DEBUT strikes from Kevin Doyle and Modibo Maiga earned QPR a priceless point against promotion rivals Burnley. Doyle – one of five deadline day signings – opened his R’s account less than 24 hours after arriving to fire Rangers in front within seven minutes. Despite Danny Ings’ leveller, Richard Dunne thundered Rangers deservedly into a half-time lead. Harry Redknapp’s side were undone twice either side of the hour mark, though, as Sam Vokes’ double threatened to knock Rangers out of the automatic promotion spots. There was to be one final twist, however, as Maiga came off the bench to secure a share of the spoils from a pulsating six-goal thriller.
RANGERS succumbed to only their fourth away league defeat of the season - and their first of 2014 - at Pride Park, as Derby County ran out narrow 1-0 victors in front of the live Sky Sports cameras. John Eustace’s looping header in the 20th minute won it for the hosts, on a disappointing evening for Harry Redknapp’s side. Defeat means the R’s remain 11 points adrift of table-toppers Leicester City and level on points with second placed Burnley, who have a superior goal difference.
KEVIN Doyle’s second goal in a QPR shirt failed to prevent 10-man Reading inflicting just the R’s second home defeat of the season. Doyle – opening the scoring at Loftus Road for the second game in succession – drew Rangers level against his former club after Danny Williams headed the Royals in front early on. Harry Redknapp’s side couldn’t complete the comeback, however, going down to second-half strikes from Alex Pearce and Garath McCleary prior to Kaspars Gorkss’ late dismissal.
RANGERS suffered heartbreak at the death – going down to a 1-0 London derby defeat after Johnnie Jackson's second-half stoppage-time strike. Over 3,000 R’s fans made the trip across the capital, and the match appeared to be heading for a draw with both goalkeepers largely untroubled throughout. Hosts Charlton Athletic would have the final say, however, striking in the 92nd minute to send The Valley into raptures.
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