The Clarets beat Brighton at Turf Moor on Saturday with a morale boosting victory that lifted them out of the bottom three.
Burnley picked up from where they’d left off in the midweek defeat to Liverpool with another gritty performance that looked much more like the Burnley of last season.
Whilst it was a tight game, Burnley were the better side and deserved their victory, despite a nervous last couple of minutes when the visitors forced a succession of corners. Brighton’s only attempt on target did not come until the 93rd minute – when Glenn Murray had a soft header easily saved.
The Clarets had taken the lead with the game’s solitary goal just before half time when James Tarkowski deflected in Jack Cork’s shot with his chest. Prior to the goal, Brighton’s keeper Mat Ryan had had to make two decent saves to deny Chris Wood and Robbie Brady, whilst Joe Hart didn’t have to make a single save during the first half.
Things might have been even better for the Clarets had referee Martin Atkinson awarded a penalty in the second half when Yves Bissouma kicked Phil Bardsley in the face, as he attempted a clearance. Anywhere else on the pitch and it would have been a free kick for dangerous play, but of course Burnley don’t get penalties – that’s now an incredible 58 league games without one!
Saturday’s performance is best described as gritty and following on from the Liverpool performance, it gives some room for cautious optimism, that the Clarets are returning to form. It’s not before time – and that form will be severely tested in the next two games as the Clarets face tough away games against Tottenham and Arsenal.