Burnley were effectively relegated after local rivals Blackburn Rovers consigned them to a 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor as ugly scenes off the pitch marred the match.

Rovers had the better of the game without a doubt but had to rely on a penalty award from Mike Dean that was questionable to say the least.

Martin Olsson burst into the gap vacated by the wandering Michael Duff and as Tyrone Mears got back to cover, the Swede threw himself over the onrushing Brian Jensen in the Burnley goal to win his side a penalty.

David Dunn – the only local player on the field – stepped up to send Jensen the wrong way and Burnley never looked like replying.

Olsson had already had one goal wrongly chalked off for offside, although Burnley’s defenders had all stopped at the sight of the raised flag.

And the game’s outstanding player was desperately unlucky not to add a second after the break after a thumping drive hit the bar and bounced on the line.

Burnley toiled in the most important game of the season for the fans and in truth were lucky to score none.

Their only real chance came at the death as substitute Danny Fox’s ball across the area was turned away by Chris Samba as Steven Fletcher awaited a tap-in at the back post.

Burnley themselves had a penalty shout when Samba crashed into Wade Elliott just before the break but Mike Dean – who had a disaster with the whistle – adjudged the foul harshly to have taken place just outside the box.

Leon Cort volleyed narrowly wide in an effort that was symptomatic of Burnley’s play – the defender had lumbered forward hopefully for a set piece – and really should have done better after controlling the ball well.

However, Rovers always seemed to be holding their rivals at arms length and will be delighted with ensuring their own survival in the same game they effectively relegate their hated rivals.

For Burnley, the season is now about pride. Unfortunately, pride is in short supply at Turf Moor at the moment.

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