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Blackpool 0-1 Burnley

Michael Kightly

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."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahonBooked at 90mins
  • 3RobinsonSubstituted forHallidayat 44'minutes
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 63minsSubstituted forDobbieat 70'minutes
  • 35McGahey
  • 20Cathcart
  • 17Basham
  • 4Perkins
  • 25GoodwillieSubstituted forAlmondat 56'minutes
  • 16Ferguson
  • 12Bishop

Substitutes

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

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 8MarneyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBairdat 81'minutes
  • 4Duff
  • 5ShackellBooked at 90mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 14Jones
  • 10IngsSubstituted forEdgarat 90+4'minutes
  • 30Barnes
  • 19KightlySubstituted forStanislasat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wallace
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 17Baird
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
16,098

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Burnley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Burnley 1.

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.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Danny Ings.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Junior Stanislas.

Booking

Michael Duff (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

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

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Chris Baird.

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

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

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

Foul by Chris Baird (Burnley).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Chris Baird replaces Dean Marney.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

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

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

Foul by Louis Almond (Blackpool).

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

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

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

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

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

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

Foul by Junior Stanislas (Burnley).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by David Jones.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4227963590
2Burnley43241453286
3Derby43239112978
4QPR422110111573
5Wigan422010121770
6Brighton431714121265
7Reading431713131064
8Ipswich42171312864
9Bournemouth43171115-162
10Blackburn43151612361
11Nottm Forest42141711459
12Middlesbrough421416121058
13Watford411415121657
14Bolton43131614-255
15Sheff Wed43131416253
16Leeds4214820-950
17Huddersfield43121120-947
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster43111022-2843
20Charlton42101220-2442
21Blackpool43101221-2742
22Millwall4291320-3040
23Barnsley4291221-2839
24Yeovil4381322-2537
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