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Football: RICH IS A TOP CHAP; Burnley 1 Cardiff 0.


RICHARD CHAPLOW fired a last-gasp winner for Burnley to throw Lennie Lawrence's future back into the balance.

The midfielder raced on to Robbie Blake's pass in the 88th minute and fired across Tony Warner from a tight angle.

Burnley manager Steve Cotterill will be indebted to keeper Danny Coyne who produced a superb save to thwart Alan Lee in the first half.

Coyne raced off his line in the 29th minute to block Lee's point- blank shot and keep out Cardiff's only clear chance of the match.

Lee broke through again soon after, but Frank Sinclair headed away his lob.

Underfire boss Lawrence handed loan signing Gary O'Neil his debut and watched Cardiff pushed back by Burnley side in the opening minutes.

Jean-Louis Valois whipped in a cross which found Blake. The striker unleashed a close-range shot forcing keeper Warner into a reflex save.

But they soon rediscovered the form that saw them record a surprise win at Wolves on Saturday with O'Neil forcing Coyne into a flying save at his near post.

Burnley had two good chances to break the deadlock in the second half. Blake was denied by Daniel Gabbidon while Sinclair and Ian Moore got in each other's way as they tried to get on the end of Blake's free-kick.


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2004
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