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21:44 28th September 2010


Brian Laws celebrated his 700th League game as a manager and the Burnley boss won't have had many more enjoyable ones as he saw his side firmly lay out their Championship promotion credentials.

After a quietly impressive start to the season - bar the late blitz of Preston ­- the Clarets burst into life with a demolition of the side that came down with them last term.

Chris Iwelumo and Chris Eagles both scored twice, once in each half, as the Clarets recorded their biggest win since the final day of their promotion season in 2009.

Iwelumo took his tally for the season to seven - all at Turf Moor - with two more poacher's strikes.

And Eagles underlined his growing influence with his first Championship goals of the season, including one from the penalty spot as the Tigers were sent home with their tails between their legs.

In what was close to the complete performance, Brian Jensen also kept a third straight clean sheet and a fourth in all for the back four who also lined up against Bolton in the Carling Cup.

The keeper didn't actually have a save to make in the second half as the Clarets won with plenty in hand to extend their unbeaten home record.

Chris Iwelumo scores his first

....and his second

And if they can use their saved energy to record a first away win of the campaign at Millwall on Saturday, Laws' men will go into the international break inside the top six and in good heart for the battles to come.

Hull, lifted by ending an 18-month wait for an away win in their previous game, had actually started brightly and made the first chance when Nicky Barmby crossed for Jay Simpson to knee the ball over the top under pressure from Clarke Carlisle.

The Tigers' improved form had also seen them go three games without conceding goals but it took the Clarets just 14 minutes to puncture that record.

Burnley had looked dangerous down their right flank right from the off and when Wade Elliott again released Tyrone Mears with a perfect pass inside full-back Andy Dawson, Mears' cross was tailor-made for Iwelumo to rise and thump a header into the roof of the net.

Some of the Clarets' attacking play was of the highest order as they passed the ball around Hull seemingly at will.

Celebration time

And from a typically inventive move they doubled their lead after 24 minutes.

Jack Cork, who had another outstanding game in the holding midfield role, set the ball rolling with a twisting run which released Jay Rodriguez to find Danny Fox with a sweeping pass.

Fox duly dissected the defence with a perfect through-ball for Eagles who steered a low left shot beyond Matt Duke for the goal he has been threatening since forcing his way into the starting line-up four games ago.

Having emphatically ended their own mini goal drought in the Championship, Burnley went looking for more with former Hull midfielder Dean Marney blasting wide at the end of another break from half-way.

Thanks mate

It wasn't all one way as Burnley kept giving the visitors the occasional glimmer of hope and shortly after falling two behind Simpson had a chance to halve the deficit but from a tight angle was denied by Jensen who spread himself at the feet of the former Arsenal youngster.

And the importance of that save was demonstrated as Hull were blown away at the start of the second half with two goals inside the opening eight minutes.

The Clarets' recent attacking displays had suggested that a big win might be on the way, although they were given a helping hand by the easily tamed Tigers.

Firstly Daniel Ayala inexplicably handled under pressure from Carlisle after Rodriguez had headed a Fox corner into the air and with Graham Alexander on the bench Eagles accepted the responsibility to drill home the penalty with 50 minutes gone.

And goalkeeper Matt Duke then somehow dropped a Rodriguez shot and allowed a grateful Iwelumo to poke the the ball home at the second attempt to extend his remarkable Turf Moor record.

Golden Eagles

With their confidence naturally soaring the Clarets were all over Hull like a rash and Eagles twice threatened to complete his first ever senior hat-trick.

Spotting Duke off his line the winger tried an audacious chip form 40 yards which had the keeper scrambling back to turn the ball past the post and then after Iwelmuo had teed him up lifted a shot over the top with 25 minutes to go.

Laws took the opportunity to send on some fresh legs in the final stages and one of those given a run-out, Martin Paterson, could have made it five with ten minutes to go.

Intercepting a poor back-pass, Paterson took the ball away from Duke but from a tightish angle lifted his shot over an unguarded net. No matter, the job had already been well done.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Carlisle, Bikey, Cork, Marney, Elliott (Wallace 70), Iwelumo (Thompson 76), Eagles, Rodriguez (Paterson 70). Subs: Alexander, Duff, Cort, Grant.

Hull: Duke, Dawson, Ashbee (Fagan 52), McShane, Cairney, Barmby (Kilbane 74), Atkinson, Koren, Simpson (Cullen 55), Ayala, Gerrard. Subs: Bostock, Cooper, Devitt, Oxley.

Referee: Tony Bates.

Attendance: 14,458

Midfield master Jack Cork

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