Blackburn Rovers v Burnley

Blackburn Rovers 1 v 2 Burnley (Skybet Championship)

Burnley arrived at Ewood Park for the Lancashire derby without a win against their local rivals for over 30 years, the last Burnley victory came in April 1979 when goals from Brian Hall and Tony Morley gave the Clarets a 2-1 win.

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Blackburn got the game under way and had the first attempt on goal after only four minutes when Jordan Rhodes headed a David Dunn cross toward the bottom right-hand corner of the Burnley goal, but his effort was well saved by Tom Heaton.

Sam Vokes had a goal disallowed for Burnley on seven minutes, when he slid into the six yard box to tap in a Scott Arfield cross only to see the goal ruled out by an off side flag.

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The next fifteen minutes were fairly even with both teams having chances to take the lead, Danny Ings and Scott Arfield had efforts at goal on twelve, fourteen and fifteen minutes.  Whilst Luke Varney, Grant Hanley and Jordan Rhodes all went close for Blackburn.

Blackburn then took the lead on twenty-three minutes following a Jason Lowe cross the ball landed at the feet of Jordan Rhodes, who sent a right footed shot passed Tom Heaton into the bottom left-hand corner of the Burnley goal.

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The next real effort on goal came on thirty-eight minutes when Danny Ings broke into the Blackburn penalty area with only Paul Robinson to beat, but the Blackburn keeper saved Ings curling shot to give Blackburn a 1-0 half-time lead.

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Burnley started the second half the stronger and they went close on fifty-five minutes when a Danny Ings shot was blocked following a Kieran Trippier pass.

On the hour Jordan Rhodes should have extended Blackburn’s lead when his right foot shot from the edge of the Burnley area hit the post before going for a goal kick.

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Ashley Barnes was fouled on seventy one minutes and from the resulting free kick Ross Wallace sent a ball across the Blackburn area, where Jason Shackell beat Paul Robinson to the ball to head into an empty goal to make the score 1-1.

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Once Burnley had scored the first goal they seemed to take control of the game and they started to increase the pressure on Blackburn, that pressure told just seven minutes later when Danny Ings struck Burnley’s second goal from inside the penalty area.

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The second Burnley goal brought Blackburn back to life and in the final five minutes they had a number of clear cut chances from Rudy Gestede, Corry Evans, Jordan Rhodes and Grant Hanley.

The final chance of the match fell to Rudy Gestede in the final minute of injury time. Gestede struck a well timed half volley from the edge of the Burnley penalty area, only to see Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal tip his effort over the bar.

ImageSpeaking after the match Sean Dyche said “We didn’t look too disappointed at going 1-0 down. I told the players at half-time that they were on the cusp of making history and that we should keep going forward.

I’m delighted for the fans, who have waited a long time for this moment.  Danny Ings never stops and he got his rewards with a goal he’s a terrific young man.  It’s hard for me not to be excited, but the players have to take it one game at a time.”

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Match Details

Blackburn Rovers – Robinson, Spurr, G.Hanley, Lowe, Dunn, Keane, A.Henley, Evans, Conway, Rhodes, Varney (Subs) Eastwood, Kane, Olsson, Williamson, Taylor, Feeney, Gestede

Burnley – Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Jones, Knightly, Arfield, Ings, Vokes (Subs) Cisak, Wallace, Stanislas, Edgar, Treacy, Long, Barnes

Goals  (Blackburn) Rhodes (24) (Sunderland) Shackell (73), Ings (79)

Attendance – 21,589

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