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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.

Birmingham 2 Burnley 2 – match report

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

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17:54 GMT, 22 December 2012

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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 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.

Cardiff 4 Burnley 0 – match report

Cardiff 4 Burnley 0: Rampant Bluebirds continue run to move top of the pile

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16:32 GMT, 27 October 2012

Cardiff extended their run of successive home victories to seven and moved to the top of the npower Championship with a comprehensive win over Burnley.

Recalled striker Joe Mason became the first of four players to get his name on the scoresheet after just three minutes after Craig Noone had hit the bar, and the winger grabbed the second himself from long range before the interval.

Matthew Connolly and Aron Gunnarsson both scored in the final eight minutes to wrap up an impressive three points for the in-form Bluebirds.

Early Bluebird: Joe Mason (left) took three minutes to score against Burnely

Early Bluebird: Joe Mason (left) took three minutes to score against Burnely

MATCH FACTS

CARDIFF: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Connolly, Whittingham, Cowie, Kim (Gunnarsson 78), Noone (Frei 83), Mason, Helguson (Gestede 63). Subs Not Used: Lewis, McNaughton, Kiss, Conway.

Goals: Mason 3, Noone 41, Connolly 82, Gunnarsson 85.

BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, McCann, Marney, Stock (Stewart 78), Paterson (Ings 72), Stanislas (Vokes 46), Austin. Subs Not Used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, O'Neill.

Booked: Mills.

Attendance: 21,191

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Injuries to attackers Craig Bellamy and Tommy Smith meant a full debut for South Korean Kim Bo-kyung and a recall for Mason.

Both sides snatched last-gasp wins on
Tuesday night and Burnley caretaker boss Terry Pashley, having overseen
two victories since Eddie Howe's departure, replaced the suspended Ben
Mee with Joseph Mills.

But that rejigged back four, who came
into this game with the second-worst defensive record in the division,
conceded after just three minutes when Noone's left-footed effort hit
the post and Mason was there to slot the ball home from just inside the
box.

The former Plymouth striker was
inches away from doubling Cardiff's lead when put through by Peter
Whittingham in the 21st minute, but his low drive from the edge of the
box rattled the post with Lee Grant beaten.

Kim, Whittingham and Heidar Helguson
all had opportunities for the Bluebirds as they enjoyed a lively opening
half-hour, while Charlie Austin's first real sniff of goal after 34
minutes was blocked by defender Mark Hudson.

Just seven minutes later a flowing
move from Cardiff saw them deservedly double their lead. Noone let rip
from 25 yards and although Grant got a hand to the former Brighton man's
effort, he could not keep it out and the winger celebrated his second
of the campaign.

Try as he might: Martin Patterson got little change from Ben Turner and Don Cowie

Try as he might: Martin Patterson got little change from Ben Turner and Don Cowie

The Clarets started the second half
the stronger and Austin was close to his 15th league goal of the season
when he thumped a shot towards goal that Hudson did extremely well to
turn over his own crossbar.

At the other end Noone's curling left-footed effort came back off the bar as
Cardiff looked to extend their impressive home record against the
visitors, having not tasted defeat against the Clarets in south Wales
since 2000.

David Marshall had enjoyed a
relatively quiet afternoon for the home side until the 76th minute when
the Scotland international made a fine save to deny half-time substitute
Sam Vokes after he met Danny Ings' low cross.

With eight minutes to go though,
Cardiff grabbed a third when Connolly nodded home Whittingham's
inswinging corner at the far post for this third of the season.

And just two minutes later substitute
Gunnarsson grabbed his second goal of the week in emphatic style after
Whittingham's ball was knocked down by fellow sub Rudy Gestede to wrap
up a thoroughly impressive victory for Malky Mackay's table-topping
team.

Burnley v Blackpool – match report

Burnley 1 Blackpool 0: Austin's early goal enough to see off Tangerines at Turf Moor

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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

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney

MATCH FACTS

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

Attendance: 12,925

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
close range.

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
corner.

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.

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Match report

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

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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.

Serbia 6 Wales 1

Serbia 6 Wales 1: Kolarov and Co hammer Coleman's side in humiliating second defeat

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Wales' World Cup aspirations lie in tatters as this inept display at the Karadjordje Stadium saw them roundly thumped by Serbia.

Woeful defending played a major part in Wales' heaviest defeat since 2006 and Aleksandar Kolarov and Zoran Tosic had the hosts 2-0 up inside 25 minutes.

Gareth Bale gave Wales hope with a stunning free-kick but Filip Duricic got a third for the hosts before the break and Dusan Tadic, Branislav Ivanovic and Miralen Sulejmani completed the rout.

Demolition: Aleksandar Kolarov (No 11) led Serbia to a devastating win over Wales

Demolition: Aleksandar Kolarov (No 11) led Serbia to a devastating win over Wales

MATCH FACTS

Serbia: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Bisevac, Nastasic, Kolarov, Tadic, Fejsa, Ignjovski (Mijailovic 85 min), Duricic (Lekic 81min), Tosic (Sulejmani 70min), Markovic.

Substitutes not used: Kahriman, Petrovic, Maksimovic, Tomovic, Matic, Ninkovic, Subotic, Lazovic, Brkic.

Goals: Kolarov 16, Tosic 24, Duricic 39, Tadic 55, Ivanovic 80, Sulejmani 90

Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Blake, Matthews (Ricketts 45min), Edwards (Vaughan 45min), Allen (King 71min), Ramsey, Bale, Morison, Church.

Substitutes not used: Brown, Davies, Richards, Earnshaw, Vokes,
Jonathan Williams, Robson-Kanu, Price.

Goals: Bale 31

Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

Wales has been boosted by the return of
Joe Allen as they looked to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign
back on track against a resolute Serbia outfit.

The Liverpool midfielder missed
Friday's 2-0 defeat to Belgium through illness but he was back in the
side as the only change to Chris Coleman's starting XI, replacing James
Collins who missed out through suspension.

Serbia boss Sinisa Mihajlovic made
three changes from his team's draw with Scotland as Ljubomir Fejsa,
Lazar Markovic and Dusan Tadic all started in a side including Chelsea's
Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester City's Matija Nastasic and Aleksandar
Kolarov.

Wales started positively with Ashley
Williams heading over from an Aaron Ramsey corner in the sixth minute
and Gareth Bale posing problems down the right flank.

But it took a block from Adam Matthews
to keep out a free header from Nastasic at the other end, before Darcy
Blake came close to putting through his own net with a sliced clearance.

Wales fell behind after 15 minutes when Ivanovic won a free-kick on the right edge of the area.

Kolarov, who had been critical of
Wales in the build-up to the game, stepped up to curl a left-footed
effort over the wall and beyond Boaz Myhill.

Classy: Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic scored Serbia's second goal of the night

Classy: Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic scored Serbia's second goal of the night

Little to cheer: Gareth Bale (left) scored a wonderful free-kick before succumbing to a humiliating defeat

Little to cheer: Gareth Bale (left) scored a wonderful free-kick before succumbing to a humiliating defeat

And the deficit doubled in the 24th minute with Kolarov turning creator.

The left-back was somehow allowed to
pick his way past Williams and Chris Gunter to get away a shot from near
the byline. Myhill blocked that effort but Tosic converted the
follow-up.

It would have been worse for Wales had
Gunter not blocked Tadic's goalbound effort with the visitors looking
vulnerable almost every time the hosts came forward.

Bale gave them a lifeline just after
the half-hour mark as he picked himself up after being fouled by Milan
Bisevac to thump home a superb swerving free-kick from almost 30 yards.

It was the first goal of Coleman's
stint in charge, but Wales' defensive frailties resurfaced to undermine
their attempt at a recovery.

Blake's awful defensive header allowed Tadic to play in Filip Duricic and he held off Matthews and fired high into Myhill's net.

Not your day: Chris Coleman watched his side take a beating against a strong Serbia side

Not your day: Chris Coleman watched his side take a beating against a strong Serbia side

Whack! Kolarov curled in a beauty to open the scoring for the Serbs

Whack! Kolarov curled in a beauty to open the scoring for the Serbs

Coleman withdrew Matthews, who had
endured a torrid time up against Tadic and Tosic, and David Edwards,
bringing on Sam Ricketts and David Vaughan.

But it made little difference. Aaron
Ramsey gave away the ball cheaply in midfield and only a block from
Gunter prevented some lovely interplay between Markovic, Tadic and
Duricic producing the latter's second of the night.

But Tadic made no mistake in the 55th
minute. Ivanovic dispossessed Bale and beat Ricketts down the right
before sliding the ball across to give Tadic a simple finish.

Tosic went close to grabbing his second after more good work from Duricic, with Ricketts making a vital intervention.

Wales were once again guilty of making problems for themselves when it came to the fifth goal.

Blake surrendered possession on the
edge of their own area, and home skipper Ivanovic capitalised to slide a
right-footed effort into the bottom corner.

Substitute Miralen Sulejmani then rounded off the scoring as his deflected strike looped in over Myhill.

The goal made this Wales' worst result since the 7-1 loss to Holland in 1996, on the most miserable of nights for the visitors.

Humiliated: Serbia scored six goals with six different scorers

Humiliated: Serbia scored six goals with six different scorers

New boy: Manchester City signing Matija Nastasic (right) marshaled Steve Morison well at the back for Serbia

New boy: Manchester City signing Matija Nastasic (right) marshaled Steve Morison well at the back for Serbia

Middlesbrough 3 Burnley 2: Luke Williams scores late winner

Middlesbrough 3 Burnley 2: Williams leaves it late to win it for Mowbray's men

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Luke Williams sealed a first npower Championship win of the season for Middlesbrough with a thunderous late goal to down Burnley.

The Clarets had looked course to continue their 100 per cent start to the season when Charlie Austin headed home the opener shortly before the break.

But Nicky Bailey equalised with a screamer from distance a minute later, before Adam Reach lashed in a thunderbolt late in the second half.

Leaving it late: Luke Williams puts the game beyond the reach of Burnley after scoring the wining goal

Leaving it late: Luke Williams puts the game beyond the reach of Burnley after scoring the wining goal

MATCH FACTS:

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Friend, Bailey (Smallwood 72), Leadbitter, McEachran, Reach, Ledesma (Zemmama 69), Main (Luke Williams 84).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Hines, Halliday, Haroun.

Booked: Woodgate.

Goals: Bailey 42, Reach 79, Luke Williams 88.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mills, McCann, Wallace (Mee 77), Marney, Stanislas, Austin, Vokes (Bartley 59).

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Duff, Stock, MacDonald, McCartan.

Booked: Bartley.

Goals: Austin 41, Stanislas 86.

Attendance: 15,559

Referee: Carl Boyeson

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Junior Stanislas converted a header to
seemingly limit the hosts to a solitary point but Williams stunned the
travelling fans with yet another Boro rocket to grab all three on offer.

With defeat at Barnsley marking an
inauspicious start to the campaign, there was a heightened sense of
expectation back at the Riverside, where last season's poor displays put
paid to any hopes of promotion.

There was no such anxiety for a
buoyant Burnley side, though, with Eddie Howe's men fresh from a
convincing opening-day victory over Lancashire rivals Bolton.

Fans of both sides arrived intrigued
by Boro's surprise loan capture of Chelsea starlet Josh McEachran and he
duly replaced veteran Julio Arca in midfield.

Youngsters Curtis Main and Reach also earned first league starts to give the team a youthful dynamism.

Indeed there were six home debuts,
with George Friend, Grant Leadbitter and Emmanuel Ledesma also strutting
their stuff on Teesside for the first time.

Burnley made one change, Howe resting one of Saturday's goalscorers, Martin Paterson, and fielding Sam Vokes.

McEachran soon showed why a host of
Premier League clubs were interested in his services as he dusted a
series of passes through a packed midfield before Boro had their first
solid chance on goal.

In the 25th minute Chris McCann
conceded a free-kick for a foul on Reach, Ledesma obliging to whip the
ball just beyond the near post.

The hosts continued to grow in
confidence and might have scored if Justin Hoyte had connected a toe to
Ledesma's canny through-ball.

Reach then dragged a shot just wide of the target before Burnley took the lead in the 41st minute.

Pressing forward, Dean Marney fed Kieran Trippier who crossed cleanly from the right for Austin to steal in and head home.

The boisterous celebrations of the
away fans were muted one minute later, however, as Bailey silenced the
south stand with a stunning daisycutter.

After Main competed for a heavy ball
forward with Clarets skipper Jason Shackell, Bailey looked up just once
before rifling the rebound into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Following five frenetic pre-interval minutes, the second half got off to a more sedate start.

It was not until the 56th minute that
McEachran reinvigorated the home faithful by heading Reach's diagonal
cross against the turf and wide.

Joseph Mills missed the target with a left-footed drive at the other end before Marvin Bartley replaced Vokes on the hour mark.

But Boro continued to pass the ball
about incisively, and Main almost emulated Bailey as he drove a fierce
shot against Lee Grant's outstretched glove in the 68th minute.

Reach very nearly headed the second
in the 75th minute, Grant standing tall to deny the young winger. Soon
Leadbitter picked his spot but pinged the ball wide as Boro pressed on.

A nervous Howe replaced Ross Wallace
with Ben Mee, but it was to no avail as Reach picked up a loose ball to
scoop a wonderful drive across Grant and into the back of the net just
two minutes later.

Stanislas edged a goalmouth scramble to scuff a header beyond Jason Steele and seemingly stifle the celebrations.

But it was Williams, a tactical
substitute for the tiring Main, who had the final word with an
unstoppable drive into Grant's top corner.

Wales 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina 2: Chris Coleman suffers defeat in first match on home soil

Wales 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina 2: Coleman suffers defeat in first match on home soil

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20:52 GMT, 15 August 2012

Wales' preparations for their World Cup qualification campaign ended on a sobering note with defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli.

Goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Miroslav Stevanovic gave the visitors, inspired by a terrific performance from Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, a deserved win.

The closest Wales came to a goal was when Joe Allen hit the crossbar in the first half, while Gareth Bale also threatened sporadically, but it was a dispiriting night for the hosts.

More to follow….

Net result: Stevanovic scores their second goal to confirm victory for the visitors

Net result: Stevanovic scores their second goal to confirm victory for the visitors

Match facts

Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Blake, Williams, Taylor, Bale, Ramsey, Allen, Crofts, Church, Vokes.

Subs: Brown, Lynch, Ricketts, Matthews, Ledley, Edwards, Bellamy, Morison, Earnshaw,
Robson-Kanu, Fon Williams.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Begovic, Pandza, Spahic, Mujdza, Salihovic, Pjanic, Zahirovic, Stevanovic, Lulic, Ibisevic, Dzeko.

Subs: Avdukic, Sunjic, Vrancic, Besic, Svraka, Ognjen Vranjes, Sesar.

Referee: Marco Borg (Malta)

Who's the Bos Vedad Ibisevic opens the scoring for the visitors

Who's the Bos Vedad Ibisevic opens the scoring for the visitors

Who's the Bos Vedad Ibisevic opens the scoring for the visitors

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Falling flat: Bale and Allen were in action for Wales who lost their first game on home soil under Coleman

Falling flat: Bale and Allen were in action for Wales who lost their first game on home soil under Coleman

Falling flat: Bale and Allen were in action for Wales who lost their first game on home soil under Coleman