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Burnley   1 - 0   Man Utd

Turf Moor
The 20,872-strong Turf Moor crowd salute their side's first top-flight win in 33 years

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Turf Moor

Burnley marked the return of top-flight football to Turf Moor after 33 years with a memorable win against Premier League champions Manchester United.

Robbie Blake's explosive first-half volley crowned a night of high emotion as Burnley mixed passion with their trademark passing style to inflict defeat on Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Burnley keeper Brian Jensen matched Blake for heroics, saving Michael Carrick's penalty just before half-time and standing firm in the face of a predictable late siege from the champions.

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Owen Coyle's Premier League newcomers had a tough introduction to life back in the top tier with an opening day defeat at Stoke City - but they demonstrated that they were swift learners by matching Manchester United in all areas and providing the moments of inspiration to claim a deserved victory.

Burnley's last league win against Manchester United came at Turf Moor in September 1968, and the ecstatic scenes sparked inside the famous old ground when referee Alan Wiley sounded the final whistle indicated the scale and significance of this triumph for Coyle and his players.

United, in contrast, were bitterly disappointing and allowed Burnley to protect their lead in relative comfort. Ferguson will be particularly concerned by the lack of pace and width on show - two qualities provided to devastating effect by Cristiano Ronaldo in recent seasons.

And for Michael Owen, wearing Ronaldo's old number seven shirt, it was a night of pure frustration as he failed to impress watching England coach Fabio Capello and was substituted just after the hour.

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But this was Burnley's night, and if they needed a performance to prove to themselves that they can live comfortably alongside the elite, this was it.

Turf Moor welcomed their team to the Premier League in deafening fashion - and Burnley responded in style as they more than matched Manchester United in an enthralling first half.

Owen was making his first competitive start since his move to Old Trafford, and he should have marked it with a goal inside the first two minutes but he failed to get a touch on Evra's cross at the near post.

Burnley took time to bring order and composure to their play, but they soon settled and summer signing Steven Fletcher almost took advantage when he found time and space in the United area but twice failed to find the target.

Martin Paterson was halted by Ben Foster as he attempted to round the Manchester United keeper, but it was the shortest of reprieves as Burnley went ahead with Blake's devastating finish after 19 minutes.

We're a match for anybody - Jensen

Stephen Jordan's cross was only partially cleared by Evra, leaving Blake to lash the most emphatic of right-foot volleys high past Foster to the thunderous approval of Turf Moor.

Owen had faded after a lively opening, and he was guilty of another miss as United went in search of the equaliser. He stole in at the near post to meet Wes Brown's cross, but headed wide.

He was then involved as United wasted the perfect opportunity to restore equality just before the interval when he played in Evra, who was hauled down by Blake. Carrick was the somewhat surprising choice of penalty taker, and he saw his effort saved by Jensen as he dived to his right.

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Burnley might have been expected to retreat in the face of a Manchester United onslaught after the break, but they continued to push forward at every opportunity.

Blake sent a curling free-kick just wide from 20 yards, and United's failure to put concerted pressure on Burnley's defence eventually forced Ferguson into changes.

Antonio Valencia came on after 58 minutes to add pace and width at the expense of Anderson, while the subdued Owen was replaced by Dimitar Bervatov four minutes later.

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Goalkeeper Jensen is a cult figure at Turf Moor, and he demonstrated why he is held in such high regard with another fine low stop from Ji-Sung Park, before rushing out to block at the feet of Ryan Giggs.

United pushed predictably for the equaliser in the closing stages, plus four agonising minutes of added time but Burnley were resolute - and Turf Moor reverberated to the sound of joyous celebration at the final whistle.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Burnley 1-0 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Blake 19

    Burnley

    Substitutes

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: WileyAtt: 20,872
    BURNLEY
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • Burnley 37%
    • Man Utd 63%

    Attempts on target

    • Burnley 2
    • Man Utd 9

    Attempts off target

    • Burnley 6
    • Man Utd 9

    Corners

    • Burnley 1
    • Man Utd 13

    Fouls

    • Burnley 8
    • Man Utd 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:12 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:40 Headed effort from inside the area by Patrice Evra misses to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+1:38 Centre by Gary Neville, Robbie Blake manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:15 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs, Joey Gudjonsson makes a clearance.
    • 88:00 The ball is crossed by Dimitar Berbatov, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
    • 87:41 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.
    • 87:06 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • 87:00 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball.
    • 85:26 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.
    • 84:33 Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:33 Booking Wayne Rooney booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 84:25 Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Mears.
    • 83:34 Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Mears. Free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.
    • 81:46 Joey Gudjonsson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 81:00 Substitution Steven Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Steven Fletcher.
    • 79:15 Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
    • 79:09 The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, Tyrone Mears gets a block in.
    • 78:52 Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.
    • 78:03 Tyrone Mears challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Joey Gudjonsson.
    • 77:51 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Clarke Carlisle gets a block in.
    • 75:31 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Clarke Carlisle.
    • 73:54 Short corner taken by Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, clearance made by Andre Bikey.
    • 73:15 Ji-Sung Park concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Mears. Robbie Blake takes the free kick.
    • 72:19 Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Chris Eagles coming on for Martin Paterson.
    • 72:19 Substitution Joey Gudjonsson replaces Graham Alexander.
    • 70:52 Substitution Gary Neville is brought on as a substitute for Wes Brown.
    • 70:24 Effort on goal by Patrice Evra from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 69:20 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
    • 67:55 Steven Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
    • 67:15 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 67:10 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Andre Bikey gets a block in.
    • 66:59 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 65:46 Shot from just outside the box by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the right of the goal.
    • 64:43 The ball is crossed by Martin Paterson, clearance by Patrice Evra.
    • 63:57 Robbie Blake sends in a cross.
    • 62:56 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov is brought on as a substitute for Michael Owen.
    • 62:30 The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, Close range headed effort by Antonio Valencia misses to the right of the target.
    • 61:25 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tyrone Mears.
    • 61:18 Centre by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Stephen Jordan.
    • 59:37 John O'Shea concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Paterson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Robbie Blake from left by-line, Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 58:59 Wes Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Paterson. Direct free kick taken by Andre Bikey.
    • 58:29 Substitution Antonio Valencia replaces Oliveira Anderson.
    • 58:17 The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
    • 57:03 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 56:19 Corner taken short by Robbie Blake, Wade Elliott delivers the ball.
    • 54:32 The referee blows for offside against Patrice Evra. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:12 Tyrone Mears produces a cross.
    • 50:32 Chris McCann fouled by Wes Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Robbie Blake from the free kick.
    • 50:07 Wes Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Jensen. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 49:46 Ryan Giggs takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Andre Bikey.
    • 49:36 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Clarke Carlisle gets a block in.
    • 47:54 The ball is swung over by Tyrone Mears.
    • 46:59 Oliveira Anderson delivers the ball.
    • 46:13 Clarke Carlisle concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Owen. Ryan Giggs delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Graham Alexander.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris McCann on Michael Carrick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Giggs, save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 45:00+0:24 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, Steven Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:36 Ryan Giggs takes the outswinging corner, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:11 Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
    • 43:06 Penalty taken by Michael Carrick saved by Brian Jensen. Burnley 1-0 Man Utd.
    • 43:06 Foul by Robbie Blake on Patrice Evra, Penalty awarded.
    • 42:33 Centre by Steven Fletcher, Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 41:11 Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 41:04 Centre by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Andre Bikey.
    • 39:39 Foul by Jonathan Evans on Martin Paterson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 39:01 The ball is crossed by Robbie Blake, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 38:51 The ball is crossed by Wade Elliott, blocked by Patrice Evra.
    • 37:35 Ji-Sung Park delivers the ball.
    • 36:28 Wes Brown sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Michael Owen misses to the left of the goal.
    • 36:03 Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:03 Booking The referee shows Robbie Blake a yellow card.
    • 35:58 Unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Robbie Blake results in a free kick.
    • 33:26 Effort from a long way out by Wayne Rooney goes wide right of the target.
    • 32:29 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Paterson.
    • 28:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Paterson by Wes Brown. Stephen Jordan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:52 Shot from outside the box by Wayne Rooney goes wide right of the target.
    • 23:21 The ball is sent over by Chris McCann, John O'Shea gets a block in.
    • 22:30 Effort from inside the area by Steven Fletcher misses to the right of the target.
    • 21:52 Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott. Free kick crossed by Robbie Blake, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by John O'Shea on Steven Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 20:11 Booking Martin Paterson receives a caution for dissent.
    • 19:58 Martin Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Brown. Direct free kick taken by John O'Shea.
    • 18:14 GOAL - Robbie BlakeBurnley 1 - 0 Man Utd Robbie Blake fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Burnley 1-0 Man Utd.
    • 17:40 Michael Owen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andre Bikey. Chris McCann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:29 Steven Fletcher delivers the ball, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:54 A cross is delivered by Oliveira Anderson, clearance by Stephen Jordan.
    • 14:47 Wade Elliott sends in a cross.
    • 14:30 Stephen Jordan produces a cross, Wes Brown gets a block in.
    • 11:01 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Michael Carrick from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 9:57 Tyrone Mears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
    • 8:47 The ball is swung over by Wade Elliott, Steven Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 7:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Steven Fletcher. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 5:55 Oliveira Anderson sends in a cross.
    • 3:28 Michael Owen is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
    • 2:51 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Clarke Carlisle.
    • 2:14 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by Clarke Carlisle.
    • 1:50 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Wade Elliott makes a clearance.
    • 1:33 A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
    • 1:21 Oliveira Anderson sends in a cross, blocked by Tyrone Mears.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
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    2 Chelsea 2 3 6
    3 Arsenal 1 5 3
    4 Liverpool 2 3 3
    5 Man City 1 2 3
    6 West Ham 1 2 3
    7 Wigan 2 1 3
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    9 Birmingham 2 0 3
    10 Man Utd 2 0 3
    11 Sunderland 2 -1 3
    12 Burnley 2 -1 3
    13 Wolverhampton 2 -1 3
    14 Stoke 2 -2 3
    15 Bolton 1 -1 0
    16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    17 Blackburn 1 -2 0
    18 Portsmouth 2 -2 0
    19 Hull 2 -5 0
    20 Everton 1 -5 0

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