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.

Making a point. . .

Burnley already have three more points than in 2008-09 when they won promotion to the Premier League after beating Sheffield United in the play-off final.

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.

Post-match: Burnley manager Dyche

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."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 17 Baird
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 11 Stanislas (Kightly - 89' )
  • 08 Marney Booked
  • 09 Vokes
  • 30 Barnes (Treacy - 91' )
  • 37 Arfield

Substitutes

  • 03 Lafferty
  • 07 Wallace
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 19 Kightly
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long

Doncaster Rovers

  • 33 Johnstone
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 03 Husband
  • 18 Keegan (Furman - 82' )
  • 02 Quinn
  • 20 Méité Booked
  • 07 Duffy Booked (Robinson - 70' )
  • 19 Wellens
  • 09 Brown
  • 10 Sharp
  • 11 Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 04 Furman
  • 12 McCullough
  • 21 De Val
  • 22 Robinson
  • 31 Stevens
  • 35 Ferguson
Ref: Tony Harrington
Att: 12,325

Match Stats

Shots

26 7

On target

9 1

Corners

7 5

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +5:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +1:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +0:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Ashley Barnes.

89:20

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

88:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Junior Stanislas.

86:42

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

85:46

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

85:13

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

85:13

Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley).

84:31

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

82:48

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

81:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Dean Furman replaces Paul Keegan.

80:51

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

80:45

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

79:47 Booking

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

79:36

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

79:36

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

76:11

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

74:57 Goal scored

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.

73:10

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Keegan.

72:30

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

71:45

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner.

71:44

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

71:13

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

69:44

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a headed pass.

69:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Mark Duffy.

68:38 Booking

Booking Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:27

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

68:27

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:54

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:54

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

67:22

Attempt missed. Michael Duff (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a corner.

66:52

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Cotterill.

62:15

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

61:39

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

61:39

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

61:09

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

60:17

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

60:17

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

59:32

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

59:32

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

58:50

Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a cross.

58:11

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

57:45

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

57:45

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:26

Delay in match James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

54:28

Attempt saved. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Jones.

53:18

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Chris Baird.

50:50

Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

50:13

Attempt blocked. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

46:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Sam Vokes (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

46:02

Penalty conceded by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

46:02

Penalty Burnley. Ashley Barnes draws a foul in the penalty area.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:55

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Chris Brown.

45:00 +0:27

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

45:00 +0:22

Attempt saved. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

44:37

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Mee with a cross.

42:59

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Jones.

42:17 Booking

Booking Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:02

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Marney.

40:36

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Junior Stanislas following a set piece situation.

39:55

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

39:55

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:04

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

37:04

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

36:24

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

36:21

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

34:09

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:09

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

34:04

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

33:32

Hand ball by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

30:44

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Heaton.

27:59

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

27:55

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Marney with a cross.

26:05

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

26:05

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

24:55

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

24:51

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

23:24

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

21:44

Foul by Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers).

21:44

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

20:56

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.

20:01

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:01

Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley).

19:08

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

19:08

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

17:57

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

17:32

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Chris Baird.

16:01

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dean Marney.

15:24

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

15:24

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:35

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

13:35

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

11:55

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

11:48

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

8:40

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

6:15

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Michael Duff.

5:41

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

5:41

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

4:14

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by James Coppinger.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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