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QPR boss Redknapp hails striker Austin

Harry Redknapp saluted hat-trick hero Charlie Austin but also saved praise for the character his side showed to come from two-down and beat West Brom.

The 3-2 victory at Loftus Road moved the R's out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three as Austin returned from suspension to score three goals to complete a remarkable comeback after Redknapp's side started the game slowly.

Charlie scored the goals and has been excellent for us but we showed a lot of character to come back from two down," Redknapp said of his striker, who became the first QPR player in 21 years to score a Premier League hat-trick.

We were being outplayed, they started fantastically with their movement and passing and it was difficult to live with them in the early stages but to come back from that and win 3-2 is a fantastic result.

Everyone talks about his three goals but his defending at the end of the game, he makes a challenge in the corner that was unbelievable, you would've thought it was a right-back.

If that ball had come into the box we could have been in trouble but that summed up his work-rate up today, he worked his socks off for the team.

– Harry Redknapp


Dortmund end year in relegation zone

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan and Dortmund have had a terrible first half of the season. Credit: PA

Werder Bremen piled the misery on Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 Bundesliga win at the Weserstadion on Saturday.

Davie Selke put the hosts in front and Fin Bartels added a second before Mats Hummels grabbed a consolation for the Westphalians, who completed their worst ever first half of a season with just 15 points - and 10 defeats.

Ten-man Watford ruin Clarke's first game as Reading boss

Steve Clarke was presented
Steve Clarke was presented to the crowd before the game. Credit: PA

Steve Clarke's Reading tenure began with defeat as his side were beaten 1-0 by 10-man Watford at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading dominated most of the SkyBet Championship encounter, especially after Watford centre back Gabriele Angella was sent off for picking up a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Watford hung on, as Reading squandered a series of chances, and broke away to score with 20 minutes remaining through Almen Abdi.

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