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Burnley 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Andre Gray
Andre Gray has scored 21 goals this season

Burnley beat Lancashire rivals Blackburn to go back to the top of the Championship thanks to Andre Gray's first-half penalty.

Gray opened the scoring from the spot after Shane Duffy felled George Boyd in the area.

Rovers pressed for an equaliser but Elliott Bennett's powerful effort was brilliantly kept out by home keeper Tom Heaton.

The Clarets are now four points clear of third-placed Hull.

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The victory was the first time Burnley had beaten Rovers at Turf Moor in 38 years and took them a point above Middlesbrough, who beat Wolves 2-1 on Friday night.

Paul Lambert's visitors might feel aggrieved they did not get anything from the game, having had 15 attempts to Burnley's eight and being dominant in the second half.

Blackburn also felt they should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Hope Akpan went down under the challenge of Stephen Ward, while Heaton was again on hand to deny Bennett's low drive in the second period.

Michael Keane did have a late chance to seal it for the hosts, but the centre-back scuffed Scott Arfield's delivery when free in the area as Sean Dyche's side held on to a hard-fought win.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "That's my sixth Lancashire derby and I've not seen a decent one yet.

"They've always been tight affairs and we thought it might be that type of game again.

"It was cagey and awkward but obviously I'm delighted we came out on top and it is fantastic for the town and the fans. For me it's three points and another win but for the town it is a different thing."

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert: "I thought we should have won. We were brilliant on Tuesday and we were great today.

"I'm sitting here totally relaxed because I thought we played a right good game against a side who have a lot of Premier League players and have more money than us.

"You wouldn't have noticed the points difference today and that's the level I want my players to play at."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2LowtonBooked at 63mins
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21Boyd
  • 14JonesSubstituted forUlvestadat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Barton
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forHenningsat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 17Robinson
  • 18Hennings
  • 20Ulvestad
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheBooked at 13mins
  • 26LenihanBooked at 52mins
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forBrownat 85'minutes
  • 16GrimesSubstituted forWattat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 31BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 8Watt
  • 9Brown
  • 15Ward
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
20,478

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Rouwen Hennings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Booking

Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Fredrik Ulvestad (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Boyd (Burnley).

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Hope Akpan.

Foul by Michael Keane (Burnley).

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

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Rouwen Hennings replaces Andre Gray.

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Hanley.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

Fredrik Ulvestad (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fredrik Ulvestad.

Attempt missed. Fredrik Ulvestad (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley351911554272768
2Middlesbrough34207747202767
3Hull34197848202864
4Brighton351713549341564
5Derby351612747301760
6Sheff Wed351413850361455
7Cardiff35141384738955
8Birmingham34159104032854
9Ipswich34159104240254
10Preston351213103332149
11Reading341111124038244
12QPR351014114142-144
13Wolves351110144349-643
14Brentford35127164855-743
15Nottm Forest341012123231142
16Leeds34914113240-841
17Blackburn34913123332140
18Huddersfield35109164448-439
19Fulham35813145358-537
20Bristol City35910163155-2437
21MK Dons3598183048-1835
22Rotherham3595213959-2032
23Charlton35610193266-3428
24Bolton35413183358-2525
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