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Burnley Ipswich Town

4 May 2013

Burnley 2 Ipswich Town 0

Cometh the hour, cometh the man as a Junior Stanislas cracker put Burnley on the road to a top half finish with a 2-0 victory over Ipswich.

The second half substitute took just six minutes to fire home a deflected 60th minute winner in a carefree end-of-season Turf Moor clash.

Martin Paterson rounded things off in style with an 88th minute tap-in from Danny Lafferty's header from a right wing Danny Ings’ corner.

And all that meant Burnley not only secured the top half finish they wanted at kick off, but also finished above old rivals Blackburn Rovers for the first time since 1980.

Burnley made two changes to the side that won at Wolves last weekend, with Brian Stock replacing David Edgar in midfield and Kevin Long recovering from his groin strain to replace the suspended Michael Duff in defence.

And there was an early test for the Clarets as Patrick Kisnorbo headed just over from a second minute corner from Anthony Wordswoth.

A Vokes header well off target was the best Burnley could muster in a sedate start to the afternoon, played out in the backdrop of both sides being assured of Championship safety.

Ings finally tried to kick-start proceedings in the 25th minute with a shot from 25 yards that failed to test Scott Loach in the Town goal

And it had the desired effect as Town came forward themselves and it needed a timely last-ditch tackle by Jason Shackell to deny Daryl Murphy.

However, in terms of action, that was as good as it got in the opening half.

However, eight minutes into a similarly paced second half, Dyche made a change, withdrawing holding midfielder Brian Stock with Stanislas and reverting to a 4-4-2 with Paterson joining Vokes in attack.

And the move proved to be a game-changer.

Immediately, Paterson brought a save from Loach with a drive from 25 yards.

And with the spark now ignited, Stanislas took centre stage in the 61st minute to give the Clarets the lead.

Picking up Chris McCann’s pass, the wide man drove forwards and unleashed an unstoppable drive that took a deflection and flew into the top right hand corner, giving Loach no chance.

Suddenly, confidence was coursing through claret veins and Vokes’ near post header was well held by Loach.

However, Town now went in search of the equaliser themselves and it took a magnificent block in the area from Long as Town appealed in vain for a penalty.

As Ipswich now enjoyed their best spell of the game, Grant got down well to deny sub Jack Marriott’s firm, downward header.

Loach also did well to hold onto Ings’ low drive as the game opened up in the final quarter.

But the Clarets finally killed off the Tractor Boys with just two minutes remaining, when Ings’ corner was headed back towards the near post by Lafferty and Paterson applied the final touch. 

And that just left enough time for Sean Dyche to allow Brian Jensen to make a last minute substitute appearance in his testimonial year, to a standing ovation from the Turf Moor crowd and round off the season in fine style.

BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Long, Lafferty, Stock (Stanislas 54), Marney, McCann, Paterson, Ings, Vokes.
Subs: Jensen, O'Neill, Howieson, S Hewitt, Bartley, Wallace

IPSWICH: Loach, Cresswell, Stearman, Kisnorbo, Edwards (E Hewitt 81), Wordsworth, Mings, Hyam, Smith, Murphy, Nouble (Marriott 60).
Subs: Chambers, N'Daw, Martin, Lee-Barrett, Tabb.

Ref: M Russell

Att: 12,820 (830 Ipswich)

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