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Summary

  1. Burnley go top of Championship
  2. Clarets two wins from promotion
  3. Deflected Barton free-kick earns win
  4. Clarets unbeaten in 21 Championship games
  5. Preston winless in five matches

Live Reporting

By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks

    FT: Preston 0-1 Burnley

    If you missed any of the action tonight you can read Gary Smee's match report.

    Join us again on Saturday from 12:15 BST for the early Championship kick-off between play-off contenders Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.

    Thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your Friday night and your weekend.

  2. Burnley reaction

    FT: Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Quote Message: "It's a derby up here and we had to see through that and perform and I thought we did. Our chances were better than the opposition tonight. It could have been a lot more comfortable but we did what we had to do to win. from Burnley boss Sean Dyche tells Sky Sports: Sky Sports
    Burnley boss Sean Dyche tells Sky Sports:Sky Sports
  3. NEW RECORD

    FT: Preston 0-1 Burnley

    I know we're very Burnley focused in our reaction, but they are the story tonight.

    Avoiding defeat at Deepdale means Sean Dyche's team have gone 21 games unbeaten (W14 D7) - it is their longest run since November 1972.

  4. How it stands

    FT: Preston 0-1 Burnley

    So this is the table now.

    Champo table

    Middlesbrough and Brighton both play tomorrow to reduce the deficit at the top.

    Those two also have to play each other on the final day so the Clarets know two more wins means Premier League football next term.

    Preston remain in 10th position.

  5. Burnley reaction

    FT: Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Quote Message: "It's just another three points. We are not going to get too carried away. We've got to focus on ourselves and if we win the next two no one can do anything about it." from Burnley midfielder Joey Barton Sky Sports.
    Burnley midfielder Joey BartonSky Sports.
  6. FULL-TIME

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Burnley are top of the Championship!

    Joey Barton's deflected free-kick wins a match in which they also hit the post through Andre Gray and the crossbar with George Boyd. 

    Jermaine Beckford had Preston's best chance but they were beaten by the better team tonight.

    In front of a packed away end containing 5,630 fans, the Clarets win this Lancashire derby.

  7. CLOSE!

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Callum Robinson goes so, so close.

    Calum Woods' floated ball in is just cushioned towards goal by the Preston substitute but it just goes over the crossbar.

  8. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Paul Gallagher's free-kick strikes the wall and then Calum Woods' follow up is charged down.

    Burnley holding on a bit now with this Preston pressure.

  9. SUBSTITUTION

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Dean Marney looks as if he is suffering with cramp and Dave Jones replaces him. 

    Still waiting for the free-kick...

  10. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    A driving run from Greg Cunningham is stopped by Joey Barton a couple of yards from the Burnley penalty area.

    Goalscorer Barton's already on a yellow card remember but the referee says just a foul.

    Dangerous position for a free-kick this...

  11. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    We might be in injury-time but George Boyd's back at right back doing his defensive duties and he wins his side a free-kick.

  12. INJURY TIME

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Well five minutes of added time could make things interesting...

    Anyone for some late drama?

  13. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Cries of "come on Burnley" ring out from the visiting fans who are wanting a second goal to seal this.

    George Boyd's drive down the right is cut off by Preston defender Bailey Wright.

  14. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Burnley are heading for a 21st game unbeaten right now.

    They're sitting deep, looking organised and soaking up anything Preston are trying to create.

  15. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Simon Grayson was adamant before the game that his side had something to play for in terms of aiming for seventh.

    Burnley closing this out as Jermaine Beckford cannot get enough on Greg Cunningham's cross.

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Alan Browne makes way and Aston Villa loanee Callum Robinson is on for him for Preston.

    Nothing much going on action wise right now.

  17. YELLOW CARD

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    He's a man who plays on the edge but now Joey Barton has gone too far.

    Stretching his left leg out, he brings down Alan Browne and accepts his yellow card.

    Still his goal is sending Burnley to three points.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Andre Gray

    No goal for Andre Gray tonight.

    He's hit the post and ran himself into the channels but Ashley Barnes is on for the Championship player of the year.

  19. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    Burnley just taking the sting out of the game for a couple of minutes.

    They're just knocking it around training ground style and that's quietened the Preston fans who were buoyed by that last attack.

  20. Preston 0-1 Burnley

    The best bit of Preston build up sees them work the ball from right to left.

    A cut back finds Paul Gallagher but Joey Barton throws his body at it to block the shot.

    Burnley counter, but Scott Arfield's effort is a good way wide.