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Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition despite taking two months off

Don't view my break as a lack of ambition… I still want to win more titles, warns Federer

Mike Dickson


18:46 GMT, 12 March 2013



18:46 GMT, 12 March 2013

Roger Federer’s back is creaking again and soon he will be taking nearly two months off, but the Wimbledon champion insists that neither of these factors should be seen as his ambition waning for more titles.

Once he is finished at this week’s $10 million BNP Paribas Open Federer will retreat until May for practice and family time, and byhis return he is unlikely to still be world No 2.

Andy Murray, who earlier this morning was due to face Taipei’s Yen Hsun Lu in the third round, is closing and could usurp the great Swiss if he were to significantly outperform him at this first Masters event of the season.

Fully focused: Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition

Fully focused: Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition

Federer concedes that the forthcoming break will not help his ranking in the short term but believes it will make him more dangerous for the summer’s three Grand Slams: 'If you play well then you can manage your schedule, but with the rankings you do need to win the tournaments you actually play. I know when I’m playing well I always have a shot.

'My schedule is not in set in stone, maybe if I lost early here or won the tournament it could change my mindset but I doubt it because what I want to do is practise hard. I’m really eager for that because I haven’t been able to practise as much as I would have liked in the last two years.

Taking a break: Federer is set to take two months off

Taking a break: Federer is set to take two months off

'This year the priority is a big build up then coming back really strong for the Masters events in Madrid and Rome before Roland Garros.'

Federer’s back suffered one of its periodic tweaks during his third round victory over Ivan Dodig, but he feels he will be fine to face compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka today.

Victory in that could give him a much-anticipated clash with Rafael Nadal, but first the Spaniard has to overcome the season’s most improved player in Ernests Gulbis.

The colourful Latvian is very talented but has revelled in being an international playboy for the past three years. Now pledging to at least cut down on the drinking, smoking and carousing he has got himself fitter, and the result has been a 12-match winning streak.

Ruthless Djokovic helps ease Serbia through Davis Cup first round

Epic seven-hour encounter between Czech Republic and Switzerland smashes Davis Cup record for longest tie


23:01 GMT, 2 February 2013



02:02 GMT, 3 February 2013

Davis Cup defending champions the Czech Republic
claimed a 2-1 lead over Switzerland after a seven-hour epic.

Berdych and Lukas Rosol eventually overcame Stanislas Wawrinka and
Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 24-22 in a match featuring
250 winners, 51 aces and just six break points converted from a possible

At seven hours and one minute it was
the longest Davis Cup match in history, surpassing the six hours and 22
minutes played by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 1982 before
tie-breakers had been introduced.
The United States surprisingly missed the chance to wrap up victory over
Brazil as Mike and Bob Bryan went down to Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo
in Florida.

Epic: Davis Cup

Epic: Davis Cup

Soares and Melo secured a 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win to trail 2-1 going into Sunday's reverse singles.

Last year's beaten finalists Spain
kept their hopes alive against Canada in Vancouver after Marcel
Granollers and Marc Lopez twice came from a set down to beat Daniel
Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2.

Without the likes of Rafael Nadal and
David Ferrer, Spain slipped 2-0 down in the opening singles, but
Granollers and Lopez, who is ranked as the third best doubles player in
the world, dug deep to keep them in it.

Elsewhere, World No 1 Novak Djokovic needed to play just one match as Serbia completed a comprehensive victory over Belgium in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie.

Novak Djokovic

Simply the best: Djokovic only needed to play one match in his country's tie against Belgium

had done his bit with victory over Olivier Rochus in yesterday's second
singles after Viktor Troicki had beaten David Goffin, and the
Australian Open champion could sit back and watch Saturday's doubles as
Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic saw off Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis in
four sets.

That gave Serbia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie in Charleroi, with Djokovic likely to sit out tomorrow's dead rubbers.

Novak Djokovic

Team player: Djokovic cheered on countryman Viktor Troicki

France also wrapped up an easy
triumph over Israel, with Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra thrashing
Jonathan Erlich and Dudi Sela in this afternoon's doubles.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet had beaten Amir Weintraub and Sela respectively in yesterday's singles.

Novak Djokovic

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Austria kept their hopes alive
against Kazakhstan with a doubles victory for Julian Knowle and
Alexander Peya, who defeated Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin 7-6 (7/5),
6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

Kazakhstan will take a 2-1 lead into tomorrow's singles in Astana.

Argentina also advanced to the quarter-finals after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead over Germany in Buenos Aires.

Following singles wins for Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos combined for a doubles victory over Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke, winning 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Italy will take a 2-1 lead into the final day of their tie with Croatia in Turin after Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (13/11).

Australian Open 2013: Latest results

Australian Open 2013: All the latest results from Melbourne Park


07:24 GMT, 14 January 2013

Keep track of all the latest results from the Australian Open with our complete guide to the singles.

Australian Open seeds

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Tim Smyczek (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (Cro) 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5

Somdev Devvarman (Ind) bt Bjorn Phau (Ger) 6-3 6-2 6-3

Tobias Kamke (Ger) bt Flavio Cipolla (Ita) 6-1 6-4 6-1

(22) Fernando Verdasco (Spa) bt David Goffin (Bel) 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4

(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) 6-2 6-4 7-5

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Santiago Giraldo (Col) 2-6 6-4 7-5 6-4

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) bt Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 7-5 11-9

(5) Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-3 7-5 6-3

(26) Jurgen Melzer (Aut) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) 6-1 6-1 6-2

Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) bt Adrian Ungur (Rom) 6-4 6-4 6-2

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spa) bt Lukasz Kubot (Pol) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-0 4-6 6-4

Carlos Berlocq (Arg) bt Maxime Authom (Bel) 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2

(10) Nicolas Almagro (Spa) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2

(15) Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Ger) 6-2 6-4 6-3

(16) Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Victor Hanescu (Rom) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-1 6-3

Guillaume Rufin (Fra) bt Julian Reister (Ger) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-2

(32) Julien Benneteau (Fra) bt Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 6-4 6-2 6-4

Xavier Malisse (Bel) bt Pablo Andujar (Spa) 6-3 6-1 6-2

Jie Zheng (Chn) bt Yuxuan Zhang (Chn) 6-1 3-6 6-4

(15) Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Ashleigh Barty (Aus) 3-6 6-0 6-1

(11) Marion Bartoli (Fra) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) 6-2 6-4

Valeria Savinykh (Rus) bt Mandy Minella (Lux) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1

(5) Angelique Kerber (Ger) bt Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 6-2 6-4

Maria Joao Koehler (Por) bt Karin Knapp (Ita) 3-6 6-3 6-3

Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) bt Arantxa Rus (Ned) 6-4 6-2

Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 10-8

Misaki Doi (Jpn) bt Petra Martic (Cro) 6-3 6-4

(22) Jelena Jankovic (Ser) bt Johanna Larsson (Swe) 6-2 6-2

(23) Klara Zakopalova (Cze) bt Chanelle Scheepers (Rsa) 6-1 6-2

Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) bt Nina Bratchikova (Rus) 6-4 6-3

(19) Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Michelle Larcher De Brito (Por) 6-2 7-5

(9) Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kai-Chen Chang (Tpe) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Bojana Bobusic (Aus) 7-5 6-0

Romina Oprandi (Swi) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) 4-6 7-5 6-2
Olga Govortsova (Blr) bt Pauline Parmentier (Fra) 2-6 6-3 6-2

(18) Julia Goerges (Ger) bt Vera Dushevina (Rus) 7-5 2-6 6-4

(27) Sorana Cirstea (Rom) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-4 6-2

(6) Na Li (Chn) bt Sesil Karatantcheva (Kaz) 6-2 6-3

Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) bt Sacha Jones (Aus) 6-3 6-2

(25) Venus Williams (USA) bt Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) 6-1 6-0

(2) Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Olga Puchkova (Rus) 6-0 6-0

Birmingham 2 Burnley 2 – match report

Birmingham 2 Burnley 2: Zigic leaves it late to snatch point for Blues


17:54 GMT, 22 December 2012



17:54 GMT, 22 December 2012

Nikola Zigic's 89th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for a youthful Birmingham against Burnley at St Andrew's.

Blues had gone behind in 15 of their previous 22 npower Championship matches before today but it was they, fielding seven teenagers in their starting XI, who took the lead on the half-hour mark courtesy of Curtis Davies' header.

A contentious moment arrived just before the hour as Charlie Austin saw a goal chalked off when advantage could and should really have been played, but Burnley deservedly got their rewards soon after with two goals in three minutes.

Pure delight: Nikola Zigic celebrates after he scores the second and equalizing goal for Birmingham

Pure delight: Nikola Zigic celebrates after he scores the second and equalizing goal for Birmingham

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Packwood, Caldwell, Davies, Hancox, Hall (Elliott 76), Mullins, Reilly, Morrison (Burke 71), Redmond, Zigic.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Gomis, Delfouneso, Hawker.

Booked: Morrison, Hancox, Davies, Mullins.

Goals: Davies 30, Zigic 89.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, Wallace, Marney (Vokes 90), McCann, Paterson (Treacy 63), Ings (Bartley 88), Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Stanislas, Edgar, Long.

Booked: McCann, Mills.

Goals: Ings 66, Wallace 68.

Attendance: 17,284

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

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Danny Ings levelled with a well-taken finish before almost straight from kick-off Ross Wallace, also with his first goal of the season, converted a stunning free-kick off the underside of the crossbar.

But Serbian striker Zigic popped up to hammer home his second goal in as many games late on.
It ensured a point apiece for two struggling sides, who have now won just one of their last eight respectively.

City manager Lee Clark was hampered severely by injury and suspension, most notably the loss of 13-goal top scorer Marlon King.

And matters went from bad to worse in the build-up to kick-off as he lost the services of Peter Lovenkrands, Nathan Redmond stepping in.

Blues' naivety was showing in the opening stages as Martin Paterson wasted two great chances.

Ings and Chris McCann both threatened before Paterson was then presented with his third clear-cut opening within the first 12 minutes but was denied by a super stop from Jack Butland, with Blues' young full-backs struggling to cope.

But Birmingham got a grip on proceedings after their early struggles and it was they who took the lead with 30 minutes on the clock.

Joseph Mills was lucky to escape with a yellow card for his foul on Robert Hall on the right wing, and from the resulting free-kick Hall delivered a great cross which was headed home by Davies.

Michael Duff should have levelled for Burnley in the 38th minute but he could only fire over the bar from close range after Butland had parried Dean Marney's header.

Lee Grant then saved twice from Redmond and Hall before half-time.
Redmond again threatened at the start of the second period but it was Burnley who, largely, dominated.

A moment of controversy arrived in the 57th minute as Austin headed home Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross, but play had been halted for a late foul on Trippier by Mitch Hancox, with referee Eddie Ilderton not playing the advantage.

Burnley, however, did not have to wait long for their leveller as they deservedly equalised through Ings, who took a great touch before firing home from close range.
And no sooner had they levelled than the visitors took the lead.

Blues lost the ball straight from kick-off, Davies conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Wallace converted a stunning set-piece.

Birmingham applied plenty of late pressure in search of an equaliser and it finally came in the 89th minute as Zigic blasted home from 12 yards.

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1: Sam Vokes scores late equaliser

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1: Vokes strikes late as spoils are shared in Lancashire hot pot



15:18 GMT, 2 December 2012

Burnley substitute Sam Vokes headed an 89th-minute equaliser to snatch a point against bitter rivals Blackburn in the east Lancashire derby.

The match was billed in some quarters as a shoot-out between Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes and free-scoring Burnley counterpart Charlie

Austin, and the latter found Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson in inspired form.

Late show: Vokes (left) is mobbed after his 89th-minute equaliser

Late show: Vokes (left) is mobbed after his 89th-minute equaliser


Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Stock (Stanislas 75), McCann (Vokes 86),
Wallace, Austin, Paterson (Ings 75).

Subs not used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, Bartley.

Booked: Duff.

Goal: Vokes 89.

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley,
Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Vukcevic 79), Murphy, Lowe, Pedersen (King 55), Kazim-Richards,

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Dunn, Marcus Olsson, Rochina.

Booked: Murphy.

Goal: Rhodes 68.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 21,341.

Robinson also did superbly to thwart Martin Paterson and, having weathered the storm, Rovers drove forward after the restart.

They broke through in the 65th minute
when Rhodes caught Burnley's back line flat-footed and found space to
head home Mauro Formica's right-wing cross.

But it was another striker, Wales
international Vokes, who brought Turf Moor to its feet, planting a
free-kick from fellow substitute Junior Stanislas beyond Robinson three
minutes after replacing Chris McCann.

Blackburn have only one win from
seven games since Henning Berg's appointment as manager and lie ninth in
the npower Championship – one point and five places above Burnley.

Dean Marney returned from suspension
to feature in Burnley's midfield at the expense of Marvin Bartley, while
Berg made three anticipated changes to his Rovers line-up.

Jason Lowe, Morten Gamst Pedersen and
Colin Kazim-Richards all lifted a dire display with impressive
second-half cameos in the midweek loss to Bolton and earned starts.

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

The first opening fell Burnley's way
when Marney's mis-hit shot dropped to Paterson in the area, but the
Northern Ireland forward failed to execute a simple pass to the
onrushing McCann.

Kazim-Richards was extremely
fortunate to escape a card from referee Lee Mason following a late lunge
on Ben Mee – an early demonstration of Blackburn's frustrations during a
first period where they became pinned inside their own half.

Safe hands: Paul Robinson salutes the Blackburn fans

Safe hands: Paul Robinson salutes the Blackburn fans

Opener: Rhodes (right)

Opener: Rhodes (right)

Austin, Burnley and the country's top
scorer, looked to add to his remarkable 21-goal haul this season when
he got on the end of Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross, but Scott Dann
did well to block the shot.

Ross Wallace caught the Rovers
defence napping with a cleverly-worked short corner in the 18th minute.
Robinson beat away his near-post effort and Clarets captain Jason
Shackell thrashed the rebound over.

Wallace stung Robinson's palms from
distance before turning provider with a searching, deep cross that
Austin headed back the way it came to draw a magnificent stop from the
former England goalkeeper.

It was a save he bettered in the 41st
minute, tipping Paterson's shot on the turn from 25 yards away from his
bottom corner at full stretch.

Somehow the Rovers goal remained
intact until the interval and they spent considerably more time in the
Burnley half on the resumption, but Kazim-Richards shanked aimlessly
over from distance.

After Danny Murphy and Dann combined
to muscle Austin out of the decisive touch to a Wallace centre,
Kazim-Richards came much closer as the hour approached – spinning a shot
narrowly wide with the outside of his right foot from the edge of the

Blackburn were undeniably in the
ascendancy and the next time Formica crossed from the right Rhodes stole
in to glance beyond Grant.

Mockery: A Burnley fan shows solidarity to former Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Mockery: A Burnley fan shows solidarity to former Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Controlled and composed periods of
possession appeared to have Rovers playing out the win in relative
comfort until Vokes' late intervention.

The former Wolves man's physical
presence had the Blackburn defence reeling, but when another header flew
over the bar in stoppage time it meant Burnley's 33-year wait for derby
glory had to continue.

Ipswich 2 Burnley 1: match report

Ipswich 2 Burnley 1: Mick's dancing to DJ's tune as Campbell strikes late



17:45 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:45 GMT, 10 November 2012

DJ Campbell lifted Ipswich off the foot of the npower Championship table as his late goal secured a narrow win over Burnley.

Daryl Murphy had given the Tractor Boys the lead only for Sam Vokes to equalise before Campbell secured all three points with just three minutes remaining.

The result gives Mick McCarthy two wins from three since taking the manager's job at Portman Road while Sean Dyche suffered his first defeat as Burnley boss.

Off the bottom: DJ Campbell's strike earned Ipswich three vital points

Off the bottom: DJ Campbell's strike earned Ipswich three vital points

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Chambers, Higginbotham, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Wellens (Emmanuel-Thomas 79), Reo-Coker, Murphy, Campbell (Mohsni 89).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Chopra, Scotland, Drury.

Booked: Reo-Coker.

Goals: Murphy 51, Campbell 87.
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Stanislas 65), Stock (Bartley 65), Marney (Vokes 76), McCann, Paterson, Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Ings, Edgar, Mee.

Booked: Wallace,Paterson.

Goals: Vokes 80.

Att: 16,297

Ref: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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The home side made two changes with
Tommy Smith and Guirane N'Daw brought into the side to replace Andy
Drury and the suspended Lee Martin.

Danny Lafferty made his first start
of the season for Burnley in place of Ben Mee who sustained a swollen
foot in the match against Leeds.

It was a quiet start but Campbell was
the first man to threaten for Ipswich as his turn and shot in the box
was saved by Lee Grant with N'Daw putting the rebound over the bar.

Martin Paterson tested Stephen
Henderson with a shot from a narrow angle but the goalkeeper made a
smart save with his feet at the near post.

Carlos Edwards and Richie Wellens
then combined well with Wellens' final ball finding Campbell in the
penalty area but Lee Grant made a smart save to tip his shot around the

Grant had his heart in his mouth as
he spilled Aaron Cresswell's cross but the ball was cleared off the line
before referee Mark Brown eventually awarded a free kick for a foul on
the goalkeeper by Murphy.

But just six minutes into the second
half Town took the lead as Grant was not given the benefit of the doubt
in a challenge with the Irish striker.

Wellens put a cross into the box and Murphy and Grant went up together with the former Sunderland man heading home.

Grant felt he was fouled and Burnley
players surrounded the referee but Brown was unmoved and Murphy was
awarded his first strike at Portman Road this season.

The home fans were calling for a red card as Ross Wallace brought down Cresswell but the referee produced a yellow.

Dyche brought on Junior Stanislas and
Marvin Bartley as he attempted to get his side back into the game but
barring a Stanislas shot over the bar, it was Ipswich who remained in control.

Dyche made his final substitution
bringing on Vokes and the striker had an almost instantaneous impact as
he levelled with 10 minutes to go.

Stanislas put a cross into the box and Vokes was credited with the final touch as he rose with Danny Higginbotham to meet the ball.

But in the 86th minute substitute
Jay-Emmanuel Thomas found Edwards who produced a wonderful cross for
Campbell to slot home and secure the win for Town.

Brighton 1 Peterborough 0 – match report

Burnley 1 Leeds United 0: Austin nets 20th of the season as Warnock's men falter

Richard Gibson


23:25 GMT, 6 November 2012



23:25 GMT, 6 November 2012

Charlie Austin headed his 20th goal of the season late in the game to seal a second successive npower Championship win for Burnley's new manager Sean Dyche.

Former Swindon striker Austin, who has scored in all but three of his 17 appearances for Burnley this season, broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute when he headed home defender Kieran Trippier's cross.

Dyche, installed as Eddie Howe's successor at Turf Moor last week, saw his new side canter to victory over Wolves at the weekend and inspired them to a fourth win in their last five league games thanks to the prolific Austin.

Heads up: Charlie Austin scored his 20th goal of what has been an excellent season for him

Heads up: Charlie Austin scored his 20th goal of what has been an excellent season for him

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee (Lafferty 59), Marney, Stock (Vokes 64), McCann, Wallace, Austin, Paterson.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Ings, Stanislas, Bartley, Edgar.

Booked: Marney.

Goals: Austin 83.

Leeds: Kenny, White (Varney 86), Peltier, Pearce, Drury (Pugh 81), Byram, Brown, Austin, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio.

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, Green, Norris, Gray.

Booked: Drury.

Att: 14,470

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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Burnley leapfrogged the visitors into
10th place in the table, while Leeds, without a win in their last five
league matches, have slipped into the bottom half of the table.

Burnley midfielder Chris McCann
started in place of defender David Edgar, while Leeds recalled
right-back Adam Drury and 11-goal leading scorer Luciano Becchio.

Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny made a
superb early double save, first keeping out Ross Wallace's 20-yard shot
at full stretch and then blocking Dean Marney's follow-up, while the
visitors had to wait until the 13th minute for their first effort on
goal when El-Hadji Diouf's shot from inside the penalty area was
deflected for a corner.

Burnley striker Martin Paterson
lashed a shot from the edge of the area straight at Kenny in the 29th
minute, while Diouf spurned a gilt-edged chance at the other end 60
seconds later, pulling his shot wide from 12 yards.

Burnley threatened twice in quick succession to break the deadlock towards the end of the first half.

Defender Kieran Trippier's powerful
drive forced Kenny into a fumbling save and from the subsequent corner
Austin fired his shot from inside the area straight at Kenny.

Kenny dealt comfortably with McCann's
shot from outside the area and Wallace's long-range free-kick early in
the second half, and Leeds responded through Rodolph Austin, who fired
in an angled shot from 20 yards before Burnley defender Ben Mee was
forced off injured and replaced by Danny Lafferty in the 59th minute.

Leeds were enjoying their best spell
of the game when winger Aidy White forced Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant
to spill the ball with a venomous shot from the edge of the area, with
midfielder Michael Brown's effort blocked by home defender Jason
Shackell soon after.

Austin tested Grant again from
outside the box in the 68th minute and finally broke the deadlock in the
83rd minute, heading sweetly into the bottom corner from Trippier's
fine right-wing cross.

Leeds defender Jason Pearce went
close to snatching an equaliser from close range in the 89th minute
following Brown's free-kick, but Burnley held on to register their first
win over Leeds in six matches.

Burnley 2 Wolves 0: Match report

Burnley 2 Wolves 0: Dyche off to a flyer as Paterson and Austin strike


17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Dyche's reign as Burnley manager got off to a fine start as a goal in each half deservedly saw off a lacklustre Wolves.

Martin Paterson gave the Clarets an 18th-minute lead and Dean Marney should have doubled the hosts' advantage before half-time.

Charlie Austin was left unattended to head a his 19th goal of an already phenomenal season as Wolves' defence – haphazardly marshalled by their beleaguered captain Roger Johnson – threatened to unravel.

Austin maestro: Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates after scoring the second goal

Austin maestro: Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates after scoring the second goal

Match facts

BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Edgar, Stock, Marney (Stanislas 81), Wallace (Ings 70), Austin, Paterson (Vokes 90). Subs not used: Jensen, Long, Stewart, Lafferty.

Goals: Paterson 18, Austin 53

Booked: Duff, Mee, Wallace

WOLVES: Ikeme, Foley, Berra, Johnson (Edwards 69), Ward, Pennant (Forde 68), Sako, Henry, Doumbia, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Batth, Davis.

Booked: Johnson, Ebanks-Blake

Referee: Mark Haywood

Att: 12,295

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Bakary Sako rattled the post from distance for Stale Solbakken's side but they were unable to rally effectively.

A second successive home clean sheet
offers further encouragement for Dyche as he begins his efforts to cure
Burnley's defensive woes this term. Wolves, meanwhile, drop to ninth in
the npower Championship table, one point above their opponents who move
to 13th.

Ross Wallace and Ben Mee returned to
the Burnley line-up following injury and suspension respectively, while
Canada international David Edgar was handed a first start for almost a
month – taking on an unfamiliar midfield role in place of Chris McCann.

Wolves were unchanged from last weekend's 1-1 home draw against Charlton.

In the fifth minute Burnley
centre-back Michael Duff swept the ball forward and, after some neat
interplay, Ross Wallace fizzed a left-footed effort over from the edge
of the box.

Wallace was relieved to see a yellow
card from referee Mark Haywood moments later having clipped the heels of
Kevin Doyle as the Wolves striker broke clear.

Some more patient passing at the back from the hosts was rewarded when they took an the lead.

Left-back Mee spotted the opening,
arching a precise ball around the back of the Wolves back four for
Paterson to dart into the area and slot coolly below Wolves goalkeeper
Carl Ikeme.

Marney should have doubled Burnley's advantage as half-time approached.

Johnson ceded possession to the
former Hull midfielder, who drove straight at Ikeme when squaring to
either Paterson or Austin appeared to be the better option.

Within a minute of that let-off,
Wolves almost levelled when Sako dragged a shot across the face of goal
and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake almost stole in with the vital touch.

Austin collected Brian Stock's pass
and stormed into the box before firing over the angle of post and bar
two minutes into the second period.

The former Swindon man's goal duly
arrived in the 53rd minute as he won a corner and was unmarked to head
home Wallace's delivery.

Johnson was enduring a torrid
afternoon by this stage and was perhaps fortunate to escape with a
booking when he appeared to catch Austin with an elbow.

Sako almost dragged his side back
into the match when he drove forward and slammed a shot against the
upright. Ebanks-Blake and Doyle failed to pick up the scraps.

Another seemingly inevitable lapse from Johnson let in Austin to seal the points after the hour but Ikeme came out on top.

Burnley's momentum was interrupted in
worrying fashion when Wallace went down following an aerial challenge
with Jermaine Pennant, received oxygen on the pitch and left on a
stretcher to be replaced by Danny Ings.

Wolves failed to force the issue as
the clock ran down and Clarets substitute Sam Vokes almost increased the
misery for his former club in stoppage time.

Crystal Palace 4 Burnley 3: Zaha brace see Eagles fly yet higher up the table

Crystal Palace 4 Burnley 3: Zaha brace sees Eagles fly higher up Championship table



16:47 GMT, 6 October 2012

Wilfried Zaha's man-of-the-match performance inspired Crystal Palace to a superb comeback victory that extended their unbeaten run to seven matches at the expense of Burnley.

Wilfried Zaha

Man of the match: Palace's Wilfried Zaha

The 19-year-old's trickery, speed and skill helped the Eagles turn around a two-goal deficit to secure another npower Championship win on a sunny afternoon in south London.

Zaha impressed from the outset, but
saw his side go behind against the run of play thanks to Chris McCann's
close-range strike and an exceptional hooked effort by Martin Paterson.

Palace responded strongly and four minutes before the break Andre Moritz played through Zaha to fire home.

The same pair linked up again shortly
after the restart with the same end result as Zaha fired through the
legs of Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Palace looked superb in front of a
bumper crowd at Selhurst Park and, despite Charlie Austin's late goal,
secured all three points thanks to earlier efforts from Damien Delaney
and Glenn Murray.

Chris McCann of Burnley scores the opening goal of the game

Off to a flyer: Burnley's Chris McCann put his side in front but the lead was short lived

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake, Ramage, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Moritz (Garvan 83), Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Williams 64), Williams (Parr 74).

Subs Not Used: Price,Ward,Goodwillie,Wilbraham.

Goals: Zaha 41, 53, Delaney 66, Murray 75.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mee, Bartley, Marney, McCann (Stewart 71), Stanislas (Wallace 84), Paterson (Vokes 71), Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen,Mills,Stock,Long.

Booked: Edgar,Trippier.

Goals: McCann 26,Paterson 29,Austin 81.

Att: 2,863

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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It was a quiet start to proceedings
in south London, with shots from Kagisho Dikgacoi and Moritz the only
action of note early on.

Grant soon had to react quickly to
stop a Yannick Bolasie effort from looping under his crossbar before the
Burnley goalkeeper got down well to stop Zaha netting from 20 yards.

A wayward Austin header was all
Burnley had to show for their efforts up until the 26th minute when they
broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Julian Speroni did excellently to tip a fine strike from Junior
Stanislas on to the post, but McCann reacted quickly to direct home
under pressure.

Chris McCann of Burnley celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with team mate Marvin Bartley

Top start: McCann celebrates with Marvin Bartley after putting his side in front after 26 minutes

Junior Stanislas of Burnley holds off pressure from Andre Moritz of Crystal Palace

Midfield tussle: Burnley's Stanislas holds off pressure from Andre Moritz of Crystal Palace

Less than three minutes later Burnley
doubled their advantage thanks to Paterson, who exquisitely hooked the
ball over Speroni from an improbable position on the right side of the
penalty area.

The home support looked shocked, but
Palace continued to press and, after Zaha came close and Murray had
penalty appeals waved away, they pulled a goal back.

Zaha, who was impressing on both
flanks, picked up a through-ball from Moritz and held off Kieran
Trippier to confidently lash home in the 41st minute.

Six minutes after the restart Moritz
and Zaha linked up again to level things up, with the Brazilian
midfielder again playing through the home favourite to score, this time
through Grant's legs.

'He's just too good for you' chanted
the home fans, who would have been celebrating a third had it not been
for Grant tipping wide Moritz's deflected effort.

Burnley, though, could have regained
the lead had Austin not seen a shot excellently blocked by Delaney, who
soon punished them at the other end.
Substitute Jonathan Williams did excellently on the right to get a ball
into the box, which fell for the defender to lash in via a deflection at
the second attempt.

Palace extended their advantage further in the 75th minute when Murray met Dean Moxey's low cross to direct home.

Austin pulled one back to ensure a
nervy ending, but the Eagles held firm to secure a fourth successive
league win for the first time since December 2007.

Burnley 5 Peterborough 2: Austin"s brace piles on the woe to basement club Posh

Burnley 5 Peterborough 2: Austin's brace piles on the woe to basement club Posh



16:51 GMT, 15 September 2012

Charlie Austin scored two second-half goals for Burnley as they secured a 5-2 victory over Peterborough in an exciting npower Championship encounter at Turf Moor.

The match was evenly poised in the first half with the score 2-2 at the interval, but Burnley fired home three unanswered goals in the second period to secure their second league win of the season and leave Peterborough still waiting for their first.

Burnley took the lead on seven minutes as Chris McCann's header from six yards beat Peterborough keeper Robert Olejnik.

No wonder he's smiling: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

No wonder he's smiling: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, Wallace (Stewart 63), Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Austin (Stock 87), Paterson (Vokes 62). Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Bartley, Mee.

Booked: Mills.

Scorers: McCann 7, Bostwick 39 (og), Austin 74,81 (pen), Stanislas 86.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little (Ferdinand 84), Brisley (Zakuani 59), Bostwick, Alcock, Frecklington, McCann, Mendez-Laing, Tomlin, Boyd (Sinclair 69), Barnett. Subs not used: Day, Newell, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris.

Booked: Olejnik.

Scorers: Tomlin 20 (pen), Mendez-Laing 23.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 10,979.

Posh responded to going behind by launching several attacks on Burnley's goal with Grant McCann's strike from 18 yards out blocked by goalscorer Chris McCann in the eighth minute, before Lee Grant saved George Boyd's long-range effort four minutes later.

Peterborough's pressure paid off in the 19th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Lee Tomlin calmly slotted home, beating Grant with a shot into the bottom left side of the goal.

Four minutes later, Peterborough took the lead when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's left-footed effort beat Grant from 12 yards out after Tomlin headed the ball across from the right channel.

Seven minutes before the break an Michael Bostwick own goal enabled Burnley to draw level after the midfielder put the ball into his own net from six yards out.

MacAnthony to consider his future after defeat

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony took to Twitter in the aftermath of the defeat, casting doubt over his future with the club.

'Im off home from office now,I hear what lot of posh fans saying & empathize so i'll have serious think about my own position over weekend -'

'And my own shortcomings/failings in helping manager & playing squad this season. I only want whats best for them & posh fans. Cheers all!', he said.

Both sides remained unchanged at the interval and they started the second half brightly with several chances apiece in the first 10 minutes after the re-start, although none of them resulted in a goal.

Burnley defender Joseph Mills was booked for unsporting behaviour in the 54th minute, while Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was forced to make the first substitution of the game with Gabriel Zakuani replacing the injured Shaun Brisley.

Burnley manager Eddie Howe responded with two substitutions of his own as Ross Wallace was replaced by Cameron Stewart and Sam Vokes came on for Martin Paterson.

The home side had a couple of chances courtesy of Junior Stanislas and Stewart before Ferguson made his second substitution as Emile Sinclair came on for George Boyd in the 69th minute.

Burnley's dominance paid off in the 74th minute when Austin gave his side a 3-2 lead from 18 yards out after fine work by Chris McCann down the left flank.

The Clarets put the result beyond doubt when Austin scored his second goal of the game from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Olejnik to make the score 4-2 10 minutes from the final whistle.

The icing on the cake for Burnley came five minutes from time when Stanislas scored from 12 yards out after being fed from the left channel by Mills.