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Championship Analysis - Burnley return to second after win over Millwall


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By Kristian Hood

Monday 10 February 2014

Burnley maintained their promotion push after coming from behind to beat Millwall at Turf Moor, taking advantage of QPR’s weekend off - the Hoops travel to Derby on Monday - to draw level on points with their Championship rivals and overtake them on goal difference. It was a vital win for the Clarets having had to settle for a stalemate against QPR last Saturday.


Burnley players celebrating a goal


Sean Dyche was his usual spirited self afterwards, saying: “We are relentless in our attitude in training and as long as that relentless mentality is there as a collective then we can get the results.”


Meanwhile, Millwall boss Ian Holloway was uncharacteristically downbeat after his side’s defeat and particularly frustrated at relinquishing a lead at Turf Moor within just two minutes, adding that “the dressing room is low”. It’s very early days, of course, but the club’s fortunes under Holloway have yet to improve, with just four points taken from his first five games in charge. Nevertheless, they remain outside the relegation zone.


That result leaves QPR with little margin for error on Monday, not least because Derby themselves are still very much in the promotion mix and would go within a point of their opponents and Burnley with a win, albeit having played a game more. Intriguingly, the Clarets are in action again on Tuesday and, barring the unlikely scenario of QPR winning by a seven-goal margin on Monday, will re-take second spot with a win at Bolton.


In the meantime at least, Leicester fans can put their respective feet on the table and enjoy watching the battle continue to unfold 11 points beneath them, although the club’s nine-match winning run finally ended on Saturday. Indeed, without a last-gasp equaliser so would their 11-match unbeaten run as Watford threatened to gatecrash the euphoria at the Kingpower Stadium.


Brian McDermott returned to the dugout for Leeds as life stabilised somewhat in Yorkshire after last week’s extraordinary events in and around Elland Road. His side came from a goal down to beat rock-bottom Yeovil, with Ross McCormack taking his tally for the season to 22. However, the future remains far from clear at the club with the proposed takeover by Massimo Cellino still waiting to be approved by the Football League.


“From what I can gather [Cellino] is coming to the game against Brighton [on Tuesday]. Hopefully we will sit down and have a conversation and maybe a meal together and see where we go from there,” said McDermott after the Yeovil match as questions inevitably veered away from events on the pitch.


As a whole the table played to form, with only three clubs - Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham - in the bottom half winning. The latter will be the happiest, extending the relegation zone buffer to nine points after a win at Charlton, who remain third from bottom and without a league win in 2014 thus far.


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