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Loftus Road (ATT 15,638) 30th October 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Burnley Burnley

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Clarets brought back to earth

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 30/10/04 4:55pm

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Burnley were brought back down to earth with a bump after a midweek win against Aston Villa - as manager Steve Cotterill watched his side crumble to a 3-0 loss to QPR.

Rangers have been in startling form this season, but had lost their last two before showing their quality against Burnley - with a Kevin Gallen penalty and goals from Georges Santos and Paul Furlong sealing a convincing win.

To compound Cotterill's misery, goalkeeper Danny Coyne was stretchered off after landing awkwardly in the build-up to Rangers' third.

Graham Branch was adjudged to have tugged Santos' shirt in the 12th minute and Gallen made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Just four minutes later it was 2-0 when a clever set-piece left Santos unmarked to head home from Lee Cook's curling ball into the box.

Coyne's awful error all-but ended Burnley's chances of a comeback. The Wales international missed his kick as a hopeful ball was chased down by the returning Furlong, and he ran on to slot into the empty net.

Coyne was left writhing in agony after the incident and had to be stretchered off, with Brian Jensen coming on to replace him.

Burnley did have chances to cut the deficit, but Robbie Blake's effort was cleared by Frankie Simek and Lee Roche headed over when well place.

Gallen nearly made it 4-0 but contrived to hit the bar from eight yards out, and also had a shot straight at Jensen when well-placed.

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9 Bournemouth 12 18
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11 Sheffield Wednesday 12 17
12 Cardiff City 12 16
13 Blackburn Rovers 12 16
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16 Reading 12 15
17 Huddersfield Town 12 15
18 Millwall 12 13
19 Wigan Athletic 12 11
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 11
21 Birmingham City 12 11
22 Fulham 12 10
23 Bolton Wanderers 12 8
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