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Turf Moor (ATT 13,752) 16th September 2008 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: J Moss

Burnley Burnley vs Blackpool Blackpool

Clarets claim derby honours

Burnley into top half after back-to-back wins

Last Updated: 16/09/08 10:47pm

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Alexander: Scoring streak

Alexander: Scoring streak

Burnley beat Lancashire rivals Blackpool 2-0 to make it two wins from two and climb into the top half of the Coca-Cola Championship.

The Clarets claimed their first victory of the season at Nottingham Forest on Saturday and followed that up with a deserved win at Turf Moor.

Martin Paterson broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a brilliant individual strike before Graham Alexander scored his third goal in two games from the penalty spot to seal the three points.

Blackpool arrived on the back of successive 1-0 victories against Southampton and Barnsley but they were second best throughout and created next to nothing after lining up in a 4-5-1 formation.

Burnley threatened from the outset with winger Wade Elliott whipping in a teasing low cross which found Steve Thompson unmarked 14 yards from goal inside the opening minute.

The recent free transfer signing from Cardiff swivelled to blaze a shot wildly over the crossbar but the frenetic opening continued apace even though genuine goalscoring opportunities were scarce.

Early pressure

In the 18th minute, Blackpool midfielder Gary Taylor-Fletcher caught Alexander in the face with a flailing boot just 20 yards from goal.

From the resulting free-kick, Chris McCann struck a vicious left-footed effort which drew a parried save from visiting goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.

The Seasiders then enjoyed a lucky escape two minutes later when defender Ian Evatt appeared to handle the ball as he desperately slid on the ground to challenge Elliott.

Blackpool orchestrated their first meaningful attack in the 22nd minute when on-loan Liverpool winger Adam Hammill showed delightful footwork to evade the challenges of two Burnley defenders and reach the left-hand byline.

His deflected cross flew straight into the arms of Clarets goalkeeper Brian Jensen and the pendulum soon swung back towards the hosts.

Russell Anderson had a low shot deflected out for a corner and Alexander engineered the space to fire over from 20 yards before former Blackpool defender Clarke Carlisle headed an Elliott corner straight at Rachubka.

Burnley continued to dominate after the break and were finally rewarded when Paterson struck his sixth goal of the season in spectacular fashion.

The Northern Ireland international collected possession on the right flank and cut inside, creating the space to advance forward and curl a superb low left-foot shot past Rachubka's despairing dive and into the far corner.

Blackpool offered nothing in response and the game was well and truly up in the 75th minute when Evatt fouled Steven Caldwell and Alexander fired home from the spot to give Rachubka no chance.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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