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Burnley 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion (Burnley Fan's Perspective)

By Steven
Saturday 7th April 2012
Eddie Howe's Burnley team entertained Gus Poyet's Brighton at Turf Moor knowing that the encounter was merely a matter of pride for the youthful Clarets. And with only one win in nine games, and the Seagull's chasing those lucrative play off positions, it was going to be a testing afternoon for the east lancashire club.

Burnley's leading goalscorer Jay Rodriguez and the energetic Martin Paterson were both out with injury for the visit of the south coast club. And it was left up to Charlie Austin and Danny Ings to carry the charge for the Clarets. And with players such as Sam Vokes and Rodriguez Vicente in opposition, Brighton possessed quality of their own.

During the early stages of the game both sides had goalscoring opportunities. And efforts by Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith and Rodriguez Vicente went extremely close, whilst Burnley had efforts from Charlie Austin and Millwall loanee Josh McQuoid.

But in the 22nd minute it was the former Swindon Town striker Charlie Austin who broke the deadlock for the Clarets. Some fine build up play by McQuoid found Austin, who finished off well by finding the top left corner of the Seagull's goal.

In the 28th minute Marvin Bartley was replaced by Clarets midfielder Dean Marney who wasted no time at all getting involved in proceedings with an array of timely tackle's.

Gus Poyet's side continued to have the majority of possession, but couldn't really find the killer ball to unlock the Clarets backline.

Both Vokes and Rodriguez Vicente continued to find promising positions infront of goal but to no avail.

Later on in the half Burnley's Chris McCann picked up a yellow card for his troubles, and with 2 minutes of stoppage time being played the referee Boyeson finally brought the half to a close.

The second half started pretty much like the first with both sides enjoying periods of possession.

And within five minutes of the restart Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith and Joe Mattock  had efforts that brought out the best in Burnley keeper Lee Grant.

In the 60th minute Gus Poyet made two substitutions in quick succession. He replaced Sam Vokes with Ashley Barnes. And brought on Will Buckley for Gonzalo Jaro Reyes.

Brighton continued to gather momentum in search of the equalizer, but every time were met by a very stubborn Clarets backline in the form of Duff and Edgar.

In the 66th minute Danny Ings received a yellow card from referee Boyeson. And several minutes later the Seagull's made their final substitution when Craig Noone came on for Joe Mattock.

The remainder of the game was a scrappy affair with both sides committing untimely tackle's. And Brighton's Vicente and Noone received yellow cards for dissent and unsporting behaviour respectively.

Steven Hewitt also replaced Burnley's goalscorer Charlie Austin, but by this time the game was reaching it's end.

Just before the final whistle Burnley defender Michael Duff was cautioned for a challenge on Noone in the box. And for the second week running, Burnley keeper Lee Grant was also cautioned for time wasting.

The result still leaves the Seagull's in 6th position on 63 points, just above Middlesbrough who play Cardiff City at the Riverside tomorrow.

But with the finish line insight, I'm sure Gus Poyet realises that this really isn't the time to start dropping crucial points.













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