Championship
BurnleyBurnley2DerbyDerby County0
By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Sean Dyche

Burnley moved five points clear in second place in the Championship as they beat fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 11 matches.

David Jones's brilliant looping volley gave the hosts a deserved lead.

Derby's Chris Martin was sent off controversially for a second booking after he was adjudged to have dived.

Dean Marney doubled the lead from close range midway through the second half as Derby fell to a first defeat in eight.

Going into the match two points ahead of their third-placed visitors, Burnley knew victory would put them in pole position to finish in the top two and earn automatic promotion to the Premier League.

And, despite being unfancied by many this season, they again showed their steely resilience at the back and flair going forward.

Burnley, unchanged for the sixth straight match, enjoyed much of the early possession but struggled to create many chances of note, until Jones's intervention.

The former Wolves, Wigan and Blackburn midfielder had the ball flicked up to him on the edge of the area by Danny Ings, following Michael Kightly's foray down the left, and his dipping volley looped over goalkeeper Lee Grant and into the net.

Derby went into the match unbeaten in seven games, winning the past three, but were second best for much of the first half as Sean Dyche's Clarets controlled proceedings.

And they were left with an even bigger task just before half-time when striker Martin was adjudged to have dived under Kieran Trippier's challenge and was shown a second yellow card.

Derby were furious at a decision which appeared harsh, especially as Craig Forsyth fired the loose ball into the net after the whistle had blown, but they could have few complaints about trailing at the break.

The Rams, buoyed by what they saw as an injustice, came out a different side after the break and were denied an equaliser as Tom Heaton grabbed Conor Sammon's deflected strike at the second attempt.

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford, on as a second-half substitute, then shot over the bar but Marney secured victory for Burnley when he netted from close range after Ings's effort was blocked.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren says Chris Martin should have been awarded a penalty rather than sent off: "I've looked at it over and over and it's a penalty.

"There's slight contact and Chris Martin has slipped because of the contact. His leg has been taken away, it wasn't a dive.

"First thing was he (the referee) hasn't given the penalty which was wrong and then he gave him the yellow card for diving, which is wrong again."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "I thought in the first half we were very good again. There was a real quality feel about us as a side. We shifted the ball well and created chances.

"You don't always get what you deserve but I felt we deserved at half-time to be up in the game.

"I think it is fair to say that you'd be (disappointed with the sending off) but the boy Martin has been involved in five or six incidents before then and the ref has had to book him. He could have been booked before that."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6MeeBooked at 90mins
  • 8MarneyBooked at 80mins
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forStanislasat 87'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 10IngsSubstituted forBarnesat 80'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 19KightlySubstituted forWallaceat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wallace
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
  • 30Barnes

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 6Keogh
  • 25Buxton
  • 11RussellSubstituted forSammonat 45'minutes
  • 14EustaceSubstituted forBrysonat 72'minutes
  • 9MartinBooked at 43mins
  • 19HughesBooked at 47mins
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forBamfordat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 10Ward
  • 18Sammon
  • 26Legzdins
  • 27Whitbread
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Bamford
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
17,285

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 2, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Derby County 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Booking

    Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Scott Arfield.

  14. Post update

    Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Jones.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Danny Ings.

  19. Booking

    Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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