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FULL TIME: Burnley 1 Coventry City 1
4:55pm Saturday 14th April 2012 in Sport
BURNLEY were held to a point by struggling Coventry City this afternoon to seemingly end any remaining hopes of making the Championship play-offs.
The Clarets led at half time through Charlie Austin, but Clive Platt’s 67th-minute header earned the visitors a point.
Austin rose highest to head home Ross Wallace’s cross in the 19th minute, after Coventry had dominated the opening stages of the game.
Kieran Trippier had to clear Richard Keogh’s header off the line, while Lee Grant twice produced smart saves to deny Alex Nimely.
But Burnley improved after Austin’s goal and Danny Ings came close to making it 2-0 when his shot was saved by Joe Murphy at the end of a superb run into the box.
Murphy then denied Austin after the striker had made his way past Martin Cranie and Keogh.
The Clarets started the second period brightly and Junior Stanislas fired a 20-yard shot narrowly wide.
But Platt, one of three Coventry substitutes, headed home a right-wing cross from Burnley-born Oliver Norwood midway through the half.
Wallace had a 30-yard effort saved by Murphy late on after Coventry lost substitute Cyrus Christie to injury and had to finish the game with 10 men.
Ings saw a shot deflected over and Austin was denied by the goalkeeper as he attempted to nod home a cross from Stanislas.
Clarets: Lee Grant; Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff, David Edgar, Ross Wallace; Josh McQuoid, Dean Marney (Marvin Bartley 69), Chris McCann, Junior Stanislas; Charlie Austin, Danny Ings. Subs not used: Brian Jensen, Daniel Lafferty, Cameron Howieson, Joe Jackson.
Coventry: Joe Murphy; Jordon Clarke (Cyrus Christie 56), Richard Keogh, Martin Cranie, Chris Hussey; David Bell (Gael Bigirimana 56), Sammy Clingan, Oliver Norwood, Gary McSheffrey; Alex Nimely (Clive Platt 56), Cody McDonald. Subs not used: Chris Dunn, Jordan Willis.
Referee: Andy Woolmer.
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