Clarets up to fourth in ta­ble

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

BURN­LEY’s un­beaten start to their cam­paign con­tin­ued with a hard­fought vic­tory over newly-pro­moted Yeovil but Clarets boss Sean Dy­che knows his side must keep graft­ing to reap the re­wards.

Sec­ond-half strikes from sub­sti­tute Keith Treacy and Sam Vokes turn­ing in Scott Ar­field’s shot af­ter Danny Ings hit the post gave the Clarets three points, lift­ing them to fourth in the Cham­pi­onship.

And af­ter tak­ing seven points from their first three games, Dy­che wants his side – in­clud­ing a goal-hun­gry Vokes – to carry on their form as long as pos­si­ble.

“It’s good signs but early signs so there is still a hell of a lot of work to do.There’s no guar­an­tees in the Cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“I’m very pleased as ev­ery­one uses the term ba­nana skin and I don’t want to be dis­re­spect­ful to Yeovil.

“They look or­gan­ised, fit and want to do well for the club and are a team wor­thy of be­ing in the Cham­pi­onship.

“They had a game­plan which worked in the first-half and in the sec­ond we got on the front foot, shifted the ball well and even­tu­ally ran out wor­thy win­ners.

“Our aim is to con­stantly sus­tain wins and the lads de­serve it.They have been tremen­dous in pre­sea­son and they have car­ried that into the sea­son.

“I’m loving that Sam is claim­ing ev­ery­thing as that what you want your goalscor­ers to do. That hunger is grow­ing in him and is dis­ap­pointed that he has had one cleared off the line.”

In their first-ever league meet­ing, Vokes should have given Burn­ley a 19th minute lead af­ter latch­ing onto Dean Mar­ney’s through-ball but his chip over Manch­ester United loa­nee Sam John­stone was off-tar­get.

Yeovil winger Liam Davis missed from six yards on 36 min­utes af­ter Tom Heaton par­ried Kevin Daw­son’s cross into his path, but the mid­fielder put his shot over.

The Clarets fi­nally broke the dead­lock through Treacy’s 74th minute cross-cum-shot from the left-wing which John­stone mis­judged and the ball crept in at his near-post.

Burn­ley could have dou­bled their lead a minute later when fel­low sub­sti­tute Ar­field went through on goal but placed his shot wide across the goal-face.

But they added a sec­ond through Welsh in­ter­na­tional Vokes on 79 min­utes af­ter he turned in Ar­field’s shot af­ter Ings’ header had hit the post.

Glovers right-back Luke Ayling pre­vented Burn­ley from scor­ing a third af­ter clear­ing Vokes’ 86th minute shot.

And a suc­ces­sion of saves from John­stone late-on kept Burn­ley at bay, first tip­ping David Jones’ free-kick over and then par­ry­ing Vokes’ later header to safety.

Yeovil boss Gary John­son called on his play­ers to show their Cham­pi­onship cre­den­tials for a whole 90 min­utes and chal­lenged them not be the di­vi­sion’s whip­ping boys.

“We feel as though we let that one slip out of our hands,” he said. “We had a good hour and we looked Cham­pi­onship for the first 45 min­utes.

“We haven’t come in this league to be the whip­ping boys, so we’re ac­tu­ally a bit dis­ap­pointed by our start.

“We’ve got to be care­ful of a pat­tern where we be­come shrink­ing vi­o­lets in the last 25 min­utes. At the mo­ment they’re find­ing their legs.

“At this level, you have to take your chances – if you don’t, all op­po­si­tion teams will have some part of the play and when Burn­ley did, we ca­pit­u­lated.

“I was dis­ap­pointed we didn’t give it a right go to get back. We’ve got some peo­ple who have not hit Cham­pi­onship form.

“It was a mixed day for Sam. He was solid but the first goal is one keep­ers can get caught out with.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

PIN­BALL: A shot can­nons off Sam Vokes for the sec­ond goal

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

INGS LOOK­ING GOOD: Burn­ley's Danny Ings gets the con­grat­u­la­tions af­ter the sec­ond goal

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