LOAN WATCH: West Ham’s Maiga, Wolves’ Doyle on target as QPR held in six-goal thriller

Loan strikers Modibo Maiga and Kevin Doyle made an immediate impact for QPR in their first start for the Championship club on Saturday.

West Ham United’s Maiga, down from the Premier League, and Wolves ace Doyle, up from League One, were both on target as the R’s played out a 3-3 draw with promotion rivals Burnley at Loftus Road.

In the absence of the injured Charlie Austin, Doyle opened the scoring inside seven minutes when he powerfully headed home Dynamo Kiev loanne Niko Kranjcar’s corner before Danny Ings responded for the Clarets in the 25th minute.

Former Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne restored the Hoops’ lead when he volleyed home his first goal in two years just after the half-hour mark prior to Sam Vokes scoring twice in ten minutes in the second half to give Burnley the lead.

However, Maiga came off the bench to replace Andrew Johnson and was on hand to tap home Junior Hoilett’s cross with just over ten minutes remaining for a share of the points.

QPR still sit second on the tier two table but have fallen ten points runaway leaders Leicester City while Burnley remain in third, a further three points off the R’s.

After the match, QPR assistant Kevin Bond spoke highly of Harry Redknapp’s two winter acquisitions.

"Harry is shrewd when it comes to dealing in the transfer market and he has an amazing instinct for these things," said Bond.

"He can almost sniff out a player and I hope he's proved right again.

"Maiga for whatever reason wasn't doing himself justice at West Ham, but both Harry and I had seen him play and Harry felt he had a little more to offer than he has shown.

"What you know you will get from Kevin Doyle is a stint, he will chase lost causes and we need that energy. Hopefully that goal will do him the world of good."

 
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