DROP LOOMING LARGE FOR CITY
BURNLEY ........3 BRISTOL CITY ..1
SEAN Dyche couldn’t get enough of Burnley’s attacking prowess as the Clarets came from behind to move firmly away from the relegation zone and leave Bristol City staring down the barrel.
Albert Adomah had put the Robins ahead against the run of play after Burnley had been continually thwarted by the fine form of visiting keeper Tom Heaton before Jason Shackell managed to beat him early in the second half.
Chris McCann scored Burnley’s second but they had to rely on the reflexes of Lee Grant to keep out Steven Davies’ penalty before Martin Paterson made the game safe in a pulsating finale.
And Dyche said:“That was as dominant a display as I have seen from us this season. We had 25 efforts on goal and I very much enjoyed our performance.
“We played with good ingenuity, organisation and freedom and even when we found ourselves behind at half-time we stayed calm.
“We made good use of the ball and managed the game well. Lee Grant made a fantastic penalty save but their goalkeeper made some topdrawer saves too.
“All in all it was a very pleasing day for me, the team and the fans who backed us again and helped galvanise us as a group.
“I was really delighted with the way we went about our business but the madness of the Championship this season means that no one can sit back and relax.”
Burnley enjoyed a flurry of early opportunities which saw Sam Vokes shoot wide on two minutes before Charlie Austin drew a superb reflex save from Heaton.
Heaton then reacted to an 11th-minute Austin header to deny the Clarets marksman once more while Dean Marney measured a curling 25-yard strike which just missed the top corner.
And it was City who took the lead against the run of play when Adomah collected Davies’ wonderful 35th- minute through ball.
Shackell pulled Burnley level seven minutes after the break however when he chested in a Junior Stanislas corner that eluded everyone as it skirted across the six yard box before finding him at the far post.
Heaton then foiled Vokes as the Welsh international rose inside the penalty area but McCann’s 61st-minute volley put Burnley in front as he fired home Kieran Trippier’s cross.
It was Grant’s time to shine when he made a stunning penalty save at the other end on 81 minutes after Joseph Mills brought down Adomah before Heaton responded to turn Austin’s goalbound strike around soon after.
But Burnley sub Paterson had the final say when he struck in injury time as the ball fell kindly to him off the back of the unfortunate Matthew Bates.
Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll didn’t speak to the press after the game, but Robins goalscorer, Adomah said:“If the penalty had gone in the result could have been different and we might have come away with a point.
“But it is not over yet and we have to stay positive because we still have five games to keep ourselves in this division.
“Everyone is trying to gee each other up and that encouragement is important because when we are down we don’t want to be knocked again.
“We can still survive but we have been fighting ever since I came to the club.
“You can’t dwell on things you just have to move on and hopefully we can do that as a team.”
OUT OF REACH: Burnley defender Jason Shackell equalises
ALL ARMS AND LEGS: Chris McCann gives Burnley the lead just after the hour