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By Burnley FC
June 22 2018

The Road To Europe: Season Review Part 3

 What a season that was! Seventh place in the Premier League gave the Clarets their highest league finish since 1974, with Europa League qualification taking Burnley into European competition for only the third time in their history and the first for 51 years. Today, we continue to recount how the glorious journey unfolded.

January-February

 The new Year brought little in the way of cheer as, despite a thrilling fightback against free-scoring Liverpool, the Reds stole victory in the dying seconds,

 Johann Berg Gudmundsson had stooped to conquer with minutes to go, to cancel out Sadio Mane’s first half opener, but there was a sting in the tail deep into stoppage time, courtesy of Ragnar Klavan’s close-range finish.

 A tough start to 2018 continued as, despite taking a first half lead through Ashley Barnes, the Clarets were put to the sword in the second half the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup third round, as Manchester City continued their four-pronged assault on all fronts.

 And a trip to south London the following week also proved fruitless, as an improving Crystal Palace extended Burnley’s winless run to six games, despite the addition to the ranks of winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, on loan from Spurs.

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