Full-time: Clarets 1, Rovers 1
2:38pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in Sport
THE 100th competitive East Lancashire derby ended all square.
Junior Stanislas gave Burnley a 76th minute lead, moments after coming off the bench, but Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes scored a fortuitous equaliser to make it 1-1 for the third time in a row in this feisty fixture.
Rovers ended the game with 10 men as, just a minute after coming off the bench to replace Corry Evans, Lee Williamson was sent off for pulling back Danny Ings on the break.
It was a game of two halves, with the Clarets having the better of the first. Both keepers were called on to make key saves, however.
Scott Arfield stung Jake Kean's hands in the 18th minute, and had to react quickly to push out Ings' immediate follow-up.
As the half wore on, Tom Cairney's low drive looked destined for the bottom right corner, but Tom Heaton produced a magnificent save down to his left to turn the ball behind.
It was Rovers' only shot on target in a first half that the Clarets had controlled. Kieran Tripper had seen an early free kick dip narrowly over the bar, then from the right back's ball into the box Jason Lowe almost put the ball into his own net.
Rovers continued to resist pressure. Grant Hanley had to be at full stretch to turn debutant Michael Kightly's cross behind.
Ings was then unlucky to curl over the angle on the stroke of half-time.
It was a different story in the second half, with the Clarets called on to defend a succession of set pieces.
Hanley headed wide to end a run of four in a row - two on either side.
Ben Marshall went close with a free kick after Josh King went down cheaply under Ben Mee's challenge.
But Stanislas, just minutes after coming on to replace Kightly, sent three sides of Turf Moor into raptures when he broke the deadlock with a stunning strike following a smart one-two with Clarets top scorer Ings.
Rhodes restored parity for Rovers eight minutes later. After latching on to Arfield's poor back pass the striker sniffed out a chance. Michael Duff looked to have dealt with the danger but in trying to clear the ball bounced off Rhodes' knee and looped over a helpless Heaton.
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