Charlie Austin's 16th goal of the season earned bragging rights for managerless Burnley over Lancashire rivals Blackpool in the Championship.

The Clarets striker headed in Kieran Trippier's cross after 19 minutes.

Blackpool were denied an equaliser when home keeper Lee Grant produced a magnificent double-save to deny Alex Baptiste and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Burnley, in their first match without recently-departed boss Eddie Howe, held on for their first win in five games.

In-form Austin, 23, further enhanced his growing reputation by becoming the match-winner with a remarkable 11th goal in his last six league matches.

It was another worrying result for Tangerines boss Ian Holloway who, after denying speculation linking him with the vacant Blackburn job, watched his side slip to a fourth defeat in their last five games.

But he will be ruing Blackpool's misfortune as Grant's heroics prevented an almost certain second-half equaliser at Turf Moor.

The goalkeeper, who had barely been called into action during the previous hour of action, flung himself low to the right to somehow tip Baptiste's header on to his post.

Then, he quickly leapt up to block Taylor-Fletcher's prodded follow up from close range.

Victory helped Burnley move up to 15th position, just two points behind 12th-placed Blackpool.

Burnley caretaker boss Terry Pashley on Sky Sports:

"It's been a very good day. One of the best days I've had for a long time.

"To be fair I felt quite calm - I just tried to emphasise what we trying to do. You can't do too much in four days, but we've got something to build on now.

"We had to weather the storm but credit to the players, they dug in and deserved the win.

"Charlie Austin's goalscoring record over the last few weeks is second to none. But it's not just the goals, he's a fantastic team player."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway:

"Charlie Austin won them the game. That's what goals are all about.

"Take that out of it and I would have been delighted, especially second half with the way we played. It's a shame we didn't have that brightness in the first half.

"But Grant produced a fantastic double save. If we got that goal you don't know what would have happened.

"We agreed a fee first for Austin and he chose them. And we've been punished."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 36 Mee Booked
  • 06 McCann
  • 07 Wallace
  • 08 Marney
  • 11 Stanislas (Paterson - 75' Booked )
  • 22 Stock (Bartley - 69' )
  • 23 Austin (Vokes - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 15 Edgar
  • 18 Mills
  • 19 Stewart
  • 20 Bartley
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Paterson

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey Booked
  • 05 Eardley
  • 06 Evatt Booked
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 07 M Phillips (Bruna - 80' )
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 31 Angel
  • 11 Ince (Dicko - 79' )
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 40 Delfouneso (Sylvestre - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 08 Gomes
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 23 Bruna
  • 38 Dicko
  • 41 Eccleston
Ref: Oliver
Att: 12,925

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

10 5

Corners

8 3

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:30

Direct free kick taken by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

90:00 +3:30 Booking

Booking The referee shows Martin Paterson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:10

Martin Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

90:00 +2:55

Short corner taken by Ross Wallace.

90:00 +2:24

Sam Vokes takes a shot. Matt Gilks makes a save.

90:00 +1:44

Neal Eardley fouled by Marvin Bartley, the ref awards a free kick. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:51

Shot from just outside the area by Dean Marney goes over the bar.

90:00 +0:17

Short corner taken by Ross Wallace.

88:40

Neal Eardley challenges Martin Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

87:47

Martin Paterson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Sam Vokes is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Austin.

85:03

Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Bartley. Michael Duff takes the free kick.

84:40

The offside flag is raised against Martin Paterson. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

80:59

Effort on goal by Martin Paterson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution Gerardo Bruna replaces Matt Phillips.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Ince goes off and Nouha Dicko comes on.

78:29

Isaiah Osbourne has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

76:49

Shot comes in from Kieran Trippier from the free kick, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.

76:49 Booking

Booking Ian Evatt receives a yellow card.

76:22

Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Marney.

75:49

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

74:20

Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

74:20 Substitution

Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Martin Paterson coming on for Junior Stanislas.

74:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Thomas Ince.

71:29

Ian Evatt challenges Chris McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

67:37

Lee Grant takes the direct free kick.

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Bartley replaces Brian Stock.

67:37 Booking

Booking Stephen Crainey booked.

67:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Kieran Trippier.

66:00

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Angel Martinez gets a block in.

65:03

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince, Brian Stock makes a clearance.

64:30

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Dean Marney gets a block in.

63:13

Foul by Dean Marney on Ludovic Sylvestre, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

60:15

Short corner taken by Matt Phillips.

59:38

Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant. Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant. Corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

57:32 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Delfouneso leaves the field to be replaced by Ludovic Sylvestre.

56:54

Dean Marney takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.

56:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas, Isaiah Osbourne manages to make a clearance.

55:45

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Michael Duff, free kick awarded. Michael Duff restarts play with the free kick.

54:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Charlie Austin. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

53:12

Effort from inside the area by Thomas Ince misses to the right of the goal.

51:51

Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace, Headed effort from inside the area by Charlie Austin misses to the right of the target.

51:34

Kieran Trippier takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.

47:19

Stephen Crainey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Wallace. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.

45:34

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Matt Gilks makes a save.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Angel Martinez on Chris McCann, free kick awarded. Ross Wallace fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

45:00 +0:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Delfouneso on Jason Shackell. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.

44:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Delfouneso. Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.

41:42

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

41:19

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.

40:15

Thomas Ince has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

37:43

Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Neal Eardley.

37:06

Brian Stock challenges Thomas Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Ince takes the free kick.

35:23

The referee blows for offside against Charlie Austin. Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

29:59 Booking

Booking Booking for Ben Mee for unsporting behaviour.

29:18

Unfair challenge on Thomas Ince by Ben Mee results in a free kick. Matt Phillips takes the direct free kick.

28:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dean Marney. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

27:25

A cross is delivered by Isaiah Osbourne, clearance made by Brian Stock.

25:45

Angel Martinez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

24:42

Chris McCann challenges Matt Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angel Martinez takes the free kick.

20:49

Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Brian Stock, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

19:56

Thomas Ince has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

19:13

Kieran Trippier concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Phillips. Stephen Crainey delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

18:16

The assist for the goal came from Ross Wallace.

18:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Austin - Burnley 1 - 0 Blackpool Charlie Austin scores a headed goal from close range. Burnley 1-0 Blackpool.

17:54

The ball is crossed by Ross Wallace,

13:54

Junior Stanislas takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

13:03

Matt Phillips has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

11:28

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Junior Stanislas.

11:04

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

10:31

Nathan Delfouneso gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris McCann. Chris McCann restarts play with the free kick.

8:34

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.

7:31

Dean Marney fouled by Angel Martinez, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

6:54

Angel Martinez takes a shot. Jason Shackell gets a block in.

4:48

The offside flag is raised against Charlie Austin. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

0:31

Dean Marney concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neal Eardley from right channel.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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