Burnley 4 Derby County 1The Clarets moved ominously up to third place in the Sky Bet Championship table with a thrilling 4-1 win over promotion rivals Derby County.
A Richard Keogh own-goal on the half hour mark gave Burnley the lead before Jacob Butterfield’s wonder strike immediately levelled the scoring.
Two quickfire penalties in the second half, converted by Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, then gave the Clarets a healthy lead, before Scott Arfield’s deflected effort completed the rout midway through the second half.
That meant the red-hot Clarets secured their fifth win in six games and have now scored four times at Turf Moor in their last four outings!
Sean Dyche named an unchanged side to the team that convincingly beat Brentford in London 10 days earlier.
Former Clarets skipper Jason Shackell made his first return to Turf Moor since his summer departure to the Rams.
And in a first half that the visitors took charge of, it took just 90 seconds to test Tom Heaton, when Chris Martin’s half-volley from the edge of the box was clawed to safety.
Heaton was called into action again six minutes later, parrying a swirling Tom Ince drive from distance.
However, after weathering the early storm, Burnley struck as the game burst into life on the half hour mark.
A wonderful curling cross in from the right by Matt Lowton was intended for Andre Gray, but Keogh inadvertently got their first, glancing his header past a helpless Scott Carson.
However, Burnley’s advantage lasted just 22 seconds, as Butterfield wonderfully volleyed in the equaliser.
Chris Martin’s flick-on form a throw-in found Butterfield on the edge of the box and the former Huddersfield Town midfielder thumped home a superb volley at full stretch, giving Heaton no chance.
The Clarets then almost made three goals in as many minutes as Joey Barton’s looping ball forward was pounced on by Gray, who clipped the bouncing ball agonisingly wide.
And to complete a manic five minutes, Burnley had what appeared to be a legitimate handball appeal waved away.
Scott Arfield’s attempted flick past George Thorne was blocked by the midfielder’s arm, only for referee Michael Oliver to wave away the appeals of the home side.
Oliver, though, did award Burnley a penalty early on in the second half as the pendulum swung in the hosts’ favour.
Gray’s solo run caused panic in the Derby box and his mazy run was eventually brought to an end by an outstretched Keogh leg.
And the prolific striker duly stepped up to send Carson the wrong way.
Incredibly, three minutes later the Clarets doubled their advantage, again from the spot!
Lowton’s drilled cross into the penalty area was again intended for Gray, but with his back to the ball, Shackell inexplicably handled in the area.
This time Vokes stepped up, smashing down the middle to beat Carson for his sixth goal of the season.
And at fever pitch Turf Moor, the Clarets were three goals up midway through the second half, with a little luck!
Arfield ended a sweet passing move by driving towards goal and taking aim from 25-yards, where his effort took a wicked effort off Shackell that looped the ball over the hapless Carson.
The Rams did had a half chance to reduce the arrears, when Ince’s diagonal effort across Heaton’s goal sailed harmlessly wide.
But the rampant Clarets almost made it five 15 minutes from time, as George Boyd’s tireless run down the left flank ended with a square ball to Gray, whose venomous strike was tipped wide by Carson.
By then though, the game was out of Derby’s sight as the Clarets resurgence gathered more pace.
Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield; Vokes (Marney 89), Gray (Hennings 78)
Subs: Nizic, Darikwa, Duff, Kightly, Taylor
Derby: Carson; Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Warnock; Ince (Russell 78), Butterfield, Johnson (Camara 69), Thorne, Blackman (Bryson 87); Martin
Subs: Grant, Hendrick, Baird, Shotton
Yellow: Shackell 57’, Johnson 68’
Attendance: 15,214 (579)