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Kightly Helps Burnley Close The Gap

Michael Kightly in action for Burnley

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14:52 26th March 2014

Winger features as Clarets edge closer to leaders Leicester

MICHAEL KIGHTLY played a part in back-to-back wins for loan side Burnley in the last few days as they closed the gap with Leicester City at the top of the npower Championship.

Kightly came on in the 89th minute of the Clarets' 2-0 triumph over strugglers Doncaster Rovers at Turf Moor last night.

Second half strikes from Sam Vokes and Junior Stanislas earned all three points and reduced the deficit between leaders Leicester following their draw with Yeovil Town.

The winger also scored when coming on for Stanislas on Saturday with fifteen minutes to go, as Sean Dyche's side came away from Charlton Athletic with a 3-0 victory.

Jack Butland had another busy evening for Leeds United as they went down 4-1 at Bournemouth.

They were looking for back-to-back wins following Saturday's 2-1 home win over strugglers Millwall but still remain in mid-table of the Championship.

Jamie Ness also featured for 65 minutes of Leyton Orient's 1-1 draw at home to Oldham Athletic in League One last night.

Ness came on for the injured Marvin Bartley and saw the O's go ahead through a Scott Cuthbert header before the visitors snatched a point through Korey Smith in the 90th minute.

Russell Slade's side will rueing the chance to close the gap between them and second-placed Brentford, who were beaten 3-0 at Rotherham United.

Orient dropped points in Saturday's 1-1 stalemate at Walsall, where Ness once again came off the bench for the final 21 minutes.

In League Two, James Alabi was an unused sub in Scunthorpe United's 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town.

Scunthorpe remain in second place, two points behind leaders Rochdale and one in front of Chesterfield, who have played a game more. Alabi had also watched from the bench when the Iron beat Burton Albion 1-0 at home on Saturday.

Jordan Keane continued his experience of first-team football at Skrill Premier side Tamworth with two 90-minute appearances; however the Lambs lost 2-1 and 2-0 in away games at Macclesfield and Chester respectively.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Cameron Jerome played 76 minutes in Crystal Palace's game at Newcastle United, where they were undone by a last gasp goal from Papiss Cisse. The result leaves the Eagles one place and three points above third-from-bottom Sunderland.

In the States, Maurice Edu played a third-consecutive 90 minutes for Philadelphia Union as their unbeaten start to the 2014 MLS season was ended by Columbus Crew.

Union lost 2-1 in Ohio following a 1-1 draw on the opening day at Portland and a 1-0 triumph over New England Revolution in their home opener.

Juan Agudelo had a free weekend in the Netherlands, although FC Utrecht are back in action on Friday night when they face NAC Breda away from home.

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