Burnley were not at their best for much of the game – perhaps inhibited by the possibility of leapfrogging some of the Premier League’s greatest names, even if only for one day.


Steven Defour was the only Reds player to have a shot on target prior to Barnes’ decisive strike – his 2nd goal of the period. Undoubtedly the most startling moment for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland in the initial fifty percent came when he fumbled the unsafe round from a knotting cross, but he quickly recouped.

Burnley’s climb right into the leading four will have some followers imagining the return of European football to Lawn Moor.

The Cherries’ last European endeavor remained in the Fairs Cup in 1966-67, six years after an unforgettable flirtation with the European Mug.

Winning the league in 1960 put Harry Potts’ side right into Europe’s elite club competition – as well as they won both of their home matches.

But, after defeating Reims on accumulation, defeat by Hamburg in the quarter-finals brought an end to their first European experience.

They looked well positioned to return in 1975, however having actually climbed up right into the leading 3 on 21 March, a side including players such as Leighton James as well as Brian Flynn ultimately ended up 10th.

While Dyche’s stock is on the rise, defeat will just boost the concentrate on Stoke equivalent Mark Hughes.

The Potters players were faced by upset fans at the city’s train station after sharing a train following their 5-1 defeat by Tottenham on Saturday.

Hughes really hoped that would certainly provoke a response from his players, and he absolutely got one in the beginning.

However Stoke were ultimately unable to make use of an abnormally tentative Burnley as they slid to a 4th loss in their previous 5 games.

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