontation for no justifiable and apparent reason. . God evening to you.[/p][/quote]"I believe that you find that missing” A riposte with more mistakes and a complete failure to address other mistakes or are they all typos. Classic Tosser .’Oh’ and it's not me who claims to have a degree or be a boy scout. a real supporter
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