Half-time: Hull City 1 QPR 1

Charlie Austin equalised for 10-man QPR at the KC Stadium seven minutes after Joey Barton was sent off.

Nikica Jelavic punished some all-too familiar half-hearted Rangers defending by volleying Hull ahead in the 16th minute.

The visitors failed to deal with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick and Jelavic pounced after Steven Caulker’s weak header to fire into the bottom corner.

Full-back Darnell Furlong, making his senior debut, almost equalised with a header that was tipped away by keeper Allan McGregor.

Furlong, son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, is playing because Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are both injured.

Rangers are also without the likes of Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer, but Austin was passed fit to return following a foot problem.

Barton, yellow-carded in his previous seven matches, was shown the red card shortly after the half-hour mark for lashing out at Huddlestone.

But Rangers levelled when Austin headed home Matt Phillips’ right-wing cross – the striker’s 14th goal of the season.

Austin celebrated by mockingly pretending to have a sore knee. Following a medical, Hull pulled out of a deal to sign him from Burnley prior to his move to QPR.

QPR: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin
Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Vargas, Zarate, Doughty.

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