Burnley 3-0 Blackburn Rovers: Clarets dominate East Lancashire derby to go top of the table

Burnley ran riot in the first East Lancashire derby in six years as the Clarets hammered Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes scored either side of halftime of Anass Zaroury's strike as Burnley moved three points clear at the top of the EFL Championship heading into the World Cup break.

Story of the match

Burnley had the first chance of the match after just three minutes, a low cross by Manuel Benson was intended for Barnes, but Dom Hyam got across just in time to stop it.

At the other end, Blackburn appealed for a penalty as Ben Brereton Diaz was bundled over in the box by Jordan Beyer, but referee Jordan Coote waved play on.

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On the half-hour mark, Benson made his way inside before lacing a bouncing effort that Rovers goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski saved at his near post.

Kaminski was then called into action twice in quick succession three minutes before halftime, turning away a pair of Barnes headers after he was set up by Josh Cullen both times.

The hosts worked the first chance of the second half, a floating pass by Garrett finding Brereton Diaz, but the Chilean international saw Arijanet Muric get in his way.

Sam Gallagher was forced off with 52 minutes having been played, the Blackburn frontman having picked up a knee injury and he was replaced by Jack Vale in a straight-up swap up front.

The Clarets then opened the scoring as Zaroury skipped past Ryan Hedges and sent in a cross that eluded Daniel Ayala and found Barnes, whose close-range header beat Kaminski from three yards out.

With 17 minutes to play, Burnley doubled their advantage. Kaminski stopped Barnes' initial volley before Zaroury caught Blackburn out and rolled into the bottom corner from 12 yards away.

Barnes completed his brace and scored the hosts' third as he latched onto Josh Brownhill's cut-back and took his time before wrong-footing Kaminski.

Player of the match: Ashley Barnes

Had two and could have had another couple if it weren't for terrific saves by Kaminski on the verge of halftime. A sensational performance in Burnley's biggest game of the season.

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