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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 21:59 GMT
QPR 2-4 Burnley
Andrew Cole scored a stunning hat-trick as Burnley fought back from two goals down to snatch a dramatic victory against QPR at Loftus Road.

Gavin Mahon had put the home side ahead with a powerful header from Akos Buzsaky's cross before Patrick Agyemang converted Damien Delaney's neat pass.

But Cole deflected in Joey Gudjonsson's fierce 30-yard free-kick to half the advantage and volleyed in a leveller.

Ade Akinbiyi put the visitors ahead on 77 minutes before Cole's late third.

  • QPR boss Luigi De Canio:
    "The way we played in the first half meant we were convinced we would win. It is possible that, subconsciously, we were complacent.

    "But we were also not able to play our best because Martin Rowlands, Gavin Mahon and Hogan Ephraim all got knocks.

    "That did have a bearing on our performance, especically when we were trying to counter-attack."

  • Burnley boss Owen Coyle:
    "There was never a doubt in my mind about Andrew Cole. I knew he had the desire to show what he can do.

    "Andrew brings belief to the team and it's not just goals, he leads the line and brings other people into the game.

    "Our boys can only learn from someone of his stature, and I'd be saying that even if he hadn't scored those goals."

    QPR: Camp, Connolly (Mancienne 90), Stewart, Rehman, Delaney, Buzsaky, Rowlands (Leigertwood 39), Mahon, Ephraim (Blackstock 68), Vine, Agyemang.
    Subs Not Used: Pickens, Lee.

    Booked: Leigertwood.

    Goals: Mahon 14, Agyemang 30.

    Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Caldwell, Varga, Harley, Elliott, Gudjonsson, James O'Connor (Spicer 90), Lafferty, Blake (Akinbiyi 46), Cole (Randall 89).
    Subs Not Used: Kiraly, Jordan.

    Booked: Varga.

    Goals: Cole 41, 56, Akinbiyi 77, Cole 86.

    Att: 13,410

    Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).


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