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Burnley v Blackburn

14 September 2013

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1

Lady luck again deserted Burnley against as 10-man Blackburn snatched a fortuitous draw in an absorbing Turf Moor derby.

The Clarets thought they had finally got one over on Rovers after second half substitute Junior Stanislas struck a magnificent opener 15 minutes from time.

But with the clock running down and the Clarets in control, an attempted clearance from Michael Duff - as he attempted to recover the situation following a poor Scott Arfield back pass - deflected off the ever-alert Jordan Rhodes to give Rovers a get-out-of-jail free card.

And in stark contrast to the feeling around Turf Moor 12 months ago, when Sam Vokes rescued a point with a late equaliser, the reversal of fortunes left the Clarets crestfallen after coming so close to victory.

On-loan Stoke winger Michael Kightly was handed a baptism of fire on his full debut, replacing Keith Treacy in the only change to the starting line-up to the one that won at Derby County two weeks ago.

And in a storming start for the Clarets there was almost a dream start as Jake Kean, out of his area, saw his attempted clearance cannon off Sam Vokes and fly just side of a gaping goal.

Kieran Trippier was also close with a blistering sixth minute free kick from distance that dipped just too late to worry Kean.

Ten minutes in. Trippier as again at the heart of a patient build-up before finding room on the right for a low, driven cross that Jason Lowe was relieved to deflect onto the roof of his own net. 

Burnley continued their early assault and when Scott Arfield forced Kean to parry his long range shot, Ings was first to the follow-up and forced Kean to make another save at his near post.

Trippier tried his luck again just after the half hour, but Kean was this time equal to his drilled free kick.

And from the break, Rovers earned their first attempt on target, which brought a magnificent save from Tom Heaton.

Todd Kane raced upfield and fed Cairney, whose shot was arrowing towards the bottom corner until Heaton dived full length to turn it to safety.

However, as a dominant half from the hosts drew to a close, it was Burnley who again came close as Ings found room on the edge of the penalty area to curl a shot just over the angle.

The pressure continued early in the second half, with Rovers again on the back foot.

But that golden chance was proving frustratingly elusive to Sean Dyche’s men, roared on by a noisy Turf Moor crowd.

Bookings for Dean Marney and Michael Duff in quick succession around the hour mark only served to turn up the volume even more.

Nerves were then sent jangling as Rovers forced five corners in a row, but Burnley held strong from a barrage of flag kicks aimed straight into the heart of the Clarets goal.

Dyche reacted by making his first change in the 68th minute, replacing a tiring Kightly with Stanislas.

And the wide man made a spectacular impact seven minutes after making his entrance.

A quick one-two with Ings created the yard of space the former West Ham United wide man needed and from 30 yards he unleashed an absolute rocket past Kean into the bottom corner.

Turf Moor exploded!

However, another disaster was about to befall the Clarets as Arfield’s short backpass was pounced upon by Rhodes.

The Blackburn striker had been ploughing a long furrow all afternoon, but had all the luck in the world as, after cutting back inside Jason Shackell, he saw Duff’s attempted clearance cannon off him and loop over a helpless Heaton.

Turf Moor was crestfallen.

And when Rovers substitute Lee Williamson was red carded in stoppage time for hauling down Danny Ings as he raced clear of the last man on the half way line - with a magnificent chance to win it – Burnley were again left wondering what more they have to do to finally get the win a town craves.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Marney, Jones, Kightly (Stanislas 68), Vokes, Ings.
Subs: Cisak, Long, Lafferty, Edgar, Stock, Treacy.
Booked: Marney 58, Duff 62, Mee 80

BLACKBURN: Kean, Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Marshall, Dann, Evans, Cairney
Subs: Eastwood, Kilgallon, Williamson, Taylor, Marrow, Morris, Judge.

Booked: Lowe 39

Sent off: Williamson 92

Ref: C Pawson

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