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Burnley 0 Blackburn Rovers 1: match report
Published : 28 Mar 2010 14:15:43
Merseyside referee Mike Dean emerged the least popular figure at Turf Moor where David Dunn's eight goal of the season settled Lancashire's bitterest derby encounter. Dunn's 20th minute penalty proved the first of four highly contentious decisions that gave Blackburn Rovers only their second away victory of the season and further enhanced Burnley's prospects of an immediate return to the Championship. Related ArticlesChelsea 7 Aston Villa 1Bolton 0 Manchester United 4Birmingham City 1 Arsenal 1West Ham United 0 Stoke City 1Tottenham Hotspur 2 Portsmouth 0Premier League tableThe home side fiercely contested the decision to penalise goalkeeper Brian Jensen's trip on Martin Olsson and equally incensed when they themselves were denied a penalty after Wade Elliott had been fouled by Christopher Samba. There was a further rage when the Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Brown escaped censure when he clearly handled outside his penalty area although Burnley were lucky to escape an Olsen shot cannoned down off the crossbar had clearly crossed the line before bouncing out. Burnley commence competently enough as they launched their seven game fight for Premier League survival but that command was lost within 15 minutes when the visitors took control and Jason Roberts provided Rovers first major threat but was denied by a desperate Jensen lunge to save. Olsen was marginally offside when he drove in from 18 years but his next threat brought the penalty for which Jensen also received a yellow card and Dunn despatched the only goal of an otherwise disappointing match. Blackburn were more tenacious throughout, a fact summed up Roberts who revealed greater resolve in winning possession despite faced by a four man home defensive formation. Burnley were more positive in the second half but rarely troubled Jason Brown the visiting goalkeeper and in the 67th minute Olsen's shot off the crossbar should have confirmed Blackburn's superiority beyond doubt. Burnley huffed and puffed throughout but their approach play lacked style and there was no quality when they put play the balls in from the flanks.