• Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 21,217


Thompson (73)

1 - 2

Burnley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Team Lineups


Brian Jensen
Graham Alexander
Clarke Carlisle
Tyrone Mears
Leon Cort
Andre Bikey (Robbie Blake, 54)
Danny Fox (Stephen Jordan, 39)
Wade Elliott
Chris Eagles (Steven Thompson, 54)
Martin Paterson
David Nugent

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
Jody Craddock
Stephen Ward, S
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Kevin Foley
Karl Henry
David Jones (Andy Keogh, 70)
Matt Jarvis (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, 79)
Adlene Guedioura (Michael Mancienne, 59)
Kevin Doyle

Match Report
A goal in each half helped Wolverhampton Wanderers secure a 2-1 victory in their vital relegation clash at Burnley and leaves Mick McCarthy's side with much healthier prospects of survival for next season. Defeat for Burnley however is a real hammer-blow in their hopes to ensure Premier League football for a second season but they now have an awful lot to do and reality suggests that the dream is fading fast. Burnley started brightly and forced Marcus Hahnemann into making saves from Chris Eagles and Graham Alexander. Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen received a yellow card from referee Steve Bennett for hauling down striker Kevin Doyle. The visitors took the lead through Matt Jarvis but the goal was another defensive calamity for Burnley who have made a regular habit of gifting their opponents soft goals. In this instance right-back Tyrone Mears tried to head the ball back to Jensen but in nipped Jarvis to round the Burnley goalkeeper and score. Burnley's reply came near the half-time interval when a Mears free-kick was headed across goal by Clarke Carlisle for striker David Nugent who was unfortunate to see his shot bounce up onto the crossbar. The killer second goal arrived early after the restart when Martin Paterson failed to clear a corner from the right and French midfielder Adlene Guedioura struck a shot through a crowd of players and found the back of the net. Clarets manager Brian Laws made a double substitution and it was a surprise to the majority of home supporters when one of the players replaced was influential wide man Eagles. Doyle had an opportunity to further increase the lead but placed his shot narrowly beyond the far post. At the other end Burnley substitute Robbie Blake struck an upright with a low left-foot effort. Burnley did manage to pull a goal back when Alexander drove his shot into the turf and substitute Steven Thompson headed beyond Hahnemann for his first ever Premier League goal. That strike was too little too late and the result is a probable further nail in the coffin for Laws and his side.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The final whsitle goes! and despite originally taking a two goal lead, Wolves hold out against the late Burnley rally for the maximum points in this crucial relegation battle.


There will be four minutes of stoppage time.


That strong wind still causing issues as Jensen's kick goes all the way through to Marcus Hahnemann in the Wolves goal.


With all 6 subs being made and time wasting evident, you would think there would be a considerable amount of stoppage time still to come.

Yellow Card

Andy Keogh is booked for time wasting.


The game has certainly improved tenfold since the goal, and this is going to be a cracking last part of the match.


Matt Jarvis is replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.


Graham Alexander has a great effort, but he heads it over the bar, and Burnley are on the up!

Yellow Card

Christophe Berra is cautioned for bringing down Nugent as he was running through on goal.

Yellow Card

Michael Mancienne is booked for a foul on Elliot.


Steven Thompson scores! The ball is not cleared properly and it falls to Graham Alexander, he puts the ball back in and Thompson heads home to give Burnley hope.


Andy Keogh replaces David Jones for the visitors.


The changes have certainly added something to Burnley's play, however Wolves are still in control and dont look like losing their current lead.


Blake's effort on goal strikes the post, and that's the second time Burnley have hit the woodwork today.


Burnley have scored in every home game this season, and the fans and team alike will be clinging on to this for hope as the game enters its final half hour.


Adlene Guedioura is replaced by Michael Mancienne for Wolves as they look to tighten things up at the back.


Doyle finds himself in far too much space for Burnley's liking as he goes through on goal, but he puts the effort wide.


The decision to take off Eagles was heavily booed by the home fans, however with his side two goals down, Brian Laws has to make some bold moves to change the game.


Double change for Burnley, with Blake and Thompson comming on for Bikey and Eagles.


That's very unlucky for Burnley, within the first minute of the second half, and a deflected effort puts them further behind. As we stand, Wolves will get the edge in the relegation battle.

Own Goal

Clarke Carlisle is the unlucky player who puts into his own net to give Wolves a two goal lead. Adlene Guedioura had the original effort, but it was the touch off Carlisle that beat Jensen.

Second half

The second half gets underway.

Half time

The whistle goes, and the sides head into the break with Wolves a goal to the good after Jarvis capitalised on that mistake from Mears.

Yellow Card

Adlene Guedioura is cautioned.


David Nugent has a great effort on goal from inside the box, however Marcus Hahnemann makes the slightest of saves to tip it onto the top of the bar.


Bikey goes on a great run, but he goes to beat one player too many and loses possession.


Stephen Jordan is on to replace Danny Fox, who hasn't seemed to recover from his earlier challenge with Doyle.


Under 10 minutes until the sides go into the break, and Wolves will be looking to contain Burnley for the remainder of this half.


Doyle makes a rash challenge on Fox, and it takes the latter a few minutes to get up and run it off.


The home fans have gone quiet as they will feel the current deficit is unfair, however there is still plenty of time left in the game for goals


Wolves will be elated to take the lead, you have to think though that if Jensen wasn't booked for an earlier foul, then maybe the Burnley keeper makes more of a effort to confront Jarvis when he runs through on goal?


Matt Jarvis scores! Tyrone Mears headed backpass is too weak, and the ball is pounced on by Jarvis who rounds the keeper and slots home to give Wolves the lead.


Marcus Hahnemann makes a good save from a Fox free-kick in a dangerous position, and tips it wide for a corner.


The ball bounces around in the box from a Burnley corner, there are appeals for handball, but it seems to be comming mainly from the crowd rather than the players.


There is definately a sense of nerves in the play of both sides, the strong wind especially isn't helping the long kicking or high ball.

Yellow Card

Brian Jensen is cautioned for bringing down Doyle, however he isn't the last man so he avoids the sending off.


David Nugent shows great tracking play and forces Wolves to play the ball all the way back to the keeper from their own passing move.


Burnley work the first chance of the match as Graham Alexander has a shot on target from range, Marcus Hahnemann is equal to it however and saves.


The home side aren't at full strength for the game with Steve Caldwell and Chris McCann both out, so manager Laws has reshuffled the pack with Bikey and Elliot comming in for Cook and Thompson.


Burnley and Wolves will be looking for nothing but the win as referee Steve Bennett gets today's cucial 6-pointer game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Manager Mick McCarthy names an unchanged side for the fifth consecutive match as Wolves start with; Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Foley, Guedioura, Henry, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle.

Awaiting Kickoff

Top scorer Fletcher is not fit and doesn't make the squad as Burnley start today's vital game with; Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Cort, Fox, Elliott, Alexander, Bikey, Eagles, Paterson, Nugent