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17:19 10th April 2010


The Clarets' survival fight is back ON after a stunning come-from-behind win at relegation rivals Hull gave Burnley their first away success of the season and took them a place nearer safety.

Brian Laws' men clawed their way above the Tigers in the bottom three thanks to two penalties from Graham Alexander, a clinical finish from Martin Paterson and a last-gasp Wade Elliott stunner.

Kevin Kilbane's early goal had threatened to leave Burnley with one foot in the Championship.

But any suggestion that the fight had gone from the Clarets' camp was dismissed with a heroic performance that deservedly brought them a first-top flight success away from Turf Moor since April 1976.

Kilbane headed Hull in front after just three minutes as Burnley made the worst possible start.

Martin Paterson scores the equaliser

But once Paterson turned onto a Tyrone Mears cross and fired home the equaliser ten minutes before the break Laws' lads always looked the more likely winners.

And so it proved as acting captain Alexander again led from the front with two more goals to add to the brace he scored in a 2-0 victory against Hull in October.

Since then, the Clarets had won only once to tumble down the table.

But a second success under Laws means the great escape could still be on.

Alexander drilled home his first penalty after 63 minutes after the lion-hearted Michael Duff had been fouled by George Boateng.

And six minutes later the ageless midfielder made it 3-1 when he again sent Boaz Myhill the wrong way from the spot after David Nugent had been dragged down.

Celebration time for Paterson, Fletcher and Elliott

Burnley then defended magnificently to kill off any prospect of a fightback.

And in the final minute of stoppage time Elliott rounded off a famous day with a free-kick which he bent into the top corner in front of the jubilant Clarets' fans.

Laws had kept faith with the back four that shipped six against Manchester City a week earlier and might have had doubts when Kilbane was left unmarked to nod in Jozy Altidore's cross.

But with Leon Cort having probably his best game in a claret shirt against his former club and Duff bravely carrying on with four stitches in a head wound, the Tigers were barely given another sight of goal.

When they did get through, Brian Jensen made a crucial block from the dangerous Altidore with half an hour gone.

And five minutes later Burnley were level thanks to Paterson, who turned superbly onto a Tyrone Mears cross and drilled a low shot past Boaz Myhill.

Graham Alexander keeps his cool to make it 2-1

The goal changed the whole face of the game as Hull and the home crowd became jittery and the Clarets visibily grew in confidence.

And an inspired second-half performance, led from the front by the tireless Nugent and Steven Fletcher in attack and the energy of Jack Cork in midfield, breathed new life into Burnley's season.

When Duff lifted a shot over the bar after 56 minutes there were concerns about whether any better chances would follow.

But the visiting supporters needn't have worried as Hull cracked again when Cort headed down a Danny Fox free-kick and Duff was tripped by George Boateng.

Cometh the hour and cometh the man as Alexander shouldered the responsibility to put Burnley 2-1 ahead in the 63rd-minute as he steered home his sixth penalty of the season.

And seven minutes later the player-coach made it a magnificent seven after Nugent's mazy run was unfairly stopped by Bernard Mendy.

And 3-1

Again Alexander deceived Myhill to make it four goals against the Tigers this season.

Steven Caldwell then made a welcome return from the bench to help shore up the Clarets' back line further to make sure there would be no late setback.

But bar a Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink effort and a Jimmy Bullard skidder, which both went wide, Burnley comfortably kept the clawless Tigers at bay.

And with the last kick of the game Elliott produced a bit of magic to spark great scenes of celebration amongst players, management and fans as the fight goes on.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Duff (Caldwell 85), Cort, Alexander, Elliott, Cork, Paterson, Fletcher (Bikey 85), Nugent (Thompson 90). Subs: Carlisle, Blake, Eagles, Weaver.

Booked: Mears 66

Hull: Myhill, Mendy, Dawson (Barmby 51), McShane (Geovanni 67), Sonko, Mouyokolo, Boateng, Bullard, Altidore, Fagan (Vennegoor of Hesselink 75), Kilbane. Subs: Folan, Marney, Cairney, Duke.

Booked: Fagan, Altidore, Mendy, Boateng, Barmby.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 24,369

The icing on the cake from Wade Elliott

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