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QPR get off the mark as Charlie Austins goal sees off Sunderland

Saturday Clockwatch as it happened

Such was the sense of reality-biting expectation around Loftus Road, after a complex start to the season, most of the pre-match talk around the ground was bleak: never mind a win or a draw, even a goal would do as something to cling to. Not only did a tense encounter deliver that all-important goal, Charlie Austins strike was enough to secure a precious three points to help relaunch QPRs campaign.

It was Austins first in the Premier League, the culmination of a Rickie Lambert-esque clamber up the football ladder from non-league to the elite division. Having been released by Reading as a teenager, the striker spent two years further down the pyramid, before beginning the serious stages of his climb.

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