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Loftus Road Stadium 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

QPR 2

N Onuoha (40)
A Johnson (43)

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Sheff Wed 1

A Nuhiu (19)

Championship: QPR beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Loftus Road

Last Updated: 03/08/13 6:08pm

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Andrew Johnson: Celebrates scoring the winning goal for QPR

Andrew Johnson: Celebrates scoring the winning goal for QPR

Andy Johnson's strike gave QPR and boss Harry Redknapp the perfect start to life in the SkyBet Championship with a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Having suffered cruciate ligament damage in just his third game for the club, the 32-year-old former England international could only watch on helplessly as the west Londoners were relegated last season.

The hosts, including former captain Joey Barton for the first time in 447 days, showed a steely determination rarely seen during their tumultuous two-year stay in the Premier League, refusing to crumble after impressive debutant Atdhe Nuhiu gave Wednesday an early lead.

Nedum Onuoha drew QPR level in the 40th minute when he directed home a Junior Hoilett strike, before Johnson netted his first goal since November 2011 three minutes later.

Substitute Jacques Maghoma rattled the post as Wednesday pushed for a leveller but QPR held firm to pick up their first win since March 9.

Hoilett and Johnson had chances as QPR began brightly, but Nuhiu, who spent time on trial with Premier League new boys Crystal Palace before joining Wednesday, stabbed wide in the 13th minute.

It was a warning shot QPR failed to heed and the 6ft 6in striker opened his account seven minutes later, cutting in from the right before firing an excellent driven effort past Robert Green.

The Hoops wasted a fine chance to level as the half-hour mark approached, with Barton sending an exquisite right-wing cross that Hoilett could only fire over.

The Rs continued to push and, after Michail Antonio's penalty appeals were waved away, managed to level in the 40th minute.

Hoilett, proving a constant threat on the left flank, cut inside and struck goalwards, with defender Onuoha directing home from close range - his first goal since November 2010.

Wednesday returned for the second half strongly and Antonio should have levelled when put through clear on goal shortly after the restart.

Redknapp introduced new signing Charlie Austin for the remaining 20 minutes and the former Burnley striker forced Kirkland into a save shortly after his introduction.

He headed just over as the clock wound down but despite his best efforts, and those of Hoilett and Armand Traore, there were no more goals in Shepherds Bush.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23