Alexander shoots down Rangers

30 October 2010 06:00
Graham Alexander was back on the spot as Burnley knocked QPR off their perch at the top of the npower Championship. Clarets captain Alexander, who uncharacteristically missed his last penalty back in September, stepped up in first-half stoppage time to hit the first league goal Rangers have conceded at Loftus Road this season. The spot-kick, awarded after Matt Connolly felled Dean Marney, cancelled out a stunning strike from Adel Taarabt and meant Cardiff leapfrogged Neil Warnock's side at the summit. It may be harsh to suggest Rangers' form is stuttering after they extended their club-record unbeaten start to the season to 14 games. But four successive draws suggest the division will not be the cakewalk it appeared a month ago when the Hoops were steamrollering everyone in sight. Mercurial Moroccan Taarabt curled an unstoppable 25-yard shot past Lee Grantinto the top corner in the 33rd minute, but Burnley drew level on the stroke of half-time when Connolly clumsily bundled Marney over in the area and Alexander duly obliged.

Source: PA

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