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Burnley   1 - 2   Wolverhampton

Wolves' Adlene Guedioura
Adlene Guedioura celebrates after his shot finds its way into the net via Clarke Carlisle

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer, Turf Moor

Wolves gave their Premier League survival hopes a huge lift and plunged Burnley deeper into relegation trouble with a crucial victory at Turf Moor.

Tyrone Mears presented Wolves with their first goal when his weak headed backpass fell short of Brian Jensen, allowing Matt Jarvis to win the race with the keeper and score in an unguarded net.

And they doubled their lead two minutes after half-time when Adlene Guedioura's angled shot took a decisive deflection off Clarke Carlisle and beat Jensen.

Burnley boss Brian Laws then felt the full fury of the Turf Moor crowd when he replaced the lively Chris Eagles and the not-so-lively Andre Bikey with Steven Thompson and Robbie Blake.

Thompson went some way towards justifying Laws' unpopular switch when he headed Burnley back into contention with 17 minutes left, diverting Graham Alexander's shot from the edge of the area past Marcus Hahnemann.

McCarthy grateful for slice of luck

Burnley enjoyed long spells of territorial supremacy and were unfortunate when both David Nugent and Blake hit the woodwork, but Wolves survived a predictable late surge to hold on for three precious points.

The signs are ominous for Burnley and Laws, who have now lost to Portsmouth and Wolves and drawn with Stoke City in a crucial phase of what they would have regarded as winnable games.

Their plight has worsened considerably after this latest reverse.

Wolves' supporters celebrated wildly at the final whistle and with good reason.

This result not only bolstered their own position, but delivered a serious blow to one of their closest rivals in the battle to avoid relegation.

Burnley were still without leading scorer Steven Fletcher, but they made the early running as Wolves keeper Hahnemann saved from Eagles and Alexander.

Laws preaches positivity after Burnley loss

The only response from Wolves was a David Jones header that was easily claimed by Jensen, who had earlier been booked for a wild charge at Kevin Doyle outside his area.

But they were gifted the lead after 26 minutes, courtesy of a calamitous piece of defending by Mears.

The former Derby player tried to find Jensen with a header, but it lacked power, and Jarvis pounced to nick the ball around the oncoming keeper before applying the simplest of finishes from right on the goalline.

Burnley suffered another setback six minutes before the interval when Danny Fox was helped off.

He received oxygen in the dug-out before being stretchered away to the dressing room.

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And the home side were cursing their luck on the stroke of half-time when Nugent's shot on the turn in the area bounced into the ground and off the bar.

If Wolves' first goal owed almost everything to Mears' mistake, their second after 47 minutes contained a huge slice of good fortune as Guedioura's shot took a decisive deflection off Carlisle, and flew beyond the reach of Jensen.

Laws then decided to make changes, though to say Eagles' departure was unpopular is a masterpiece of understatement as Turf Moor reacted with undisguised fury.

Blake almost justified Laws' contentious move when he cut into the area and saw his shot strike the outside of the post and rebound to safety.

And the introduction of Thompson brought reward on 73 minutes when he set up a grandstand finish by turning a header past Hahnemann from eight yards, after Alexander had scuffed his 20-yard shot into the ground.

As the game entered four minutes of stoppage time, Blake fired in a shot that was too powerful for Hahnemann to hold, but no Burnley player was on hand to take advantage.

It was their last chance and a mood of resignation swept around Turf Moor as referee Steve Bennett sounded the final whistle.


Burnley manager Brian Laws:

"It was a poor mistake which gave them the first goal but nobody goes out there and deliberately makes a mistake - sometimes a judgement call can cost you.

"I can't for one minute criticise the players. We've got to have a spirit against adversity and against the issues we put against ourselves. We have got to be positive.

"It's a huge knock but the season doesn't end today and there are still eight games to go."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:

"It's tightened it up again with West Ham and Wigan losing and it gives us more of a fighting chance, a bit of confidence.

"We've been playing well and I said if we keep playing that way our luck will change. I knew we would get a slice of good fortune by playing that way."


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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Burnley 1-2 Wolves FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Thompson 73
  • Jarvis 26
  • Carlisle (og) 47

Burnley

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: BennettAtt: 21,217
BURNLEY
WOLVES

Possession

  • Burnley 58%
  • Wolves 42%

Attempts on target

  • Burnley 11
  • Wolves 3

Attempts off target

  • Burnley 11
  • Wolves 4

Corners

  • Burnley 11
  • Wolves 6

Fouls

  • Burnley 10
  • Wolves 21
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:49 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+4:18 Graham Alexander challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Keogh restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:41 Kevin Doyle decides to take the corner short.
  • 90:00+3:00 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 90:00+2:27 Robbie Blake takes a outswinging corner.
  • 90:00+1:59 Kevin Foley fouled by Stephen Jordan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
  • 90:00+1:33 Centre by Martin Paterson, Robbie Blake takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 89:55 Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Tyrone Mears fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 89:30 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake crosses the ball, save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 88:36 The referee penalises Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for handball. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 86:28 The referee blows for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
  • 86:15 The ball is swung over by Graham Alexander, blocked by Andrew Keogh.
  • 86:04 Stephen Jordan crosses the ball, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
  • 85:45 The official flags Sylvan Ebanks-Blake offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 84:12 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Blake from the right by-line, Header on goal by Leon Cort from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 83:53 Robbie Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
  • 83:23 Booking Andrew Keogh is cautioned.
  • 82:47 Andrew Keogh takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 82:26 Michael Mancienne takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 80:47 Andrew Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Mears. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:24 Foul by Steven Thompson on Jody Craddock, free kick awarded. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:57 Tyrone Mears fouled by Andrew Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:49 A cross is delivered by Stephen Ward, clearance by Stephen Jordan.
  • 79:33 Centre by Martin Paterson, blocked by Stephen Ward.
  • 78:39 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Clarke Carlisle. Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:10 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake coming on for Matthew Jarvis.
  • 77:48 Effort on goal by Graham Alexander from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 77:41 Tyrone Mears delivers the ball.
  • 76:54 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 76:10 Tyrone Mears takes the free kick.
  • 76:10 Booking Caution for Christophe Berra.
  • 75:43 Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on David Nugent.
  • 75:06 Robbie Blake takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 74:55 Robbie Blake takes a short corner.
  • 74:35 Free kick crossed left-footed by Robbie Blake, clearance by Jody Craddock.
  • 74:35 Booking Michael Mancienne is shown a yellow card.
  • 74:27 Michael Mancienne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Nugent.
  • 72:15 Graham Alexander takes a shot. Steven Thompson gets a block in.
  • 72:14 Graham Alexander provided the assist for the goal.
  • 72:14 GOAL - Steven ThompsonBurnley 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Steven Thompson finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Burnley 1-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 72:10 Tyrone Mears sends in a cross, clearance by Jody Craddock.
  • 71:46 Unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 71:02 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis to the near post, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 69:29 Ronald Zubar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:29 Substitution Andrew Keogh is brought on as a substitute for David Jones.
  • 69:29 Stephen Jordan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley.
  • 68:13 Unfair challenge on David Nugent by Michael Mancienne results in a free kick. Robbie Blake has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 67:24 The ball is sent over by Martin Paterson.
  • 66:51 A cross is delivered by Robbie Blake, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
  • 66:12 Stephen Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Nugent. Tyrone Mears takes the free kick.
  • 65:19 Effort on goal by Leon Cort from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 65:11 The ball is crossed by Stephen Jordan, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.
  • 64:54 Effort from inside the area by Robbie Blake strikes the post.
  • 64:38 Corner taken short by David Nugent.
  • 63:59 Stephen Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Paterson. Tyrone Mears delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Ronald Zubar.
  • 60:52 The official flags Steven Thompson offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 60:32 The ball is sent over by Kevin Foley, Brian Jensen fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:39 Substitution Michael Mancienne comes on in place of Adlene Guedioura.
  • 58:21 Shot by Kevin Doyle from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 57:29 Corner taken by Robbie Blake from the left by-line, Stephen Jordan takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 56:27 Clarke Carlisle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Free kick crossed by Christophe Berra, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 56:12 Graham Alexander takes a shot. Stephen Ward gets a block in.
  • 55:04 Unfair challenge on Graham Alexander by David Jones results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tyrone Mears, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 53:54 Substitution Robbie Blake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andre Bikey.
  • 53:54 Substitution Steven Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Chris Eagles.
  • 53:43 Wade Elliott has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 50:55 The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Clarke Carlisle takes the indirect free kick.
  • 50:11 Wade Elliott sends in a cross, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:29 The ball is crossed by Stephen Jordan, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 49:17 Stephen Jordan produces a cross, Jody Craddock manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:25 Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Eagles, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
  • 48:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Bikey by Karl Henry. Tyrone Mears takes the free kick.
  • 46:02 Assist on the goal came from Adlene Guedioura.
  • 46:02 GOAL - Clarke CarlisleBurnley 0 - 2 Wolverhampton Clarke Carlisle concedes an own goal. Burnley 0-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 46:02 Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Clarke Carlisle gets a block in.
  • 45:36 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post, save by Brian Jensen.
  • 45:19 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Leon Cort manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:10 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:35 Kevin Doyle is ruled offside. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:27 Chris Eagles takes the outswinging corner, Andre Bikey has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 45:00+1:10 The ball is sent over by Stephen Jordan, clearance made by Stephen Ward.
  • 44:45 Chris Eagles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 44:45 Booking Adlene Guedioura is booked.
  • 44:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Adlene Guedioura.
  • 43:18 Stephen Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Paterson. Tyrone Mears crosses the ball, Shot from 6 yards by David Nugent.
  • 41:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Martin Paterson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ronald Zubar.
  • 37:44 Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
  • 37:44 Substitution Stephen Jordan is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Fox.
  • 37:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Andre Bikey.
  • 33:49 Wade Elliott sends in a cross, clearance made by Jody Craddock.
  • 31:13 Kevin Doyle challenges Daniel Fox unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tyrone Mears from left channel, comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 30:42 The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Karl Henry.
  • 29:38 Kevin Doyle has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 29:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Andre Bikey. Jody Craddock restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:48 A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 27:55 The referee blows for offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 27:17 Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Kevin Doyle gets a block in.
  • 25:17 GOAL - Matthew JarvisBurnley 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Matthew Jarvis grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley 0-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 24:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Doyle. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 22:35 Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Doyle.
  • 21:24 Chris Eagles fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Fox produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 20:59 Corner taken short by Daniel Fox.
  • 18:37 Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Eagles. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Fox from right wing, Kevin Foley makes a clearance.
  • 17:48 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Fox.
  • 17:41 The ball is crossed by Martin Paterson, Jody Craddock manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:56 Inswinging corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:43 The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Andre Bikey gets a block in.
  • 16:14 Chris Eagles sends in a cross, Karl Henry makes a clearance.
  • 14:07 The ball is sent over by Kevin Foley, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
  • 12:41 David Jones crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 12:41 Booking Brian Jensen is given a yellow card.
  • 11:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Brian Jensen.
  • 10:27 Chris Eagles fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:01 Corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 8:21 Kevin Foley produces a cross, David Jones takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 6:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on David Nugent. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Fox.
  • 6:34 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, comfortable save by Brian Jensen.
  • 5:34 Matthew Jarvis is caught offside. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 4:39 Graham Alexander takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a fantastic save.
  • 3:05 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line, Clarke Carlisle challenges Jody Craddock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 2:50 Shot by Chris Eagles. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 2:50 Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 0:45 Martin Paterson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 0:21 Graham Alexander fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 29 42 64
2 Arsenal 30 38 64
3 Man Utd 29 43 63
4 Tottenham 29 25 52
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 29 16 48
7 Aston Villa 27 16 46
8 Birmingham 29 -1 44
9 Everton 29 4 42
10 Fulham 28 3 38
11 Stoke 29 -5 36
12 Blackburn 29 -17 34
13 Bolton 30 -18 32
14 Sunderland 28 -8 30
15 Wigan 29 -30 28
16 West Ham 29 -12 27
17 Wolves 29 -24 27
18 Burnley 30 -32 24
19 Hull 29 -34 24
20 Portsmouth 28 -23 19

see also
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