A SECOND half brace from Burnley top scorer Danny Ings ended QPR’s unbeaten start to the season at Turf Moor this afternoon.
Ings put the home side ahead midway through the second half before adding a second from the penalty spot three minutes before time in this top of the table clash.
R’s boss Harry Redknapp opted to name the same starting eleven that drew 2-2 at Millwall a week earlier. That meant new signing Oguchi Onyewu had to settle for a place on the bench.
The opening chance of the match fell to an unlikely candidate after seven minutes. A short corner between Joey Barton and Junior Hoilett was cleared before the former lofted the ball back into the Burnley box to Karl Henry who forced a save from one time QPR loanee Tom Heaton with a side footed volley from 10-yards.
Henry was soon spared his blushes at the other end however when his misplaced pass set Ings free for the hosts but fortunately for the R’s Rob Green dived at his feet to save.
Rangers continued to be under pressure and after Barton gave away a free-kick 30-yards out, Green had captain Clint Hill to thank after the QPR stopper parried Kieran Trippier’s free-kick before the R’s skipper headed the ball over the bar.
Barton was then booked for a foul on Keith Treacy, picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, earning him a one game ban for Wednesday’s trip to Wigan Athletic.
The stop-start nature of the first half made it hard for either side to get a foot hold in the match as a series of fouls and bookings from both sides halted play.
Burnley showed good tenacity to pressure Rangers back into their own half on several occasions before a rare foray forward for QPR resulted in Barton ending the opening 45 minutes firing wide of Heaton’s left-hand post.
The home side started the second half in bright fashion as the autumn sunshine rolled off the hills overlooking Turf Moor. Michael Kightly fashioned an opportunity three minutes after the restart but his shot just inside the QPR penalty area went wide of the post.
Danny Simpson had to be on hand to make a last ditch tackle on Burnley hitman Danny Ings as he closed in on goal after Vokes did well to head the ball into the Clarets top scorers path.
However, Burnley eventually found a way through in the 65th minute as Ings gave the home side a 1-0 lead. Henry lost the ball in midfield allowing Ings to play a one-two with Vokes before advancing into QPR’s box. Ings showed good strength to hold off Simpson before coolly slotting past Green with his right foot from 10-yards.
Play was briefly held up as Barton was struck by a bottle of Coke from the home end before the R’s midfielder nearly set-up an equaliser via one of his set-pieces. His free-kick from the left-wing picked out Hill who headed back across goal to centre-back partner Dunne who – unmarked - stabbed over the bar from six-yards.
That prompted Redknapp to make his second and third changes of the afternoon as Javier Chevanton and Matty Phillips replaced O’Neil and Kranjcar.
However, the pair failed to spark a real opportunity for QPR as Burnley added a second goal from the penalty spot. Barton was adjudged to have fouled Ings in the 87th minute by referee Andy Haines. The Clarets forward dusted himself down before sending Green the wrong way from the spot to put his side 2-0 up.
That was how it finished as QPR slipped to third in the Championship table ahead of their game in hand against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening.