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Preston North End 0-1 Burnley

Joey Barton
Joey Barton scores the only goal after six minutes

Burnley are two wins from promotion after moving back to the top of the Championship with victory over local rivals Preston at Deepdale.

Joey Barton's deflected free-kick wrong-footed North End keeper Chris Kirkland to give Burnley an early lead.

Andre Gray and George Boyd almost added a second goal after the break but both hit the woodwork in quick succession.

Jermaine Beckford nodded Preston's best chance over as the Clarets, backed by 5,630 fans, made it 21 games unbeaten.

Burnley have not lost in the Championship since a 3-0 defeat at Hull on Boxing Day, but the fine form of Middlesbrough and Brighton has ensured the battle for promotion will go to the wire.

However, with second-placed Boro playing third-placed Brighton at the Riverside on the final day, Sean Dyche's side will go up with two more wins.

The Clarets, relegated from the Premier League last season, host Queens Park Rangers on 2 May, followed by a trip to Charlton five days later.

And the signs they will make an immediate return to the top flight look good as they head into the matches on the back of their longest unbeaten run since November 1972.

Defeat for Preston, who were in with an outside chance of a play-off place at the start of April, means Simon Grayson's men are now winless in five.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"It's how I want the team to play - that's almost an advert for it. I used the word clarity a lot and I thought that was on show.

"We talk about automaticity and that's the ability to do it properly all the time.

"We do it in training so when it's a game we can deliver and we're showing good signs."

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson:

"We've got honest lads who will give everything. When you look at Burnley and their recovery runs, they get back into their shape.

"It's a learning curve and something to look at for future seasons."

Jermaine Beckford
Preston striker Jermaine Beckford has missed the majority of the season after knee surgery
Andre Gray
Championship player of the year Andre Gray hit the post early in the second half

Line-ups

Preston

  • 43Kirkland
  • 5Clarke
  • 6WrightBooked at 60mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 15Woods
  • 16BrowneSubstituted forRobinsonat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Gallagher
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forJohnsonat 10'minutes
  • 32Reach
  • 10Beckford
  • 14GarnerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHugillat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 11Johnson
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Hugill
  • 30Smith
  • 37Robinson
  • 40Hudson

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2LowtonBooked at 45mins
  • 5Keane
  • 6MeeBooked at 82mins
  • 23Ward
  • 21Boyd
  • 8MarneyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forJonesat 90+4'minutes
  • 13BartonBooked at 80mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GrayBooked at 73minsSubstituted forBarnesat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Jones
  • 15Taylor
  • 16Dyer
  • 17Robinson
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Barnes
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
17,789

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 0, Burnley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Burnley 1.

Booking

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Calum Woods following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. David Jones replaces Dean Marney.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Marney (Burnley) because of an injury.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Alan Browne.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Booking

Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Booking

Joey Barton (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Andre Gray.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joey Barton.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Joe Garner.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Andre Gray (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 22nd April 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley442415568353387
2Middlesbrough43268960283286
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston441416144243-158
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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