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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 6 December 2014,

QPR
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Burnley
  • Kickoff: 16:00 BST
  • Stadium: Loftus Road
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 17,785
  • 51' Leroy Fer
  • 74' Charlie Austin
  • 76' Charlie Austin

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    Redknapp bemoans 'gulf in class'

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes "a gulf in class" makes it almost impossible for this season's relegation battlers to compete with the top sides in the Barclays Premier League.

    Rangers secured a well-deserved 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City last month but have failed to earn another point against teams currently in the top half of the table.

    The three promoted sides all find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of this weekend's fixtures, with QPR sandwiched between Leicester, who are bottom, and Burnley.

    "Leicester beat Man United in September and you thought they would finish in the top half, that's how it goes in this division, it is so hard to win games, there's a gulf in class," Redknapp said.

    "Man City have beaten Sunderland 4-1 and Southampton 3-0 (in the last week) - they're on another level, they can go away with 10 men and win 3-0.

    "That tells you the difference in quality between Man City, Chelsea, even Arsenal - they've got massive budgets and top players.

    "It is hard for clubs like Leicester, Burnley and QPR.

    "Eight players that played for us against Swansea on Tuesday played in the Championship last year and came up through the play-offs."

    Thirteen points separated sixth place from eighth at the end of last season but the likes of West Ham, Swansea and Southampton are all threatening to upset the established elite.

    Redknapp believes the bottom half will remain tight throughout the campaign but expects the usual suspects to fill the top spots come May.

    "At the start of the year you can predict those challenging for the Champions League and I think it will still be four from the seven we expected to be there," Redknapp said.

    "There's not much in it at the bottom, if you look at the teams - Burnley are very much the same team that came up last year and we're the same.

    "Leicester were definitely the best team in the Championship last year and they're down with us as well.

    "We're going okay, we need to pick up some points away but our home form has been excellent.

    "It's going to be tight, it'll be a tight bottom third of the league this year."

    QPR are the only team in England's top four divisions who have failed to pick up a point away from home this season.

    Rangers have fared far better at Loftus Road, where they host fellow newcomers Burnley on Saturday, but Redknapp admits his side's away form must improve.

    "It's been difficult, we've played good teams and we've found it hard - there's not too many teams down the bottom who have got results away from home," Redknapp said.

    "The games we've played have all been against good clubs who have been up there in the top eight.

    "Maybe we have to find a system that will get us a result somewhere but we've tried everything, every system in the book.

    "You have to keep going, it'll turn, we'll pick up a result away from home when you probably least expect it.

    "First and foremost though we have to concentrate on our home form this weekend and get a result against Burnley."

    Redknapp has no fresh injury concerns. Bobby Zamora has recovered from a back problem and could start after being left on the bench for the midweek defeat at Swansea but Adel Taarabt (groin), Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) remain sidelined.

    QPR striker Charlie Austin and former Burnley team-mate Danny Ings face each other this weekend and Sean Dyche believes the two could one day be international colleagues due to changing perceptions in England.

    Austin and Ings, who have both played non-league football, are sampling the top flight for the first time in their careers with newly-promoted sides this season.

    Rangers forward Austin, 25, has scored seven times in 13 games and is the joint top English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with West Brom's Saido Berahino, who recently received a call up to Roy Hodgson's senior set-up.

    Ings has also started to find his feet at the highest level, scoring three times for the Clarets in November and bagging a brace for the England Under-21s at Turf Moor last month, too.

    The pair's form has led to suggestions that recognition from Hodgson may be on the horizon and Burnley boss Dyche, who has managed both players during their time in east Lancashire, was quick to highlight other recent call-ups to highlight Austin and Ings' cases.

    "There have been similar stories," he said.

    "There was a time when you wouldn't have thought Kevin Davies would have got in there so late. (Rickie) Lambert has got in there late, so it is changing.

    "The viewpoint on football is changing. It's about form and player availability can come into it as well."

    In the week that the Football Association unveiled the 'England DNA', a programme designed for creating better players for the national team, Dyche was critical of the academy system's "soft" attitude to developing youngsters.

    The ex-Chesterfield defender believes prospects are losing their raw edge when coming through the ranks and pointed to former bricklayer Austin and Ings, who was playing on loan for Dorchester four years ago, as examples of players whose drive has helped them reach the top.

    And with Hodgson having to contend with a dearth of attacking options in recent years, Dyche knows that goals in the Premier League will get you noticed by the England boss.

    "You've got an enhanced chance if the numbers aren't so great," Dyche added.

    "When I think back to when I was playing in the late 80s, 90s, the country could debate a massive amount of players over who was going to play (for England).

    "If you look at it now, it's more or less the top players who are playing in the Premier League, so the manager has a smaller group, which enhances the chance if your form is good to get in there.

    "But it all depends on Roy Hodgson. That's his job and it depends on what he thinks."

    Ings' ascent to prominence only really occurred when Austin moved to Loftus Road at the start of last season after averaging a goal every other game at Turf Moor.

    In his absence, Burnley's surprise promotion was built on the 47-goal partnership of Wales international Sam Vokes and Championship player of the year Ings.

    But Dyche insists it was Vokes, currently sidelined by a knee injury, rather than Ings, that was available to step out of the shadows when Austin departed.

    "It helped Vokesy's development," the Clarets manager argued.

    "Danny was doing fine but it gave Vokesy more freedom to not be a bit part, to not be the man who was waiting in the wings. We said, 'You're the man, how are you going to stand up and deal with it?'

    "He went, 'Okay, thanks very much'."

    Burnley are expected to be without both Stephen Ward and Michael Duff as they bid to stretch their four-game unbeaten run at QPR.

    Republic of Ireland international Ward will see a specialist on Friday for an ankle injury he picked up in the midweek draw with Newcastle, while fellow defender Duff is still not quite ready to return from his calf strain.

    Vokes is edging closer to a first-team return after scoring a brace in a 70-minute outing for the development squad on Wednesday.

    91'+4

    End Regular Time

    91'+4

    End Regular Time

    91'+4

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 95'

    91'+3

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 94'

    91'+2

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 93'

    91'+2

    Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 93'

    91'+1

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    91'+1

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 92'

    91'+1

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 92'

    91'+1

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 92'

    91'

    Attempt saved. Ben Mee (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Keane.

    91'

    Michael Keane (Burnley) Assists Shot at 91'

    91'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 91'

    91'

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips replaces Leroy Fer.

    90'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 90'

    90'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 90'

    89'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 89'

    89'

    Substitution, Burnley. Marvin Sordell replaces Ashley Barnes.

    88'

    Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

    88'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Assists Shot at 88'

    88'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Throw In at 88'

    88'

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 88'

    87'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 87'

    87'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 87'

    86'

    Handball

    86'

    Hand ball by Danny Ings (Burnley).

    86'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Free Kick at 86'

    86'

    Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

    86'

    Substitution, Burnley. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces David Jones.

    85'

    Attempt saved. Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Fer with a through ball.

    85'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 85'

    83'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 83'

    83'

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    82'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 82'

    80'

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

    80'

    Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Corner Kick at 80'

    79'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 79'

    78'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 78'

    78'

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jordon Mutch replaces Eduardo Vargas.

    77'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Free Kick at 77'

    76'

    Charlie Austin

    76'

    Michael Keane (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    75'

    Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Scott Arfield.

    74'

    2 - 0

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Burnley 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

    74'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 74'

    73'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Free Kick at 73'

    72'

    Charlie Austin

    72'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    72'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 72'

    72'

    Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

    72'

    Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    70'

    Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

    70'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 70'

    69'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 69'

    68'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    68'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 68'

    67'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 67'

    66'

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 66'

    66'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 66'

    66'

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Bobby Zamora.

    65'

    Attempt missed. George Boyd (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

    65'

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) Assists Shot at 65'

    65'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 65'

    64'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    64'

    George Boyd (Burnley) Throw In at 64'

    62'

    Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Marney with a cross following a corner.

    62'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Assists Shot at 62'

    62'

    Danny Ings (Burnley) Corner Kick at 62'

    62'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

    61'

    Michael Keane (Burnley) Free Kick at 61'

    61'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    60'

    David Jones (Burnley) Free Kick at 60'

    60'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    60'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 60'

    59'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Free Kick at 59'

    59'

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

    58'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 58'

    57'

    Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

    57'

    George Boyd (Burnley) Corner Kick at 56'

    56'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

    56'

    Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Marney.

    56'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Assists Shot at 56'

    56'

    Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 56'

    55'

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    55'

    Michael Keane (Burnley) Free Kick at 55'

    55'

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

    52'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Corner Kick at 52'

    52'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 52'

    51'

    1 - 0

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Burnley 0. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

    51'

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 51'

    49'

    Attempt missed. Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

    48'

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) Corner Kick at 48'

    48'

    Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 48'

    47'

    Ashley Barnes

    47'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    47'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 47'

    46'

    Start 2nd Half

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    First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Burnley 0.

    46'+1

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

    46'+1

    George Boyd (Burnley) Corner Kick at 47'

    46'+1

    Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    46'+1

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Free Kick at 47'

    46'

    Leroy Fer

    46'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    46'

    Tom Heaton (Burnley) Free Kick at 46'

    45'

    Handball

    45'

    Hand ball by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

    45'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 45'

    44'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 44'

    43'

    Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

    43'

    Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.

    43'

    Danny Ings (Burnley) Assists Shot at 43'

    42'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

    42'

    George Boyd (Burnley) Corner Kick at 42'

    42'

    Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Boyd with a cross following a corner.

    42'

    George Boyd (Burnley) Assists Shot at 42'

    42'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

    41'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 41'

    41'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 41'

    41'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 41'

    40'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 40'

    39'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    39'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 39'

    39'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 39'

    38'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 38'

    38'

    Offside, Burnley. David Jones tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

    36'

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 36'

    36'

    Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

    36'

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 36'

    36'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 36'

    35'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 35'

    34'

    Michael Keane (Burnley) Free Kick at 34'

    34'

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Richard Dunne tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

    34'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 34'

    32'

    Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier following a set piece situation.

    32'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Assists Shot at 32'

    32'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Free Kick at 32'

    32'

    Foul by Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers).

    31'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Corner Kick at 31'

    31'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Leroy Fer.

    30'

    Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

    30'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 30'

    29'

    David Jones (Burnley) Throw In at 29'

    29'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

    29'

    David Jones (Burnley) Corner Kick at 29'

    29'

    Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    29'

    Danny Ings (Burnley) Assists Shot at 29'

    28'

    Attempt saved. George Boyd (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

    28'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Assists Shot at 28'

    28'

    Danny Ings (Burnley) Corner Kick at 28'

    27'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 27'

    27'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 27'

    26'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 26'

    26'

    Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 26'

    25'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 25'

    24'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 24'

    24'

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 24'

    24'

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 24'

    23'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 23'

    23'

    Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 23'

    23'

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 23'

    23'

    Attempt saved. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

    23'

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 23'

    22'

    David Jones (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 22'

    22'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

    22'

    Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    21'

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

    21'

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) Free Kick at 21'

    20'

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    20'

    Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 20'

    20'

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    20'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 20'

    19'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 19'

    18'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 18'

    17'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 17'

    16'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 16'

    16'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 16'

    15'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 15'

    15'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 15'

    14'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 14'

    14'

    Foul by Michael Keane (Burnley).

    13'

    Attempt missed. George Boyd (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Mee.

    13'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Assists Shot at 13'

    13'

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) Throw In at 13'

    12'

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Robert Green.

    12'

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) Corner Kick at 12'

    12'

    Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

    7'

    Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

    7'

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) Assists Shot at 7'

    7'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 7'

    7'

    Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton.

    7'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 7'

    6'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Corner Kick at 6'

    6'

    Dean Marney (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 6'

    5'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 5'

    5'

    Tom Heaton (Burnley) Free Kick at 5'

    5'

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

    5'

    Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 5'

    4'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    3'

    Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 3'

    3'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Throw In at 3'

    2'

    Benjamin Mee (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 2'

    1'

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 1'

    1'

    David Jones (Burnley) Blocked Pass at 1'

    1'

    Kickoff

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    Possession

    51%
    49%
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Burnley

    Shots

    11
    15

    Shots on target

    6
    3

    Fouls

    12
    12

    Corners

    3
    11

    Yellow Cards

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    Red Cards

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    Head to Head

    QPR2 - 0Burnley
    QPR3 - 3Burnley
    Burnley2 - 0QPR
    Burnley0 - 0QPR
    QPR1 - 1Burnley
    Burnley1 - 0QPR

    QPR

    • 1Robert Green
    • 4Steven Caulker
    • 22Richard Dunne
    • 14Mauricio Isla
    • 13Yun Suk-Young
    • 10Leroy Fer
    • -> Matthew Phillips
    • 24Eduardo Vargas
    • -> Jordon Mutch
    • 25Bobby Zamora
    • -> Niko Kranjcar
    • 9Charlie Austin
    • 8Joey Barton
    • 20Karl Henry
    • Subs
    • 12Alex McCarthy
    • 5Rio Ferdinand
    • 15Nedum Onuoha
    • 23David Hoilett

    Burnley

    • 1Tom Heaton
    • 25Michael Keane
    • 6Benjamin Mee
    • 2Kieran Trippier
    • 5Jason Shackell
    • 37Scott Arfield
    • -> Ross Wallace
    • 21George Boyd
    • 10Danny Ings
    • 8Dean Marney
    • 30Ashley Barnes
    • -> Marvin Sordell
    • 14David Jones
    • -> Lucas Jutkiewicz
    • Subs
    • 18Steven Reid
    • 11Michael Kightly
    • 22Matthew Gilks
    • 28Kevin Long

    Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Burnley

    Charlie Austin scored his eighth goal of the season as QPR beat fellow strugglers Burnley 2-0 and climbed out of the bottom three for the first time since September.

    Austin's close-range finish looked to have a sealed a valuable three points after Leroy Fer had earlier opened the scoring but the striker gave Burnley hope when he was shown a second yellow card with 15 minutes to play.

    Burnley squandered a handful of excellent chances in the second half but Sean Dyche's side lacked cutting edge in the final third and are now just two points off the bottom of the table.

    Much of the build-up to the clash centred around the team's in-form strikers Austin and Danny Ings, who scored 41 goals between them in the Championship last season.

    While Ings missed a handful of half-decent opportunities, it was Austin's contribution that proved decisive alongside the equally threatening Fer.

    Burnley created the first clear-cut chance in the 11th minute when Rob Green fumbled Dean Marney's cross but the Rangers keeper scrambled to his feet just in time to block Scott Arfield's follow-up.

    Both sides were struggling to establish any rhythm but Burnley's George Boyd injected some quality into the contest just before the half-hour, unleashing a bending long-range effort which Green did brilliantly to tip onto the post.

    Sparked into life, QPR almost took the lead at the other end when the lively Eduardo Vargas nipped past Ben Mee in the penalty area but his shot towards the far corner was cleared off the line by Michael Keane.

    Austin had endured a quiet first half but, six minutes after the break, the in-form striker provided the decisive pass for Fer to break the deadlock.

    Bobby Zamora played in the former Burnley man, who cut the ball back and despite the brave attempts of Mee to block the finish, Fer bundled the ball home for his second goal in three games.

    Burnley almost levelled soon after when Boyd's driven cross looked destined to find Ings at the far post but the slightest of touches from Richard Dunne saw the ball flash past the striker.

    Dunne was again to the rescue moments later when his sliding tackle denied Ings a shot from close range but the Burnley forward should have done better a minute later when he nodded Marney's cross wide at the far post.

    The visitors continued to pile on the pressure as Boyd blazed over from inside the area but Rangers survived and in the 75th minute made their opponents pay by doubling their advantage.

    Vargas played a neat one-two with Mauricio Isla to reach the touchline before squaring the ball back to Austin, who slotted home for his sixth goal in seven games.

    The goal-scoring hero swiftly turned to villain two minutes later, however, as Austin was adjudged to have elbowed Keane when the pair rose for a header and the QPR striker was shown a second yellow card.

    Buoyed by the one-man advantage, Burnley pressed forward looking for a lifeline but it was the hosts who could have added a third had Tom Heaton not blocked Suk-Young Yun's close-range effort late on.

    Rangers played out the dying minutes with ease, sealing their third win in four home matches and jumping out of the relegation zone ahead of a crucial Christmas period.

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