Burnley went top of the Championship with a victory over Lancashire rivals Blackpool.

Danny Ings side-footed home his 17th goal of the season to put the Clarets in front.

But Craig Cathcart, who was an injury doubt after hurting his back picking up his baby, equalised with a close-range header from Thomas Ince's cross.

Scott Arfield scored the winner two minutes after the break with a superb curling shot from the edge of the box.

The Clarets took advantage of QPR losing 1-0 to Leicester to overtake both sides in the table.

Blackpool sort out their discipline

The Tangerines had been shown five red cards in their last two away matches, with three sent off at Yeovil and two at Derby

Burnley came into the game out of form after a run of one win in eight games following a streak of eight victories in a row, while Blackpool were looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.

The hosts took only seven minutes to go ahead with in-form Ings, a reported transfer target for Liverpool, slotting home from 12 yards after a clever ball across the box from David Jones.

Ince almost levelled after beating three Clarets defenders but Jason Shackell's last-ditch tackle denied the winger. They had another chance to equalise when Ince set up Steven Dobbie, who fired wide when he had time to pick his spot.

They did get themselves level when Cathcart headed home Ince's pass, with keeper Tom Heaton narrowly failing to keep it from crossing the line.

And the visitors almost led when Dan Gosling's curling effort was brilliantly kept out of the far corner by a busy Heaton, who also had to deny Steven Davies's long-range shot.

At the other end, Matt Gilks pulled off an equally impressive stop to keep out Sam Vokes's header from Michael Kightly's cross.

But his save proved to be in vain as Arfield fired home a wonderful effort from 18 yards.

The Scottish midfielder could have had another later in the second half but his effort hit the angle of bar and post.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"I thought we delivered another very good performance. We looked solid defensively, had good energy and we always looked a threat going forward.

"We scored two fantastic goals and showed some excellent quality. It is important to find different ways of winning and then deliver them.

"I am really pleased with the attitude of the side. We hurt Blackpool in a lot of different ways.

"We fought and we competed and Scott Arfield has scored a sublime goal."

Blackpool boss Paul Ince:

"We are killing ourselves and there isn't much in this league between any of the teams.

"We didn't get the basics right after the break after an outstanding first half.

"We are not going to be up there with the big boys and it is frustrating because we aren't far away from turning that corner but to lose four on the bounce is disappointing.

"It took a wonder goal to beat us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier Booked
  • 06 Mee Booked
  • 08 Marney
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly (Treacy - 86' )
  • 14 Jones
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Ings
  • 37 Arfield

Substitutes

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

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 17 Basham
  • 03 Robinson
  • 04 Gosling
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 11 Ince
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 09 Davies (Chopra - 69' )
  • 15 Dobbie (Zeegelaar - 78' )
  • 12 Bishop Booked

Substitutes

  • 08 Chopra
  • 13 Warner
  • 24 Zeegelaar
  • 27 Barkhuizen
  • 33 Harris
  • 42 Blackett
Ref: Roger East
Att: 14,489

Match Stats

Shots

17 13

On target

4 3

Corners

8 8

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 2, Blackpool 1.

90:00 +4:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Blackpool 1.

90:00 +4:01

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Marney.

89:15

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

89:15

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:31

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Michael Kightly.

84:59

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

83:59

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a cross.

80:49

Attempt blocked. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Chopra.

80:21 Booking

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

80:15

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:15

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

77:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Marvin Zeegelaar replaces Stephen Dobbie.

74:29

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Michael Duff.

74:26

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince.

73:12

Dan Gosling (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:12

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

71:11

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

68:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Steve Davies.

68:07 Booking

Booking Kieran Trippier (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

67:50

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

67:50

Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:17

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Neal Bishop with a headed pass.

65:18

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:18

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

62:15

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

62:15

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:00

Attempt blocked. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:34

Hand ball by Barry Ferguson (Blackpool).

60:21

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

60:19

Attempt blocked. Ben Mee (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:48

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Chris Basham.

56:09

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:31

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Burnley) because of an injury.

52:25 Booking

Booking Neal Bishop (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:20

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

52:20

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:53

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

48:42

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

48:23

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

47:57

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:57

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

47:27

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

46:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 2, Blackpool 1. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Mee.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 1, Blackpool 1.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 1, Blackpool 1.

45:00 +0:12

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross following a corner.

44:53

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

44:45

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.

42:59

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

41:26

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

41:24

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

41:10

Foul by Barry Ferguson (Blackpool).

41:10

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:58

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

35:15

Attempt missed. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

34:52

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

34:48

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Ince.

34:06

Hand ball by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

33:05

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

30:14

Dangerous play by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

30:14

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:21

Attempt missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

28:47

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

28:45

Attempt saved. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

25:35

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a cross.

23:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Blackpool 1. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

22:44

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Danny Ings.

22:24

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ben Mee.

21:27

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

21:27

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:10

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

15:51

Attempt missed. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Ince.

14:36

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:36

Foul by Thomas Ince (Blackpool).

13:01

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

10:34

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

10:09

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

6:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Blackpool 0. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a corner.

6:31

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

6:27

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

5:01

Attempt blocked. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:23

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

4:23

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:02

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Chris Basham.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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