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Clarets ensure losing start for Gannon

08 January 2011 05:30
Managerless Burnley ensured Jim Gannon made a losing start to his tenure at Port Vale with a comfortable 4-2 win over the League Two side in their FA Cup third round clash. Gannon took the reins at Vale Park on Thursday and Burnley - with Stuart Gray in caretaker charge - took the lead after only four minutes through Clarke Carlisle. Robert Taylor grabbed a shock equaliser for Vale soon after but Burnley duly restored their lead through a Tyrone Mears free-kick in the 21st minute. Chris Eagles capped a fine performance with an excellent finish to make it 3-1 to Burnley five minutes after the break and Graham Alexander made the game safe from the penalty spot. Taylor got his second with eight minutes remaining, but the shock comeback never materialised and Burnley eased into the fourth round. The Port Vale fans had something to cheer about late on when Taylor pounced for his second after Grant had parried Sean Rigg's shot but it was too little too late.

Source: PA