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Preston North End 0-1 Burnley

By Gary SmeeBBC Sport
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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 0, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. David Jones replaces Dean Marney.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  20. Booking

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 22nd April 2016

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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