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Saturday, 23 March, 2002, 17:29 GMT
Sheff Utd 3-0 Burnley
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Burnley's play-off hopes were dealt a major blow at Bramall Lane as young striker Phil Jagielka hit his first senior goals for Sheffield United.

Home-grown talent Jagielka fired Neil Warnock's side into a 19th-minute lead, shooting home from the edge of the penalty area.

Laurent D'Jaffo gave the scoreline a more realistic look when he rifled in a 20-yarder of his own two minutes after the break.

And 19-year-old Jagielka capped a fine performance by shooting low into the bottom corner in the closing stages.

The result will have been doubly satisfying for Warnock.

His side have now defeated two promotion-chasers in the space of four days after the 3-2 victory against Millwall on Tuesday.

Dominance

But the Blades boss had also received criticism from various quarters following last Saturday's fiasco against West Brom.

And he was the subject of some less-than-charitable comments from Burnley boss Stan Ternent before this encounter.

United thoroughly deserved their win, having dominated for much of the match.

It was not until the half-hour mark that Burnley first threatened, David Johnson bringing the best out of Blades keeper Simon Tracey from 20 yards and then sending a left-foot curler just wide.

United should have had more to show for their dominance after Jagielka's opener.

But D'Jaffo was rewarded two minutes after the interval when he crashed home from 20 yards into the top corner.

Gareth Taylor headed narrowly over the crossbar from Paul Gascoigne's corner and saw his 18-yard shot brilliantly saved.

Then a rasping drive from Gascoigne was blocked by D'Jaffo as the Clarets enjoyed their best spell.

But it was too little too late for Ternent's side and in the 88th minute Jagielka fired home his second into the bottom corner from Peter Ndlovu's cross.


Sheff Utd: Tracey, Uhlenbeek, Page, Curle, Nicholson, Ndlovu, Javary, Jagielka, Tonge, D'Jaffo, Peschisolido. Subs: Sandford, Montgomery, Smith, Ford, de Vogt.

Burnley: Beresford, West, Cox, Thomas, Briscoe, Ian Moore, Gascoigne, Ball, Grant, Taylor, Johnson. Subs: Payton, Weller, Blake, Alan Moore, Michopoulos.

Referee: G Laws (Whitley Bay).

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