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FULL TIME: Birmingham City 3 Burnley 3

Lancashire Telegraph: Dean Marney Dean Marney

BURNLEY are unbeaten in 13 games, but there was certainly an unlucky feel to the outcome of this one, despite the point keeping them eight points clear in second spot.

The Clarets were in control for long periods, and led 1-0 at half-time through Dean Marney’s second in three games.

No-one could have foreseen what was to come in the second half, though, with Birmingham in such poor form at home.

But the introduction of Federico Macheda led to five goals in a frantic second period, including a controversial late leveller.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche changed his side for the first time in nine games, with Ross Wallace rewarded for his game-changing impact from the bench in Sunday’s derby victory with his first start since the 2-0 home win over Yeovil on August 17. Birmingham have had to wait almost as long for their first home win.

Not since the 4-0 thrashing of Millwall on October 1 have the Blues celebrated a three points at St Andrews.

And that run of 12 games rarely looked like ending last night. Burnley’s win over Rovers was the last in a sequence of three, having overcome top six rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County at Turf Moor to engineer the chance to go 10 points clear of the play-offs in second.

They did not waste it.

The longer the game went on you sensed that, in Birmingham’s predicament, it seemed it would only need one Burnley breakthrough to open the floodgates.

The Clarets have benefited from keeping a consistent line-up, unlike the Blues, who made four changes following Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to QPR, and experimented with a 4-1-2-3 formation in an attempt to counter Burnley’s attack-minded 4-4-2, with Olly Lee acting as a buffer in front of the back four.

But as well as the strike partnership of Sam Vokes and Danny Ings the Blues had Scott Arfield to contend with too on the numerous occasions that the wide man came narrow to boost the Clarets ammunition. There were glimpses of hope for the home side, but they were fleeting.

Tom Adeyemi caught David Jones napping, somewhat uncharacteristically, and found Chris Burke sprinting down the right.

The winger appeared to be tripped by Arfield on the corner of the box, but the referee ignored his appeals for a foul and Burnley broke.

Ings, fresh from firing the goal that took derby bragging rights to Burnley for the first time since 1979, showed a turn of pace down the left and won a corner when his cross for Vokes was cut out.

Wallace delivered for Kieran Trippier to the right of the box but his ambitious volley, although struck with venom, cleared the bar comfortably.

Burke tried to make something happen once more for Birmingham, and when his ball into the box was headed out by Michael Duff, Tyler Beckett’s follow-up shot was turned behind by Tom Heaton.

Burnley were patient, growing into the game and with confidence, while Birmingham’s visibly ebbed away.

Although there was plenty of endeavour from the home side there was not much in the way of end product.

The home side might say the Clarets got lucky when the breakthrough came, but Dyche’s side have made their own luck this season through sheer hard graft.

Ben Mee’s throw was flicked on by Vokes and knocked into Arfield’s path by Ings to have a run at goal, but after cutting inside from the left the ball was blocked just as he pulled the trigger on the edge of the box.

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10:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Frustrating conceding in the manner we did but it's another point to increase that gap with 3rd.

Bring on the dirty Leeds on Saturday who are leaking goals at the minute.

UTC.
Frustrating conceding in the manner we did but it's another point to increase that gap with 3rd. Bring on the dirty Leeds on Saturday who are leaking goals at the minute. UTC. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 12

11:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

u owe u owe says...

Can't win them all, 1point better than none. Hope Ings on crutches is just a precaution. Good result for Eddie Howes lot too, what a wonderful week for the nodads! :)
Can't win them all, 1point better than none. Hope Ings on crutches is just a precaution. Good result for Eddie Howes lot too, what a wonderful week for the nodads! :) u owe u owe
  • Score: 14

11:04pm Wed 12 Mar 14

twquick says...

Losing three leads hurts a bit, but a point away is always welcome. Best to Ings. GO CLARETS!!
Losing three leads hurts a bit, but a point away is always welcome. Best to Ings. GO CLARETS!! twquick
  • Score: 9

11:07pm Wed 12 Mar 14

stevewhipp says...

Aye, still, 8 points clear. All the best to Ingsy! At least we know that the others can score if he's out for a few weeks. Not the complete end of the world, yet.
Aye, still, 8 points clear. All the best to Ingsy! At least we know that the others can score if he's out for a few weeks. Not the complete end of the world, yet. stevewhipp
  • Score: 11

11:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Gutted that we slipped up in injury time but a point away is good enough, the Derby result last night means we have maintained the 8 point gap. Derby's next 3 games are Reading (away), Forest (home) and Ipswich (away), three teams all fighting for the play-off places, while we have Leeds (home), Charlton (away), Doncaster (home). A good opportunity to increase the gap before Leicester come to town.
Gutted that we slipped up in injury time but a point away is good enough, the Derby result last night means we have maintained the 8 point gap. Derby's next 3 games are Reading (away), Forest (home) and Ipswich (away), three teams all fighting for the play-off places, while we have Leeds (home), Charlton (away), Doncaster (home). A good opportunity to increase the gap before Leicester come to town. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 13

12:18am Thu 13 Mar 14

Monte says...

8 pts clear and hope Ings is OK... I called a draw tonight, they have some great players just not team...
8 pts clear and hope Ings is OK... I called a draw tonight, they have some great players just not team... Monte
  • Score: 10

7:56am Thu 13 Mar 14

Dingle Dangle says...

Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop
Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop Dingle Dangle
  • Score: -20

8:21am Thu 13 Mar 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop
Yes, ignore your own 3 points dropped at home in front of 13,000 and focus on any glimmer of hope you can, there's a good lad.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Yes, ignore your own 3 points dropped at home in front of 13,000 and focus on any glimmer of hope you can, there's a good lad. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 15

8:55am Thu 13 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop
Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley
24 (TWENTY-FOUR) points.
5 years.
Pop pop pop.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley 24 (TWENTY-FOUR) points. 5 years. Pop pop pop. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 13

10:03am Thu 13 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

**** off Single Mongle you sad pathetic bitter Blackburn retard

You get rubber dicked at home BY BOURNEMOUTH following on from losing your 34 year comfort blanket against the mighty Clarets and the best you can hope for is our striker gets an injury.

Speaking of strikers I thought Jordan Rhodes scores when he wants? Guess he doesn't want to score for your set of midtable losers.

We'll never play you again.

4 Years
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha **** off Single Mongle you sad pathetic bitter Blackburn retard You get rubber dicked at home BY BOURNEMOUTH following on from losing your 34 year comfort blanket against the mighty Clarets and the best you can hope for is our striker gets an injury. Speaking of strikers I thought Jordan Rhodes scores when he wants? Guess he doesn't want to score for your set of midtable losers. We'll never play you again. 4 Years Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 8

11:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

houseclaret says...

Bit disappointed about the late equaliser but hey ho, no worse off than after Sundays games with one less game to go for anyone with aspirations of catching us. Good result at Ewood also, what a shower. Was listening to radio Lancs last night before the game (no, I can't get to Birmingham for a midweek match) and was surprised to hear that Bowyer has brouhgt in no less than 19 players since Summer. What in God's name has he brought in? Has he just dragged in anyone with no club and two legs?
Thank heavens we have a properly managed club (at all levels) with players who are willing to sweat blood for the club, the fans and the manager. No surprise that the only jealous one on here this morning is the several-named nere-do-well who doesn't seem to support anyone or anything and just wants to play wind-up. The thing is there is nothing anyone can say about us now, we are simply fantastic.
Thoughts, not surprisingly, are with Danny. Get better quickly. Good job we are not a one man team (3 different scorers last night, without a contribution from Danny boy).
Bit disappointed about the late equaliser but hey ho, no worse off than after Sundays games with one less game to go for anyone with aspirations of catching us. Good result at Ewood also, what a shower. Was listening to radio Lancs last night before the game (no, I can't get to Birmingham for a midweek match) and was surprised to hear that Bowyer has brouhgt in no less than 19 players since Summer. What in God's name has he brought in? Has he just dragged in anyone with no club and two legs? Thank heavens we have a properly managed club (at all levels) with players who are willing to sweat blood for the club, the fans and the manager. No surprise that the only jealous one on here this morning is the several-named nere-do-well who doesn't seem to support anyone or anything and just wants to play wind-up. The thing is there is nothing anyone can say about us now, we are simply fantastic. Thoughts, not surprisingly, are with Danny. Get better quickly. Good job we are not a one man team (3 different scorers last night, without a contribution from Danny boy). houseclaret
  • Score: 7

1:10pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop
Can't quite get why you've just come on a Burnley article to give them stick when they've drawn away and we've lost at home to a mid-table side? They've got a massive chance of promotion and we've got no hope of play off's? They've just beaten us at Ewood too so you haven't really got a lot of ground to start giving grief.
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Can't quite get why you've just come on a Burnley article to give them stick when they've drawn away and we've lost at home to a mid-table side? They've got a massive chance of promotion and we've got no hope of play off's? They've just beaten us at Ewood too so you haven't really got a lot of ground to start giving grief. Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 8

1:14pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Also been told from a good source that Ings being on crutches at the end of the game were just precautionary and he was just carrying a knock. So your luck isn't out yet Burnley! Good luck against scummy Leeds...they're shipping goals for fun so even without Ings you should be able to pop a few past them.
Also been told from a good source that Ings being on crutches at the end of the game were just precautionary and he was just carrying a knock. So your luck isn't out yet Burnley! Good luck against scummy Leeds...they're shipping goals for fun so even without Ings you should be able to pop a few past them. Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 8

4:39pm Thu 13 Mar 14

no ney never says...

Ewood mark writes sense.
The point at Birmingham is a welcome addition to our total but there is a part of me that feels 2 points dropped there. Well done and unlucky probably sums it up for me. Still very happy and looking forward to the Leeds game.
As i wrote yesterday, no match can be taken as 3 points who ever we play. Every one will be fighting during the run in and we are going to have to cope with and over come it if we are to achieve our goal this season.
Leeds won't be easy but we have Ashley Barnes!
☆VDT ☆
Ewood mark writes sense. The point at Birmingham is a welcome addition to our total but there is a part of me that feels 2 points dropped there. Well done and unlucky probably sums it up for me. Still very happy and looking forward to the Leeds game. As i wrote yesterday, no match can be taken as 3 points who ever we play. Every one will be fighting during the run in and we are going to have to cope with and over come it if we are to achieve our goal this season. Leeds won't be easy but we have Ashley Barnes! ☆VDT ☆ no ney never
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Thu 13 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

Dingle Dangle wrote:
Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop
Just had chicken fajitas for tea. Ul av to stop having your rice crispies dongle bongle. How did it feel to lose to the clarets on Sunday?
[quote][p][bold]Dingle Dangle[/bold] wrote: Ings injured 2 points dropped. Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Pop pop pop[/p][/quote]Just had chicken fajitas for tea. Ul av to stop having your rice crispies dongle bongle. How did it feel to lose to the clarets on Sunday? stevieclaret
  • Score: 2

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