Match ends, Burnley 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.
- Burnley out of the relegation zone
- QPR fall into bottom three
- Rangers still without an away point all season
- Burnley unbeaten in three league games
QPR's dismal away form continued against relegation rivals Burnley, who made it 10 defeats in 10 away games this season for Harry Redknapp's side - a new Premier League record.
All three goals came before half-time, with Charlie Austin's penalty cancelling out Scott Arfield's fine solo goal for the hosts, before Danny Ings grabbed the winner with a neat finish.
Burnley missed several chances to add more goals after the break but they still briefly climbed to 16th place, their highest position of the season, before Crystal Palace went back above them with their win over Tottenham.
QPR, meanwhile, slide into the bottom three after another disastrous defensive performance on the road.
Arfield's goal after 12 minutes set the tone for Rangers' uncertainty at the back as he cut in from the left and easily weaved past Joey Barton, Mauricio Isla and Richard Dunne before firing into the opposite corner.
The visitors were faring better at the other end, and former Clarets striker Austin hit the post from Isla's cutback before winning the spot-kick that provided his equaliser.
Austin scored 41 goals in 69 league starts for Burnley before moving to QPR in 2013, but his former club's fans reacted angrily when he went down under Dean Marney's challenge, even though it looked a clear-cut decision for referee Andre Marriner.
|QPR have only kept one clean sheet in their last 18 Premier League away games.||Burnley scored twice in a home top-flight game for the first time since the final game of their first spell in the Premier League.|
|Queens Park Rangers have become the first team to lose their first 10 away games of a top-flight season since Sunderland in 1964/65.||Charlie Austin has scored four of QPR's five away league goals this term.|
Chants of "cheat" rang out before Austin stepped up to fire the penalty into the bottom corner for his 13th goal of the season and he was still being targeted when Burnley restored their lead minutes later.
Again, QPR's defence was at fault, with Steven Caulker unable to deal with a high ball into the box, allowing Ings to take it down and beat Rob Green with a low finish.
Burnley's six-goal top scorer is out of contract at the end of the season, but he vowed to stay this week with Clarets manager Sean Dyche and co-chairman Mike Garlick also insisting he will not be sold in January.
Ings's immediate future appears key to the Clarets' survival hopes but he was not the only player capable of causing QPR problems.
Ashley Barnes had a volley pushed away by Green, who also kept out Michael Keane's header.
The home side thought they had a third goal when Barnes held off the QPR keeper to hook home from close range, but Marriner eventually awarded a foul.
That kept QPR in the game but, even when they came forward, they struggled to test Burnley keeper Tom Heaton except from long range.
Their final chance of snatching a point came and went when Heaton tipped over Caulker's header in stoppage time, leaving Redknapp to contemplate their latest away defeat on their long coach ride home.
- 8MarneyBooked at 45mins
- 30BarnesBooked at 53minsSubstituted forVokesat 73'minutes
- 6HillSubstituted forTraoreat 75'minutesBooked at 76mins
- 24VargasSubstituted forZárateat 76'minutes
- 20HenrySubstituted forZamoraat 69'minutes
- 8BartonBooked at 45mins
- Andre Marriner
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Heaton.
Attempt saved. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio Isla with a cross.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jason Shackell.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.
Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Burnley) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Richard Dunne.
Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.
Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton.
Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by George Boyd (Burnley).
Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Jones with a cross.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Robert Green.
Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Burnley) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.
Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.