It was a closely-matched encounter until Turf Moor favourite Danny Ings decisively turned the match in the Clarets' favour.
After threatening throughout the match, he broke the deadlock in the 64th minute with a sweetly-struck shot and then made the points safe with a late penalty.
If Ings was the hero then QPR's Joey Barton was the villain.
He spurned the best of the visitors' chances, hauled down Ings for the 88th-minute spot-kick - somehow managing to avoid a second yellow card in the process - and also appeared to be struck on the head by a plastic bottle thrown by home fans.
"Credit to Burnley they stopped us from playing, which we knew they'd always do because they work extremely hard," Bond said.
"I'm just disappointed we weren't able to play through that initial pressure. In the end, when we did get on the ball we then gave it away.
"We weren't able to play from the back or play through midfield as much as we would have liked and that is disappointing.
"It was always going to be a tight game and one goal was probably going to be enough. Our handling of the ball throughout the game wasn't as good as we'd expect it to be.
"It was a top-of-the-table clash and we wanted to lay a marker down, so obviously it is disappointing.
"We can't really complain because we had chances and never took them."
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