FLY-INGS AS SAM AND DANNY FIRE
Three more for duo but Rangers battle back
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.”
ALL SQUARE: Modibo Maiga tucks home QPR’s late leveller