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Andrew Greaves: Burnley's dream is turning into top-flight reality
WHERE will it all end? When will I wake up and realise the last few months have been all a dream?
The longer it goes on, the more I don’t think it will.
I honestly would have taken a point before kick-off at Charlton on Saturday but I guess I really should have more confidence, especially after our performances and results over the last few weeks.
In the end, we did leave the capital with all three points after goals from Ashley Barnes – his first since signing for the Clarets – Sam Vokes and Michael Kightly gave us a very convincing win on a difficult pitch.
What makes the win even more remarkable is that we were missing not only top scorer Danny Ings but also Kieran Trippier, who was replaced at right back by new signing Chris Baird, who slotted in superbly.
Baird is another example of Sean Dyche’s shrewdness in the transfer market and even if the former Southampton and Fulham player only plays a bit-part role between now and the end of the season, he’s done the job that was asked of him.
Dyche isn’t one to panic and even faced with two of his best players missing, he went into the game with plenty of confidence and looked to take the game to a resurgent Charlton side.
The scoreline didn’t really flatter us either and both Baird and Barnes forced good saves out of the home side’s keeper Ben Hamer.
The result means we are still 10 points clear of Derby in third and QPR in fourth and with just nine games to go it is now time to start believing.
We have a big week coming up starting at home to Doncaster Rovers tomorrow and then a real top-of-the-table clash with leaders Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.
Of the two games, I would say the Doncaster game is the more important because that is the one most people would expect us to win.
But, as we know, there are no easy games in this division so it is imperative we don’t take our foot off the gas.
If we can get the three points against Donny then it may put the fear into Leicester ahead of their trip to the Turf.
The Foxes have a game in hand over us but if we keep winning then maybe we can look beyond second place and snatch the title.
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