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Sky Bet Championship: Queens Park Rangers beat Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium

Last Updated: 24/08/13 8:45pm

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Andrew Johnson's second-half strike provisionally lifted QPR to the Sky Bet Championship summit and left Bolton still seeking their first league win of the campaign.

Rangers needed all three points to dislodge Nottingham Forest from the second tier's pole position ahead of the afternoon's fixtures and they were indebted to Johnson's close-range finish nine minutes after the interval.

Wanderers, meanwhile, have now failed to win any of their four opening Championship games but will highlight a tough start to the season which has seen them meet the R's, Forest and Reading already.

Prior to the game Bolton unveiled a statue of striker Nat Lofthouse, who scored over 250 times for them while registering 30 strikes in 33 appearances for England.

Lofthouse was a centre-forward who famously relished the physical side of the game, but even he might have winced at Richard Dunne's clumsy early challenge from behind on Jermaine Beckford which earned him a caution.

Dunne could get nowhere near to the ex-Leeds striker moments later, though, as Beckford raced away from him after picking up on Joey Barton's errant pass only to steer a good chance wide.

Barton, always the pantomime villain these days, joined Dunne in the referee's notebook after clashing with Lee Chung-yong and Rangers stopper Rob Green had to be alert to palm Jay Spearing's resulting free-kick over.

The visitors were creating chances too, Charlie Austin's long-range try deflecting narrowly over, but Wanderers nearly took the lead half an hour in.

Mohamed Kamara fashioned some space on the edge of the area and, urged by the crowd to go for goal, saw his effort pushed on to the post by Green as the first half ended in a stalemate.

All too often in the first period Austin and strike partner Johnson were running into similar areas, but both had a part to play when the deadlock was broken nine minutes after the interval.

Hoops captain Clint Hill marauded forward from left-back and, following a neat one-two with Austin, he drilled the ball across the face of goal for Johnson, who had just stayed onside to poke home into an unguarded net.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman sensed the need for fresh ideas and quickly introduced Craig Davies and Andre Moritz, the latter drilling wide from distance, before Rob Hall's arrival meant all three changes were made after just 72 minutes.

Hall in particularly gave the hosts a fresh injection of pace and when his through-ball found Davies ahead of him, Green displayed strong wrists to prevent his shot ending up in the bottom corner of the net.

But Green was not to be troubled again to leave Harry Redknapp's men sitting pretty at the top of the table.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6