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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 February, 2005, 15:41 GMT
Burnley 0-0 Blackburn
Paul Dickov and Mo Camara epitomise the intense struggle
Burnley and Blackburn battled out a goalless draw in a passionate FA Cup fifth round tie at Turf Moor.

Although it was a fiercely-fought contest the football on offer was generally scrappy fare.

Chances were few and far between, with Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen heading over before Paul Dickov screwed his shot wide from eight yards.

Rovers keeper Brad Friedel made a crucial save from Mo Camara to set up the replay on March 1.

All the ingredients were there for a meaty, Lancashire hot-pot of a derby; raw weather, a hostile partisan crowd baying for a Premiership scalp - and all played out on a pitch on which grass made only a fleeting appearance.

Invariably, referee Mike Dean was the busiest man in the opening stages as the tackles flew in as both teams sought to mark out their territory early on.

Blackburn's Andy Todd and Burnley's Ian Moore battle for possession
Ian Moore finds Blackburn's Andy Todd in close attention

While the action was intense, flowing football was at a premium and Blackburn's best first-half chance came from a set-piece when Pedersen headed just over from Robbie Savage's cunningly flighted free kick.

Burnley left Ian Moore up in a lone striking role and although the ploy was to spring support forward from midfield, it meant there was little pressure to prevent Blackburn attempting to build from the back.

Blackburn slowly gained the upper hand and Clarets keeper Brian Jensen showed good handling to collect Brett Emerton's low cross.

As half-time approached Burnley suffered another blow when skipper Frank Sinclair limped out of the action after falling awkwardly.

John Oster's introduction for Sinclair at last provided Burnley with more attacking impetus.

The Sunderland winger saw his fierce shot deflected wide while at the other end Pedersen's free-kick was palmed away by Jensen.

The pace of the game picked up considerably, but the quality did not, partly due to Burnley's ferocious work-rate which ensured Blackburn had little time to impose any Premiership qualities on proceedings.

Blackburn resorted to route one for their best road to goal and Paul Dickov latched on to Friedel's huge clearance but screwed his shot horribly wide from eight yards.

Burnley were forced to replace John McGreal and substitute Lee Roche's first involvement was to throw himself to block Pedersen's goal-bound header.

For all Burnley's bluster they created little but Friedel showed his concentration was intact with a late save at the foot of the post from Mo Camara.

The replay will be at Ewood Park on Tuesday 1 March.

  • Burnley boss Steve Cotterill:
    "Because of the enormity of the game it was never going to be a classic.

    "It wasn't a pretty game and I think there were two teams out there who didn't want to lose.

    "We'd be happy if we won a scrappy game 1-0 but maybe there'll be more flowing football in the replay."

  • Blackburn boss Mark Hughes:
    "The replay will be another game of great atmosphere and we know Burnley won't lie down.

    "But once we get them back to Ewood Park, I think we should have enough about us to win it.

    "I thought it was a good Cup tie but I always felt we were in control. We're in the hat for the next round and that was the object of the exercise."

    Burnley: Jensen, Duff, Cahill, Sinclair (Oster 45), McGreal (Roche 78), Camara, Hyde, Grant, Valois, Whittingham, Moore (Branch 86).
    Subs Not Used: Coyne, Pilkington.

    Booked: Hyde, Camara.

    Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Todd, Nelsen, Johansson, Emerton, Tugay (Reid 64), Savage, Pedersen, Dickov (Johnson 73), Gallagher (Thompson 82).
    Subs Not Used: Enckelman, Mokoena.

    Booked: Todd, Pedersen, Savage.

    Att:: 21,468

    Referee: M Dean (Wirral).

    Interview: Blackburn boss Mark Hughes

    Interview: Burnley manager Steve Cottrell

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