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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 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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