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Albion v Burnley - from The Amex
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- Full-time: Albion 1 Burnley 0
- David Lopez volleys 21st-minute opener
- Kuszczak keeps lead intact with wonder save
- Ulloa misses a sitter
- Bruno skippers the Seagulls
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
Muted celebrations - but it's three wins and three clean sheets in four matches now! Thanks for following.
Kuszczak congratulated by his former Watford boss Dyche as they disappear down the tunnel. His save was crucial. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
David Lopez is the man!— @diegopoyet7 23 February 2013
Upson blocked a shot and Greer headed away a cross amid tense scenes before Albion could celebrate victory.
Bruno went long to release Mackail-Smith as the game moved into four added minutes. Shackell shoved the sub over and was booked.
Still Albion did not have enough defenders when a cross was arrowed in from a deep position on the Burnley right towards Austin. The striker rose well but his header bounced wide to the obvious frustration of the visiting management team.
Greer slotted in as the central of three centre-backs.
Greer made his return from injury as an 88th minute replacement for Vicente.
Think GP will be glad to win ugly today. Doesn't happen often. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Vicente's free-kick took a big deflection and went behind for a corner, which was taken by Vicente and punched away by Grant.
Albion at last got the ball down and Dicker fed Vicente for a run which took him to within a yard of the Burnley box, where he was tripped by McCann, who was booked.
Former Albion target man Vokes went on as sub for holding midfielder Stock in the 81st minute.
Vicente, becoming increasingly frustrated, was booked in the 78th minute, seemingly for dissent after being penalised for a challenge in midfield.
75 More pressure from the Clarets, but Ings and Austin can’t quite work the opening in the box— @BurnleyOfficial 23 February 2013
Treacy posed danger when he got away in midfield and made ground to the edge of the box, where Bruno took the ball off him with a well-timed challenge.
Vicente thought he had unlocked the visitors when he sent Barnes through with a reverse pass. But the striker was offside.
Still, home fans were becoming increasingly uneasy - and that feeling grew when Hammond had to make a great tackle in his own box to get the ball away from Ings.
Breaking off from my running copy for a moment, have to say this has been a really flat second half. Albion just trying to grind out the win.
Marney made way for Bartley in the 72nd minute
#bhafc could do with a second goal. A CMS special perhaps, like the two he got up at Turf Moor.— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Ings caused real problems when his run took him all the way to the Albion byline but no one could force the ball home from close range.
Today's attendance for #BHAFC v Burnley 25,836, with 749 in support of our visitors. Thank you for your support.— @OfficialBHAFC 23 February 2013
Albion sent on Barnes and Mackail-Smith for Orlandi and Ulloa in the 64th minute.
Burnley should have levelled in the 62nd minute. Lafferty's cross was missed in front of goal by Austin and then turned over by McCann arriving behind him at the far post.
Little had been seen of Vicente in this half and Poyet prepared to make changes as he called Barnes and Mackail-Smith from their warm-up near the corner flag.
Plenty of second half possession for the visitors as we approach the hour. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
When Albion looked to counter attack, Ings was booked for a foul on Ulloa.
Burnley, though, were looking the more dangerous side.
Upson was booked for a foul as Burnley threatened on the edge of the box. Treacy tried his luck with a free-kick from the right edge of the box but his shot was horribly sliced and flew for a throw-in.
Bridge lifted home fans by again getting away down the left but Ulloa could not control his low cross cleanly and then sent a rather laboured attempt at a volley too close to Grant in goal.
#bhafc, remember, have not lost this season from 1-0 up but this is far from done. Kuszczak held Austin header from right-wing cross.— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Burnley were looking to get balls in from out wide. Austin for once got above El-Abd in the 50th minute but his header went gently into the arms of Kuszczak.
Still, apart from one nice combination between Bruno and David Lopez in front of the West Stand, it was a flat opening to the half by the hosts.
Ings almost made an immediate impact but was unable to get a touch as the ball bounced invitingly around the home goalmouth.
The second half is under way with Burnley having sent on striker Ings for wideman Stanislas.
Miss of the season from Ulloa as he somehow turns over Orlandi's cross from point-blank range— @BurnleyOfficial 23 February 2013
It had turned into an entertaining half with chances at both ends.
That was the sort of chance for Ulloa you hope doesn't prove costly. Should be 2-0 and comfortable. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Ulloa should have doubled the lead on 40 minutes but somehow failed to turn in Orlandi's low cross at point blank range, shooting off target with home fans already celebrating a goal.
Albion needed to get Vicente back on the ball. When they did, he released Orlandi down the left and was then close to making contact with the resulting low cross right in front of goal.
Two more corners quickly followed. Kuszczak tipped the first behind at his far post, then produced wonders from the second. Again Shackell met the left-wing delivery with a terrific downward header, going just inside the post. But Kuszczak got down to his left and somehow stuck out a hand to claw the ball away from the bottom corner.
Shackell, up from the back, met the corner with a textbook downward header back across Kuszczak which was cleared off the line by Dicker as he patrolled the near post.
When Albion got a free-kick clear, Burnley played the ball back in and suddenly Stanislas was behind the home defence. El-Abd did well to block his cross for another corner - and from that Burnley almost levelled.
That last retweet included John Byrne's view of the goal.
RT @BBCSussexSport: GOAL! #BHAFC 1-0 #Burnley. JB: "Decent ball from Wayne Bridge. Perfect execution of the shot from David Lopez."— @BurnleyW 23 February 2013
El-Abd then cleared another Stanislas cross - and Poyet did not look happy about the way his side had played since going ahead.
Burnley probably felt they were doing just fine up until the goal, which was also a reward for Bridge's adventure in opening quarter. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Burnley made a good response to going behind and El-Abd had to clear two crosses, the second at the expense of a corner which Ulloa nodded clear under pressure..
Left-foot volley too from David. Orlandi's back-header suggested he instinctively knew where his fellow Spaniard was lurking. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Albion went ahead in the 21st minute with a beautifully constructed and finished goal. Neat passing down the left between Vicente and Bridge saw the latter cross towards Orlandi, whose back header found DAVID LOPEZ in space for a perfectly executed left-foot volley. The ball was kept down and went across keeper Grant and inside the post.
Nice link-up play from #bhafc first 15, mostly involving Vicente. Could do with more bodies in the box when crosses come in.— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Vicente showing all his skills on the ball for #BHAFC. Burnley's Chris McCann lucky not to pick up a yellow for the cynical foul to stop him— @NorthStandChat 23 February 2013
GOAL. 1-0 Crawley. Billy Clarke— @stevehollis75 23 February 2013
Vicente's next pass put to the left got Orlandi away to win a corner. Vicente took the right-sided flag kick and it flicked off the top of Orlandi's head and over the bar.
The former Spain star, playing in areas between Ulloa and the midfield, twice released Bridge down the left in quick succession - but each time the resulting low cross evaded home players.
Then, at the other end, Upson produced some strong defending to hold off Austin as they challenged for a cross.
Treacy tried a curler from the right edge of the box but it was always heading at least a yard wide of the far post.
Vicente brought applause with a couple of early runs and passes.
Light snow accompanies Kuszczak's first save, tipping over Stanislas cross-shot. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
An intended cross from the right by Stanislas offered more alarm. It looked like sneaking under the bar until Kuszczak back-pedalled and tipped it over the bar at full stretch.
There was little to excite in the very early stages. Burnley got Austin in behind the defence with a long ball but there was no team mate anywhere near the lone striker's cross and El-Abd tidied up.
Stanislas on the right for Burnley.
I don't know if Bruno made a losing start as skipper at the coin-toss but the teams have changed ends. Albion will go towards the North Stand in this first half. Match is in progress
Will Buckley is unwell. Has a virus. Didn't catch it from me. I spoke to him on the phone!
The banned Bridcutt will be missed. In his absence a first home league start for Dicker since the defeat by Brum end of September. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Will be interesting to see which side wideman Stanislas plays today for Burnley. They like to get the right-footer on the left if they can to whip in shots and inswinging crosses.
Also looking forward to seeing who offers Albion their attacking width. Down to the full-backs?
RT @BurnleyOfficial: The AMEX 360 http://t.co/SByHUUxttZ— @Suspolfootball 23 February 2013
Dicker has been used to warming the bench, much like former Seagull Vokes who is among the Burnley subs. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
One slight surprise, Bruno captain, not El-Abd or even Hammond. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 February 2013
Commentary position at the Amex, I'll be with @bodenknights on @bbclancashire from 2pm. #twitterclarets http://t.co/3bltPgsxVL— @scottread16 23 February 2013
There is my tweet from earlier. Let's have a little look at Twitter and see what anyone else is saying.
I spoke to Buckley on Thurs afternoon. Said he was "all fit and well but a little bit tired after the energy performance at Cardiff." #bhafc— @Brian__Owen 23 February 2013
We have heard no reason for Buckley's absence. I spoke to him at 3.30pm on Thursday and he said then he was fine, although a bit tired from the Cardiff game.
Team news was posted earlier. Vicente and Dicker for Buckley and the suspended Bridcutt. Hammond passed fit. Bruno skipper. Greer and Mackail-Smith on the bench. No Buckley. Burnley likely to go 4-1-4-1.
Have a look at that little weather panel towards the top right of the screen. Looks cold doesn't it? Well, it very much sums up conditions here at The Amex - although mercifully there have, as yet, been none of those snow flurries we saw this morning. The pitch is looking just a little bit worn in small patches.
They have won away to the leaders – now Albion need to back that up on a bitterly cold afternoon back home at The Amex if they are to maintain momentum in their push for the play-offs.