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Burnley 1 Stoke City 0

By Burnley FC
April 4 2017

Burnley 1 Stoke City 0 George Boyd’s top-class finish secured a vital win for the Clarets as they set a new Premier League benchmark.  

       Boyd’s second goal of the season, calmly tucked away just when Burnley needed it most, took them beyond the 33 points they totaled in their last top-flight season.

     And while that 2014/15 campaign ended in relegation, Boyd’s 58th-minute strike edged Sean Dyche’s side ever closer to safety this time around as a first win in eight league games took them to 35 points and back up to 12th place in the table – eight points clear of the drop-zone.
       The goal also gave Burnley a remarkable 10th home league win as Turf Moor once more proved un-breachable as the backdrop to a performance full of grit and determination to earn one of the biggest results of the season.
       Dyche’s bid to halt the winless run saw him bring back both Sam Vokes and Steven Defour to the Clarets’ starting line-up.
     Defour’s appearance was his first start since limping off with a hamstring injury in the win over champions Leicester City at the end of January – Burnley’s last victory.
     And the Belgium international was the Clarets’ most creative player in a first half full of passion but short on chances.
      Stoke hadn’t scored in their previous four away games and their lack of confidence in front of goal was apparent in two openings for Marko Arnautovic.

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04/04/2017 22:03
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Re: Burnley 1 Stoke City 0
Foreverclaret (IP Logged)
04/04/2017 22:06
Cracking 3 points, just what the doctor ordered, well done Clarets.

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Alfie (IP Logged)
04/04/2017 22:22
A massive three points tonight,just what the doctor ordered ..Performances don't matter,but points do at this time of the season..Well done to Hendricks and Boyd for that one class move and finish that could keep us up.. UTC

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BC3 (IP Logged)
04/04/2017 23:07
'Turd Moor' ? It wasn't that bad.

Re: Burnley 1 Stoke City 0
Brian O'Neil (IP Logged)
05/04/2017 01:18
Without having seen even one second of the game last evening it would seem as if the selection and response to general criticism has taken place...Delfour selected at long last, Hendrick giving us a glimpse of his worth and GB with an end result for his running at last.

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BC3 (IP Logged)
05/04/2017 01:37
Not a great deal changed to be honest Brian, Defour was played out of position again, Vokes had no greater impact than Barnes, and Stoke always looked more likely to score than we did.. It was ironic that the goal came from a poor under-hit pass by Brady, it forced Hendrick to go for the ball at speed and set him off on his run. If Brady had hit the pass as he intended Hendrick would have got the ball five yards further back, been virtually stationary and most likely nothing would have come of it.

Funny old game.

Re: Burnley 1 Stoke City 0
Brian O'Neil (IP Logged)
05/04/2017 01:48
Kismet.This time we dodged the bullit is your analysis then have sort of said that Hendrick has the ability but has to be in a position of little choice to demonstrate it ... the same can be said of Gray with the correct pass. All pointing to my general thesis of what is happening to limit our expression and further success.

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soapylily (IP Logged)
05/04/2017 10:33
'Kinell! This thread is turning into philosophy 101. Well you sophists can debate the days away until the end of the season but for me this was just a game of two halves, a must win, 1-0 to the Burnelee, nothing other than 3 points carved out by hard work and dedication, nothing perhaps for the purists but everything in the result and after 7 long minutes of extra time, usually our downfall.

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BC3 (IP Logged)
05/04/2017 13:05
Here's something else for us philosophers to ponder soapy, I've just sat through two home games and the total number of saves I saw Lloris and Grant make was a great big round ZERO, not an effing one, none, not any. As one Sunday paper put it 'Lloris must have spent more strenuous afternoons sunbathing', at least Grant had to pick the ball out the back of the net, but that and one dodgy punch apart, he could have spent the rest of the evening leaning against a post smoking a fag.

Just thought I'd mention it.(Sm14)

Re: Burnley 1 Stoke City 0
Brian O'Neil (IP Logged)
06/04/2017 01:07
Have seen the highlights courtesy MOTD wedneday......continuing on from my previous observations it would appear that Joey B has come to the same conclusion as mesen and in anticipation filled the gap preventing what would have been a certain goal for Stoke.

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soapylily (IP Logged)
06/04/2017 08:58
Certainly worth mentioning that BC!

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BC3 (IP Logged)
06/04/2017 10:56
I thought it was as well soapy, that's the point of a msgboard isn't it, we can discuss ALL aspects of a game, not just the result, we all know it was a good result, doesn't really need saying.

Having said that I was wrong in saying Grant never made a save, he did, one deflected shot he had to drop down to his left to save, it would hardly have reached the back of the net, my granny could have saved it, but nevertheless it was a save. Apologies for the error.

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