Striker Danny Ings scored twice for Burnley in a comfortable victory over Birmingham in the Championship.

The 21-year-old opened the scoring inside the first three minutes with a cool finish into the corner of the net.

Kyle Bartley could have equalised on the stroke of half-time but headed wide, and was made to pay as Scott Arfield struck soon after the interval.

Ings netted his second on 54 minutes to maintain the Clarets' unbeaten home record in the league this season.

Misery for Birmingham

Three goals for Burnley in this fixture means the Clarets have now scored 150 goals in competitive matches against the Blues

Lee Clark's visitors went into the match unbeaten in five games against Burnley, but were on the receiving end of some clinical finishing.

And they have now picked up just one point from their last available 15 to slip into the bottom four.

Burnley, meanwhile, are fourth and just two points adrift of new leaders Leicester.

Ings broke the deadlock with his first chance of the game, keeping his composure to lift a shot home after being played in by strike partner Sam Vokes.

It could easily have been two soon after as the Birmingham defence gave Ings too much space, but he side-footed his shot wide.

The visitors could have restored parity but Lee Novak was unable to get on the end of Chris Burke's ball in, before Bartley's header flew wide.

And Burnley doubled their lead just 17 seconds after the break, Arfield heading home from Michael Kightly's cross.

Ings sealed the victory eight minutes later, racing through and confidently clipping the ball past Darren Randolph.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"There was a small percentage of doom-mongers here who, as soon as Charlie Austin went [to QPR], they were the 'that's-it brigade' - very small, I must say.

"The fact is we believe in what we do, we believe in the players.

"It's going well for them [the players], well for us, well for the fans, but it's a constant work in progress, we're still light in squad numbers and we have to be aware of that."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"Frustration's a feeling you have when you think you deserve to get something from a game. Probably the word [I would use] is disappointing because we got what we deserved.

"We didn't play well enough in every aspect of the game. When you lose goals so quickly in each half it becomes a problem.

"It's by far and away our most disappointing performance of the season. I take the full responsibility, I'm the leader of the group and I take responsibility for it. We go and push ourselves forward, dust ourselves down and get ready for Saturday."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 06 Mee (Lafferty - 46' )
  • 08 Marney
  • 10 Ings (Treacy - 77' )
  • 14 Jones
  • 19 Kightly (Stanislas - 67' )
  • 37 Arfield
  • 09 Vokes

Substitutes

  • 12 Cisak
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 15 Edgar
  • 28 Long
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 22 Stock
  • 26 Treacy

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 05 Bartley
  • 06 Burn
  • 27 Ferguson (Hancox - 49' )
  • 31 Caddis
  • 15 Elliott
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 07 Burke
  • 10 Ambrose (Brown - 51' )
  • 12 Novak (Green - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 18 Hancox
  • 17 Reilly
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 29 Brown
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 25 Green
Ref: Brown
Att: 9,641

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

4 1

Corners

5 4

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:39 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:39

Clearance made by Michael Duff.

90:00 +3:04

Clearance by Michael Duff.

90:00 +2:51

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:34

Mitch Hancox makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:27

Danny Lafferty makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:21

Clearance made by Michael Duff.

89:22

Jason Shackell takes the free kick.

89:03

Tom Adeyemi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Vokes.

88:44

Tom Adeyemi takes a shot. Blocked by David Jones.

88:36

Clearance by Jason Shackell.

88:09

Clearance by Kyle Bartley.

87:51

Clearance by Kyle Bartley.

84:26

Clearance made by Danny Lafferty.

84:19

Free kick taken by Wade Elliott.

84:13

David Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Wade Elliott.

83:33

Clearance made by Scott Arfield.

82:26

Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.

80:40

Clearance made by Kyle Bartley.

79:00

Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.

78:35

Mitch Hancox restarts play with the free kick.

78:31

Keith Treacy concedes a free kick for a foul on Mitch Hancox.

78:09

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

77:25

Michael Duff manages to make a clearance.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Matt Green coming on for Lee Novak.

76:32 Substitution

Substitution Keith Treacy replaces Danny Ings.

74:53

Paul Caddis makes a clearance.

74:53

The ball is delivered by Junior Stanislas.

74:24

Clearance by Mitch Hancox.

74:20

Clearance by Kyle Bartley.

74:07

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

74:06

Free kick taken by Junior Stanislas.

73:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney by Tom Adeyemi.

73:05

Mitch Hancox manages to make a clearance.

72:25

Free kick taken by Mitch Hancox.

72:16

Sam Vokes challenges Mitch Hancox unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:47

Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

71:15

Michael Duff manages to make a clearance.

70:34

Kieran Trippier sends in a cross.

69:25

Christopher Burke has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

69:23

Danny Lafferty makes a clearance.

68:54

Clearance by Michael Duff.

68:52

David Jones manages to make a clearance.

68:49

A cross is delivered by Reece Brown.

68:25

Clearance by Michael Duff.

68:19

Wade Elliott crosses the ball in from the free kick.

67:32

Christopher Burke fouled by Scott Arfield, the ref awards a free kick.

67:05

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Junior Stanislas comes on in place of Michael Kightly.

66:04

Header at goal by Dan Burn goes over the bar.

66:00

Clearance made by Jason Shackell.

65:56

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christopher Burke.

65:36

Scott Arfield makes a clearance.

65:35

Reece Brown takes a shot. Jason Shackell gets a block in.

64:39

Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

64:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Arfield.

63:48

Dan Burn makes a clearance.

63:33

Shot by Sam Vokes went wide of the right-hand upright.

62:41

Danny Ings takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

62:12

Clearance made by Mitch Hancox.

61:48

Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.

61:41

Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Kightly.

61:05

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

58:57

Clearance made by Kyle Bartley.

57:56

Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.

57:04

Danny Ings takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

56:51

Corner taken by Wade Elliott from the left by-line.

56:17

Wade Elliott takes a shot. Tom Heaton parries the effort to safety.

55:41

Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

55:14

Danny Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christopher Burke.

54:52

Clearance by Dean Marney.

54:51

Dan Burn makes a clearance.

54:20

Header by Sam Vokes misses to the right of the target.

54:17

Kieran Trippier crosses the ball.

53:06

The assist for the goal came from Scott Arfield.

53:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Ings - Burnley 3 - 0 Birmingham Danny Ings scores with their right foot. Burnley 3-0 Birmingham.

52:49

Clearance by Dan Burn.

51:55

Clearance by Dan Burn.

51:42

Dan Burn makes a clearance.

51:35

Corner taken by Michael Kightly from the right by-line.

51:18

Shot by David Jones. A parry by Darren Randolph prevents the goal.

50:30 Substitution

Substitution Reece Brown joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Ambrose.

50:02

Header at goal by Darren Ambrose goes over the bar.

49:54

Paul Caddis delivers the ball.

49:51

Scott Arfield manages to make a clearance.

48:59 Substitution

Substitution Mitch Hancox comes on in place of Shane Ferguson.

47:44

Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.

47:41

Michael Kightly sends in a cross.

47:35

Dean Marney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Kyle Bartley.

46:53

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

45:25

Michael Kightly provided the assist for the goal.

45:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Arfield - Burnley 2 - 0 Birmingham Scott Arfield scores. Burnley 2-0 Birmingham.

45:16

The ball is sent over by Michael Kightly.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Danny Lafferty is brought on as a substitute for Ben Mee.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:08

Darren Ambrose delivers the ball.

44:29

Clearance by Dan Burn.

44:18

Michael Duff makes a clearance.

43:40

Michael Kightly takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

42:52

Header by Kyle Bartley goes to the left of the goal.

42:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Darren Ambrose.

42:19

Corner taken by Shane Ferguson.

41:50

Christopher Burke produces a cross.

41:49

Clearance by Michael Kightly.

40:24

A cross is delivered by Christopher Burke.

39:45

Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.

39:39

Clearance made by Dan Burn.

38:30

The ball is crossed by Michael Kightly.

37:40

Clearance by Dan Burn.

36:44

Sam Vokes takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

35:59

Clearance by Dan Burn.

34:31

Paul Caddis delivers the ball.

34:20

Clearance by Kyle Bartley.

34:16

Tom Heaton takes the free kick.

34:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Duff by Lee Novak.

33:27

Clearance made by Shane Ferguson.

33:14

Clearance made by Dan Burn.

32:29

Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

32:17

Sam Vokes challenges Dan Burn unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:04

Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

31:45

Foul by Kyle Bartley on Michael Kightly, free kick awarded.

31:37

Clearance by Michael Duff.

31:36

Paul Caddis delivers the ball.

30:53

Clearance by Wade Elliott.

30:49

Corner taken by Michael Kightly from the left by-line.

30:20

Paul Caddis makes a clearance.

30:19

Centre by Ben Mee.

30:05

Lee Novak delivers the ball.

30:04

Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.

29:27

Kieran Trippier takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

29:16

The ball is crossed by Michael Kightly.

28:53

Clearance by Shane Ferguson.

28:43

Clearance by Kyle Bartley.

28:41

The ball is crossed by Scott Arfield.

27:57

Michael Kightly restarts play with the free kick.

27:52

Foul by Kyle Bartley on Sam Vokes, free kick awarded.

26:54

Corner taken by David Jones.

25:13

Header at goal by Sam Vokes misses left of the target.

25:09

Michael Kightly sends in a cross.

24:02

Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

24:02

Wade Elliott crosses the ball.

23:40

Clearance by Shane Ferguson.

22:49

Clearance made by Jason Shackell.

22:18

The ball is sent over by Paul Caddis.

22:11

Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

22:05

Clearance by Darren Randolph.

20:32

Clearance by Ben Mee.

19:46

Ben Mee manages to make a clearance.

19:41

Free kick taken by Shane Ferguson.

19:09

Jason Shackell challenges Wade Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick.

16:48

Shane Ferguson takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

16:22

Michael Kightly produces a cross.

15:15

Shot by Christopher Burke went wide left of the goal.

15:05

Free kick crossed by Shane Ferguson.

14:18

Foul by Michael Kightly on Christopher Burke, free kick awarded.

13:37

Sam Vokes takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Bartley.

13:28

Corner taken by Michael Kightly from the left by-line.

13:01

Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.

12:57

A cross is delivered by Kieran Trippier.

12:29

Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

12:00

Scott Arfield produces a cross.

11:11

Clearance by Michael Duff.

10:36

Clearance made by Kyle Bartley.

8:27

Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

7:01

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

6:57

Kieran Trippier produces a cross.

6:25

Clearance made by Jason Shackell.

6:18

Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

5:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Vokes.

5:00

Shot by Danny Ings went wide left of the target.

4:37

Clearance by Dan Burn.

2:50

The assist for the goal came from Sam Vokes.

2:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Ings - Burnley 1 - 0 Birmingham Danny Ings scores a right footed goal. Burnley 1-0 Birmingham.

1:04

Scott Arfield takes a shot. Kyle Bartley gets a block in.

0:52

Ben Mee takes the free kick.

0:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Adeyemi on Sam Vokes.

0:00

The game begins.

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