THE son of the QPR keeper coach saved Rangers bacon when he scored the game’s only goal in the 90 th minute.
Tom Hitchcock’s winner delighted dad Kevin, and in truth it was no more than Rangers deserved although excitement in a mostly dull game came at a premium.
Debutant Hitchcock had only been on the pitch seven minutes when he was the glad recipient of a shot from Charlie Austin (pic) that was palmed by the keeper into Hitchcock’s path for a three-yard tap in.
If the goal gave 20-year-old Hitchcock a fantastic Saturday night, it also helped Austin breathe a sigh of relief when he smashed the bar with only the keeper to beat just a few minutes earlier.
Rangers did most of the attacking, but were held up by a resolute and well-marshalled Ipswich defence right to the death.
Earlier, Daryl Murphy’s high and wide hoper was the nearest thing to goal in a dull opening spell, but then it exploded in front of the Ipswich goal.
Debutant Dunne cushioned a header into the path of Shaun Wright-Phillips whose six-yard shot was blocked by a wall of red shirts.
It was the same clutch of red who then smothered Joey Barton’s follow-up from a corner. But keeper Scott Loach was the only man preventing a Rangers goal when he got down sharply to Austin’s terrific low hit on the move.
Green was just as much a hero at the other end on 36 minutes when Murphy, on his own seven yards out, tried to slide it passed the keeper’s left only to see him down like a flash to palm the ball away.
Green was calmness itself when he neatly dribbled around the onrushing David McGoldrick to clear comfortably.
Bu there was anxiety on the bench when best player on the pitch Junior Hoilett pulled up with what looked horribly like a hamstring injury on 56 minutes.
He went off to be replaced by another newcomer Gary O’Neil also making his Loftus Road bow.
But Rangers were almost ahead when Clint Hill’s near-post header glanced off the bar and Dunne’s right-foot miscue from the rebound skimmed past the frame.
A clever threaded move saw Austin give himself enough room to fire straight and low at Loach, but his miss on 78 minutes had all hooped heads in hands.
A dink over the top from Wright-Phillips found the striker with time from seven yards to smash a drive against the bar and out.
It looked over and out on a win until Hitchcock did the business to herald the win.
QPR: 4-4-2: GK: Green; RB: Simpson, CD: Dunne, CD: Onuoha LD; RM: Wright-Phillips, CM: Barton, CM: Henry (Jenas 77); LM: Hoilett (O’Neil 56); FW: Zamora (Hitchcock 83), Austin; subs not used: Murphy, Yun, Ehmer, Sharif,