Luke Amos breaks Terriers hearts with bullet header as QPR tighten grip on top-six with 1-0 victory
Luke Amos came off the bench to score his first goal since returning from a career-threatening anterior cruciate ligament injury 13 months ago as QPR climbed up to fourth in the table to further underline their promotion credentials.
Both sides had chances to claim the three points but Amos timed his run to perfection to fire a bullet header into the roof of the net.
One way or another, this fixture had 1-0 written all over it before a ball was even kicked. And worthy-winners QPR came out on top in this tight and tense affair thanks to their attacking flair. It was the Hoops’ first win since August 2015 against the West Yorkshire outfit having lost five of their last seven encounters.
But it was Seny Dieng's exquisite fingertip save in stoppage time that bailed QPR out and consolidated the three points.
Huddersfield aimed to lay down an early marker but Ollie Turton spurned a golden opportunity by firing a header straight at Dieng less than a minute into the game.
The hosts responded with Ilias Chair three mins later. The Moroccan tried to catch goalkeeper Lee Nicholls out from a tight angle but the 29-year old was alert at his near post.
It was Man of the Match Dieng who came to his side’s rescue again when he palmed away Josh Koroma’s low effort in the 10th minute.
QPR had many half-chances in the first period but the best of the bunch fell to Yoann Barbet who flicked a header onto the underside of the crossbar from a corner.
The rejuvenated Charlie Austin then a shot blocked after a cutback from Willock before he collected the ball to bend another effort over on the turn.
Austin then missed his third of the night when his thumping effort was clawed away. QPR ran the show on the front foot and had another chance to their name. But the influential Stefan Johansen hammered his effort straight at the goalkeeper from inside the box before Rob Dickie pulled his shot wide.
QPR were turning the screw which left them exposed at the back. But Huddersfield star Danel Sinani failed to get his side ahead after seeing his low shot saved. The Luxembourger had a frustrating game, as he rarely had an option when breaking forward. His teammates did not run the channels and give him the support he needed.
Chair then fluffed his lines, failing to keep his shot down after being played into space. It wasn’t the Moroccan’s night, he was not at his usual irresistible best and looked off the pace in the second half.
But no damage was done because Amos headed his side in front to open his account for the season in the 81st minute.
QPR are serious promotion candidates.
1 Seny Dieng- 3 Lee Wallace- 4 Rob Dickie- 6 Yoann Barbet- 7 Stefan Johansen-10 Ilias Chair- 11 Charlie Austin- 17 Andre Dozzell- 20 Jimmy Dunne- 21 Chris Willock-37 Albert Adomah
21 Lee Nicholls- 3 Harry Toffolo- 4 Matty Pearson- 8 Lewis O’Brien- 10 Josh Koroma- 15 Scott High- 20 Ollie Turton- 24 DANEL SINANI- 25 Danny Ward- 26 Levi Colwill- 32 Tom Lees