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Turf Moor (ATT 17,912) 26th December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

Burnley Burnley vs Stoke City Stoke

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Burnley edge Potters

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 26/12/05 7:30pm

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Ade Akinbiyi returned to haunt former club Stoke as he scored the only goal of the game as Burnley boosted their play-off hopes with a sixth straight home win.

The former Potters player, who only made the switch to Turf Moor from Stoke in February this year, netted the winning effort in the 56th minute.

The match saw several Burnley players coming up against their former team, with Gifton Noel-Williams and James O'Connor also having a previous association the Potters, while manager Steve Cotterill had a brief spell in charge at the Britannia Stadium.

The first shot in anger came from the home side when Micah Hyde launched a 30-yard effort that was saved by goalkeeper Steve Simonsen. But it was the visitors who fashioned openings in the first period.

Paul Gallagher, on-loan from Blackburn, and Sambegou Bangoura both wasted opportunities by firing wide for the Potters. And then defender Michael Duberry was denied by Brian Jensen.

The Burnley custodian was again on hand to repel a Gallagher effort before the hosts retaliated when Noel-Williams saw his header rebound off the woodwork on 37 minutes.

The visitors had much of the play and began the second period with Bangoura failing to connect properly with a Luke Chadwick cross.

Stoke were made to pay for their profligacy when Akinbiyi broke the deadlock. Hyde touched on a cross from Michael Duff, and Akinbiyi was given the simple task of netting from close range.

The Clarets, buoyed by their goal, nearly doubled their lead soon after but Noel-Williams was off-target and then Jon Harley's flag-kick nearly caught out Simonsen.

The Potters pushed for an equaliser and Dave Brammer saw his speculative shot tipped over by Jensen before Marlon Broomes nodded over late on.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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