Three more for duo but Rangers bat­tle back

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DEADLY duo Danny Ings and Sam Vokes took their tally to 37 for the sea­son as Burn­ley twice bat­tled from be­hind to come within a whisker of snatch­ing vic­tory at Lof­tus road.

Goals from debu­tant Kevin Doyle and vet­eran Richard Dunne – ei­ther side of Ings’ fab­u­lous vol­ley – saw the home side edge into a half-time lead.

But a dou­ble from Vokes made it 3-2 and Ings should have scored a fourth be­fore QPR sub Modibo Maiga, a dead­line day sign­ing from West Ham, saved the day with a closerange fin­ish ten min­utes from time.

Even then the drama wasn’t over with Clarets sub Ju­nior Stanis­las send­ing a cheeky lob nar­rowly wide in the dy­ing sec­onds of stop­page time.

It was a tremen­dously en­ter­tain­ing tus­sle that keeps the race for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion wide open – and with Ings and Vokes in this kind of form – Clarets boss Sean Dy­che is con­fi­dent his side can last the pace.

“The con­nec­tion be­tween Vokesy and Ingsy is ter­rific,” said Dy­che.“At the start of the sea­son, it’s was hard to imag­ine they’d com­bine so well.

“I had to re­mind Vokesy at half­time what a good player he was. I thought he was quiet early in the first half but he came out in the sec­ond half and got back to do­ing what he does best.

“Ingsy’s just ef­fer­ves­cent. He’s got great qual­ity. He’s come in at the end there and said ‘sorry lads’ for miss­ing that chance. But I don’t know why be­cause he’s been ter­rific again.

“They’ve been ex­cel­lent, but so has ev­ery­one. As you saw, we don’t go any­where and play for a draw. It’s not in my make-up, I don’t be­lieve in it.”

QPR be­gan with a verve and vi­tal­ity rarely ev­i­dent in their dis­plays this sea­son, and when Niko Kran­j­car swung an early cor­ner to Andy John­son, Burn­ley keeper Tom Heaton had to re­act swiftly to beat away the header.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Clarets didn’t learn their les­son and when Kran­j­car swung another one in, Doyle leapt ma­jes­ti­cally to glance a pin­point header into the far cor­ner.

Con­fi­dence surged, Lof­tus Road rocked. Doyle and Ju­nior Hoi­lett both let fly from range.

Yet Burn­ley’s in­domitabil­ity has been a fea­ture of their sea­son and within 20 min­utes they were level as Kieran Trip­pier crossed for Ings to ex­pertly vol­ley home his 22nd of the sea­son.

Yet again, though, Burn­ley crum­bled at a cor­ner, al­low­ing Dunne – yes, re­ally – to vol­ley a spec­tac­u­lar sec­ond into the top cor­ner. Even he looked sur­prised.

Un­de­terred, Burn­ley came out all guns. Benoit As­sou-Ekotto dithered, Ings shoved him aside and crossed for his strike part­ner to tap home.

Five min­utes later it should have been over, Ings twist­ing Clint Hill in­side out but blaz­ing over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

It was a miss he would re­gret as Hoi­lett, on for the in­jured Matt Phillips, slid across the face of goal for Maiga to poke in.

The Malian only ar­rived in West Lon­don at 10pm on Fri­day and Hoops as­sis­tant Kevin Bond is con­vinced that he can ful­fil his po­ten­tial.

“For what­ever rea­son, I don’t think he was do­ing him­self jus­tice,” said Bond.“But I don’t think that’ll con­cern (boss) Harry (Red­knapp).

“We’ve both seen him play prior to the West Ham move, when we were over in France watch­ing a game. And Harry felt that maybe he’s got more.”

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