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- Full-time: Albion 2 Burnley 0
- Ulloa tees up Crofts to score (28)
- Burnley keeper Heaton sent-off (56)
- Ulloa heads super second (72)
- Oscar enjoys first home win
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
What had been a testing afternoon for the Seagulls for some while had now turned into a comfortable home win.
Final: Albion 2 Burnley 0
As the game moved into added time, Ulloa worked his way in from the left before firing over from 20 yards.
Buckley received a warm ovation from fans as he then made way for March.
Vokes should have put Burnley on the scoresheet but sent a free header straight at Kuszczak.
The game was fizzling out now - but Albion fans were content with what they were seeing.
Ulloa 3 in 4 and deserving m.o.m. Nice to see Buckley back on song too. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
Ulloa was a popular choice by the sponsors as their man of the match.
Jones made way for Edgar as Burnley made their final switch.
Second goal stemmed from Buckley trading passes with Crofts. Perfectly placed header by the soaring Ulloa. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
Albion's jubilant fans sang Oscar's name and demanded a wave from him - and the head coach responded.
Albion eased nerves in fabulous fashion in the 72nd minute. They worked Buckley to the byline on the right and his cross was met by a towering header from ULLOA, which sent the ball down and across Cisak and just inside his far post.
Before play resumed, Forster-Caskey took over from Agustien while Stanislas went on for Ings.
Att: 26,007 (607 away)
An element, surely, of Sheldrake making amends for his earlier decision. Heaton handed him the opportunity. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
Still the game was far from won. Kuszczak dived to his left to hold a well struck Ings drive.
Albion sent on LuaLua for David Lopez.
Jones was booked for pulling LuaLua back on one of his early runs.
Fourth official has confirmed Heaton's second yellow card was for unsporting behaviour.— @OfficialBHAFC 24 August 2013
Heaton was belatedly dismissed on 56 minutes - but it was a sending-off shrouded in controversy.
It appeared he let go off the ball before clearing and then regathered it as Buckley challenged.
Albion were awarded a free-kick inches inside the penalty area and David Lopez shot over.
David was trying to beat sub keeper Cisak, who had replaced Treacy as Heaton departed.
Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan was dismissed from the technical area for arguing.
Albion worked a nice move between Agustien and Crofts before Calderon saw his shot from outside the box blocked.
Treacy curled some way wide of the far post at the other end.
Heaton was being booed every time he touched the ball, including when he held a Buckley drive from outside the box.
Then Ulloa had a go from 25 yards but his effort sailed too high.
Still, the Seagulls' fifth 1-0 lead in as many matches this season was a precarious one.
Ulloa almost added insurance when his scissors volley from Crofts went straight at Heaton.
Burnley were to quick threaten after the restart as Lafferty's cross from left-back was cleared.
Ince shot high and wide at the other end.
But Burnley won a free-kick centrally placed just outside the box when Greer tripped Ings.
The ball was touched back to Jones who flicked it up and then volleyed - but tamely over the bar.
Second half is in progress
RT @OfficialBHAFC: 45: Albion players and bench absolutely furious here. Buckley was past Heaton and would almost certainly have scored. #B…— @Joebenno 24 August 2013
Looked a strong case of denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity. Ref Sheldrake thought otherwise. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
There was still time for Marney to fire a snapshot at Kuszczak in added time after a Burnley corner.
Sheldrake's half-time whistle was greeted by boos. That turned to applause as Albion headed down the tunnel - and boos again for the officials as they reached the touchline.
Half: Albion 1 Burnley 0
Oscar had another interesting taste of Championship refereeing as the game neared half-time. Long's weak header was seized upon by Buckley, who rounded keeper Heaton just outside the box. Heaton tripped the striker - but referee Sheldrake decided there were enough defenders scurrying back to only show a yellow card.
To add to Albion's frustration, David Lopez saw his resulting free-kick curl agonisingly wide of the near post.
5-1 mills on fire— @comeonyouhawks 24 August 2013
Treacy then skipped away down the right of the area and drilled in a low cross which was too far in front of Vokes right in front of goal as Burnley continued to look dangerous.
Albion replied with a terrific attack from inside their own half engineered by Agustien. The Dutchman swapped passes with Crofts and slid an angled pass through to Buckley, who fired past the near post from the inside-left berth.
Albion were ahead but hardly dominating. And there was concern when Ulloa had to go off for treatment to his ankle after a challenge.
The striker returned somewhat tentatively.
However he was fit enough to clear with an overhead bicycle kick as Burnley enjoyed squall of pressure from a free-kick conceded by Upson, who was booked.
The ball bounced around the home penalty area but Burnley were unable to get a goal attempt in.
4-1 danny mills hat trick— @comeonyouhawks 24 August 2013
BHAFC 1 BURNLEY 0 (Crofts) BBC Sussex's Adrian Harmes "All the credit there goes to Ulloa - good vision good strength. #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 24 August 2013
Burnley quickly responded with a high ball to beyond the far post which Vokes headed downwards into the goalmouth - but Kuszczak gathered.
The breakthrough was not much longer in coming. Ulloa was too strong and persistent for Long, who dithered in possession. Ulloa won the ball off him out to the left, made ground and squared for CROFTS to apply the finish with a low shot.
Albion produced their best effort so far in the 26th minute as Calderon joined an attack. He fed Buckley just inside the box and, as the winger lost his footing trying to twist and turn just inside the box, Calderon followed up to drill a shot low across Heaton and just past the far post
Burnley well-drilled by Dyche and difficult to break down.#bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
Burnley responded and Treacy's powerful run helped work space for Arfield to the left of goal. His shot deflected off a defender and slithered about a yard wide of the far post though Kuszczak had it covered.
The Pole had been the busier keeper so far but Albion looked to up the tempo.
Buckley went on a great run down the left, beating two men before Trippier barged him over just outside the box.
David Lopez's free-kick was pinpoint - right on the head of Crofts in front of goal - but his header flew over.
Ince has made a strong and composed start in the Bridcutt role, which is accompanied by considerable responsibility. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
The Albion formation had changed somewhat with Buckley (left) and David Lopez (right) pulling wide. Buckley produced a great touch to bring down Ince's lofted pass and his cross to the far post was cleared by the Burnley defence.
The game quietened down after the initial burst of activity. Burnley looked to get Trippier in behind the defence but Buckley had tracked back well and shielded the ball out for a goal kick.
1-0 up Danny mills header 7 mins— @comeonyouhawks 24 August 2013
Interesting to see OG a more physical presence pitchside. Against Derby he sat down while Clough and coaches were in officials' ears #BHAFC— @senornunes 24 August 2013
It was an honour to join @AndyNaylorArgus & Tim Humphrey in saying a few words to pay tribute to the memory of Tony Millard @theofficialfwa— @TonyIncenzo 24 August 2013
Same midfield diamond set-up as at Birmingham, with Lopez advanced and Buckley tucked in up top with Ulloa. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
Burnley were playing some decent stuff early on. Marney got forward to the right of goal and slid in a low cross which Ings met at the near post. But Kuszczak was down smartly to his left to save.
Trippier, a threat from right-back for Burnley, did not take long to whip in his first cross. It skipped up off the wet turf and Vokes got a touch to it with his right foot. But he could control it and the ball bounced through to Kuszczak.
Trippier's next cross was badly miscued. But it landed at the feet of Treacy, whose shot from outside the box was straight at Kuszczak.
Treacy, nominally the right-sided midfielder, was tucking in to help congest midfield when Albion had the ball and leave room for Tripper when Burnley attacked.
Albion had a hint of a chance when Ince won the ball back and slid a pass in to Ulloa breaking into the inside-left channel. But the striker made a mess of his left-foot shot and his mis-kick slithered harmlesly across the goalmouth.
Albion, with their fans on good voice, made a bright start. Ward was involved in some neat passing down the left and curled in a dangerous cross which was headed away from the oncoming Ince.
The teams are changing ends - as they did when Burnley visited last season. Bruno lost the toss that day as stand-in skipper. I'm guessing the Clarets won the flip today and opted to make Albion attack the North Stand in the first half.
The match is in progress.
Navy suit and tie for OG today. Where's the winning tracksuit from Birmingham?! #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 24 August 2013
For those who did not see his tweet earlier, my colleague Andy Naylor will offer a personal tribute to Tony Millard in The Argus on Monday
Albion kicked off with a diamond midfield at Birmingham last week. If the same happens today, it would mean a line-up of...
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