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Burnley stun Man U 1-0
Published on 20 Aug. 2009 11:39 PM IST
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Manchester United’s defence of the Premier League title suffered an early blow as the champions slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at promoted Burnley on Wednesday. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were beaten for the first time this season as Robbie Blake scored the first half winner for Burnley, who were indebted to goalkeeper Brian Jensen for saving Michael Carrick’s second half penalty. Burnley were playing their first home match as a top-flight club for 33 years and marked the occasion with a dynamic display that was too much for lacklustre United. Ferguson made three changes to the team that beat Birmingham on Sunday with Michael Owen handed a first start after his close-season move from Newcastle. But it was Burnley, promoted via the Championship play-offs last season, who seized the initiative in the 19th minute at Turf Moor when Blake seized on a half-cleared cross and lashed a ferocious volley past Ben Foster. United had a chance to level when Blake hauled down Patrice Evra, but Brian Jensen, the giant Burnley keeper nicknamed “the beast” by fans, kept his side ahead by turning away Carrick’s penalty. Ferguson sent on Dimitar Berbatov for Owen, who is still waiting for his first goal since January, a drought stretching over 12 hours of playing time, but United were unable to avoid their first defeat against the Clarets since 1968. “We’re disappointed and it wasn’t a great performance by us but maybe it was Burnley’s night, so many things happened in their box I don’t know how we didn’t score. With the chances we had, we should have won,” Ferguson said. “I thought we gave an awful lot to the game in terms of attacking play,” said Burnley manager Owen Coyle, whose team lost their first match at Stoke on Saturday. “Our players went toe-to-toe and tried to match up with them. “The goal was terrific and it was fitting to win any game. We’re delighted to have points on the board.”

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