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Season Review Part II: Winter Blues

Wins elusive as Clarets dip back into the bottom three

21 May 2019

Wolves will now follow the route the Clarets took into Europe via their seventh-place finish in the Premier League, and their tidy start to the 2018/19 season continued with a 1-0 win over Burnley at Molineux in mid-September.

The scoreline was generous to the Clarets who, boss Sean Dyche admitted, were still in a ‘bit of a fog’ post-Europa League.

Burnley were also bottom of the table, so peering through the gloom to secure a first Premier League win of the season at to Bournemouth was perfectly timed.

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The margin of victory – a 4-0 win making it the club’s biggest in the Premier League – may again have flattered the Clarets as substitute Ashley Barnes struck twice in the last 10 minutes.

But Sean Dyche’s side passed a major test of character as they avoided a club record fifth successive Premier League defeat as Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon both scored their first goals for the club.

And following the disappointment of an EFL Cup exit to Burton Albion, things got even better with a vital 2-1 win at Cardiff City.

In the final reckoning, they were a huge three points against a Cardiff side ultimately destined for the drop as Sam Vokes marked his 100th Premier League appearance with the winning goal.

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Dyche’s side was out of the drop-zone and made it three unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town next up with Vokes again on target, as Burnley once more avoided defeat to a side which would be involved in the battle to beat the drop.

But it wasn’t yet lift-off, as the Clarets then embarked on a worrying run of six defeats in their next seven games.

With a trip to champions-elect Manchester City followed by a visit from Chelsea, Burnley shipped nine goals without reply and four more went in at West Ham.

Signs of resistance were there, though, in a fightback to make it 2-2 before the Hammers struck late on, beforethe rot was stopped in an emotion-charged 0-0 draw at Leicester City.


In the Foxes’ first home game since the death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium, the result seemed of secondary importance.

But earning a point came as a welcome relief to Dyche’s side, who followed November’s international break with another run of three successive defeats.

Vokes scored his last goal in a Burnley shirt in a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United at Turf Moor.

And following a dismal showing at Crystal Palace and a 3-1 home defeat to unbeaten Liverpool, despite leading through a Jack Cork goal, the Clarets were back in the bottom three – below both Huddersfield and Cardiff – as a bleak mid-winter threatened to engulf Turf Moor.

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