Burnley 1 Blackpool 0: Austin's early goal enough to see off Tangerines at Turf Moor
18:36 GMT, 20 October 2012
Charlie Austin continued his hot goalscoring streak by hitting the winner in Terry Pashley's first game in temporary charge of Burnley.
Austin has now scored eight goals in the last five npower Championship games and it was enough to beat an under performing Blackpool side.
The Clarets had the first sight of goal after Junior Stanislas surged into the box early on, but Stephen Crainey blocked the shot.
Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Stanislas (Paterson 75min), Stock (Bartley 69min), Austin (Vokes 86min)
Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Stewart
Goals: Austin 19
Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, M Phillips (Bruna 80min), Osbourne, Angel, Ince (Dicko 79min), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Sylvestre 58min),
Subs not used: Halstead, Gomes, Eccleston
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
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Stanislas turned provider after 10
minutes when the League's top scorer, Austin, sprung the offside trap to
get on to the pass.
He controlled and volleyed towards the far corner
but Matt Gilks palmed the ball to safety.
The hosts made their dominance pay
eight minutes later, when Ross Wallace produced a wonderful inswinging
cross from the right and Austin headed into the roof of the net from
Ian Holloway's men had lost three of
their previous four games and struggled to make any inroads with only a
wayward shot from Tom Ince to show for their first half efforts, and it
was Burnley who continued to threaten.
With three minutes of the first half
remaining Gilks was called upon again after Austin's neat flick played
in Stanislas – but the Blackpool goalkeeper stood firm to parry for a
Wallace almost capped a lively half with a goal in stoppage-time but could only find the sidenetting with his free-kick.
The Clarets picked up where they left off in the second half, with Gilks needed to save from Austin to keep the deficit at one.
It took almost 10 minutes for Blackpool to register their first attempt of the half and it was Ince who had the opening.
Slipped in on the right, he elected to shoot at the near post but only found the sidenetting.
For the first time, Lee Grant was called upon and he produced a remarkable double save on the hour mark.
First, Crainey crossed for Alex
Baptiste to power a header towards goal and Grant flung himself to the
right to tip the ball onto the post.
The rebound fell to Gary Taylor-Fletcher with the goal at his mercy but Grant sprung to his feet to parry the ball to safety.
Despite being under more pressure,
Burnley always posed a threat and Austin was once again at the heart of
it with 15 minutes remaining.
He got himself between the two
centre-backs and powered a header towards goal from a Kieran Trippier
cross – but Gilks was equal to it.
Substitute Sam Vokes almost grabbed a
second for the Clarets in injury-time. Gilks thwarted them again but
the one goal was enough.