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Blackpool Rock'd by Clarets

2 - 0

Turf Moor

16th September 2008 @7:45pm

Attendance: 13752


Cocky Blackpool and their fans came down to sand with a bump last night as the Clarets stormed to a 2-0 victory over their local rivals. This was our first home win since the Barnsley game back in March this year, our second on the bounce and the first Clarets derby win for Owen Coyle.

It could easily have been four or five goals such was the Clarets dominance in this game with Blackpool having just one short lived spell at the start of the second half in which to raise their fans hopes following a goal-less first half.

A goal by Martin Paterson though on 60 minutes killed all their hopes and Alexander made it 2-0 from the penalty spot 16 minutes later.

The victory sees the Clarets go above Blackpool and up seven places to 12th on 8 points from 6 games just two points now from a Top Six spot.

About 3000 Blackpool fans travelled to Turf Moor last night hoping to make it three wins on the trot following their games against Southampton away and Barnsley at home. Thankfully they were to depart with the proverbial local object stuck up their backsides!

Owen Coyle as expected named an unchanged sixteen for the start of this game with Eagles sitting out the second of his three match ban and Jordan preferred to Kalvenes following the latter`s injury in the Plymouth match. Kalvenes returned to training in midweek but maybe Coyle didn`t want to risk the Norwegian defender.

The Clarets therefore lined up as follows:

Jensen, Jordan, Carlisle, Caldwell, Anderson, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, McDonald, Paterson, Thompson

Subs: Penny, Gudjonsson, Mahon, Blake, Akinbiyi

Blackpool had a few recognisable former Clarets faces in their side with Mo Camara in the side and keeper, Paul Rachubka. We could also mention nearly-Claret, Alan Gow on the bench for Blackpool following his loan from Rangers. Gow was supposed to be part of the Lafferty deal until he turned us down, so he was guaranteed a warm welcome (not!) from the Clarets fans last night and he got it (not!)

One noticeable absence from the Blackpool side was loon, Steve Kabba. Probably to the relief of the Clarets fans, the danger man had picked up a dead leg ahead of the game.

Jon Moss (W Yorkshire) was the referee. Clarets fans must have been wondering if we could get our first victory over Blackpool at home, since 1999 as the match got underway and get revenge for last season in which we only got one point from the two encounters.

The Clarets pounced in the first minute as Elliott got the better of Camara (as usual!) and crossed for Thompson to shoot. His shot was however too high and the ball sailed into the away crowd behind the goal.

Former Clarets loan keeper, Paul Rachubka (although he never played for the Clarets) was to then save Blackpool with the first of many on the night after 18 minutes of play. The keeper saved well from a McCann free kick with the Clarets continuing to put the Blackpool defence in all sorts of trouble.

The Clarets thought they had a penalty one minute later as Ian Evatt appeared to handle the ball following a shot by Elliott. The referee however waved play on much to the anger of the Clarets faithful.

It was now the turn of Blackpool to finally and just briefly test the Clarets defence. Jensen though was on the ball (literally) as he collected a deflected shot after 22 minutes from yet another Blackpool loan, the impressive looking Liverpool youngster, Adam Hammill.

Russell Anderson then got in a powerful shot which was deflected wide for a corner.

The Clarets by now were dominating midfield and Rachubka was by far the busier of the two keepers although Blackpool often looked dangerous on the break.

Clarke Carlisle came close with a header from a corner after 32 minutes but again the Tangerines keeper came to their rescue with a good save under pressure.

A Kevin McDonald shot on 40 minutes hit the side netting and that was it for the first half

No changes for the start of the second half by either side and this time it was Blackpool who looked the more determined to get the breakthrough putting the Clarets under pressure for the first fifteen minutes of the half.

After 53 minutes Jensen saved well from Gary Taylor-Fletcher after he collected a flicked-on ball from a Blackpool free kick.

It was however a relief for Clarets fans when seven minutes later, slightly against the run of play it was the Clarets who took the lead to break the deadlock.

Elliott on one of his mazy runs found Paterson on the edge of the area. His powerful shot curled past Rachubka to put the Clarets 1-0 up after 60 minutes play.

The Clarets now embarked on virtually complete dominance for the rest of the match with Paterson in particular buoyed up by his goal and Elliott making mincemeat of the Blackpool defence.

It was Alexander though who ensured victory for the Clarets from the penalty spot on 74 minutes after Caldwell was clearly brought down by Evatt following a corner. He confidently scored his second penalty in two consecutive games and increase his tally to three goals in two matches.

Another penalty looked on the cards with four minutes remaining after Elliott appeared to be obstructed running into the box. Moss though made it 2-1 to Blackpool in penalty shouts and waved play on!

Both Akinbiyi (83 minutes) and then Blake (85 minutes) came on for the last few minutes replacing Thompson and Paterson. Akinbiyi came close in stoppage time and nearly made it 3-0 from an header which flew just wide.

However as the final whistle went, it was the Clarets who claimed the bragging rights and after last season we will make sure the Blackpool fans know it!


Burnley: Jensen, Anderson, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Elliott, Alexander, McDonald (Gudjonsson 86), McCann, Thompson (Akinbiyi 83), Paterson (Blake 85).

Subs Not Used: Penny, Mahon.

Goals: Paterson 60, Alexander 76 pen.

Blackpool: Rachubka, Barker, Evatt, Edwards, Camara (Martin 70), Taylor-Fletcher (Nardiello 76), Southern, Jorgensen (Gow 70), Hammill, Vaughan, Burgess.

Subs Not Used: Fox, Rehman.

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

Star Player

Many candidates for the Star Player award in an impressive team performance last night in all areas of the park. Alexander continues to look impressive in front of the back four, Paterson ran and ran as usual and scored an awesome goal, Elliott ran rings round the Blackpool defence but for me it was Chris McCann who should get the award. He seems to be going from strength to strength and maturing into a strong, powerful midfielder.

Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
Time: 8:21AM

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Was that good or what? Give em hell on Vital Blackpool!!
17/09/2008 08:22:00
We sounded great on the radio and hopefully we play like that on Saturday when I make the 100 yards trip to the Liberty Stadium :) It seemed like Pato was our best player on the radio, but it never really is like it sounds. Good game all round by the whole team apparently and a well deserved 3 points. Bring on the Jacks.
17/09/2008 08:41:00
We were far from good. First game of the season. We were abject, lacking in width, played far too narrow. Paterson was awful! If that's our striker we are in trouble! Nice finish but Blackpool were worse than us. On that form, we will struggle. Nothing, but nothing will change my opinion of Elliott being a carthorse. Troubling times if we play like that every week. Went in the pub after the game and apparently one Clarets fan thought we were 'all over them'. I must have been on a different game. Poor. None impressed. McCann looked okay though.
17/09/2008 10:50:00
Heck thats just depressed me Pete!! :-(. If we are that bad Blackpool really must be dreadful
18/09/2008 07:35:00
Trul Phil did you think we played well? I thought we were bog standard. I am not taking anything away from the intelligence of our lovely supporters but some of the ********* they came out with made me wonder why I support the club. No offence intended
18/09/2008 12:49:00
I can only go off what the radio said and I admit 2br are a bit bias, but we sounded like we were in control of the game for 75 minutes. If we do that every home game, then we will win most of them. You can only beat what is in front of you and in the first half it sounded like they came for the draw which makes them a hard team to open up. Second half they came out more positive which opened the game up allowing us to create more open chances.
19/09/2008 08:35:00
Smitrit. We never were in danger of losing the game. However, I'd suggest we dominated for 30 minutes tops. Sat in the Hargreaves. I saw no end of effort and perseverance, but we were not dominant for anywhere near the period of time suggested. That said, we could easily have hit 5 or 6 in the last 20 minutes alone. Maybe I am being harsh on our performance, but we were not this dominant Championship busting force we were made out to be.
19/09/2008 16:21:00
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