The View from 1882
Scunthorpe Ironed and Hung Out to Dry
Burnley 2-0 Scunthorpe
Burnley secured a hat-trick of wins and Robbie Blake a hat-trick of sorts for scoring in 3 consecutive games. The scorers were the same as at the Ricoh last week albeit the opposite way round. Robbie Blake scored the first and Ade Akinbiyi the second.
After a clever corner routine in the sixth minute Blake came close to opening the scoring after dodging a couple of challenges in the box before firing the ball over the bar from a slightly wide angle.
In the ninth minute Blake did give us the lead. Alexander passed the ball to Blake midway inside the Scunthorpe half and Blake put the ball through to O'Connor who stopped the ball from going out for a goal kick and attempted to cross the ball and it was deflected in the air and after a bit of dallying it came to Blake. He slammed it in of the bottom of the post from just inside the area in front of the despairing Scunthorpe fans in the Cricket Field Stand.
Martin Paterson got through on goal on 12 minutes. Jensen rushed out to meet him Paterson attempted to lob him, but his effort landed nowhere near and it was easily cleared. Scunthorpe`s only other effort of note in the first half came from Jack Cork crashing the ball against the post from all of 45 yards.
We were denied what looked a blatant penalty in the 15th minute when Akinbiyi was pummelled in the back whilst going up for a header, but as with his father against Bristol City Michael Oliver did not give a penalty.
Marcus Williams was booked for ridiculously wresting Wade Elliott to the ground in the 29th minute.
In the 32nd minute we had our second as Wade Elliott stared once again creating a goal for the third match running. A superb ball from Gudjonsson just inside his own half found Elliott on the wing just outside the area Elliott beat one man by lobbing the ball over his head before putting in a pin point pass for Akinbiyi to nod in.
Just before half time it was nearly 3 as a Blake free went narrowly wide.
That was half time and Burnley were throttling Scunthorpe although Scunthorpe did look very poor indeed in the first half. They didn't seem alert to a lot of loose balls that you'd have expected them to get to.
We seemed to drop a few gears in the second half and basically played the game out.
About 5 minutes in Matthew Sparrow was booked for Scunthorpe for unsporting behaviour.
Jon Harley was harshly booked for a foul in the 60th minute in what was a fussy performance from referee Michael Oliver.
Elliott put Blake through in the 63rd minute, but a good challenge prevented anything coming of it. Elliott was again involved in the 69th minute putting a Jon Harley cross wide in the six yard box.
This was followed by a superb Chris McCann header being saved by Joe Murphy in the Scunthorpe goal. Another Blake free kick went narrowly wide on 81 minutes. Blake was replaced by Garreth O'Connor in the 88th minute and Akinbiyi by Caldwell in the 90th.
A good win and we now look to make it four on the trot away to the current league leaders West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Man of the Match: Wade Elliott
Once again it was a superb performance on the wing from Wade Elliott and for the third consecutive game a goal coming from one of his crosses.
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