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Kalvenes pounces late to secure derby delight

Football - Blackpool v Burnley Coca

Kalvenes is mobbed by his team mates after scoring

Norwegian left-back Christian Kalvenes timed his first goal for Burnley to perfection to secure derby delight for the visitors. 

The late strike from the defender secured all three points for Burnley which leaves them just one point away from the top six.

Good football was an almost impossible task, the swirling winds around the stadium often caused balls to sail out of the ground. The winds also caused comical moments when players could not keep the ball still when trying to take advantage of dead ball situations.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle promised that he would tinker with his team after the dismal 4-2 home defeat at the weekend to the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, and he was true to his word, making four changes.

However Blackpool started the brighter of the two sides, and could have been 1-0 up within minutes. Danny Coid flew down the wing and swung in a perfect ball for Claus Jorgensen, who saw his header fly inches wide.

The resulting corner nearly saw a freak goal for Blackpool. Coid’s corner was picked up by the wind and looked destined for the top corner of the Burnley net, only for Burnley goalkeeper to punch the ball over the net.

The wind at times became too much and this caused referee Lee Mason to consult the two managers about bringing this game of ‘football’ to a halt, only to decide to continue the game.

After the delay Burnley soon came into the game. A Robbie Blake Free kick caused panic in the Blackpool box and after a scrappy clearence the ball fell to midfielder Kevin Mcdonald on the edge of the area who found his shot cleared of the line.

The ball then fell to nippy striker Martin Paterson, who found himself in a wonderful position to end his goal drought, but paterson slipped in the process of taking his shot, and then agonisingly also saw his weak effort headed off the line.

Blackpool then had a penalty shout turned down when a cross from DJ Campbell struck Burnley skipper Steven Caldwell, but Lee Mason was perfectly placed to correctly turn down the Blackpool appeals.

Fortunately by the time the second half arrived the winds had died down and football became possible.

And almost straight away the Clarets became dominant and started to play the football they have become famous for this season, but Paterson wasted a glorious chance for the visitors. The striker was slipped in by a fantastic ball from McDonald, only to fire the ball straight at the advancing goalkeeper.

Blackpool nearly found themselves 1-0 up soon after, as a fantastic long range effort from O’Donovan was tipped round the post by a sprawling Brian Jensen.

Almost immediately, O’Donovan hit another long range effort which was spilled by the Burnley goalkeeper, the ball almost fell to DJ Campbell but Jensen was quick to respond and smother the ball.

When the game seemed to be heading for a 0-0 draw Kalvenes ponced. The left-back picked the ball up on the half way line, and played a neat exchange with Chriss McCann, Kalvenes then found himself in acres of space and showed great composure to slot the ball between the legs of the Blackpool goalkeeper to send the Burnley fans into raptures.

Final Score
Blackpool   0-1   Burnley
Kalvenes (85)

J Redmond

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