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Championship roundup: Clarets reach 50 points

Burnley secured Championship survival with a 2-1 win, writes Jamie Smith.

The Clarets now have a 100% record at Huish Park after hanging on for a 2-1 win in their first ever trip to Yeovil Town.

Sam Vokes and Danny Ings again teamed up to secure the victory and it’s the sixth time this season that they’ve both scored.

Burnley made just the one change with Michael Duff back for Kevin Long and Ings opened the scoring with a screamer in the first half.

It was Vokes who made it two and Burnley looked to be cruising before a Kieffer Moore cross beat everyone and snuck in. Vokes and Town striker Joel Grant both hit the woodwork too.

Yeovil threw everything at the Clarets, but Burnley held firm to close the gap on league leaders Leicester City to four points. We stay second.

Stan Ternent used to reckon 50 points was the first target, so let’s kick on and see where it takes us now. Ashley Barnes came on late to make his Clarets debut.

The Foxes had gone seven clear on Friday night after a 4-1 win at home to promotion rivals Derby County, a result that damages the Rams’ own hopes of finishing in the top two. Burnley are now six clear of Derby in fourth and have a 12-point cushion to seventh place.

QPR have had a wobble of late but they won 3-1 at Ipswich Town in the division’s most eye-catching result of the day. The Tractor Boys have been in good form in recent weeks, but the Rs put them away comfortably.

Nahki Wells became the most expensive signing of the month for a Championship club yesterday and he started paying off his fee immediately, scoring a late, late winner for Huddersfield Town, who beat struggling Millwall 1-0 in Ian Holloway’s first match in charge.

Nottingham Forest are hanging on to a play-off place and they could only draw at Bolton Wanderers after Matt Mills cancelled out Jamie Paterson’s opener.

Brighton have clambered into the top six tonight with a 1-0 home win against Birmingham City. David Lopez scored the only goal of the game and it was one worth staying up for to watch on the Football League Show later.

There was another 1-0 home win at Ewood Park, where Blackburn Rovers’ new signing Rudy Gestede got the winner against Doncaster Rovers.

Barnsley remain bottom of the table after their match at Charlton Athletic was called off today.

Watford’s change of manager hasn’t improved their form and they went down 1-0 at home to Reading, with the winner coming from Kaspers Gorkss in the first five minutes.

And finally, Paul Ince’s days as Blackpool manager look numbered after the Tangerines lost for the ninth time in their last ten matches. Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Bloomfield Road.

  1. Todays win was just perfect, 3 points, improved goal average, fifty point marker reached and new signing given his introduction under fire to his collegues and the fans.

    Posted 6 months ago by donald cooper
  2. Safe!

    Posted 6 months ago by Mike
    • Not necessarily safe. Peterborough went down with 54pts last season

      Posted 6 months ago by Gareth Simpson-Lomas
  3. The boys did themselves proud in a potential banana skin fixture. 3 points was the essential objective today. Can’t really understand why Wells went to Town apart from money. He would have got games in any of the top six teams. Anyway, as usual we seem to play teams when they are on the up and we can’t afford to be complacent against Wednesday come Saturday.

    Posted 6 months ago by Ightenclaret
  4. Apart from a soft goal conceded to an ex-non league player ( Truro City ) it was a good and necessary win. UTC.

    Posted 6 months ago by Jack
  5. I would back that “wobble” for Rangers continue, especially with a tricky fixture v. Huddersfield coming up. They may have among the deepest squads in the division, but at times they have simply phoned it in this season. I read someone refer to them as “toothless” a few weeks ago – they don’t seem to possess the same grit and determination that we display week in and week out – regardless of the result. The work rate that they boys show every week is nothing short of phenomenal. We have made a good showing of ourselves in every match this season, even in the losses or the disappointing draws. A 2.0 ppg average in January is something I never could have imagined back in July and August. I think time will show that Leicester and ourselves are the two quality sides in the division – and at the moment are very deserving of being in the automatic promotion places.

    Posted 6 months ago by Holt
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