QPR manager admits: 'If Austin doesn't score, we don't score'

Lack of goals from midfield threatens to derail Rangers' promotion challenge

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has admitted his side’s lack of goals is becoming a concern after Rangers suffered a surprise defeat at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Charlie Austin gave QPR the lead just before half-time, but Theo Robinson levelled for the home side and Paul Quinn netted the winner with two minutes remaining.

Rangers have now won two of their last seven games, with striker Austin scoring three of his side’s seven goals during that run. Over the course of the Championship season so far, Austin has scored eight of QPR’s 19 goals.

Redknapp admitted that a lack of goals from midfield, and in particular from QPR’s wingers Junior Hoilett and Matt Phillips, threatens to upset their promotion challenge.

“We are short of goals,” Redknapp told QPR’s official website. “We need more people to score goals, there’s no doubt about that. I stuck two up front at 1-1 but I still didn’t feel we created enough chances for all the possession we had in the game.

“It’s a very difficult situation. We need midfield players to start scoring goals, we need wingers that are going to start scoring goals. At the moment, if Charlie Austin doesn’t score, we don’t score.”

QPR find themselves three points behind Championship leaders LeicesterCity, and level on points with second-placed Burnley. Redknapp’s side host Bournemouth on Tuesday evening and in a match they will be desperate to win.

And Redknapp said they can ill-afford a repeat of Saturday’s defeat if they are to stay in the hunt for automatic promotion.

Redknapp added: “[Doncaster manager] Paul Dickov has done a great job, but we’ve got to come here today and win. We were 1-0 up at half-time, and you can’t afford to throw games like this away if you want to get promoted.”

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