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Thursday 28 March 2013

On this day: Dunn the hero as Rovers win derby

In series on Premier League's history, we look at a hard-fought victory for Blackburn against Burnley

  • Burnley's Graham Alexander takes the ball away from Blackburn's El Hadji Diouf

  • Martin Olsson is fouled in the penalty area to give Blackburn a crucial penalty

  • David Dunn sends Brian Jensen the wrong way to score the decisive goal from the spot

  • Brian Laws reacts after a Burnley chance goes begging rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

28 March 2010 Burnley 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers' David Dunn scored the only goal to seal victory in the east Lancashire derby and to increase Burnley's relegation fears.

Burnley, playing in their first Barclays Premier League campaign, had started the season brightly but a run of one victory in 20 matches had left them in deep trouble.

They went into the derby against Blackburn knowing that victory would put them level on points with fellow strugglers West Ham United, who were just above the drop zone on goal difference.

It was not to be as Blackburn sealed a victory that lifted them to 10th in the table when Dunn struck from the penalty spot on 20 minutes after Martin Olsson had been fouled by Brian Jensen.

Olsson had a goal disallowed and also hit a post while Burnley went close late on but Wade Elliott could not get on the end of a Danny Fox cross.

Afterwards, Burnley manager Brian Laws said: "Everyone will write us off now, saying we are down, we are finished. Perhaps even our supporters will but, while it is mathematically possible, we will keep fighting, although we may need three or four wins."

Burnley did not survive and relegation was confirmed four matches later when they were beaten 4-0 at home by Liverpool. Rovers, meanwhile, finished 10th with 50 points.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Blackburn Rovers winning the East Lancs derby