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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 Derby County 17 32
2 Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Ipswich Town 17 30
5 Watford 17 29
6 Brentford 17 28
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Nottingham Forest 17 25
12 Cardiff City 17 23
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 17 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 17 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7

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