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Season Review: Champions (Part One)

16 May 2016

We take a look back on a Championship title winning season, starting with August and September...

A remarkable title-winning season began at a sun-soaked Elland Road where Marco Antenucci’s curling effort late on was cancelled out by a header from Wales international striker Sam Vokes.

New signing Tendayi Darikwa made his debut after a summer move from Chesterfield and delivered the inch-perfect cross for Vokes to make it 1-1.

The resilience and strong jaw of Sean Dyche’s side had already shown through after the opening day, and despite a Capital One Cup exit at Port Vale, they came from behind again against Birmingham City.

Goals from Michael Keane and Matt Taylor earned a 2-2 draw after a contentious penalty from Paul Caddis and a Jon Toral volley saw the Midlands club lead twice.

German arrival Rouwen Hennings gained international clearance to feature in a rare 2-0 defeat at Ipswich Town.

And before another ball was kicked in anger, Burnley added to their impressive fire-power with a club record addition of Andre Gray from Brentford.

He was an interested observer as the Clarets found the winning groove with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Michael Keane header.

Another inspirational signing was soon through the door, as Joey Barton arrived after discussing the move with Sean Dyche over a specialty omelette.

It seemed all the ingredients for success were coming together and they made it back-to-back wins when they defeated Bristol City 2-1 at Ashton Gate in front of a jubilant away end.

Michael Keane headed home again and Ben Mee sent out his own message with a bullet header that was only responded to in the 94th minute when Jonathan Kodjia pulled a goal back.

The start of September saw Jelle Vossen return to Belgium due to family reasons after a brief stay, but a blossoming Burnley made it three straight victories against Sheffield Wednesday in Sean Dyche’s 50th win
as boss.

David Jones’ free-kick, Matt Taylor’s volley and Andre Gray’s late strike clipped the Owls wings and three days later, the Clarets moved ominously into third place with a victory over MK Dons.

Two goal of the season contenders from Sam Vokes and George Boyd won the game after Carl Baker had equalised.

A hard-fought point over Derby County at the iPro Stadium followed in front of the Sky Sports cameras, before Reading inflicted the first of a mere five defeats at Turf Moor in a game that saw Joey Barton make his debut and Tendayi Darikwa net his first goal.

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