Burnley 2 Scunthorpe United 0: Size matters for Coyle in Burnley's comfortable win
Monday 28 January 2008
Owen Coyle, the Burnley manager, was pleased with "a big three points" as first-half goals from strikers Robbie Blake and Ade Akinbiyi set up a win over struggling Scunthorpe on Saturday.
Blake's opener after nine minutes was his third in successive games and came after James O'Connor had pulled the ball back, enabling Blake to score with a crisp shot.
When Joey Gudjonsson found winger Wade Elliott just past the half-hour mark, his cross allowed Akinbiyi to score with a close-range header.
Coyle was delighted by his team's display in windy conditions: "I felt particularly in the first half the level of performance and the quality of the goals was what we are after. There was a lot to be pleased about, especially in the first half."
Blake was a constant thorn in Scunthorpe's side whilst at the other end Grant McCann posed the odd problem for the Clarets. He tested goalkeeper Brian Jensen striking the woodwork shortly before Burnley doubled their advantage.
Irons' manager Nigel Adkins said: "We were very poor, Burnley were excellent, they were top drawer. Today was the worst performance we have put in by a million miles – the first half was not acceptable."
Goals: Blake (9) 1-0, Akinbiyi (32) 2-0.
Burnley (4-4-2): Jensen; Alexander, Varga, Unsworth, Harley; Elliott, J O'Connor, Gudjonsson (Spicer, 77), McCann; Blake (G O'Connor, 89), Akinbiyi (Caldwell, 90). Substitutes not used: Kiraly (gk), Jordan.
Scunthorpe United (4-4-2): Murphy; Hobbs, Butler, Martis, Williams; Sparrow, Cork, McCann, Morris (Goodwin, h-t); Paterson (Forte, 65), May (Hayes, h-t). Substitutes not used: Lillis (gk), Hurst.
Referee: M Oliver (Northumberland).
Booked: Scunthorpe Williams, Sparrow.
Man of the match: Blake.
Latest in Sport
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove