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Blake clinches Burnley a vital three points

 

Football - West Bromwich Albion v Burnley FA Cup Fourth Round

 

 

Robbie Blake scored a vital goal in the race for the playoffs on Saturday as the clarets won all three points on their travels for only the second time since December.

Plymouth put Burnley under barrages of pressure in the second half as the home side scrapped for their lives at the wrong end of the table, but after soaking up the pressure it was Burnley who were to travel the long distance back up north with all three points.
Martin Paterson was a doubt before the match, but the Burnley striker was able to shake off a hamstring injury and therefore Owen Coyle was able to name an unchanged side for the second game in succession.
However it was to be Argyle who were to start the brightest and they nearly took the lead with their first attack when Jamie Mackie hit a drive from 25 yards which forced the Burnley goalkeeper into an early save.
But it was to be the Clarets that were to take the all important lead in the 16th minute. Burnley were awarded a free kick inside the centre circle which was hit high by Alexander, the home defence failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to McCann who slipped in Blake on the left hand side.
Blake then gained half a yard on his marker and whipped in a ball to the far post where Caldwell powered a header back across goal into the far corner of the net.
But the Clarets lead didn’t last very long, and it was less than a minute before Burnley handed Argyle the equaliser. Burnley have gained a lot of admirers for the football that they have been playing throughout the season, but that was to be their downfall on this occasion.
Plymouth came forward but offered little as they did for the majority of the game before the goal. The Burnley defence were now in possession but instead of clearing their lines, they played one pass too many which gave Judge a chance to slide in and dispossess Williams, Judge then bared down on goal and gleefully slotted the ball past a stranded Jensen
The goal gave Plymouth a lift and they began to put pressure on the Burnley
 goal as two clear cut chances were missed by Mackie and Barnes. Mackie dragged his shot wide when he found himself one on one with the Burnley keeper, and a chance from Barnes who looked dead cert to give Argyle the lead, but then a last ditch tackle from Carlisle saved the Clarets.
Paterson then won the Clarets a free kick just before the break when he brought down just outside the box. Blake struck the ball hard with his left foot but was denied by a great save from Larrieu as he scampered across the face of his goal.
The half time interval came and went with no real change to the pattern of the game as the Pilgrims continued to ask questions of the Burnley defence, but then Owen Coyle changed things around a little bit as he Rodriguez replaced the disappointing Eagles before switching to a 4-4-2.
Burnley however remained on the back foot and more chances fell to Judge and Duguid but a lack of composure and good defending denied the two Argyle men.
The game looked to be smouldering out into draw until Blake waved his magic wand yet again. A long and hopeful punt up field by the goalkeeper wasn’t dealt with yet again by the Plymouth defence.
A poor clearance fell to the chest of Blake who was 30 yards out, he then chested the ball down and hammered the ball home on the half volley to give the Clarets a slender lead going into the last 10 minutes.
Minutes later the Clarets had a chance to seal it. Rodriguez chased down the Plymouth defence as they attempted to clear the ball, he won possession and was now on a one on one with the keeper, the youngster then rounded the keeper Larrieu but could only put the ball wide.
There were to be no major scares for the Clarets as they looked to run the clock down for the remaining 10 minutes and then the added 5, and they secured what could be a vital win come the final day of the season.
Final Score
Plymouth Argyle     1 – 2     Burnley
Judge (17)                            Caldwell (16)
                                            Blake (78)

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. joered

    24 March, 2009 at 00:02

    For some reason the font is abit messed up and some of the paragraphs i have seperated have been joined, i dont know why its done this i have tried to fix it several times but nothing happens so im giving up and leaving it as it is.

  2. Admin

    24 March, 2009 at 17:02

    Copy paste your article into notepad and then paste into the editor. Using Word adds a lot of unnecessary formatting which can mess your articles up. Should fix it if you want

  3. Alexander Hightly

    25 March, 2009 at 21:25

    My friend supports Burnley!

  4. joered

    28 March, 2009 at 16:51

    Hes obviously a wise man!

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