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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Burnley

Scott Arfield
Scott Arfield struck his shot past Jason Steele to win it for Burnley

Scott Arfield's strike extended Burnley's unbeaten run in the east Lancashire derby to five games, sealing a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers.

His second-half shot from the edge of the box settled it, coming against the run of play after Jordan Rhodes and Tom Lawrence had gone close for Rovers.

The home side were inches away from an equaliser when Craig Conway struck the crossbar late on.

Burnley moved up to third in the Championship with the three points.

There was controversy in each box, with penalty shouts for both clubs, as Clarets midfielder Joey Barton hit the turf before Lawrence was upended at the other end.

However, referee Keith Stroud kept the whistle away from his lips in a game which unusually for a derby had no cautions or dismissals.

Joey Barton
Joey Barton made his point to referee Keith Stroud after he was denied a penalty

In front of a near-20,000 crowd at Ewood Park the rivals began at pace in spiky fashion, although that slowed as tempers cooled.

Rovers' best chances fell to their front two of Rhodes, who scored in three of the last four against Burnley, and Lawrence, but both were denied by a combination of Tom Heaton and a lack of composure.

Andre Gray and Barton went close for the visitors, with the latter calling for a penalty when he went down, while Sam Vokes had a shot saved by Jason Steele.

After a goalless first period Conway proved a useful outlet for Rovers, who looked the brighter side and should have opened up a lead when Lawrence blazed over after neat interplay with Rhodes.

Rhodes then turned Michael Keane inside out but his tame effort was saved, and the miss was compounded when Burnley broke and the ball fell to Arfield to delight the 4,500 travelling fans with an unerring finish.

It stunned Gary Bowyer's side, and by the time they recovered time was against their search for a comeback goal.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"It's a game we shouldn't have lost, quite simply. The number of chances that we created, the football we played, especially in the second half, we were dominant.

"Then we got done by a sucker punch of a wonder goal; it's hugely disappointing.

"In terms of the performance level, it was clear to see that we were the better team. It comes to the stage where you've got to win football matches and that's what it is about."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"This is a division where you have to find different ways to win. Sometimes you can win by turning up and playing very well, sometimes you fight.

"Sometimes it's a moment of quality mixed with fight, which was today's performance. Blackburn, they've come and made a real go of it, and had the best chance of the game, if not (the best) two.

"There was a moment of luck today with a golden chance missed but we certainly found a way to win."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 16Lawrence
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 17Williamson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 19Taylor
  • 33Raya

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 27Darikwa
  • 4Duff
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 21Boyd
  • 14Jones
  • 13Barton
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forLongat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 18Hennings
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 24Long
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
19,897

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Burnley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Burnley 1.

Attempt saved. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Tom Heaton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Chris Long replaces Andre Gray.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Grant Hanley.

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Corry Evans.

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Burnley 1. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Mee following a set piece situation.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Andre Gray (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton138501810829
2Hull137421981125
3Burnley137421812625
4Middlesbrough137332091124
5Derby136611810824
6Birmingham137331913624
7Reading136432012822
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed135531816220
10QPR135442222019
11Fulham134542219317
12Brentford135261920-117
13Ipswich134541621-517
14Wolves134361820-215
15Huddersfield133551316-314
16Nottm Forest133551114-314
17Leeds132741217-513
18Blackburn132651214-212
19Preston132651013-312
20MK Dons133281219-711
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton132471121-1010
23Rotherham132381524-99
24Bolton131661020-109
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