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Burnley 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

Burnley's Sam Vokes

Burnley kept their automatic promotion push on track with a win over Doncaster to move three points behind Championship leaders Leicester.

Sam Vokes set the Clarets on their way from the penalty spot after Ashley Barnes was fouled by James Coppinger.

Junior Stanislas's second league goal of the season doubled the score after a swift counter attack.

Doncaster's David Cotterill hit the bar in the closing stages as his team lost for the first time since 1 March.

The Clarets are 10 points ahead of third-placed Queens Park Rangers, and could go top of the Championship with just seven games remaining, if they defeat Leicester on Saturday at Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche's team are in fine run of form, winning eight of the last 10 league matches, and have now won the last five at home.

Burnley, the most threatening side in a goalless first-half, took the lead through Vokes' 20th league goal of the season.

It came after Barnes had been pushed by Coppinger in the 47th minute, with Vokes making no mistake from the penalty spot.

Billy Sharp then had a rare opportunity to bring Doncaster level, but the on-loan Southampton striker volleyed over the bar.

Burnley put the game out of Doncaster's reach when Stanislas kept his composure to score after David Jones had played the winger through on goal.

Doncaster, who are eight points above the relegation zone, threatened when Cotterill's free-kick hit the bar and Abdoulaye Meite fired over.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

"I thought they gave us a very hard game and I thought we had to be resilient in the first half.

"In the first half we have had an absolute stonewaller of a penalty on Ashley Barnes so, if you are going to look on the balance of play, we haven't got one but we've got the other.

"We've had our own share of things not given for us so I understand Paul Dickov's frustration, I've been him on a number of occasions."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"I did not think it was a penalty at the time and we just watched it numerous times and we still do not why it has been given.

"I know Burnley felt they should have had a penalty in the first half and a few of their players and staff were at the referee in the tunnel so it's whether that has got to him or not.

"For that to happen 20 seconds into the second half it is a massive, massive moment in the game."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 17Baird
  • 6Mee
  • 14Jones
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 11StanislasSubstituted forKightlyat 89'minutes
  • 8MarneyBooked at 80mins
  • 9Vokes
  • 30BarnesSubstituted forTreacyat 90+1'minutes
  • 37Arfield

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 7Wallace
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 19Kightly
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 26Coppinger
  • 3Husband
  • 18KeeganSubstituted forFurmanat 82'minutes
  • 2Quinn
  • 20MéitéBooked at 43mins
  • 7DuffyBooked at 69minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 70'minutes
  • 19Wellens
  • 9Brown
  • 10Sharp
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 1Turnbull
  • 4Furman
  • 12McCullough
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 31Stevens
  • 35Ferguson
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
12,325

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home26
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Ashley Barnes.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Ashley Barnes (Burnley) because of an injury.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Junior Stanislas.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson tries a through ball, but James Coppinger is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Dean Furman replaces Paul Keegan.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

    Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Burnley 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Jones.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester37257570353582
2Burnley382213364313379
3QPR38209947321569
4Derby381991066452166
5Wigan371881150361462
6Reading3816111159451459
7Nottm Forest38141595547857
8Ipswich381512115043757
9Brighton371511113931856
10Bournemouth381410144953-452
11Blackburn371312124748-151
12Watford3712131256461049
13Sheff Wed381212144743448
14Leeds37138165156-547
15Middlesbrough381016124743446
16Huddersfield38129174953-445
17Bolton381014144954-544
18Blackpool381011173253-2141
19Birmingham381010184755-840
20Doncaster381010183356-2340
21Charlton35811162644-1835
22Yeovil38711203658-2232
23Barnsley37711193464-3032
24Millwall38711203567-3232
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