Burnley 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Andre Gray

Andre Gray has scored 21 goals this season

Burnley beat Lancashire rivals Blackburn to go back to the top of the Championship thanks to Andre Gray’s first-half penalty.

Gray opened the scoring from the spot after Shane Duffy felled George Boyd in the area.

Rovers pressed for an equaliser but Elliott Bennett’s powerful effort was brilliantly kept out by home keeper Tom Heaton.

The Clarets are now four points clear of third-placed Hull.

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The victory was the first time Burnley had beaten Rovers at Turf Moor in 38 years and took them a point above Middlesbrough, who beat Wolves 2-1 on Friday night.

Paul Lambert’s visitors might feel aggrieved they did not get anything from the game, having had 15 attempts to Burnley’s eight and being dominant in the second half.

Blackburn also felt they should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Hope Akpan went down under the challenge of Stephen Ward, while Heaton was again on hand to deny Bennett’s low drive in the second period.

Michael Keane did have a late chance to seal it for the hosts, but the centre-back scuffed Scott Arfield’s delivery when free in the area as Sean Dyche’s side held on to a hard-fought win.

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