Burnley restored their three-point benefit on the high of the Sky Wager Championship as they cruised to a 3-Zero victory at QPR.
A beautiful Johann Berg Gudmunsson free-kick bought them off the mark at Loftus Street, earlier than Ian Maatsen and Nathan Tella struck to seal victory.
It took them again away from Sheffield United after the Blades had gained on Saturday to shut the hole on the Clarets.
For QPR, it was a depressing afternoon of their first recreation for the reason that departure of head coach Michael Beale, and their fourth defeat in a row.
Burnley cruise to victory in west London
Burnley took the lead on 19 minutes. Jack Cork was chopped down on the sting of the realm and Gudmundsson stepped as much as ship an unstoppable curling effort over the wall and previous Seny Dieng.
On the stroke of half-time in was two as Dieng might solely palm Vitinho’s 25-yard strike into the trail of Maatsen, who drove it again with intent previous the helpless QPR goalkeeper.
QPR B Group supervisor Paul Corridor, taking cost following the departure of Beale, threw on Albert Adomah and Olamide Shodipo on the break, however it did little to show the tide.
And after 71 minutes it was 3-Zero as they took benefit of a Jimmy Dunne error. The previous Burnley defender promoting Dieng woefully brief with an tried chested backpass, permitting Tella to nip in and around the goalkeeper earlier than discovering the again of the web from the tightest of angles.
Did early selections price QPR?
On the face of issues it appeared a complete win for Burnley, however there was some competition about some early selections that impacted the swing of the sport.
After simply 19 seconds George Thomas was unlucky to not be awarded a penalty for QPR after being introduced down within the field by Arijanet Muric. And there have been additionally query marks over whether or not Gudmundsson’s free-kick ought to even have been awarded, with Cork himself admitting after the sport to Sky Sports activities he did not suppose he was fouled.
From that second on there have been no doubts about Burnley being deserved winners, thoughts.
What the managers mentioned…
QPR’s caretaker boss Paul Corridor: “The selections have positively affected us and the way we approached and bought by the sport. However I do not suppose we are able to use that as an excuse. My gamers did not get began as shortly as I needed them to.
“Within the second half we got here out of the blocks after barely altering the form. We simply needed to go in at half-time at one purpose, and the purpose simply earlier than the break killed us off. That was powerful.”
Burnley’s Vincent Kompany: “They did nicely and labored arduous to ensure they’d momentum. We took the sport to them. I believed we performed very well within the first half and did every thing we got down to do completely.
“Within the second half we had a spell the place we wanted to grind it out and be a bit extra compact and organised, and even then we did nicely and had been nonetheless harmful. The lads will be proud.”
Participant of the match – Nathan Tella
An distinctive show of attacking intent from Tella. He has confirmed to be an actual coup for Burnley repeatedly this season. Even at 2-Zero up he confirmed his sharpness and need to react to Dunne’s mistake so as to add their third. His end wasn’t dangerous both.
Either side are again in Sky Wager Championship motion at 3pm subsequent Saturday. QPR head to Preston, whereas Burnley host Middlesbrough.