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  • Thompson (73)
  • Jarvis (26), Carlisle (47 og)
  • Date:2010-03-13
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Turf Moor
  • Attendance:21217
  • Referee:Bennett, S

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

There will be four minutes of stoppage time.

89mins

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

86mins

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.

84mins

Andy Keogh is booked for time wasting.

83mins

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

80mins

Matt Jarvis is replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

78mins

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

76mins

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

75mins

Michael Mancienne is booked for a foul on Elliot.

73mins

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.

71mins

Andy Keogh replaces David Jones for the visitors.

69mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

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.

60mins

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

59mins

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

56mins

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.

54mins

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

49mins

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.

46mins

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.

45mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

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.

44mins

Adlene Guedioura is cautioned.

43mins

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.

41mins

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

39mins

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

36mins

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

33mins

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

32mins

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

28mins

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?

26mins

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.

22mins

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

19mins

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.

16mins

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.

12mins

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

9mins

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.

5mins

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.

2mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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

Match Preview

Burnley face Wolves at Turf Moor this weekend in what can genuinely claim to be a relegation six-pointer.

The Clarets hit back to draw 1-1 with Stoke City on Wednesday but that result did not enable them to move out of the bottom three, although they did draw level with Wolves on 24 although they have a worse goal difference than Mick McCarthy's side.

Twenty-three of those points have come on home soil, but recent performances at Turf Moor under Brian Laws have been poor with the loss to rock-bottom Portsmouth being particularly damaging.

They have won only one of their last eight home league matches in sharp contrast to the start of the campaign when they secured four successive three-point hauls - against Manchester United, Everton, Sunderland and Birmingham City.

Meanwhile, McCarthy believes 12 more points will guarantee survival for his Wolves team in the Premier League this season.

Although only four of his club's remaining ten games are at home, McCarthy will have definitely earmarked the need to return to Molineux with something to show from a meeting with another of the league's struggling sides.

Last weekend's gutsy 1-0 defeat to Manchester United earned Wolves plenty of praise but no points and they are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Three successive defeats since a 1-0 win at home to Tottenham at the beginning of February have led to suggestions that the Black Country side are going off the boil at precisely the wrong time.

Goals continue to be a major problem for McCarthy as Kevin Doyle remains their runaway top scorer with just six to his name all season.

The likes of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Vokes must step up and support the Republic of Ireland striker if Wolves are to avoid making an immediate return to the Championship.


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.

Burnley

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Corners

116

Fouls

1022

Goal attempts

Shots off target

102

Offsides

26

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