Loftus Road Stadium

Next Game

QPR v Hull City

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Jordan eyes Austin hot streak

Queens Park Rangers first-team coach Joe Jordan backed Charlie Austin to continue hitting the net after his first league goal for the London club clinched a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship victory over Birmingham, with the Blues boss Lee Clark frustrated at the defeat.

Last Updated: 15/09/13 at 09:17 Post Comment

Charlie Austin: Will score more goals, according to Joe Jordan

Charlie Austin: Will score more goals, according to Joe Jordan

Austin, signed from Burnley during the summer, scored from close range four minutes into the second half after Birmingham failed to deal with Joey Barton's free-kick.

Tom Adeyemi inadvertently sliced the ball against the underside of his own crossbar, giving Austin the simple task of tapping home.

Jordan said: "Charlie will score goals. His tally will be okay at the end of the season. He'll be hitting the net.

"I think he's been a bit unfortunate since he joined us. He got a goal very quickly against Exeter in the Capital One Cup and then had a number of games where he had chances, hit the bar and it didn't go in for him.

"I think it will give him a bit of relief and a bit of comfort getting a goal. And he played well - he was more involved in the second half than the first.

"In the games he's played he's had chances, he's just been unfortunate that his tally has not been more."

Birmingham were certainly unfortunate, having gone close to going ahead when Lee Novak's first-half header hit the post.

And the Blues felt they should have been awarded a late penalty after Jonathan Spector went down under a challenge from Richard Dunne.

Instead, the defender was booked for diving - summing up a frustrating day for Clark's side.

"I think we rode our luck a bit as Birmingham created opportunities," Jordan admitted.

"In our previous 1-0 wins we maybe could have got another goal but today I think the chances went to Birmingham. They failed to take them and we took our opportunity.

"But the team spirit is there and we want that to show in what is a very important period for us, with three games in a week."

Birmingham's defeat - their fourth in six matches - means the club have made their worst start to a league season for 25 years.

Blues manager Clark said: "I'm just frustrated for the players. It's cruel.

"In the first half we could have been 2-0 up. We then score an offside goal and 30 seconds later they get one from a set play. Then we still created opportunities, but it wasn't to be.

"It's tough for my young players. We've had some good performances but not got the results.

"I've told them to keep the belief, because we are playing well and we will get results.

"Playing with three centre-backs has made us really solid but I also wanted us to be positive and try to create opportunities and I think we did that."

He added: "I don't know whether it was a penalty. I'll need to have another look at that.

"I don't want to make myself look foolish by saying it's a penalty [and then seeing that it was not].

"All I'll say is that John Spector is a good lad - a great type and a great, honest professional."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

ony Barrett knows his onions, quality journalist. If he says its b*ll*cks, it is. Unfortunately.

King_Kenny
The Old Team Gossip

Y

eah, that'll do nicely. Guess they're feeling pretty flush after the World Cup and see a few successful years ahead with our new manager. Get Vidal in asap now, and let's get things back on track.

badwolf
Man Utd secure adidas kit deal

I

worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

dryice
Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

Footer 365

Transfer news: Lazar Markovic has Liverpool medical with deal close

Liverpool are very close to completing the signing of Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, who has been having a medical.

Transfer news: Egypt international Ahmed Fathi to train with Arsenal

Egypt international Ahmed Fathi is set to link up with Arsenal for pre-season training, Sky Sports can confirm.

Premier League: Manchester United secure adidas kit deal

Manchester United have agreed a deal with adidas worth a minimum of £750million over 10 years from the 2015-16 season.

Mail Box

How Rotten Were South American Giants?

They might have made up half the semi-finalists but they never really wowed, did they? That was poor from Brazil and Argentina. Plus, how do you solve a problem like...

Are Germany Now Going To Dominate?

We have your World Cup final reactions - some were wowed and others think it was all an anti-climax. We have lots of thoughts on Lionel Messi too. Has he flopped?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property