Scotland sinks 10-man Clarets
Jason Scotland sank 10-man Burnley as Swansea finally snapped their run of eight consecutive draws.
Last Updated: 10/01/09 7:34pm
Jason Scotland sank 10-man Burnley at Turf Moor as Swansea finally snapped their run of eight consecutive Championship draws.
The Trinidad & Tobago international picked himself up after being hauled down by Michael Duff to slam home from the penalty spot in the 35th minute.
Clarets defender Duff was dismissed for his challenge by referee Michael Oliver, although he vehemently protested his innocence after winning the ball.
But Oliver had awarded the penalty for a clear pull by Duff on Scotland, with replays showing he had both hands around the striker's waist.
Scotland made sure of the victory with time running out as he side-footed home from close range after Mark Gower had put the chance on a plate with a driving run and precision pull-back.
Owen Coyle's side have now slipped out of the play-off places after suffering three successive Championship defeats.
Burnley - who were looking to bounce back from the 4-1 Carling Cup defeat they suffered at Tottenham in midweek - started with Joey Gudjonsson in midfield after he passed a late fitness test on a hamstring problem, with Coyle also welcoming back defender Steve Caldwell from suspension.
Scotland earned a recall as Swansea's lone striker at the expense of the injured Gorka Pintado, and it was the visitors who warmed to their task quickest on a bitter evening in Lancashire.
The visitors created all the early pressure with Gower's deflected shot causing goalkeeper Brian Jensen some trouble in the opening exchanges.
The dangerous Darren Pratley then fizzed a 25-yard strike inches past the post as Swansea continued to make all the running with some fluid passing.
The home side took until the half-hour to create anything of note as Chris McCann headed inches wide when well placed.
And the chance galvanised Burnley into life as Chris Eagles whipped over a dipping cross just seconds later that a stretching Robbie Blake agonisingly failed to convert.
However, the Clarets were stopped in their tracks when Duff received his marching orders from referee Oliver after he was adjudged to have hauled down Scotland when clean through on goal.
Scotland picked himself up and slammed home the resulting penalty for his 10th league goal of the season to further compound the home side's misery.
Swansea began the second half much in the manner they began the first and, following two attempts on goal by Jordi Gomez, Gower should have done better when he failed to beat Jensen after being played through on goal.
Burnley briefly threatened as Eagles probed down the right and sent over a testing cross that was dealt with by goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.
Swansea's seeming monopoly of possession ensured they continued to create chances, with Gower and Gomez both spurning good openings before the hour.
Opportunities were few and far between for the home side, with Martin Paterson's failure to connect with Wade Elliott's teasing centre their only real opening.
Gomez fired a stinging shot into Jensen's midriff in the closing stages, with Scotland also failing to find the net with a shot from inside the area when well placed.
However, the striker took full advantage of Burnley's decision to commit men forward and with four minutes to go he duly grabbed his second of the game, tapping home following an incisive run and cross from Gower.