Burnley 2 QPR 0 match report: Joey Barton hit by bottle as Danny Ings brings joy to Clarets

Sean Dyche's side send out a title warning although match is marred by Barton incident

Turf Moor

Danny Ings scored twice as Burnley underlined their credentials as serious promotion contenders by extending their lead at the top of the Championship.

Harry Redknapp’s expensively assembled QPR side had not lost in the league prior to this clash between the top two teams in the division but had no answer after Ings broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. The forward struck from the centre of the area before sealing the points from the penalty spot in the 88th minute after being fouled by Joey Barton.

Twenty minutes earlier, Barton was struck on the head by a plastic bottle that appeared to have been thrown at the midfielder from the James Hargreaves Stand.

Until Ings’ opener, the only other major talking point was the bizarre 15th-minute dismissal of Burnley mascot Bertie Bee – ordered to off by the referee, Simon Hooper, after an exchange with the linesman.

Burnley had the better of the first half  and QPR’s goalkeeper Robert Green nearly gifted them the lead early on when his jittery kick fell to Ings, who could not quite get the ball under control as he bore down on goal. There was a roar of anticipation from the home crowd every time Ings gained possession and, in the 13th minute, he danced away from Clint Hill’s challenge before being brought down by Barton.

The resulting 30-yard free-kick was fiercely struck by Kieran Trippier and Green could only fumble the shot, forcing Hill to head behind for a corner.

Barton, who was booed throughout by the Burnley fans, earned a suspension in the 25th minute by receiving his fifth booking of the season for a foul on Keith Treacy.

Before half-time, the former Manchesr City and Newcastle player was involved once again, shooting wide from 25 yards with what was QPR’s best effort of the half. Sean Dyche’s side emerged strongly from the break with Michael Kightly seeing an early shot deflected off target. There was another comical moment in the 64th minute when team-mates Barton and Niko Kranjcar appeared to tackle each other, only for Hooper to award a  free-kick to QPR. Burnley then took the lead a minute later when Vokes slid Ings through on goal and he slotted low past Green.

QPR nearly equalised in the 72nd minute when Junior Hoilett’s free-kick was nodded back across goal by Hill, only for Richard Dunne to head over from six yards with the goal gaping.

It got worse for Redknapp’s side late on when Barton gave away the penalty that Ings coolly converted for his 13th goal of the season.

Line-ups:

Burnley (4-2-3-1): Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Marney (Edgar, 83), Jones; Kightly, Ings,  Treacy (Stock, 90); Vokes.

QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Henry (Jenas, 68), Barton; O’Neil (Chevanton, 73), Kranjcar (Phillips, 73), Hoilett, Austin.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The data shows that the number of “unlawfully” large infant classes has doubled in the last 12 months alone
i100Mike Stuchbery, a teacher in Great Yarmouth, said he received abuse
Arts and Entertainment
The starship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
filmsThe first glimpse of JJ Abrams' new film has been released online
Sport
Rio Ferdinand returns for QPR
sportRio Ferdinand returns from his three-game suspension today
News
The Speaker of the House will takes his turn as guest editor of the Today programme
arts + ents
News
people

Watch the spoof Thanksgiving segment filmed for Live!
Sport
Billy Twelvetrees will start for England against Australia tomorrow with Owen Farrell dropping to the bench
rugbyEngland need a victory against Australia today
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of The Guest Cat – expect to see it everywhere
books
Sport
Tyson Fury poses outside the Imperial War Museum in south London ahead of his fight against Dereck Chisora
boxingAll British heavyweight clash gets underway on Saturday night
News
i100 Charity collates series of videos that show acts of kindness to animals
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game