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

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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 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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