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Posted Sat 21 Dec 13 at 17:00 PM

Report: Burnley 2 Blackpool 1

Blackpool signed off for Christmas with a narrow defeat at Turf Moor, as Craig Cathcart's first goal of the season counted for nothing against Burnley.

Danny Ings had inevitably put the hosts ahead, before Cathcart scrambled home Thomas Ince's corner to level.

The Seasiders had chances to win the Lancashire derby either side of Scott Arfield's stunning second-half winner for Burnley.

The defeat was Blackpool's fourth on the spin, although they may feel they deserved a point after enjoying plenty of possession throughout.

Neal Bishop went straight back into Paul Ince's side following his suspension, along with Stephen Dobbie.

It was the hosts who were exerting all the early pressure, and predictably it was the lethal Ings who gave them the lead after just seven minutes.

Ince will be furious with the defending that led to the goal. The unmarked striker was given all the time in the world to pick his spot and fire past Gilks from inside the box for his 17th of the campaign.

Ince tried to quickly avenge that goal with a mazy run, before being denied by some frantic Burnley defending.

The winger next put one on a plate for Barry Ferguson, but the captain dragged his effort wide, and looked visibly frustrated with himself.

Despite being behind, Pool looked a threat going forward and after a flurry of corners they were finally rewarded.

Ince's in-swinger was headed goal-wards by Cathcart, and his effort evaded everyone in a packed penalty area to level the score.

Now in the ascendency Blackpool were looking good, next Ince set up Dan Gosling, whose effort was kept out by a fine one-handed save from Tom Heaton.

Steve Davies was next to try his luck from all of 30-yards, but was also denied by the palms of the stopper.

But with one of the most potent striker in the division Burnley were always a threat, with Ings dragging an effort narrowly wide, before seeing his glancing header palmed to safety by Gilks. 

Half Time: Burnley 1-1 Blackpool

For all their positive play before the break, Blackpool were back behind minutes after it. Arfield bent a wonderful curled and angled effort over Gilks and into the corner.

Again Ince attempted to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and drilled an effort narrowly wide of Heaton's left-hand post.

With 20 minutes remaining Michael Chopra was introduced to the action, in place of Davies.

Without creating any clear cut chances, The Seasiders were pushing for an equaliser, but Chris Basham's strike rose too quickly and cleared the bar.

Still the chances were missing, so Ince brought on Marvin Zeegelaar to replaced Dobbie.

As the game seemed to be drifting away from Blackpool, Ings headed wide and Sam Vokes stung the palms of Gilks for Burnley.

Ings had the chance to put the icing on Burnley's cake, but was thwarted by a fine Cathcart bloke. 

Despite that Blackpool  fell to a fourth consecutive defeat as Burnley moved top of The Championship for Christmas.

Full Time: Burnley 2-1 Blackpool

By Mark Ridgway

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