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PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets gear up for Roses battle and chance to exit bottom three

2 January 2019

The Clarets kick off 2019 with the short trip to Huddersfield Town and the chance to escape the Premier League’s bottom three.

Burnley seemingly re-ignited their campaign with Sunday’s impressive 2-0 win over West Ham United lifting the mood in and around Turf Moor.

They now need to back that up by securing back-to-back league wins for the first time since September.

A victory over the bottom club at the John Smith’s Stadium would take Sean Dyche’s men above Cardiff City on goal difference following the Bluebirds’ 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day.

And bettering the result Southampton manage at Chelsea tonight (Wednesday) would also lift Burnley above the Saints.

The Clarets go to Town in 18th spot – two places and five points better off than Huddersfield, whose seven-match losing run has taken them to the foot of the table and whose last outing brought a shattering injury-time defeat to fellow strugglers Fulham on Saturday.

But defender James Tarkowski, back to his best as the Clarets overcame the Hammers with their best performance of the season, insists there is nothing extra riding on the Roses clash as Dyche’s men look to put together a sustained run of form.

“I think we need to relish every game,” said Tarkowski, who helped secure a fifth clean sheet of the campaign against West Ham in front of returning club captain Tom Heaton in goal.

“Maybe you would say it’s like a six-pointer because if we can get three points on the board and take three points from them it can put a bit if gap between us.

“But I don’t think we can look at it as any bigger game than another one. Every game we’ve got to be looking at as going out to win it because we haven’t got enough points on the board and we need to pick up plenty more.”

Tonight’s game completes a busy period of eight games in 33 days for the Clarets before they get a break from Premier League action with Saturday’s visit of Barnsley in the third round of the FA Cup.

Team news

Matt Lowton will be available again for Burnley after completing a one-match ban.

Winger Robbie Brady may also come back into contention following a hip problem.

However, Steven Defour and Aaron Lennon remain out and left-back Stephen Ward is not yet ready for a Premier League return.

Huddersfield are without injured play-maker Aaron Mooy, as well as Danny Williams, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Tommy Smith still injured.

Town have allowed winger Rajiv van La Parra to joined Championship promotion-chasers Middlesbrough on loan.

Form guide

The Clarets ended a run of three defeats with a 2-0 win over West Ham in their final game of 2018 – Chris Wood and teenager Dwight McNeil getting the goals as the chances flowed.

As well as an outstanding performance, the victory – only a second in 13 games – came with a welcome fifth clean sheet of the campaign and took Burnley level on points with 17th-placed Southampton.

Sean Dyche’s men will now be looking for a first away win since the end of September.

Huddersfield are on a seven-game losing streak, with their last point coming in a 2-0 win at Wolves at the end of November.

The Terriers’ last home success was a 1-0 win over Fulham on Bonfire Night. Town’s record of five points and four goals from home matches are both the lowest in the top flight.

Opposition camp

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner: “Whatever the opposition you have to be ready and you have to clear your head after the last match - this is the most important thing.

“You have to accept and respect the situation and realise we can't change the past. But we can change the future and this is what we have to do.

“We called the Fulham match a must-win and we called the first meeting with Fulham at home a must-win.

“I think where we are and the situation we are in, every game we have is important.”

Match stats

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last six games against Huddersfield.

All three Premier League meetings between the two sides have been drawn. Both fixtures last season ended goalless with October’s game at Turf Moor finishing 1-1.

Chris Wood confirmed his liking for playing against West Ham with a fifth goal in four games against the Hammers in Sunday’s 2-0 win. The Clarets’ striker also has an impressive record against Huddersfield, scoring eight times in 15 appearances.

Town have equalled a club record of seven successive defeats, a run they last suffered in 1955 and 1913/14.

The Clarets and Huddersfield are the only two teams not to have been awarded a penalty in the Premier League this season.

Referee

Mike Dean

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Match Reports

Huddersfield Town 1 Burnley 2

Both sides finish with 10 men as Clarets come from behind to climb out of drop zone

2 January 2019

A second-half winner from Ashley Barnes capped a Clarets fightback as Burnley triumphed in a feisty Roses clash to climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three in gutsy fashion.

Barnes’ fifth goal of the season and a second in as many games for revitalised strike partner Chris Wood saw the Clarets come from behind to win a pulsating game which saw both sides finish with 10 men.

Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler was sent off moments after Wood had cancelled out Steve Mounie’s opener before the break with the 100th league goal of his career.

And Burnley then had to play out seven minutes of injury time at the end when substitute Robbie Brady was sent off for a challenge on Isaac Mbenza.

But by then, Sean Dyche’s men were ahead thanks to Barnes’ cool finish as they made it back-to-back wins for the first time since September as the manager was also able to celebrate a century - his 100th league win as Burnley boss continuing the Clarets’ revival and leaving the Terriers deep in relegation trouble at the foot of the table.

Not surprisingly following the weekend victory over West Ham, Dyche named the same starting line-up as the Clarets looked to inflict an unwanted club record of eight successive league defeats on Town.

That meant a second successive start for Dwight McNeil and again the teenager was highly influential in an eventful opening 45 minutes which saw the Clarets come from behind thanks to Wood’s fifth goal of the season and the home side reduced to 10 men.

That matched the number Huddersfield had managed in total at home all season once Mounie had headed them in front with just over half an hour gone.

The striker hadn’t scored at all before he met a deep cross from Mbenza with a downward header past Tom Heaton.

Bar an Elias Kachunga header which Phil Bardsley blocked in front of goal, that was the Terriers first effort on target, despite an upbeat start.

McNeil had been the spark behind most of Burnley’s attacks, although it was Ben Mee who went closest to opening the scoring with a header from Ashley Westwood’s free-kick which was well saved by Jonas Lossl, who also blocked the follow-up from Barnes.

And just seven minutes after going behind the Clarets were level thanks to more good work from McNeil.

The 19-year-old had threatened with his runs in behind the Town defence and when he again made space to drive over a low cross, Wood got ahead of Schindler to clip home his ninth goal in 16 appearances against the Yorkshiremen.

And the evening then got worse for Schindler when he was sent off a minute later for stopping McNeil in full flow, seemingly unaware he had previously been booked for a foul on Wood.

With a man short and Alex Pritchard sacrificed in a re-shuffle, Town went on the defensive with two banks of four behind an isolated Mounie for Burnley to try and breakdown.

And 10 minutes into the second half they were given the perfect opportunity as Huddersfield did commit men forward for a corner and the Clarets hit them on the break, Westood releasing Johann Berg Gudmundsson for a shot he hit too close to Lossl.

Gudmundsson then had a header blocked after McNeil released Charlie Taylor to cross from McNeil’s last piece of the action as the youngster made way for a fit-again Brady, who was the next to test Lossl with a low drive as time began to tick away.

It was becoming a test of patience for the Clarets and with 73 minutes gone it was one they passed with an excellent goal.

Wood did well to hold the ball up and, after combining with Gudmundsson, pick out Westwood, who ferried the ball onto Barnes.

And the striker then showed admirable poise to take a touch and clip the ball past Lossl before running to celebrate in front of the jubilant Clarets’ fans.

Barnes was then denied a second by Lossl before Town broke away through Mbenza, who was tripped by Brady with a foul deemed serious enough by referee Mike Dean to earn a red card.

That evened things up for the frantic closing stages.

But with the bit between their teeth again, the Clarets saw it out to make the perfect start to the new year.

Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj (Lowe 71), Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Hogg, Billing, Kachunga, Mbenza, Pritchard (Durm 44 replaced by Depoitre 83), Mounie. Substitutes: Hamer, Bacuna, Diakhaby, Stankovic.

Booked: Schindler

Sent off: Schindler

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley (Lowton 58), Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil (Brady 63), Barnes (Hendrick 90), Wood. Substitutes: Hart, Vokes, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Mee, Bardsley, Wood, Heaton.

Sent off: Brady

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 23,715

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