Burnley make Owls,Ducks
19th September 2007 @ 7:45pm
The Clarets moved into sixth place last night with a good 2-0 away win against bottom club Sheffield Wednesday. It is a rather sobering thought that if we had played and won the postponed home match against struggling club, QPR a few weeks back we would now be on on Top of the World, well the Championship anyway!
This win also makes another interesting statistic. Since we broke that miserable run of 19 matches without a win, we have now won 9 out of our last 15 mtaches with two draws
Robbie Blake was bang on form last night, scoring a goal and assisting in another as the Clarets ensured the Owls would still be Ducks, with still no win nor indeed points in six matches. They remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the Division and with a goal difference of -10,the season is turning into a nightmare for manager and former Clarets player, Brian Laws. His team have just made their worst start to a season for 140 years!
However the Clarets thanks to the sterling effort of Kiraly and the back four kept their first clean sheet of the season.
Blake scored early in the first half to get his first league goal for the club since December 2004 and soon after the restart, set-up Chris McCann to put the Clarets 2-0 up.
There were just two changes to the line-up that faced Blackpool last Saturday
Kyle Lafferty made his first league start of the season after a three-match suspension. The 20-year old,Irish striker replaced Jon Harley on the left side of midfield.
Gabor Kiraly perhaps unsurprisingly replaced Brian Jensen in goal.
The Clarets got off to the better start and Blake was soon becoming a thorn in the Owls side as he found Lafferty with an amazing cross . Kyle's shot came off a defender, to Andy Gray, who unmarked had time to volley the ball from the edge of the area, putting it just wide.
Francis Jeffers low shot was blocked by Kiraly at his near post after 15 minutes in the first Owls attack.
However the Clarets were ahead almost immediatly after.
Elliott on a run down the right put in a low cross which was only half cleared. Robbie Blake then simply and cooly thumped a low shot into the bottom corner to put Burnley 1-0 up to the delight of the Clarets fans.
Lafferty nearly made it 2-0 a few seconds later but put his shot narrowly wide from distance.
The Clarets were now well in control and upped the pace, that man Blake spun in the area and put in a low shot that Owls Keeper,Lee Grant managed to hold.
Lafferty came close later but his shot was weak and comfortably saved by Grant.
Wade Small for the Owls was proving an handful for Duff down the right but Wednesday never really looked like scoring although their best spell of the game did come towards the end of the first half, but not enough to cheer the fans who booed their team off the pitch.
The Clarets doubled their lead though after two minutes play in the second half
Blake dispossessed Frankie Simek near the Owl's own corner flag . He then pulled the ball back to Chris McCann, and the midfielder was not going to miss from six yards.
Brian Laws substitutes in attack did not really have the desired effect although Kiraly was forced into his first save of the night after a free kick from Lunt and punched over the bar at full stretch
Joey Gudjonsson came on for McCann after 75 minutes and the now tradional substitution of Blake by Akinbiyi again took place after 84 minutes of play. But the night belonged to the Clarets as the final whistle went with another, relatively easy three points in the bag.
Burnley: Kiraly, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Elliott, Alexander, McCann (Gudjonsson 74), Lafferty (Spicer 82) Blake (Akinbiyi 84), Gray
Subs: Unsworth, Jensen.
Booked: Jordan 20, Alexander 34, Lafferty 64, Carlisle 65
Sheff Wed: Grant, Lunt, Whelan, Jeffers (Tudgay 60), Esajas, Wood, Watson (Hinds 46), Simek, Small, Sodje (Burton 60), Spurr.
Subs: Johnson, Burgh
Booked: Simek 67
Ref: P Taylor