Austin scores in Burnley win

Charlie Austin scored his 23rd goal of the season as Burnley

clinched a 2-0 Championship win against Derby at Turf Moor.

Austin struck five minutes before half-time. The former Swindon

striker was at his predatory best to turn the ball into the net

after the visitors failed to deal with Kieran Trippier’s cross.

Some more poor defending cost the Rams after 74 minutes when

Michael Duff headed in the second goal.

In a game of few chances, it was enough to see Burnley maintain

their recent stranglehold over Derby. The Clarets are now unbeaten

in eight games against the Rams, winning six.

Danny Lafferty returned from injury for the hosts, replacing

Joseph Mills at left-back in the only change made by boss Sean

Dyche.

Derby manager Nigel Clough also made one change, recalling the

fit again Mark O’Brien as James O’Connor dropped back down to the

bench.

Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins saved early on from Martin

Paterson before Chris McCann and Ross Wallace had efforts blocked

by Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon respectively.

The visitors replied through Paul Coutts, an old favourite at

Burnley’s rivals Preston, but Lafferty got in the way of his

shot.

Dean Marney headed weakly wide just after the half hour mark

from a good far-post position before Austin struck.

Trippier’s cross from the right-hand side was not properly

cleared and Austin swept a low shot past Legzdins from 12 yards

out.

Derby might have equalised before the break but O’Brien headed

wide from Michael Jacobs’ free-kick.

O’Brien made a block to deny Austin another goal early in the

second half and Wallace’s shot from the right side of the penalty

area hit a post just before the hour.

Austin miscued from close range but Burnley eventually got their

second goal when Derby seemingly ignored Duff and he headed in

Wallace’s corner at the far post.

Substitute Brian Stock worked Legzdins with a long-range effort

late on.

Derby substitute Theo Robinson had the last chance of the game

but missed the target from 12 yards out as the Rams suffered a

seventh away loss in the league this season.