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Premier League

  • December 6, 2014
  • • 23:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 17785

QPR 2-0 Burnley: Fer & Austin seal vital Rangers win

QPR 2-0 Burnley: Fer & Austin seal vital Rangers win

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The former Burnley striker scored and was sent off in the victory on Saturday afternoon, with the Dutchman having already given the club a second-half lead over their rivals

Goals from Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin gave QPR a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Burnley at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.

Former Burnley striker Austin fired home his eighth goal of the season in the 74th minute to help lift the hosts out of the relegation zone, but saw red just two minutes later.

By Liam Twomey

Last season QPR - Burnley was a Championship fixture. Perhaps it will be again next season, but Harry Redknapp will be much happier than Sean Dyche after a frantic game that ebbed and flowed, highlighting the qualities and the flaws of these two Premier League strugglers.

Burnley showed grit, organisation and spirit, but the lack of anyone with the proven ability to score goals in the top flight has never been more obvious than at Loftus Road. After seeing a brilliant 25-yard shot tipped onto the post by Robert Green in the first half George Boyd's conviction in the final third deserted him in the second, while Danny Ings is still searching for the ruthless streak that helped fire the Clarets to a surprise promotion last term.

QPR were simply more clinical, with Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin at the heart of much of their best work. The suspension of the latter after a foolish second booking is less than ideal, but Redknapp's overriding emotion will be relief at taking three points from a game that could have gone either way.

Leroy Fer gave the home side the advantage early in the second half, before the in-form Austin sealed the victory.

Sean Dyche's men piled on the pressure in an attempt to salvage a point, but QPR defended stoically, with Robert Green and Richard Dunne in inspired form.

Harry Redknapp's side are now unbeaten in four at Loftus Road as they ended Burnley's four-match unbeaten streak, with the visitors remaining in the relegation zone.

Just one point and one league place separated the teams before kick-off and the visitors, who had won only one of their previous six away games, started confidently in a frantic opening half.

Ashley Barnes blazed high over the bar following good link-up play with Danny Ings before Scott Arfield forced Green into an instinctive save 11 minutes in.

And Green was again the hero just before the half-hour mark, expertly tipping George Boyd's venomous left-footed strike onto the post.

QPR could have taken the lead a minute later, when Michael Keane scrambled away Eduardo Vargas' effort after the Chilean jinked his way through the Burnley defence and fired beyond Tom Heaton.

The hosts started with purpose after the break and deservedly took the lead when Fer snatched his second goal in the space of a week in the 51st minute.

The Dutchman combined well with Austin to break through Burnley's stubborn defence, recovering from a heavy first touch to prod over Heaton with the aid of a deflection off Ben Mee.

Burnley pressed for a leveller and Ings should have done better when he connected with Dean Marney's whipped cross, but headed just wide of the upright from close range.

A goal seemed inevitable as the visitors continued to push against the Premier League's leakiest defence, but it was QPR who doubled their lead.

Top scorer Austin, who joined QPR from Burnley in 2013, capped off a swift move from the hosts to side-foot home after latching on to Mauricio Isla's cut-back.

However, Austin received his marching orders soon after when referee John Moss deemed that the forward had lead with his elbow while challenging for a header with Keane – just four minutes after he had gone in late on Kieran Trippier.

Dyche's side pushed for a goal late on, but were unable to penetrate QPR's stubborn defence and slumped to their first league defeat in over a month.