Burnley edged closer to Premier League promotion with Michael Kightly's second-half goal sealing victory over relegation-threatened Blackpool.

Kightly curled home from the edge of the area to seal a one-sided victory.

The game was also temporarily halted after Blackpool fans threw tennis balls on to the pitch in protest against under-fire chairman Karl Oyston.

Burnley will secure promotion if they defeat Wigan at home on Monday - although a draw could be enough.

The Clarets might have gone up on Friday but Derby defeated Doncaster 2-0 later in the day to extend the Clarets' wait to return to the top flight, where they last played in 2010.

Sean Dyche's side have an eight-point lead over the Rams with three games of the regular season remaining.

So even if Burnley lose or draw on Monday, they would still be promoted if Derby failed to defeat Barnsley.

Blackpool are two points above the relegation zone with three games left, although Millwall and Barnsley below them have a game in hand.

In a game of few chances, Burnley had the majority of attempts but found goalkeeper Matt Gilks in decent form.

Kightly had an early chance, latching on to a poor Jack Robinson back pass before seeing his shot blocked by the onrushing Gilks.

Blackpool caretaker player-manager Barry Ferguson clears tennis balls from the pitch

Blackpool caretaker player-manager Barry Ferguson clears tennis balls from the pitch, thrown on by his own supporters

Danny Ings then fired his strike from the edge of the box straight at Gilks as a poor half ended goalless.

Burnley continued to press and Michael Duff side-footed a corner just wide before the breakthrough eventually came.

Kightly played a neat one-two with Dean Marney on the edge of the area and curled a wonderful side-footed shot past Gilks.

Blackpool then lost their discipline off the pitch as first their fans protested against Oyston by throwing hundreds of tennis balls on to the pitch to halt the game.

And then, in a bizarre incident, Blackpool assistant manager Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands after shoving substitute Stephen Dobbie in the face as he prepared to come on to the pitch.

Blackpool pressed for an equaliser and it very nearly came in injury time as Andy Halliday saw his late volley headed off the line by Kieran Trippier with seconds left.

Blackpool caretaker boss Barry Ferguson: "The fans have got every right to demonstrate if they don't like the chairman or the board.

"I would just rather they do it before the game or after the game. At that stage, we were on top of them.

"It doesn't affect me. The fans have been great with me and showed their support for the boys."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: ""It is another part of the business we have taken care of, it's a big result. That's 11 away (games) unbeaten and we had to work hard.

"The interesting thing is Derby have changed from 'we're in the play-offs' to 'we could still beat Burnley'.

"If you think of my mantra, it's never changed. Just 'one game at a time', and it's authentic. The next game comes around Monday."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 02 McMahon Booked
  • 03 Robinson (Halliday - 44' )
  • 18 Osbourne Booked (Dobbie - 70' )
  • 35 McGahey
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 17 Basham
  • 04 Perkins
  • 25 Goodwillie (Almond - 56' )
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 12 Bishop

Substitutes

  • 14 Halliday
  • 15 Haroun
  • 24 Keogh
  • 27 Barkhuizen
  • 30 Almond
  • 33 Dobbie
  • 39 Grandin

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 08 Marney Booked (Baird - 81' )
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell Booked
  • 37 Arfield
  • 14 Jones
  • 10 Ings (Edgar - 94' )
  • 30 Barnes
  • 19 Kightly (Stanislas - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Wallace
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 17 Baird
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 16,098

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

1 5

Corners

6 2

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 0, Burnley 1.

90:00 +5:49 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Burnley 1.

90:00 +4:28

Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +4:02

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt blocked. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Danny Ings.

90:00 +2:51

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Junior Stanislas.

90:00 +1:15 Booking

Booking Michael Duff (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:12 Booking

Booking Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:08

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

90:00 +1:08

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:51

Attempt blocked. Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:11

Attempt blocked. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Anthony McMahon.

89:26

Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:26

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

87:54

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Chris Baird.

87:19

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:19

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

87:09

Attempt blocked. Harrison McGahey (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:43 Booking

Booking David Jones (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:23

Louis Almond (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:23

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

83:30

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:30

Foul by Chris Baird (Burnley).

82:02

Offside, Burnley. Junior Stanislas tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

80:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Chris Baird replaces Dean Marney.

80:37

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

80:37

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

77:48

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Ferguson.

76:47

Foul by Louis Almond (Blackpool).

76:47

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

75:07

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:07

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

74:34

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:34

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

71:02

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:02

Foul by Junior Stanislas (Burnley).

70:17

Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Ferguson with a cross following a corner.

69:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

69:15

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by David Jones.

67:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Michael Kightly.

64:41

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:41

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

63:32

Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Michael Duff is caught offside.

62:48 Booking

Booking Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:43

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

62:43

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:21 Booking

Booking Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

61:16

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

61:16

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:06

Foul by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).

60:06

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

58:13

Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

57:26

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by David Jones.

55:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Louis Almond replaces David Goodwillie.

55:28

Delay in match (Blackpool).

54:38

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

54:38

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

54:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:15

Delay in match (Blackpool).

48:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Burnley 1. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dean Marney.

46:01

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

45:34

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Anthony McMahon.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Burnley 0.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Burnley 0.

45:00 +1:11

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

45:00 +0:28

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

45:00 +0:28

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:21

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross.

43:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday replaces Jack Robinson because of an injury.

43:03

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

42:05

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:05

Delay in match Jack Robinson (Blackpool) because of an injury.

36:21

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

35:20

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

35:20

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

35:00

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

35:00

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

31:00

Offside, Blackpool. Anthony McMahon tries a through ball, but Neal Bishop is caught offside.

29:04

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a through ball.

25:22

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:24

Delay in match Ben Mee (Burnley) because of an injury.

19:18

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

19:18

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:50

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

17:44

Attempt blocked. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross.

16:20

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

14:13

Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

10:49

Hand ball by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

7:56

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

3:01

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:34

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

0:10

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

0:10

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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