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Burnley 1-0 QPR

Burnley 1-0 QPR

April 9 2006

The Longside brings you the match report from today's game with QPR as the Clarets continue their recent good form. Alan Mahon impressed again, creating the winner for Andy Gray who continues his rich vein of goal-scoring form at the Turf.


Burnley 1-0 QPR



Back at the Turf for our final Saturday home game of the season



The Clarets continued their recent good form this afternoon with a 1-0 win over a poor Queens Park Rangers side. The win sees the Clarets move up two places to 15th, and has extended our unbeaten run to four games.


We started with the same side that earned a point at Hillsborough, meaning that fit again Micah Hyde and John McGreal both had to settle for a place on the bench. Alan Mahon again started on the right, with Branch on the left, meaning a central-midfield partnership of Chris McCann and James OíConnor.


The Clarets started as they meant to go on by attacking from the off, and just over a quarter of an hour had gone when Alan Mahon created a good chance for himself to put us ahead. He received the ball on the right hand side and naturally cut inside to get the ball onto his favoured left. He bent a glorious shot which was heading for the top corner until an outstanding save from veteran Rangers keeper Paul Jones kept the scores blank.


We were having all the possession without creating too many chances, but Rangers did look poor and seemed content to watch the Clarets boss the game. We were playing some good stuff and the midfield again particularly stood out.


Half-time came and 0-0 was probably fair as chances were few and far between, but you could tell which side wanted it more and it was the Clarets who were having all the play.


Into the second half, and again it was much the same, nice football from Burnley, and the odd chance created here and there. QPR had one or two chances also, but we could still be playing now and they probably still wouldnít have found the net. Their performance was similar to ours at Coventry at the end of February. They never looked to have a goal in them and were very short of ideas. Like Burnley that day at Coventry their fans were less than impressed and were happy to just sit there taking in the game in silence. Depressing, but we know how they feel, it was us not too long ago.


We were surely going to score soon, and just as we were wondering when the goal would come, it duly did, and a very good goal it was too. The ball was played to Alan Mahon, through which everything was going through. Mahon turned his man brilliantly before poking a lovely ball through to the in-form Andy Gray. Gray was one-on-one with the keeper if a little wide, and still had a lot to do. Gray though calmly slotted his shot into the bottom corner to give us the 1-0 lead we thoroughly deserved.


The game was played out in pretty much the same way as it had been played all game, with us having all the possession and QPR happy to let us play. Even in injury time with the ball out for a throw-in, the Rangers players still showed no sense of urgency despite only being a goal down and their attitude must surely have hit a nerve with the travelling fans.


Alan Mahon was announced as the sponsorís man of the match, and it was no surprise, he was by far and away the best player on the pitch. So, another win, and although not the best of games, we didnít look in any real trouble at any point in the game and thoroughly deserved our three points.

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