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Saturday, 9 March, 2002, 17:21 GMT
Stockport 0-2 Burnley
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Gareth Taylor and Ian Cox gave Burnley's play-off hopes a boost and piled further misery on rock-bottom Stockport at Edgeley Park.

Carlton Palmer's side did not help their cause by having a fourth man in five games dismissed as Jon Daly saw red in the second half.

Taylor was on hand to fire home from close range in the 51st minute after strike partner Ian Moore flicked on an excellent cross from Mark McGregor.

Cox made the points safe in the 83rd minute with a superb right-foot strike from outside the box.

Palmer's men are now all but doomed to the drop, and are 22 points away from safety with only 24 points to play for.

Burnley really should have taken the lead in the 14th minute following excellent work from right-back McGregor.

The youngster, making his league debut for the visitors, delivered a telling cross into the box for Taylor, but the striker's header flew wide of Dibble's goal.

Taylor then missed another great opportunity to open the scoring when his close-range volley flew straight into the arms of the grateful Dibble.

Burnley goalkeeper Marlon Beresford was finally called into action at the start of the second half, but he had no trouble in dealing with Daly's long-range strike.

Taylor then made amends for his first-half misses in the 51st minute, beating Dibble to the ball to break the deadlock.

And another display of indiscipline from Palmer's side saw them reduced to 10 men for the fourth time in five games after similar indiscretions against Sheffield United, Grimsby and Wolves.

Striker Daly was the man to see red in the 64th minute, receiving his marching orders after appearing to elbow Mitchell Thomas.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Stockport should have levelled 15 minutes from time as Colin Woodthorpe's corner was headed over from close range by Challinor.

But seven minutes from time Burnley made the points safe.

Cox picked the ball up outside the area and unleashed a right-foot shot from 20 yards which flew into the bottom left corner of Dibble's net.

Stockport: Dibble, Thomas, Palmer, Challinor, Gibb, Hardiker, McLachlan, Briggs, Woodthorpe, Beckett, Daley. Subs: Spencer, Wild, Carratt, Ross, Hardy.

Burnley: Beresford, McGregor, Davis, Cox, Thomas, Weller, Grant, Ball, Briscoe, Ian Moore, Taylor. Subs: Michopoulos, Payton, Maylett, Blake, Cook.

Referee: P Walton (Northants).

BBC Sport's Stuart Hall
"Stockport, doomed to the bowels of Division Two"
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