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Burnley 0 Leicester 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Leicester 1: Nugent pounces on bad day for Clarets with Austin sidelined

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17:36 GMT, 29 December 2012

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17:54 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Nugent's 12th goal of the season was enough to see off Burnley and consolidate Leicester's place in the Championship's play-off zone.

Nugent struck shortly after the half hour as the Clarets' afternoon went from bad to worse.

The hosts had already received a hammer blow when leading scorer Charlie Austin, having passed a late fitness test on a muscle injury, was replaced by Martin Paterson after a mere eight minutes.

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 57), Marney, McCann, Treacy (Stock 83), Ings, Austin (Paterson 8).

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, O'Neill, Bartley.

Booked: Duff, Trippier, Vokes.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater, Marshall, Knockaert (Waghorn 61), Dyer (Gallagher 83), Nugent (Futacs 86).

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Keane, Schlupp.

Booked: Dyer, Drinkwater.

Goals: Nugent 31.

Att: 13,050

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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And it was testament to Burnley's battling spirits that the Clarets made a real game of it despite the loss of their star man.

In fact, Burnley made the brighter
start of the two sides and Chris McCann tried his luck from distance
after only 11 minutes, only to see his effort go wide.

At the other end, Leicester's Ben
Marshall twice came close, first seeing an effort blocked by Kieran
Trippier and then bringing the best out of Burnley keeper Lee Grant who
tipped his 17th-minute effort round the post.

Paterson brought a save out of Kasper
Schmeichel as the Clarets went toe-to-toe with their promotion-hunting
rivals, while Leicester's Lloyd Dyer also tried his luck in an
end-to-end start at Turf Moor.

The Foxes went into the game without a
goal in three matches, but boss Nigel Pearson's long wait was finally
over after 31 minutes when Nugent struck home from close range following
an assist from Wes Morgan.

The lead could have been doubled just
three minutes later but McCann came to the rescue, blocking an 18-yard
effort from Anthony Knockaert.

Burnley had taken time to recover
their cool after conceding, but eight minutes from the break Danny Ings
just cleared the bar from inside the box to raise home fans' spirits.

Even so, the Clarets could have
conceded a second minutes from half time when Dyer again worked himself a
good shooting opportunity, only to lift his 12-yard effort over the
crossbar.

The Foxes picked up where they had
left off after the interval as Matty James saw Jason Shackell get in the
way of his effort as Pearson's side turned the screw at the start of
the second half.

But Schmeichel had to be at his alert
best to thwart Paterson an equaliser from point-blank range after 59
minutes as Sean Dyche's men sensed at least a point was still there for
the taking.

The Leicester keeper was again in the
thick of the action with 20 minutes left, this time comfortably saving
an on-target Ings effort from 18 yards.

Livewire Ings then saw an effort
blocked by Liam Moore as Leicester were forced back on the defensive,
Schmeichel then tipping another Paterson attempt round the post as the
Clarets battled to the end.

Burnley 2 Derby 0 match report: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

Burnley 2 Derby 0: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

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18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

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18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

Charlie Austin scored his 23rd goal
of the season to set Burnley on their way to a first victory in six
npower Championship matches as Derby were beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Austin struck five minutes before
half-time. The former Swindon striker was at his predatory best to turn
the ball into the net after the visitors failed to deal with Kieran
Trippier's cross.

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson (Treacy 62), Ings (Stock 72), Austin (Vokes 68). Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Bartley.

Booked: Wallace, McCann, Treacy, Grant.

Goals: Austin 40, Duff 74.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (O'Connor 83), Keogh, Roberts, Hughes, Jacobs, Hendrick, Coutts, Bryson (Tyson 65), Sammon (Robinson 72). Subs Not Used: Fielding, Doyle, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Robinson.

Att: 13,779

Ref: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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Some more poor defending cost the Rams after 74 minutes when Michael Duff headed in the second goal.

In a game of few chances, it was enough to see Burnley maintain their recent stranglehold over Derby. The Clarets are now unbeaten in eight games against the Rams, winning six.

Danny Lafferty returned from injury for the hosts, replacing Joseph Mills at left-back in the only change made by boss Sean Dyche.

Derby manager Nigel Clough also made one change, recalling the fit again Mark O'Brien as James O'Connor dropped back down to the bench.

Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins saved early on from Martin Paterson before Chris McCann and Ross Wallace had efforts blocked by Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon respectively.

The visitors replied through Paul Coutts, an old favourite at Burnley's rivals Preston, but Lafferty got in the way of his shot.

Dean Marney headed weakly wide just after the half hour mark from a good far-post position before Austin struck.

Trippier's cross from the right-hand side was not properly cleared and Austin swept a low shot past Legzdins from 12 yards out.

Derby might have equalised before the break but O'Brien headed wide from Michael Jacobs' free-kick.

O'Brien made a block to deny Austin another goal early in the second half and Wallace's shot from the right side of the penalty area hit a post just before the hour.

Austin miscued from close range but Burnley eventually got their second goal when Derby seemingly ignored Duff and he headed in Wallace's corner at the far post.

Substitute Brian Stock worked Legzdins with a long-range effort late on.
Derby substitute Theo Robinson had the last chance of the game but missed the target from 12 yards out as the Rams suffered a seventh away loss in the league this season.

Burnley 1 Watford 1: Austin on the mark again as Clarets grab a point against Hornets

Burnley 1 Watford 1: Austin on the mark again as Clarets grab a point against Hornets

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17:38 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:45 GMT, 15 December 2012

Burnley striker Charlie Austin scored his 22nd goal of the campaign as the Clarets and Watford drew at Turf Moor.

Nathaniel Chalobah fired the visitors into an 11th minute lead with a well-taken volley from the edge of the area but Austin equalised 17 minutes later from the penalty spot.

The home side dominated for large parts but could not force a winner, with Austin himself being denied by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, and the Hornets could have left with all three points as Joel Ekstrand struck the crossbar for Watford with 10 minutes left.

Another one! Charlie Austin's equaliser against Watford was his 22nd of the season and earned Burnley a point

Another one! Charlie Austin's equaliser against Watford was his 22nd of the season and earned Burnley a point

Match Facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 90), Marney, Edgar, Paterson (Stanislas 72), Ings (Treacy 84), Austin. Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Bartley, Stock

Booked: Treacy.

Goal: Austin 28 pen.

Watford: Almunia, Ekstrand, Hall, Hoban, Cassetti, Abdi, Chalobah (Yeates 46), Hogg, Pudil (Anya 90), Geijo (Vydra 72), Deeney. Subs not used: Bonham, Neuton, Beleck, Battocchio.

Booked: Chalobah, Almunia.

Goal: Chalobah 11.

Attendance: 14,896

Referee: Phil Gibbs

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche made three changes, with David Edgar and Kevin Long replacing suspended duo Chris McCann and Michael Duff, while Danny Ings was handed a first start of the season in place of Brian Stock, who dropped to the bench.

Watford welcomed back Almen Abdi to the side for his first start since November due to injury, while Alexandre Geijo replaced Matej Vydra in attack.

The visitors went ahead after just 11 minutes through on-loan midfielder Chalobah. Burnley failed to deal with a succession of Watford corners and, after the ball was partially cleared, Chalobah volleyed in from edge of the area for his second Hornets goal.

Burnley responded well to falling behind, with Edgar heading wide from Ross Wallace's corner.

And the Clarets were soon level. Referee Phil Gibbs had no hesitation in awarding a spot-kick after Joel Ekstrand pushed Dean Marney in the area and Austin calmly sent Almunia the wrong way.

Dyche's side were on top and Kieran Trippier's shot from the edge of the area tested Almunia, who could only gather at the second attempt. Then Danny Lafferty's deep cross was headed goalwards by Austin but the Spaniard saved well.

Just before half-time, Martin Paterson broke down the flank and Austin was denied a tap-in by a crucial intervention from Tommie Hoban.

Mark Yeates replaced Chalobah at half-time for the visitors to make his 300th career appearance, and the Hornets started the second half brightly with Deeney going close.

Away point: Nathaniel Chalobah had fired Gianfranco Zola's Watford into an 11th minute lead at Turf Moor

Away point: Nathaniel Chalobah had fired Gianfranco Zola's Watford into an 11th minute lead at Turf Moor

The striker, who was aiming to equal the club record for scoring in seven successive games, was denied twice by Lee Grant as the Burnley keeper saved the Deeney's far-post header with his legs and recovered quickly to block the follow up.

But Burnley soon found their rhythm again and almost went ahead as Trippier's dangerous cross was met by Austin, but his diving header was held well by Almunia.

Austin was then released by Lafferty but his attempted chip failed to find a way past the former Arsenal keeper.

There were loud shouts from the home fans for a penalty with 16 minutes left as the ball struck Marco Cassetti's arm in the penalty area, but the referee decided it was not deliberate.

Watford were still a threat on the counter and Ekstrand came within inches of a spectacular goal but his long range effort crashed off the bar.

But neither side was able to force a late winner as the game ended all-square.

Sean Dyche offered Burnley job

Dyche offered Burnley job after watching Clarets crash to Cardiff defeat

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22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

Sean Dyche has been offered the manager’s job at Burnley.

Dyche, 41, the former Watford boss, was in the crowd as Burnley lost 4-0 to Cardiff on Saturday.

New job: Sean Dyche looks set to take over at Burnley

New job: Sean Dyche looks set to take over at Burnley

John Connelly dead

England World Cup winner Connelly dies, aged 74

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15:19 GMT, 25 October 2012

John Connelly has died at the age of 74.

Former Burnley, Manchester United, Blackburn and Bury right-winger Connelly started the opening game of England's triumphant 1966 campaign, a goalless draw against Uruguay at Wembley.

The match proved to be the last of his 20 international caps, during which time he scored seven goals.

John Connelly

John Connelly

Passed away: Connelly, pictured here in 2009, has died, aged 74

At club level, Connelly was twice a league champion – helping Burnley to the First Division title in 1960 during a prolific spell that brought 105 goals in 265 appearances.

In April 1964 he made the move to Old Trafford and, playing on the opposite flank to George Best, helped Matt Busby's side to the title the following year.

In black and white: Connelly has passed away

In black and white: The World Cup winner played 20 times for England

The season after being a part of World Cup glory, Connelly moved back to east Lancashire for a four-year spell with Blackburn before joining Bury and hanging his boots up in May 1973.

A club statement on Connelly released by Burnley read: 'One of Burnley's most prolific and popular wingers, he died peacefully at home on Thursday morning.

'The flag at Turf Moor will fly at half mast as a mark of respect to one of the Clarets' favourite sons.'

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Match report

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Henderson snatches late equaliser to end Lions' run of defeats

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17:10 GMT, 29 September 2012

Millwall ended their run of three straight defeats with a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Substitute Darius Henderson forced an equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Lions.

Millwall had taken the lead through
Liam Trotter's curling finish after just three minutes, but Burnley were
soon in their stride and created plenty of chances.

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal

MATCH FACTS

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann (Bartley 71min), Wallace (Stewart 90min), Marney, Stanislas, Paterson (Vokes 77min), Austin

Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Long, Stock

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Robinson (Smith 46min), Lowry, Malone (Batt 67min), Trotter Booked, Henry, Abdou, Keogh (Henderson 75min), Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Mkandawire, Wright, Racon

Their pressure told after 19 minutes
as Ben Mee scored his first goal for the Clarets with a close range
header from Junior Stanislas' free-kick.

And they went into the interval ahead
as Charlie Austin scored his eighth league goal of the season with a
powerful header from near the edge of the penalty area.

Stanislas controversially saw a second-half goal ruled out for offside before substitute Henderson scored from close range.

Burnley had suffered a blow in the
warm-up as captain Jason Shackell pulled up with an injury, which saw
David Edgar restored to the line-up.

Things got worse when Millwall opened
the scoring for only the second time this season. Trotter received Andy
Keogh's pass on the edge of the area before curling a right-footed
finish into the far left corner to give the Lions the perfect start.

But Burnley responded strongly, with
Ross Wallace firing over from the edge of the area, before Ben Mee
headed over Stanislas' left-wing free-kick.

McCann then found some space on the
edge of the area but Millwall goalkeeper David Forde turned his fierce
effort away for a corner.

After 15 minutes Stanislas got on the
end of Martin Paterson's low cross but his close range effort clipped
the top of the crossbar.

Burnley equalised four minutes later as Mee rose highest to meet Stanislas' corner with a header from six yards.

But Millwall still carried a threat
and Lee Grant was forced into action on the half-hour mark to tip over
Scott Malone's volley and the keeper produced another fine save five
minutes before half-time to stop James Henry's drive from the edge of
the area.

The saves proved vital as the Clarets
went into the break ahead as Austin got on the end of Kieran Trippier's
cross and headed past Forde.

Burnley thought they had doubled the
lead in the 64th minute, but Stanislas' neat finish after a one-two with
Paterson was disallowed after a late flag from the assistant referee.

The delay in the decision angered the
home fans and following the incident the game became scrappy, with
referee Craig Pawson struggling to keep control.

Substitute Henderson then popped up
in stoppage time to score the equaliser, and was denied a dramatic
winner by the bar in the last minute.

Andre Villas-Boas nearly became Burnley manager in 2010

It was nearly AV-Burnley! Villas-Boas turned down by Clarets in 2010

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06:30 GMT, 7 September 2012

Turned down: Villas-Boas applied for the Burnley job in January 2010

Turned down: Villas-Boas applied for the Burnley job in January 2010

Burnley's former chief executive has revealed that the club turned down an application from Andre Villas-Boas in January 2010 to become their new manager.

With former boss Owen Coyle having just departed for Bolton, the Clarets were looking to make a swift appointment to help the club's fight for Premier League survival.

Tottenham boss Villas-Boas – then manager of Academica in his Portuguese homeland – was among those who applied for the vacant post, but Paul Fletcher reveals in his soon to be released book that Villas-Boas' application was 'too complicated'.

The Clarets opted for Brian Laws and were relegated just a couple of weeks before Villas-Boas was appointed Porto manager after a successful debut season in management.

The 34-year-old went on to win four trophies in one season at Porto before an ill-fated spell at Chelsea. He now finds himself at White Hart Lane but, as Fletcher reveals in Magical: A Life In Football, it could have been oh so different.

'Mickey Walsh, an old playing colleague of mine, got in touch with me to describe Andre as being a real up and coming hot prospect,' Fletcher writes.

Relegated: Burnley could not survive under the guidance of Brian Laws

Relegated: Burnley could not survive under the guidance of Brian Laws

'He sent a very detailed and lengthy application for the job. His CV and Powerpoint presentation were amazing. Even by today’s standards there was some complicated stuff in it, with some things that I didn’t understand.

'Tommy Docherty used to say he never said anything to his players his milkman wouldn’t understand. I don’t think any milkman would fathom the meaning of a lot of Andre’s presentation.

'The language and jargon of football gets worse by the day. Villas-Boas uses a lot of it. Would Burnley players have ever understood what he wanted if he’d told them to “solidificate” or some of his other terms

'It’s a fascinating thought, one of the many “ifs” in football. If Andre Villas-Boas had been manager of Burnley’s Premiership team; would he have saved the season With hindsight, we might have appointed him, but at the time it would just have been too big a risk.'

Southampton sign Jay Rodriguez for 6m

Saints finally seal deal for 6m Burnley striker Rodriguez

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16:49 GMT, 10 June 2012

Southampton have begun preparations for life back in the Premier League by breaking their transfer record to sign Burnley's Jay Rodriguez.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to the south coast and Saints reportedly failed with bids last summer and in January.

However, Nigel Adkins now has his man as Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal at St Mary's after leaving the Clarets for an undisclosed fee.

Transfer record: Jay Rodriguez in action against his new employers

Transfer record: Jay Rodriguez in action against his new employers

The deal is worth around 6million, which breaks Southampton's long-standing transfer record, set when they signed Derby's Rory Delap for 4million in 2001.

'I'm really relieved that we've got it sorted now, and it's done,' Rodriguez told the club's official website.

'I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season.

'This is a great club, a massive club, and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of, and it's really exciting.

'As an outsider, you look at the club from where it started, and the drive they have to move up the leagues in quick succession is amazing.

'The sky is the limit. You see how good the players are at the club.

'They want to push on even higher, and carry on the way they're going.'

Rodriguez, who was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year last season, formally agreed the move during a holiday in Mexico and put pen to paper on a four-year deal today, much to the delight of Adkins.

'Jay is an exciting young English prospect, so I am really happy he is our first signing of the summer,' the Southampton manager said.

Excited: Rodriguez can't wait for the season to get underway

Excited: Rodriguez can't wait for the season to get underway

'There has been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes on several fronts and we are delighted Jay has signed for us as we get ready for our pre-season schedule.

'He is an exciting forward thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years.

'His characteristics are what we have been looking for.

'He has demonstrated a superb attitude and when we have met him it has only confirmed what our research has told us.

'He has a hungry and enthusiastic attitude with a desire to work hard in the positive environment that we have at Southampton where will be able to develop his talent.'

Southampton make 6.5m move for Jay Rodriguez

Southampton make fresh 6.5m move for Burnley striker Rodriguez

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22:24 GMT, 24 May 2012

Southampton have launched a 6.5million bid for Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez.

The Premier League newcomers had a 4.5m bid for the Clarets' top scorer turned down last summer.

In demand: Jay Rodriguez of Burnley

In demand: Jay Rodriguez of Burnley

Preston have signed Liverpool striker David Amoo and Tranmere defender David Buchanan.

Reading 1 Burnley 0: Jason Roberts strike moves Royals up to third

Reading 1 Burnley 0: Roberts strike moves rampant Royals up to third

Reading’s soon to be owner, Russian tycoon Anton Zingarevich, got his first taste of what 25million buys you as he watched his acquisition beat Burnley at the Madejski Stadium.

The win moves Reading to third in the Championship, two points adrift of Southampton, who entertain Derby on Saturday.

Opener: Jason Roberts celebrates his first-half strike

Opener: Jason Roberts celebrates his first-half strike

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici; Connolly, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte; Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff (Robson-Kanu 80); Roberts (Le Fondre 76), Hunt. Subs Not Used: Andersen, Tabb, Cywka.

Booked: Roberts, Gorkss.

Goal: Roberts 11.

Burnley: Grant; Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee; McQuoid (Ings 68), Marney (Bartley 79), McCann, Wallace; Rodriguez, Austin (Paterson 68). Subs not used: Jensen, Easton.

Booked: Duff, Wallace, Rodriguez, Marney.

Referee: Darren Deadman.

Attendance: 17,185.

Zingarevich took his seat alongside
Sir John Madejski who has sold a 51 per cent stake in Reading to the
Russian’s Thames Sports Investments group. The cash injection helped
manager Brian McDermott bring in Jason Roberts last month and the former
Blackburn striker needed just 11 minutes to put Reading ahead with a
left-foot strike.

The Clarets almost caught their hosts cold after seven minutes. Josh McQuoid was given time and space down the left to deliver a delicate centre that picked out Charlie Austin, who could only direct his free header against the bar.
It was the wake-up call Reading needed after a sluggish opening, and four minutes later they were in front.

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff, returning after hernia surgery, beat his marker down the left flank before racing to the byline and pulling the ball back to Roberts, who found the left-hand corner with ease.

Interested spectator: England interim manager Stuart Pearce was in the crowd at the Madejski Stadium

Interested spectator: England interim manager Stuart Pearce was in the crowd at the Madejski Stadium

It was the frontman's third goal in four games since arriving from Blackburn last month.

With McAnuff and Jimmy Kebe regularly beating the Burnley full-backs,
the hosts looked a threat every time the ball was distributed out wide.

The visiting Clarets were reduced to speculative efforts from range, as
Jay Rodriguez fired wide from 20 yards after 28 minutes and Chris
McCann's volley from the edge of the box ended up woefully off target
three minutes before half-time.

Close encounter: Jimmy Kebe closes down Burnley's Chris McCann

Close encounter: Jimmy Kebe closes down Burnley's Chris McCann

In the end Burnley were lucky to go into the break just a goal behind
after Lee Grant fumbled Ian Harte's free-kick, as Ben Mee produced a
superb block to prevent Noel Hunt's attempt on the rebound from creeping
in.

After the interval, however, Burnley found a spark.

Two minutes into the second period the Reading defence switched off,
allowing Austin a clear sight of goal, but Adam Federici's right boot
prevented the forward from finding the bottom right-hand corner.

Four minutes later the woodwork came to the hosts' rescue once again.
This time Rodriguez was the unlucky party, as his header from Kieran
Trippier's corner cannoned back off an upright.

On a charge: Brian McDermott's side moved up to third

On a charge: Brian McDermott's side moved up to third

But Reading weathered the early storm and soon re-established their dominance.

With 19 minutes remaining, Jem Karacan found Kebe at the back post, and
the Malian's fine header drifted over Grant only for Trippier to nod
clear on the goalline.

Chances were few and far between in the final quarter, but Roberts' early strike ensured the trip was worth it for Zingarevich.