Continuing the Clarets remarkable campaign, today through October and November
Sean Dyche and Danny Ings were crowned the Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month for October respectively, as Burnley went top of the division for the first time since August 2006!
The Clarets reached the league summit on the first night of the month when a Sam Vokes penalty and a late deflected strike by Kieran Trippier gave them a 2-0 midweek victory over Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
They were to spend only 21 days outside the top two for the remainder of the season.
They would never leave the podium, either.
Four days later, previously-relegated from the Premier League Reading arrived at Turf Moor looking to embark on a journey straight back into the elite. However, ‘Vings’ had other plans as a goal each from Danny Ings and Vokes handed Burnley a well-earned 2-1 win.
It was the fifth league success on the bounce. And the run was to be extended by two further victories.
Another international break was followed by one of the most famous single triumphs of the campaign. The Clarets travelled to Portman Road, where they had previously won way back in January, 1970. In a evenly-contested encounter, a late header by Scott Arfield from Trippier’s ball into the box, made the difference as Burnley finally managed to beat Ipswich Town away from home.
And it wouldn’t be the only time this season the Scottish midfielder would come up with the goods at a crucial time.
Trippier would go on to register more assists than anyone else in the Championship, too!
One of the fixtures of the campaign came on the last weekend of October, when big-spending Queens Park Rangers visited Turf Moor for a top-of-the-table clash.
And the Clarets shone, summed-up by a piece of counter-attacking brilliance when the Clarets won the ball back inside the opposition half and – within seconds – scored following a breathtaking one-two between Vokes and Ings.
The latter would complete a brace from the penalty spot late on as Burnley made it seven wins in a row and 10 clean sheets in all competitions already this season. That second number was to be doubled come April.
The following week saw Dyche celebrate his first year in charge of the team as Premier League West Ham United were next to pay visit to East Lancashire for a fourth round League Cup tie. And the Clarets certainly gave a good account of themselves, only for a late, highly-debated penalty to send the Hammers on their way to a 2-0 victory and through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
One in which Burnley also made themselves proud in this remarkable season. Despite the end of that adventure, 10 wins out of the first 13 Championship games meant the Clarets recorded their best start to a league season since 1897!
Dyche’s team went on to stay top of the division for the majority of November, a month they ended in the automatic promotion places. Burnley showed a lot of character to come from behind and earn credible draws away at Millwall and at home to Bournemouth, 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.
The latter match saw a first return to Turf Moor for former manager Eddie Howe whose arguably best signing as the Clarets boss – Ings – got a late equaliser in that game, ironically against his old club, too!
Earlier, Vokes and Michael Kightly were on target after Burnley had found themselves two goals down at the Den.
Ings bagged another brace just days later, but this time on his England under-21 debut in a European Championship qualifier against San Marino in Shrewsbury.
Vokes would also score for his country, and on the senior level, this season while former Clarets star Jay Rodriguez was to make his first appearance for the England ‘A’ team.
After the international break, it was Vokes’ turn to get on the scoresheet as his penalty gave Burnley a valuable 1-1 draw against promotion favourites Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. The Welshman would not miss from the spot all campaign.
The Clarets rounded off the month with just their second league defeat of the season when over 3,500 Burnley fans supported the team on an away trip to Huddersfield (1-2). They were to better the number on more than one occasion this campaign.