Clarets crush Canaries
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Burnley piled the pressure on Nigel Worthington with a 4-1 win at Norwich.
Burnley piled the pressure on Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington, and climbed to third in the process, with a convincing 4-1 win at Carrow Road.
Worthington headed into this game with an ultimatum ringing in his ears, but a double from Andy Gray, allied to an opener from James O'Connor and late effort from Alan Mahon, will merely serve to fuel the Norwich boo-boys.
The Clarets, enjoying an impressive season despite a threadbare squad, could have taken the lead after five minutes, but Michael Duff struck the post.
Norwich's response came through top scorer Robert Earnshaw, but he fired into the side-netting when Darren Huckerby was free in support.
The breakthrough came on 32 minutes when Steve Jones' low cross from the left was swept in by O'Connor.
In first half injury time, Burnley added a second goal when Gray met Wade Elliott's cross with a precise header.
The Canaries tried to respond in the second half, with Earnshaw curling a free kick over and then heading over from Lee Croft's centre.
But any chance Norwich had of clawing their way back into the game ended on 59 minutes when Gary Doherty was sent off for a rugby-style tackle on Gray as the striker was clean through.
Gray grabbed his second of the game on 64 minutes when he was presented with a simple tap-in after being set up by the energetic Jones.
Earnshaw netted a goal his performance deserved as his firm shot found its way to goal, via Brian Jensen's hand, on 82 minutes.
With a minute to go, Burnley rubbed salt into the open Norwich wounds, when Gray flicked the ball on to Mahon and he thumped the ball into the top corner.