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Queens Park Rangers 3-3 Burnley

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Kevin Doyle scores for QPR

QPR stayed second in the Championship after debut goals from strikers Kevin Doyle and Modibo Maiga helped them draw with third-placed Burnley.

Doyle, signed from Wolves on deadline day, headed the hosts in front before Danny Ings volleyed Burnley level.

Richard Dunne's unstoppable volley put QPR back ahead before half-time, but Sam Vokes's volley levelled again.

Vokes then tapped Burnley into the lead before Maiga grabbed a point.

The West Ham loanee, one of five deadline-day signings made by QPR, came off the substitutes' bench to tap home Junior Hoilett's cross after poor defending from Ben Mee.

Doyle was the only one of QPR's new recruits to start as Harry Redknapp's side looked to close the gap on leaders Leicester.

The Londoners went into the game with the joint-best home record in the Championship, having won 11 and drawn two of their 14 games at Loftus Road, and got off to a quick start.

Doyle, signed to help compensate for the long-term absence of former Burnley striker Charlie Austin with a shoulder injury, headed the hosts ahead from close range as the Clarets failed to clear a corner.

But Sean Dyche's men have been the Championship's surprise side this season and, defending a run of just one defeat in 10 league games, they quickly hit back through top scorer Ings's 22nd goal of the season.

The former Bournemouth man volleyed Kieran Trippier's cross home from 10 yards, but parity was not restored for long as Dunne's powerful volley, from more poor Burnley defending following a corner, put QPR back in front.

Michael Duff headed wide for the visitors from close range soon after the restart, but Vokes's toe-poked volley from Michael Kightly's cross brought them level again.

Burnley were buoyed and eight minutes later they were ahead after some terrible defending from Benoit Assou-Ekotto was capitalised on by Ings, and his pull-back from the byeline was tapped home by Vokes.

Ings then shot just wide after being sent clear on goal, and his miss proved costly as Maiga earned the hosts a crucial point.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"Harry Redknapp is shrewd when it comes to dealing in the transfer market and he has an amazing instinct for these things.

"He can almost sniff out a player and I hope he's proved right again.

"Maiga for whatever reason wasn't doing himself justice at West Ham, but both Harry and I had seen him play and Harry felt he had a little more to offer than he has shown.

"What you know you will get from Kevin Doyle is a stint, he will chase lost causes and we need that energy. Hopefully that goal will do him the world of good."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"We've now taken four points off the pre-season promotion favourites and that's a good marker for us - we are up there for a reason.

"We've found a good mixture this year, good energy, good tempo and real quality.

"Ings and Vokes are a very good partnership and very good individually. They have quality and the desire to work hard for the team."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Green
  • 15Onuoha
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 5DunneBooked at 47mins
  • 6Hill
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forHoilettat 6'minutes
  • 17Barton
  • 14DoyleBooked at 41mins
  • 8JohnsonSubstituted forMaigaat 68'minutes
  • 3TraoreSubstituted forHenryat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Carroll
  • 18Hughes
  • 20Henry
  • 23Hoilett
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy
  • 40Maiga

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 8Marney
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 19KightlyBooked at 15minsSubstituted forStanislasat 85'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 9Vokes
  • 10Ings
  • 37Arfield

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 7Wallace
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 28Long
  • 30Barnes
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
16,393

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 3, Burnley 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 3, Burnley 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Michael Kightly.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Armand Traore.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Clint Hill tries a through ball, but Kevin Doyle is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 3, Burnley 3. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

  19. Post update

    Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester29213552282466
2QPR28168436201656
3Burnley281411342231953
4Derby29157757401752
5Nottm Forest271211443281547
6Reading29138847331447
7Ipswich29111084132943
8Blackburn2911993735242
9Brighton27101073023740
10Wigan2711793027340
11Leeds28116114137439
12Middlesbrough2991194135638
13Huddersfield2897123738-134
14Bournemouth2897123447-1334
15Blackpool2989122741-1433
16Watford2671093835331
17Sheff Wed2761293434030
18Birmingham2879123437-330
19Doncaster2978142644-1829
20Bolton28610123245-1328
21Millwall2868142854-2626
22Charlton2759132336-1324
23Barnsley2749142545-2021
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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