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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

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 34 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 34 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Cardiff City 35 44
14 Birmingham City 34 42
15 Huddersfield Town 35 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Millwall 35 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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