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Burnley 3 Millwall 1

8 February 2014

Burnley 3 Millwall 1

Burnley roared back into second spot and established a new post-war record with a stunning comeback win over Millwall.

A Danny Ings double and Dean Marney screamer cancelled out Martyn Woolford’s shock opener for the Lions to extend the Clarets proud unbeaten home run to 19 games.

That 11-month sequence beat the previous post-War record of 18 games, achieved in 1973 and the 1956/67 campaign.

But more importantly, it took Sean Dyche’s history boys back above Queens Park Rangers into an automatic promotion spot and 12 points clear of seventh-placed Ipswich

And the only blot on an otherwise perfect day was a first half penalty miss from Ings that would have provided the former Bournemouth striker with his first senior hat-trick.

Burnley were unchanged from the side that impressed at QPR last weekend.

And on a day when the wind was swirling around a drizzly Turf Moor, it was Millwall who almost took first advantage of the gusty conditions.

Scott Malone fired in a hopeful cross from the left that caught a gust and Tom Heaton was forced to tip over at his near post.

The Clarets settled though and in the 19th minute a raid down the right saw Michael Kightly pick out Sam Vokes with a delightful cross that the Welshman headed narrowly over on the charge.

It was quickly apparent Millwall were happy to sit in and look to pick off Burnley on the break.

But from a free kick in the 26th minute, the Lions grabbed the lead as a free kick was only headed clear to the edge of the box, where Woolford gleefully smashed home on the volley.

However, the lead lasted just two minutes as Ings levelled with another sparkling strike to add to his collection.

Michael Kightly headed Kieran Trippier’s ball down the line infield, where the Clarets striker turned his marker and fired a shot high into the roof of the net past a startled Stephen Bywater, with the aid of a slight deflection.

Cushioned flick-ons from Vokes and Ings then almost set up Arfield eight minutes from the break, but the Scot could not get enough purchase on his own header to setter it past Bywater from eight yards,

But as the Clarets began to turn on the style, a sublime piece of skill from Arfield was a whisker away from teeing up the second goal moments later. 

After heading into a cul-de-sac near the left corner flag, a sweet nutmeg saw the wide man cut in along the by-line and, following his cut-back and Vokes’ clever dummy, Ings’ first touch was poor and his resulting snapshot was deflected over.

Ings was at the heart of the Clarets next golden chance two minutes before the break.

As the ball bounced in the box, the striker had his heels clipped by a prone Nadjim Abduo, but saw his resulting spot kick – following a lengthy delay- well saved by Bywater.

As Burnley continued to pound the Lions’ goal ahead of the break, Arfield saw his attempted curler parried wide by the over-worked Bywater.

But the former West Ham stopper had no chance as, seconds before the break, the Clarets got their noses in front.

Patience in the area from the impressive Arfield opened the door and, when he rolled the ball back to the edge of the box, Marney saw his shot explode off the left boot and fly past Bywater.

From the restart another wonderful piece of execution from Trippier almost opened the door for Ings, before the right back immediately released strike partner Vokes for a low shot that Bywater grasped gratefully at his near post.

But a fabulous goal just past the hour mark finally put daylight between the two sides.

Trippier, who had barely put a foot wrong all day, took his time and picked out Ings with a raking 60 yard pass over the last defender.

And at full stretch, the Clarets talisman controlled the dropping ball at full pelt before coolly slotting the ball under Bywater for his 24th of the season.

Ian Holloway’s response was to go for broke with an adventurous4-4-2 formation. 

And it came close to paying dividends when DJ Campbell’s right wing cross spun up off Ben Mee’s boot and Heaton has to tip the wickedly dipping ball onto the face of the crossbar.

The two-goal margin also allowed Dyche to hand Ashley Barnes some game time as he replaced Vokes with 14 minutes remaining.

But the changes failed to halt the Clarets dominance 0- and after Bywater twice denied Kightly, a crucial header inside the six yard box denied Ings his third from sub Junior Stanislas’s corner.

Stanislas himself then forced yet another fine save from Bywater with a perfectly flighted free kick towards the top corner.

But by that stage - with Ings exiting to a standing ovation to be replaced by Ross Wallace, making his first appearance since August - the Clarets had done more than enough to earn their place in the record books.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Marney, Jones, Kightly, Arfield (Stanislas 84), Vokes (Barnes 76), Ings (Wallace 89)
Subs: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Edgar. 

Booked: Ings 39

Millwall: Bywater, Robinson, Morison, Woolford, Martin (Jackson 55), Fredericks, Upson (McDonald 68), Williams, Campbell, Abdou (Chaplow 77), Malone 
Subs: Dunne, Feeney, Easter, Gerrar. 

Booked: Upson 25

Referee: K Stroud, Robinson 88

Att: 11,502 (356)

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