IT must be something of a football rarity, a team wins a game 2-1 despite not managing a shot on target.

But Burnley managed it on Saturday as two own goals set them on their way to three points against Fulham.

The Clarets mustered 11 shots altogether, one fewer than a visiting side who had four shots on target.

The lack of attacking thrust was evident in the second half when Burnley created little.

But in the first they displayed a great deal more endeavour and creativity.

Jeff Hendrick's shot which was deflected in for the opener was arguably heading for the far corner, while the move which brought about Fulham's second own goal was a neat one and deserved a finish - if not from a Clarets striker then the unfortunate Denis Odoi.

When you are battling at the bottom of the Premier League you don't care about how the wins arrive, just that they do.

And Burnley now have three on the spin in the top flight and can head to Watford full of confidence.


IT is a recurring theme but Dwight McNeil was again one of the best performers in a claret and blue shirt.

His direct running, ability to beat a man and willingness to send over crosses mark him out as Burnley's best creative threat.

Indeed, he was the only winger available to Sean Dyche for the Fulham clash but even when his positional rivals are all fully fit the teenager merits a start.

He does not look fazed at all by the Premier League stage and his neat footwork to beat Cyrus Christie not once but twice in the first half displayed his unquestionable talent.

And in the second period, when Burnley dug in, he was a willing worker while also offering a forward runner on the occasions when the Clarets looked to counter.

He's taken to the top flight with such aplomb that he must have impressed watching England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd.

McNeil has been twice called into England Under-20 squads and on recent evidence must have a shot of moving up an age group.


IT is a word often used in football and at the moment Burnley have it.

Leaving Turf Moor on Boxing Day after a 5-1 mauling to Everton, you sensed it could be a bleak few weeks for the Clarets.

But Sean Dyche's side responded in fantastic fashion against West Ham and have built on it with two vital victories over relegation rivals, as well as FA Cup progression.

Confidence plays such a key role in top level sport and you can see it visibly returning to the Burnley players.

Hendrick, for example, was energised in the first half while the back four, which has seen its fair share of changes this season, were defiant, dogged and dependable.

For most of the first half of this season we were asking where the Burnley of last term had gone. In the last four fixtures there have been signs to suggest they might just be back.