BURN­LEY BACK TO EARTH WITH A BANG

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FOR Burn­ley, a bruis­ing welcome back to the Cham­pi­onship and a re­minder – if any was needed – that an in­stant re­turn to the top flight will be any­thing but easy.

Sam Vokes’ late lev­eller masked a per­form- ance that was largely lack­ing in gen­uine men­ace, not some­thing you could ever say about Burn­ley when they romped to pro­mo­tion in 2014.

Of course, with Danny Ings and Kieran Trip­pier (di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for 15 of their 28 goals last sea­son) gone, that is to be ex­pected and there was plenty to sug­gest the Clarets will im­prove. For Leeds, there is real hope for the first time in years.

Chair­man Mas­simo Cellino has – for now at least – taken a back seat and the re­sult is a sense of calm rarely seen in these parts.

That was re­flected in a mon­ster gate and a per­for­mance that screamed of co­he­sion and plan­ning.

The squad may be too thin for pro­mo­tion, but top ten should be a dod­dle.

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