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Burnley 3-0 Blackburn Rovers: Clarets win East Lancashire derby to return to top of Championship

Ashley Barnes' goal was his first in the league at Turf Moor since February 2021
Ashley Barnes’ goal was his first in the league at Turf Moor since February 2021

Burnley overwhelmed Blackburn Rovers with three second-half goals as Vincent Kompany’s Clarets returned to the top of the Championship in style.

Ashley Barnes opened his league account for the season to score twice, either side of one from Belgian winger Anass Zaroury, as Rovers ended up on the wrong side of a local derby hammering.

In the first league meeting between the two old East Lancashire rivals in six-and-a-half years, and the last Championship game before the World Cup break, it took the hosts until just before half-time to test visiting keeper Thomas Kaminski.

But it was a different story after Barnes put Burnley ahead on 55 minutes, timing his run to meet Zaroury’s left-wing cross and power a header into the bottom right corner.

They then doubled their lead on 74 minutes when Barnes’ right-foot volley on the turn was well saved by Kaminski, the ball ran loose and Zaroury drilled in a low right-foot shot from the edge of the box – for his sixth Clarets goal of the season.

And Barnes, who like two-goal Zaroury had also scored in the 3-1 midweek Carabao Cup win over Crawley, wrapped up the scoring nine minutes from time.

Burnley had been knocked off the top of the table by Sheffield United’s win at Cardiff on Saturday, a week on from the Clarets being badly beaten 5-2 by the Blades at Bramall Lane.

But, after a resolute defensive stonewalling display from Rovers before the break, Burnley ended up bouncing back with a winning three-goal margin of their own.

It began to turn Burnley’s way just before the break when Belgian keeper Kaminski made two fine saves inside a couple of minutes, first at point-blank range from on-loan Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis, then tipping over Josh Cullen’s header.

But Barnes finally broke the deadlock to send most of Turf Moor into rapture when Zaroury got the better of Ryan Hedges out wide and Barnes bulleted home his header.

Nathan Tella’s flick then teed up Barnes for his well-struck volley, from which the luckless Kaminski’s fine save was pounced on by Zaroury.

Then Josh Brownhill skipped past Clinton Mola and pulled his cross back for Barnes, who calmly slipped a challenge to fired home the third – and stretch their advantage over third-placed Rovers to five points.

Amid the Burnley celebrations near full-time, a firework was let off from outside the ground, with its remnants falling on the pitch. Thankfully, none of the players were hit by the falling debris.

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 49Muric
  • 22da Silva
  • 5Harwood-Bellis
  • 36Beyer
  • 29MaatsenSubstituted forTaylorat 83′minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 4CorkBooked at 61mins
  • 17ManuelSubstituted forTellaat 71′minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 19ZarourySubstituted forGudmundssonat 88′minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forDervisogluat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Tella
  • 26Bastien
  • 30Dervisoglu

Blackburn

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Kaminski
  • 5Hyam
  • 4AyalaBooked at 86mins
  • 15Mola
  • 19Hedges
  • 30GarrettSubstituted forBuckleyat 70′minutes
  • 6Morton
  • 27TravisBooked at 42minsSubstituted forDackat 76′minutes
  • 2Brittain
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forValeat 53′minutes
  • 22Brereton

Substitutes

  • 3Pickering
  • 10Dolan
  • 13Pears
  • 16Wharton
  • 21Buckley
  • 23Dack
  • 29Vale

Referee:
David Coote

Attendance:
21,747

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