Five conclusions about QPR after win over Charlton

Our take on Harry Redknapp's promotion-challenging Championship side.

1: Charlie Austin is more than a fox in the box

Austin may get most of his goals from in and around the six-yard box, but his brilliant winner against Charlton proved that he is a highly gifted all-round forward. Austin gave Ben Hamer no chance with his rocket into the corner as Rangers marched to another impressive Championship win.

2. Andy Johnson could still play a key role this season – if he stays

Johnson has been limited mainly to substitute appearances this season, as was the case again against Charlton. However, the striker who so wanted to join CrystalPalace during the summer has shown enough quality to suggest he could form a strong partnership with Austin given the chance. Such an eventuality would, however, require a formation change from Harry Redknapp which the manager is unlikely to make.

3. QPR have the strength in depth to cope with injuries

Rangers were missing the likes of Alejandro Faurlin, Nedum Onuoha and Bobby Zamora, but still chalked up another comfortable win against a decent Charlton team. QPR have the strength in depth to go all the way this season – and to think that Redknapp may add to that squad in January is a little frightening for the rest of the league.

4. Redknapp may struggle to keep Matt Phillips

The winger’s performances so far this season have improved game on game. Should he keep on progressing at this rate, having impressed again against Charlton on Saturday, surely he will attract attention from Premier League sides next summer. QPR have acquired a gem in Phillips, but will they be able to keep hold of him?

5. QPR have the best defence in the league

The back four of Danny Simpson, Richard Dunne, Clint Hill and Benoit Assou-Ekotto is as assured a defence as you are ever likely to see. Having kept eight consecutive clean sheets earlier in the season, they were at it again on Saturday. Redknapp will be hoping desperately that he does not suffer any more injuries to his defenders, because at the moment they are carrying QPR towards promotion.

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