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Championship Preview: QPR aiming to build on opening-day win

Created on 09 Aug., 2013 12:01 AM GMT

QPR will be looking to build on an opening-day win over Sheffield Wednesday when they face Huddersfield Town on Saturday.Harry Redknapp's side finished bottom of the Premier League last season, ending their two-year stint in England's top flight.

However, they made a successful start to their campaign when goals from Nedum Onuoha and Andy Johnson saw them bounce back to beat Wednesday 2-1 at Loftus Road and now face their first away league trip.

QPR followed their win over the south Yorkshire outfit with a 2-0 success over Exeter City in the League Cup on Tuesday, a game that saw new signing Charlie Austin score his first goal for the club.

The 24-year-old striker is confident QPR can bounce straight back to the Premier League, praising fellow strikers Bobby Zamora and Johnson for the guidance they have given him since joining from Burnley.

"Playing and training with top-class players like Bobby and AJ (Johnson) every day will hopefully take me onto a new level," Austin told the club's official website.

"They've both been fantastic to me since I arrived - we're working on a lot of different things and the early signs are positive that the three of us will get goals for QPR.

"QPR are a big club in this division and the quality we've got and the players the manager has signed shows the intent of the owners.

"That's why I came to QPR - to give myself the maximum opportunity to get out of this league and I don't see any reason why we can't do that."

Sheffield Wednesday are aiming for their first points of the season and host Austin's former club Burnley at Hillsborough.

Reading continue their quest to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking with a tricky away fixture at Dougie Freedman's Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, while newly-promoted Yeovil Town welcome Birmingham City to Huish Park.

Fellow Championship new-boys Bournemouth defeated Charlton 2-1 on the opening day and are looking for another three points when they travel to Vicarage Road to face 2013 play-off finalists Watford, while Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town gun for their first points of the new season against Millwall to Portman Road.

Two teams with promotion aspirations face off at Ewood Park when Blackburn Rovers take on Nottingham Forest, while Barnsley will look to react to an opening 4-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic when they travel to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool.

Elsewhere, Brighton & Hove Albion face Derby County at the Falmer Stadium and Charlton Athletic welcome Middlesbrough to The Valley. Leeds United travel to Leicester City on Sunday.

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