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
Derby manager Nigel Clough also made one change, recalling the
fit again Mark O’Brien as James O’Connor dropped back down to the
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
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
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
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.