A point away at Hull City in a largely mundane last on Match of the Day type of fixture doesn’t sound like much, but for Burnley the result ticked some very important boxes.
First off, in doubling their points tally away from Turf Moor, Burnley have shed the monkey on their backs, which had the very real potential to disrupt their season.
Hull is hardly unknown territory for Burnley. The two clubs have played each other an awful lot recently. Their respective passages between the top two divisions have almost exactly mirrored each other.
It was a match which plodded along for its first three quarters, only to spring to life in the last twenty minutes. Michael Keane could have few complaints about the handball which resulted in a penalty, squeezed home by Hull skipper Tom Huddlestone, narrowly past Tom Heaton’s dive to put the Tigers ahead.
Keane redeemed himself only a few minutes later with a finish that was practically Pele-esque, trapping Brady’s corner on his chest and drilling the ball past the Hull keeper to level the scores.
After that the only other talking point was Ashley Barnes’ dismissal in stoppage time. Again no complaints, physical skirmishes are very much part of the Barnes’ repertoire and the inevitable result is that he will attract refereeing attention and subsequently acquire cards of both colours.
One of the key features of Burnley under Sean Dyche has been their discipline. Dyche drove a small squad through two gruelling Championship promotion seasons, suspensions were a luxury he could ill afford and Burnley’s card count in those seasons was miniscule.
Burnley’s record in the present campaign thus far indicates that most of the lessons they were taught about life in the top division two seasons ago have been heeded.
Additionally, Burnley have acquired some of the street smart wisdom which is such an important pre-requisite at the top table of English football.