Why Burnley and QPR face the impossible task

Inside Loftus Road

With results and luck going completely against them, Burnley and QPR look extremely unlikely to survive in the Premier League.

It was the Saturday which saw Burnley and QPR cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table and the day where their fate was all but confirmed.

Results across the league went against them as both struggled to one-goal defeats after being reduced to 10 men.

Burnley saw Michael Duff get sent off before losing by a solitary goal to nil away at West Ham whilst QPR went down 2-1 at Liverpool after a spirited display which saw Nedum Onuoha dismissed.

They were defeats which neither side could afford as all of the sides above them picked up three points to leave both teams three wins away from safety at the foot of the Premier League, with just four games to go.

As Sunderland, Leicester and Aston Villa followed Hull City’s lead by winning a crucial game at a vital time in the season, Sean Dyche and Chris Ramsey were left with impossible tasks.

It is a shame as both clubs have looked like they could stay up against the odds at times this season.

Burnley and Dyche have been praised for their structured and hard-working approach which saw them temporarily move out of the drop zone earlier in 2015. With by far the smallest budget in the league, they have performed above expectations for the majority of the campaign.

Burnley are the only side to take points away at both Chelsea and Manchester City this season and have also taken points off Manchester United.

Meanwhile, QPR’s shocking away form earlier in the season has been the major reason behind their position in the table. The Hoops lost their first 11 away league games mainly against teams around them.

Although Ramsey has picked up this form, he has had some very difficult fixtures on the road, meaning it has been difficult for him to get them out of trouble.

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