Championship wrap: Burnley beat title rivals QPR at Turf Moor

Championship wrap: Ben Barker examines an exciting weekend of action which saw Burnley beat title rivals QPR

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Harry Redknapp's side were beaten by Burnley on Saturday Photo: The Sport Review

Burnley win battle of table toppers

It was a mouthwatering clash at the top of the table, as leaders Burnley welcomed Queens Park Rangers to Turf Moor. The hosts came into the game off an outstanding six-game winning streak, while the Hoops had to be content with a point after a last-gasp equaliser from Millwall in their previous game. Former Burnley man Charlie Austin returned to Turf Moor for the first time since his move to the visitors. Burnley fans needn’t have fretted over the loss of the 28-goal striker, as their own Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are doing just fine. The first half was relatively incident free as the Clarets had the better chances to go ahead. R’s defender Clint Hill had to head a dangerous free-kick out for a corner after Robert Green had fumbled his catch, before Burnley mascot Bertie Bee was sent off by the referee after apparently handing the assistant on the touchline his glasses. After an eventful first half, Burnley made their pressure count with some good work in the middle of the pitch allowing the in form Vokes and Ings to combine for the opener. A quick one-two allowed Ings to fire past Green for the first goal, before winning a penalty from Joey Barton and picking himself up to slot in the winner. Burnley bossed the match from the first minute, and QPR will have to regroup for their game in hand on the Clarets against Wigan on Wednesday.

Yeovil stun Forest

When Yeovil welcomed Nottingham Forest to Huish Park, few would have anticipated the 3-1 victory which ensued. The Glovers were searching for a first win of the season at home, and got off to the perfect start when Ed Upson’s volley took a nick off a Forest defender and flew past Karl Darlow with less than ten minutes on the clock. The home fans’ celebrations were cut short when a remarkable fourth penalty in five games was awarded against Yeovil at Huish Park. Shane Duffy brought down Simon Cox inside the box and the Forest striker picked himself up to bring his side back into the game. Wayne Hennessey, who extended his loan earlier in the week, made several top drawer saves in a matter of seconds to deny Cox twice – and then again from Radoslav Majewski. In a pulsating first half, Yeovil doubled their lead through Upson once again, as he broke free from the Forest defence to beat Darlow. It was the first time that Yeovil had scored more than one goal at home all season. Things continued to get better, as Byron Webster headed in a third after Nathaniel Chalobah scored from a long free-kick. Hennessey would restrict Forest to the one goal, and provided a stunning solo performance to help his side claim a real scalp against a side boss Gary Johnson described as “Premier League in the waiting.”

Blackpool pegged back

As a result of the Forest loss, Blackpool moved up to fourth in the Championship despite dropping two points against Lancashire rivals Blackburn. Steve Davies’ own goal in the dying minutes prevented the Tangerines from taking all the points from an end-to-end match. Penalties from Tom Ince and Jordan Rhodes kept the honours even half way through the first period, before Dan Gosling scored his second goal in as many games with a long-range effort which flew into the bottom corner. Blackburn dominated possession after the break, but couldn’t force a way past Blackpool’s resilient defensive line. DJ Campbell, returning to his former side, caused a late raucous when he went in hard on Tangerines’ goalkeeper Matt Gilks. After a vicious reaction from Jack Robinson, both were sent off, and with just seconds to go, Steve Davies turned the ball into his own net. Blackpool continue to impress, and are on a six match unbeaten streak, while the late point stopped a two game losing streak for Rovers.

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