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Huddersfield Town 1-3 Burnley

12 March 2016

Huddersfield Town 1-3 Burnley

A clinical first half from the Clarets at Huddersfield widened the gap at the top of the league to seven points.

The Clarets led at the break after Stephen Ward opened the scoring, before Sam Vokes scored his ninth goal in 13 games to give the Clarets a healthy two-goal lead.

That lead was reduced a minute before the break through Joe Lolley, however Ben Mee restored the advantage and completed the scoring a minute later with a thunderous header.

The win means the relentless Clarets remain unbeaten in the league in 2016, and extended their stunning current form to seven wins in eight league games and 11 in just 14 outings!

Sean Dyche made one change from the midweek 3-2 victory at Fulham, with the returning David Jones replacing Fredrik Ulvestad, who missed out of the squad.

And the Clarets were ahead after just 14 minutes as Ward’s first league goal of the season broke the deadlock! 

David Jones’ initial corner from the right found Ben Mee at the far post, and his header was tipped over for another set-piece.

The resulting corner, again from Jones, found Michael Keane who headed back into the mixer, where Ward was the quickest to react, brilliantly flicking on over a host of bodies into the top left hand corner.

And the Clarets did doubled their advantage on the half hour mark, with just their third effort of the afternoon.

Andre Gray’s composed ball down the right flank stretched the Town defence, finding the overlapping Boyd in space. 

The winger duly found Vokes six-yards out with a low driven cross, and the Welshman made no mistake, clipping in-off the post in front of the massed ranks of Clarets fans!

The Clarets look set to take that two goal lead into the second half, only for the hosts to reduce the arrears in the 44th minute!

Town broke forward and former Kidderminster Harriers forward Lolley cut inside and wonderfully found the bottom left corner.

However, the Clarets hit straight back, restoring their two goal cushion in added time via another corner.

Jones’ corner from the left found Mee six-yards out, and the centre half rose the highest amongst a host of bodies to bullet home a header.

After the restart the Clarets continued their attacking prowess in the search to extend their two goal advantage.

Boyd’s looping cross from the right was brought down by the in-form Vokes for his strike partner Gray, however his half volley was snatched at as it trickled wide.

Town’s Jason Davidson ambitiously struck for goal from the corner of the box 10 minutes into the second half, but his rocket cannoned off the angle.

As the half wore on, the Clarets were content to rely on their defensive resilience.

And Town knew their number was up when another half chance went amiss 15 minutes from time! 

Goalscorer Lolley’s corner was headed out to substitute Jamie Paterson, and the winger volleyed harmlessly wide from 12-yards.

It had been another impressive display from the Clarets, who returned to the dressing room to discover rivals had dropped precious points.

However, it’s now about what Burnley do and not their peers, as three more points extended their lead at the summit.

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield (Kightly 75), Jones, Barton, Boyd; Vokes, Gray (Hennings 85)
Subs: Robinson, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Marney, Taylor

Huddersfield Town: Steer, Smith, Davidson (Husband 85), Whitehead, Hudson, Scannell (Paterson 55), Matmour (Bunn 55), Cranie, Huws, Lolley, Wells
Subs: Murphy, Dempsey, Lynch, Bojaj

Referee: Mr. Scott Duncan

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