SEAN Dyche said in the build-up to this game that every Premier League point is precious, and there will none more so than the three the Clarets earned in this comeback win over Fulham.

Burnley were behind inside two minutes to Andre Schurrle’s classy volley but a quickfire own goal double put the home side in front before the break.

And the Clarets held on after the break to record a fourth successive win, a third in the league, and move three points clear of the bottom three.

The first half was full of end to end action while the second, played in the worse of the driving rain and swirling wind, failed to match it.

But Burnley will care little. This was a game they needed to win and they did.

It’s points not performances that matter when you’re in a relegation scrap and the Clarets now have nine from nine in their last three matches.

The day didn’t start well for Burnley. They were behind inside two minutes. A long ball forward by Denis Odoi bypassed the Clarets back four and Andre Schurrle, in far too much space as he floated between Charlie Taylor and Ben Mee, expertly brought the pass down and finished superbly past Tom Heaton.

It was a strike of the highest order but the German was afforded too much space by a static Burnley backline.

Dyche’s men sought a response. Ashley Barnes capitalised on some uncertain Fulham defending only to be halted by the recovering Maxime Le Marchand while Jeff Hendrick saw a shot blocked and then sliced the rebound horribly wide.

Chris Wood came the width of the post away from an equaliser when his close range header clipped the upright from Phil Bardsley’s centre.

The pressure finally told and two goals in the space of three minutes turned the game around, with Hendrick playing a part in both.

First, the Irishman drove in a shot which cannoned off Joe Bryan and into the net following Dwight McNeil’s deep cross.

And then, three minutes later, the midfielder exchanged passes with Ashley Barnes, galloped into the box and his reverse cross flew off the unfortunate Denis Odoi and into the far corner.

The game was being played at a frantic pace with both sides dangerous on the attack.

Fulham responded to the blow of falling behind and Calum Chambers headed against the bar before Ryan Sessegnon failed to keep his header down from inside the penalty area.

But Burnley had a measure of control with McNeil a threat on the left and Bardsley getting forward well from right back as they preserved their lead to the interval.

Fulham brought on Luciano Vietto at half time and the sub almost made an immediate impact. He met Aleksandar Mitrovic’s knockdown with a low shot that looked destined for the net but for the brilliant intervention of James Tarkowski on the line to deflect the ball to safety.

It was the visitors who were enjoying more of the ball with Burnley, aware of what three points would mean, sitting in.

Vietto extended Heaton with a driven effort that the home keeper palmed to safety while the Clarets, who threatened sporadically, survived more than one scramble inside their own box.

But you never sensed panic in the Burnley ranks. They held their shape well, pressed when required and managed the game to good effect.

A Fulham goal never looked likely in a drab second half and so it proved, with the Clarets securing a priceless victory.