A double from Andre Gray gave Burnley a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town in the war of the roses clash at Turf Moor.
Gray scored both goals in the first half that was enough to give the Clarets all three points and keep them in third-place in the Championship, while Michael Duff’s own goal was a mere consolation for Huddersfield.
Here is THREE things we learnt:
1) Andre Gray has the goals to fire Burnley back to the Premier League
Eyebrows were raised when Gray joined the Lancashire side for a club record £9 million from Brentford in August, but the striker is looking a decent purchase with six goals in nine appearances since joining.
If any manager in the Championship that can get the best out of Gray it is Sean Dyche and he was a constant thorn in Huddersfield’s side with his pace and ability to take on players.
He opened the scoring with a penalty on 12 minutes after drawing a foul from Joel Lynch while Sam Vokes teed the striker up just before the break to smash in a second.
2) Dyche’s approach means Burnley will be there or thereabouts this season.
If its not broke why fix it? Sean Dyche’s methods of a well-drilled side with a strong work ethic saw Burnley promoted to the top flight in 2014 and he has stuck to that plan which I think will see the Clarets there or thereabouts this season.
He has managed to keep the nucleus of the squad together although losing Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier was expected, he looks to have found decent replacements in Gray and Tendayi Darikwa.
The addition of Joey Barton on a free transfer was also a smart move by Dyche, even though the former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder is now 33-years-old, he still has it in the locker to control a game.
3) Again Huddersfield must make possession pay
It seems to be every week Huddersfield Town fans are always saying the same: we must strike when we’re on top.
The poor first half cost them dear at Burnley, they never going going at all in the opening 45 but did marginally better in the second half and the match stats show that the Terriers had 58% possession.
Although Chris Powell’s side had the majority of the ball, they lack any real killer instinct in the final third and it wasn’t until the 76th minute that they registered their first shot on target.
The midfield duo of Dean Whitehead and Emyr Huws looks a decent combination at present but it is in attack where Huddersfield are lacking, the decision-making and the quality in that final third of the pitch is often poor.