Vintage Clarets sink Tykes

Jay Rodriguez maintained his hot streak in front of goal as Burnley got their play-off push back on track with a 2-0 win over Barnsley.

Last Updated: 15/02/12 at 09:38

Austin: Burnley celebrate goal

Austin: Burnley celebrate goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Eddie Howe's Clarets had taken one point from their past two games, but Rodriguez's 18th goal of the season in the third minute steadied the nerves at Turf Moor.

Barnsley only threatened sporadically and boss Keith Hill had used up all three of his substitutions as the second half got under way.

They nearly fashioned a way back into the the contest when Craig Davies rattled the home crossbar.

However, Burnley responded and gave themselves breathing space, with Charlie Austin on hand to end a six-game personal goal drought when Rodgriguez's 63rd minute cross came back off the post.

Howe's side have edged to within four points of the top six, while back-to-back defeats mean Barnsley remain lodged in lower midtable.

Scott Golbourne came into the Barnsley defence for his full debut, while Millwall loanee Josh McQuoid replaced Keith Treacy in the only change to the Burnley line-up.

And McQuoid was heavily involved as the host made a flying start.

Ross Wallace cut back inside onto his left foot to cross from the right wing, and McQuoid's knockdown at the far post left Rodriguez with a simple finish for his fourth goal in as many matches.

Wallace was causing Barnsley plenty of early problems down the right flank where he was ably supported by full-back Kieran Trippier, who stung the palms of visiting goalkeeper Luke Steele with an angled drive in the 12th minute.

Shortly afterwards Burnley's fans rose to give a warm ovation to club chairman Barry Kilby. The 62-year-old announced last week that he will step down at the end of the season after being diagnosed with cancer.

With 17 minutes gone, a crisp one-touch move involving Wallace, Rodriguez and Trippier ended with a backpedalling Austin heading over the Barnsley bar.

Shortly before the half hour Burnley captain Chris McCann appealed for a penalty after a coming together with Tykes defender Scott Wiseman on the edge of the area, but referee Oliver Langford was unimpressed and responded by booking the Northern Ireland international for simulation.

The officials further irritated the home faithful in the 43rd minute when David Perkins appeared to clear Austin's header from Trippier's corner from behind the line, but the goal was not given.

Howe's side did not allow the controversy to knock them out of their stride and after the resumption two delicious crosses from Trippier were headed narrowly off target by McCann and Rodriguez.

But Barnsley were threatening to edge their way into the match and Davies almost gave them an equaliser in the 56th minute when he thundered a 25-yard strike against the bar.

Burnley heeded the warning and the woodwork also played a part as they doubled their lead.

Dean Marney stormed forward from midfield to released Rodriguez and, when he hit the post, Austin was on hand to apply the finish.

McQuoid fizzed a volley just past the post before Burnley played out the closing stages comfortably and handed a debut to 19-year-old striker Danny Ings, who came on as substitute to end a six-month knee injury nightmare following his move from Bournemouth in August.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Sami Hyypia quits Brighton after six months in charge

Sami Hyypia has left Brighton after the club accepted his resignation as manager.

Rangers AGM: Members of board heckled at fiery AGM held at Ibrox Stadium

Rangers chairman David Somers struggled to make himself heard amid boos and heckles as he addressed the club's AGM.

England's Women postpone friendly with France following World Cup draw

England Women's April friendly against France has been postponed after both nations have been drawn in the same group for the 2015 FIFA World Cup.

Mail Box

Becoming A Proper Fan Again In 2014

Man United fans can thank David Moyes for making them appreciate their club again. We also have mails on Liverpool, Newcastle, another Christmas XI and more...

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property