Date: 18th July 2016 at 6:42pm
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The club`s penultimate game of the season came away at second-placed Burnley infront of the television cameras on a Monday afternoon, with the Clarets looking for a win to put them in pole position for the title going into the final day of the season, following Middlesbrough`s dropped points three days before.

Rather surprisingly, it was Rangers who shaded the opening half, with
Matt Ingram rarely troubled in the R`s goal, but it was the hosts who had the best chance to break the deadlock, as a long ball upfield bounced over Grant Hall`s head to allow Andre Gray through on goal, but he couldn`t keep his looping effort on target.

Upfront, Sebastian Polter was holding his own against a tough Burnley backline, playing the lone frontman role well, without having clear cut chances, and it was the home side who opened the scoring on the hour, as David Jones` whipped in free kick from the right was met by Sam Vokes, who guided his header beyond Ingram.

Despite the introduction of Conor Washington and Abdenasser El Khayati shortly after, Rangers failed to create any meaningful chances in the final period, with the withdrawal of Polter on 70 minutes removing a hold up option in attack, and the home side took a huge step to finishing as Champions as they saw out a 1-0 victory.

It had been a better performance than many would have expected, but it was defeat number 14 of the season, as the side sat in 13th place, as many points adrift of the play-off spots as relegation.

The 2015/2016 campaign came to an end with the visit of Bristol City to Lotus Road, who came into the encounter on the back of an impressive 4-0 victory at home to Huddersfield the weekend before, and had lost just one of their previous six league matches, ensuring their safety in the Championship for another season.

The Robins will have considered themselves unfortunate not to have been ahead at the break, as top scorer Jonathan Kodjia twice finding himself space in the Rangers penalty area for a shot, but his attempts were blocked on both occasions, while Clint Hill saw a header cleared off the line five minutes before the break.

It was a far from vintage performance from Rangers, but just after the hour mark, they found themselves infront thanks to a goal good enough to grace any game, and rather surprisingly, from the boot of Karl Henry.

Having received the ball on the edge of the box, Ben Gladwin rolled it out to Henry on the corner of the Bristol City box, and after taking one touch to steady himself, he curled in a delightful attempt that flew over the City goalkeeper and into the top corner at the Loft End to give the R`s the lead in spectacular fashion.
It was possibly one of the last contributions the midfielder would make in a QPR shirt with his contract due to expire the following month.

As the game ended 1-0, the R`s moved back into the top half of the table as they finished in 12th upon their return to the second tier, a position that many fans would have taken at the beginning of the season, with the thought of the club dropping in similar fashion to Wolves a genuine fear following the Premier League debacle.

At the end of the campaign, the jury was still out on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but with a pre-season behind him this summer, it`s next term that his capabilities in the Rangers dugout should be judged.

Final position: 12th (P46, W14, D18, L14)