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Burnley 2 Huddersfield Town 1

31 October 2015

Burnley 2 Huddersfield Town 1

Attendance: 16,749 (1,309 away)

Yellow: Whitehead 57’, Bunn 71’

Goals: Duff og (88’)

Subs: Murphy, Holmes, Billing, Boyle
Huddersfield Town: Steer; Whitehead (Bojaj 89), Hudson, Lynch; Cranie, Huws, Paterson, Bunn, Carayol (Dempsey 72); Miller (Wells 59)

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield; Vokes, Gray (Long 86)
Subs: Gilks, Ward, Kightly, Taylor, Lowton, Hennings

Goals: Gray 12’, 42’

Yellow: Barton 82’

Thankfully, it proved to be just a consolation, as Burnley retained third spot and moved to within just two points of league leaders Brighton.

But after Micheal Keane headed against the post from a corner, the Terriers set up a nervy remaining five minutes, countering for Kyle Dempsey’s low cross from the right being inadvertently slid into his own net by a retreating Duff.

Released by Huddersfield in 2013, Arfield almost sealed the win against his former side.

Wells then forced a fine save out of the alert Tom Heaton with a fizzing strike was expertly tipped round by Burnley’s captain.

Jamie Paterson then played in Nahki Wells with a cute chip over the back four, but the former Bradford City forward lobbed his effort over the bar.

First, Emyr Huws’ left footed corner was deep to the edge of the box to former Manchester City team-mate Bunn, but the striker’s volley was well wide.

However, the visitors had three chances of note 15 minutes from time.

The resulting free-kick was taken by Joey Barton from 25-yards, but Steer was equal to the top-corner bound effort.

Gray, who was involved in every Burnley attack, used his frightening pace to fly past the Town defence, before Whitehead was forced to bring down the advancing forward.

Vokes and Gray linked up once more, before the Welshman yet again forced another good save out of Steer.

The Clarets continued their pressure in the early stage of the second half.

another sweet passing move saw Vokes find his strike partner on the right edge of the area and the Wolverhampton-born forward beat Steer at his near post with a thunderbolt to extend the lead.

But Burnley and Gray were rewarded with a stunning second moments before the break.

Gray then continued to be a nuisance for Lynch, outmuscling the centre back before squaring to Boyd. This time the winger went for goal with a first time strike, but Steer was down quickly, palming out to safety.

Arfield beat Dean Whitehead down the left before bursting towards the near post. However, the winger was caught in two minds with Gray and George Boyd waiting at the far post and a timely sliding tackle from Mark Hudson at the near post killed the chance.

The Clarets had two golden chances to double their advantage on the half hour mark.

Sam Vokes then picked up the ball from crowd favourite Scott Arfield at the edge of the box, but his curling strike from the edge of the ‘D’ was well held by Steer.

The former Brentford striker duly stepped up to send Jed Steer the wrong way, slotting into the bottom right corner to give the Clarets a 1-0 lead.

Burnley then took charge though and, following a 10-pass move from last man Tom Heaton, Gray’s blistering pace caused panic before Joel Lynch felled the pacy striker to give Burnley their first penalty of the season.

Jason Davidson pulled back to Harry Bunn to the corner of the box, but the striker’s effort was well blocked by Tendayi Darikwa, looping it over for a then wasted corner.

It took the Clarets just 12 minutes to take the lead from the penalty spot, but it was the visitors who had the first chance of the game just four minutes in.

A late Michael Duff own goal set up a nervy finish at Turf Moor, but the Clarets hung on to make it five wins in seven at home.

Gray scored his fifth goal in as many games for the Clarets, striking twice in the first half to claim all three points.

Andre Gray’s deadly brace helped Burnley to their eighth win in 11 games in a deserved 2-1 win against Huddersfield Town.

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