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BBC Sport's Dave Woods
"Blackburn were winners of a game of bruising commitment"
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Blackburn boss Graeme Souness
"The football that was played was played by us"
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Sunday, 17 December, 2000, 18:10 GMT
Burnley 0-2 Blackburn
Jason McAteer
Goal-scorer McAteer challenges Burnley's Moore
Blackburn deservedly beat Burnley in a volatile local derby at Turf Moor.

A Jason McAteer effort shortly before half-time and Marcus Bent's first goal for Blackburn handed the visitors a win in the first match between these rivals in 17 years.

As a result Burnley lost at home in the league for the first time this season. They also had Kevin Ball sent off as the game was marred by ugly scenes near the end.

The first-half was inevitably frantic and fiercely contested.

But Burnley's record signing Ian Moore created a fantastic chance after just four minutes.

He powered down the right-hand side and played an excellent ball into the area, but Jason McAteer was alert for Blackburn and athletically cleared from the onrushing Michael Branch.

Horrendous miss

Blackburn were appealing for a free-kick after 38 minutes. Veteran Mark Hughes powered past Steve Davis to get to the by-line and squared to Duff, who took a couple of touches before hitting a shot.

The ball appeared to strike Davis on his right arm, but the referee waved play on. But minutes later the visitors took an unquestionable lead.

Burnley's Mitchell's Thomas attempted to head back to his keeper Michopoulos, but failed to get enough power, allowing McAteer to speed in and head into the net.

Blackburn should have gone further up soon after the re-start, but Hughes put in a strong contender for miss of the season.

McAteer contrived a shot that was deflected, fooled Michopoulos, and struck the post.

The ball came back to Hughes, but the striker somehow managed to side-foot a shot high over the crossbar from four yards out with the goal gaping in front of him.

Second goal

Davis challenged Friedel and the American keeper spilled the ball, but no-one was able to capitalise for Burnley.

After 75 minutes Kevin Ball was sent-off for a horrendous two-footed lunge at David Dunn.

Minutes later several players from each side squared up to each other after Davis fouled Duff.

Burnley manager Stan Ternent was then involved in a confrontation with Blackburn's reserve keeper John Filan at the side of the pitch and Graeme Souness had to act as peace-maker.

Michopoulos could only parry the ball and Bent headed in a simple goal.

Jansen, who came on for Hughes, then had an excellent opportunity to score, but struck his shot weakly at the keeper when free in the area.


Burnley: Michopoulos, Thomas, Cox, Davis, Branch, Cook, Ball, Mellon, Weller, Payton, Moore.
Subs: Crichton, Johnrose, Jepson, Maylett, Mullin.

Blackburn: Friedel, Curtis, Bjornebye, Taylor, Berg, McAteer, Flitcroft, Duff, Dunn, Bent, Hughes.
Subs: Filan, Dailly, Mahon, Jansen, Hignett.

Referee: F Stretton (Nottingham).

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