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Turf Moor (ATT 11,683) 13th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

Burnley Burnley vs Coventry City Coventry

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Clarets sink Sky Blues

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 13/08/05 6:17pm

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Burnley belatedly got their season started with an impressive 4-0 victory over ten-man Coventry City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets had lost their opening two matches, but gave their fans a major lift with a convincing victory, which saw Garreth O'Connor and Wayne Thomas' first goals for the club added to by a late Ade Akinbiyi brace.

Burnley were already 2-0 up when Stephen Hughes was dismissed for foul and abusive language after the award of a penalty that Gifton Noel Williams failed to convert.

It took just under half an hour for Burnley to grab the first, with Noel Williams laying the ball back for former Bournemouth man O'Connor to fire home from the edge of the box.

Garreth O'Connor then turned provider for Thomas, his pinpoint corner powered home by the defender.

It should have been three for Burnley before half time, when Noel Williams was felled in the penalty area by Matt Heath and Hughes protests earned him a red card.

Noel Williams failed to convert, but the extra man ensured that it was Burnley who dominated the second half.

Coventry hung on for much of the game's remainder, but with three minutes left on the clock, Akinbiyi latched onto Noel Williams' pass to fire home with aplomb.

Young star Kyle Lafferty came off the bench to lay on the fourth - his cross handing Akinbyi a straightforward second goal and the Turf Moor crowd a much-needed boost.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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