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Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Derby 1-2 Burnley
Burnley's Robbie Blake scores from the penalty spot
Blake netted for Burnley from the penalty spot

Burnley piled on the abject misery for Derby with a come-from-behind victory which resulted in frustrated Rams' fans calling for the head of chairman Lionel Pickering.

At the final whistle the players trudged off Pride Park with boos ringing in their ears, while there also were vehement cries of `what a load of rubbish'.

These are sorry times for the cash-strapped Rams, who are currently in the middle of a financial crisis which has overshadowed their return to life back in Division One.

But when Adam Bolder gave Derby a seventh minute lead, the doom and gloom which had been hanging over Pride Park was lifted, although it proved only temporary as Burnley eased their own worries.

Two goals in five minutes - a Robbie Blake penalty and a Warren Barton own goal - at the start of the second half was enough to lift boss Stan Ternent's side off the foot of the table.

Derby not only have problems off the field, but clearly on it too as they looked disorganised, and in particular once they had conceded the equaliser, dispirited.

The supporters have clearly had enough, and rightly so as they are fed up reading about their club being a staggering 30m in debt.

Takeover talks are ongoing, but because of that, the Co-Op Bank last week refused to sanction the release of further funds to pay the players and footballing staff their wages for the month of August.

The sorry situation plumbed fresh depths when supporters' player-of-the-year Danny Higginbotham served 14-days' notice on the club in the hope they and the bank would reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Downhill for Derby

But it is not just cash Derby need, they also require spirit and enthusiasm if they are to lift themselves out of the mire they currently find themselves in.

Boss John Gregory believed the events of the past few days had brought his players closer together, and for the opening seven minutes that appeared to be the case as he could not have wished for a brighter start.

Burnley goalkeeper Marlon Beresford was left rooted to the spot when Bolder cracked home a thunderous 18-yard right-foot shot which spun home off the inside of the right-hand post in the seventh minute.

After that it was all downhill for the Rams, with the half-time break not coming quick enough to end a dismal affair in which chances were as scarce.

But then inside the opening 10 minutes of the second half life went from bad to worse as a rampant Burnley fought their way back, taking control of the game with two quick goals.


Derby: Oakes, Barton, Higginbotham, Riggott, Jackson, Bolder, Lee, Murray, Boertien, Strupar, Christie. Subs: Grant, Morris, O'Neil, Evatt, Twigg.

Burnley: Beresford, West, Cox, McGregor, Briscoe, Weller, Grant, Gnohere, Johnrose, Ian Moore, Blake. Subs: Michopoulos, Little, Payton, O'Neill, Alan Moore.

Referee: A Hall (West Midlands).

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