Football

Chester’s header is enough to sink Hoops

QPR 0

HULL CITY 1

(Chester 52)

QPR’s return to the Premier League began in defeat as James Chester’s second-half header gave Hull victory on the opening day of the new season.

Rangers were handed a golden opportunity to salvage a draw in the 84th minute when referee Craig Pawson awarded the hosts a penalty, but Charlie Austin’s effort was saved by Allan McGregor.

Harry Redknapp’s side enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the game, but Rangers were ultimately made to pay the price for a lack of cutting edge in the all-important final third.

Instead, it was Chester who made the decisive contribution as he shook off Rio Ferdinand to head home a corner early in the second half and earn the Tigers their first win at Loftus Road since 1963.