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Bond happy after routine win

QPR moved level on points with Sky Bet Championship leaders Leicester after what was a "really pleasing night" for assistant manager Kevin Bond against former club Bournemouth.

Second-half strikes from wingers Junior Hoilett and Matt Phillips helped the west Londoners to a 3-0 win, kicked off by Charlie Austin's fifth goal in as many home games.

Four years ago, Austin, then plying his trade for non-league Poole Town, was denied a move to the Cherries due to a transfer embargo, while this evening was the first time Rs manager Harry Redknapp has faced the club with whom he began his managerial career in a league encounter.

Assistant Bond also has strong links to Bournemouth, having managed and played for the club, and was pleased with QPR's response to Saturday's 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Doncaster.

"I am really happy after a disappointing display at the weekend," Bond said.

"It is nice to come back home again and win, scoring three goals. We have found goals difficult to come by and there were some cracking goals, really.

"The manager was talking to the wide players, telling them they need to start getting a few goals and helping out in that department so it is good for Junior and Matt to net.

"Charlie got another goal for himself so it was a really pleasing night."

Bond may not have been so chirpy in the post-match press conference had referee Andy Woolmer's bizarre first-half decision cost QPR.

Unable to thwart Austin's goalbound run, last man Tommy Elphick flicked the ball off the striker's foot inside the box with his hand.

However, instead of an expected penalty and red card, referee Woolmer decided, after consulting with his assistant, to award a free-kick and no card to the Cherries defender.

"Well, in real time it just looked like he went down on the ground and scooped the ball," a perplexed Bond said. "The referee gave a free-kick and nothing else.

"There are all sorts of stories, like he couldn't identify who it was so couldn't do anything. Then he said Charlie Austin didn't have real control of the ball - I don't know what that has got to do with it, I mean he has got in his hands so can he have real control of the ball? That is what the fourth official told me.

"We would have felt a lot more harshly-treated had it mattered, but in the end thankfully it didn't."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe also felt aggrieved after the match, but with the scoreline rather than any decision.

The Cherries' level of performance belied their three-goal defeat, which leaves them just four points off the drop zone.

"It was very much a harsh scoreline," Howe said. "We had some really good opportunities that we could have done better with.

"Bar one header he tipped over earlier in the game, I don't really remember Lee Camp having to do anything.

"To concede three in that type of performance is hugely disappointing."