Stoke 1 Burnley 2
BATTLING Burnley stunned Stoke with a quick one-two then held on for dear life to record their first Premier League victory on the road.
The Clarets arrived at The Britannia Stadium with the best record of any side visiting the Potteries; five wins and two draws from their previous nine visits.
And Sean Dyche’s men were in dreamland when Danny Ings followed up his England U21 strike with a deadly brace within 13 minutes.
Jonathan Walters pulled one back for the Potters on the half hour mark, and it was then a backs-to-the-wall effort to resist City’s relentless but ultimately fruitless attempts to deny the spirited Clarets back-to-back wins.
Dyche made one change to the side that beat Hull last time out.
Scott Arfield failed to shake off a calf injury and was replaced by former Potters winger Michael Kightly.
Nathaniel Chalobah also missed out following a minor knock sustained on international duty.
And there were encouraging signs from the off from the Clarets, with Ings – fresh from his international brace at Turf Moor for the U21s – and strike partner Ashley Barnes looking sharp.
And in the 12th minute the two combined to open the scoring. Dean Marney found Barnes on the far side of the area and from his low cross, Asmir Begovic – challenged by Michael Kightly – could only spill the ball into the path of Ings, who slotted home gleefully from six yards.
Within 60 seconds it was two!
This time Kightly broke free down the right and crossed perfectly for Ings to side-foot past Begovic from point-blank range.
The Clarets were rampant and as the Britannia Stadium faithful roared their disapproval, George Boyd stung the gloves of Begovic with a drive from distance.
But as the half wore on, Stoke turned up the heat and they were back in the game just after the half hour.
Burnley were pegged in their own penalty area and when a half clearance was returned into the danger zone, Walters dived in to head past Tom Heaton, who got one hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.
Now Stoke turned up the heat and the Clarets keeper needed to be alert to keep out Victor Moses’ low, angled near post effort.
And as an explosive half ended with the hosts pressing hard, Heaton again denied Moses with a flying save as the wide man looked to find the top corner with a curling effort.
The second half began in the same vein and Bojan, dropping deep into the hole, crossed for Diouf to head inches wide with Heaton rushing to intervene.
The dangerous Moses soon limped out of the action, replaced by Austrian Marko Arnautovic, with Peter Crouch also introduced to add another string to City’s bow.
Burnley also adapted, with Lukas Jutkiewicz replacing Kightly as Sean Dyche went 4-5-1, with Barnes switching to the right.
But with Burnley again pressing their opponents hard as the half wore on, clear-cut chances were proving hard to come by for the chasing side.
Crouch was close to restoring parity with 20 minutes remaining, glancing Bojan’s delightful cross just wide of the far post and the inrushing Steve Sidwell.
Michael Keane replaced Michael Duff at the heart of defence and Steven Reid was swapped for Ings as the Clarets looked to run the clock down.
But with Stoke throwing everything at Burnley, the break was always an option and Jutkiewicz was close to opening his Premier League account, denied by Begovic as five minutes of stoppage time was signalled.
It mattered not though, as the visitors held strong to send almost 2,500 travelling fans wild at the full time whistle.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Duff (Keane 76), Ward, Kightly (Jutkiewicz 61), Marney, Jones, Boyd, Barnes, Ings (Reid 86)
Subs: Gilks, Mee, Wallace, Sordell
Booked: Ings 40, Heaton 70
STOKE: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Cameron, Muniesa, Nzonzi, Sidwell (Adam 78), Walters, Bojan, Moses (Arnautovic 56), Diouf (Crouch 60).
Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Ireland, Assaidi
Booked: Diouf 25, Sidwell 60
REF: M Atkinson
Att: 27,018 (2,464)