Things looking up at last for Burley

Burnley 0 Derby County 2
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Derby climbed into the top half of the table thanks to goals from Marcus Tudgay and the lively winger, Marco Reich.

Derby climbed into the top half of the table thanks to goals from Marcus Tudgay and the lively winger, Marco Reich.

For a side supposed to be struggling, George Burley's team were vibrant from the start and would have led after six minutes but for a vital block by John McGreal, which prevented Grzegorz Rasiak steering the ball home from Reich's cross. Burnley escaped again when Reich's header sailed narrowly over from six yards before Rasiak sent a low effort narrowly wide of the far post.

Heavy rain had threatened a postponement which Burnley must have wished had been granted when Derby scored twice in six minutes.

After 57 minutes Inigo Idiakez swung in a teasing free-kick and Tudgay arrived at the far post to head home his fifth goal of the season. Rasiak then collected the ball on the right flank, after McGreal underhit a backpass, and rolled the ball across the six-yard box where a gleeful Reich tapped home. Rasiak could even afford to fire wide when well placed in the dying minutes.

* Jimmy Quinn has resigned as manager of Shrewsbury who are bottom of League Two. Quinn joined in May 2003, and got the Shrews back into the Football League at the first attempt after they were relegated to the Conference.

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