Danny Ings' quickfire double earned Burnley a second successive Barclays Premier League win as they held on to defeat Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday.
The England Under-21 striker netted twice in as many minutes in the opening quarter of an hour as Sean Dyche's side made a flying start at the Britannia Stadium.
Those goals sparked Stoke into action, as the hosts poured forward for the remainder of the match, managing to pull one back through Jonathan Walters shortly after the half-hour mark.
Stoke remained in the ascendancy after the interval, but despite controlling play, Mark Hughes' team were unable to find an equaliser as the Burnley backline stood firm.
The Potters’ cause was not helped by losing Victor Moses 10 minutes into the second period, the Nigeria international limping out of the action after proving a constant threat down Stoke's left-hand side.
For Hughes' men, who had defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 before the international break, it was a disappointing return to action against a Burnley side who came into the match bottom of the table.
Thanks to their first away win of the season, Burnley climb to 18th, with only goal difference separating them from a spot outside the bottom three.
The home side were forced into two changes from the match at Spurs, as Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa replaced the injured duo of Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson in defence.
Burnley's only alteration saw former Stoke winger Michael Kightly come in for Scott Arfield, who picked up a knock in training.
Ings opened the scoring with the first action of note in the 12th minute, converting a simple rebound after Asmir Begovic parried Ashley Barnes' low cross into his path under pressure from Kightly.
A minute later Ings doubled his and Burnley's tally as Kightly got free down the left and delivered a pinpoint delivery for the striker to tap home from six yards.
Following the double salvo, Stoke pinned the visitors back inside their own half and halved the deficit in the 32nd minute when Walters' header from Bojan Krkic's excellent cross was too strong for Tom Heaton to keep out.
The Burnley goalkeeper was called into action again just before half-time as he leapt to his left to palm away a curling effort from Moses.
Marko Arnautovic, brought on as a replacement for Moses, dragged a low shot wide from the edge of the box soon afterwards.
Peter Crouch was also introduced from the bench and his flicked header was just out of reach of a stretching Steve Sidwell at the far post.
Despite enjoying the majority of possession and bombarding the Burnley penalty area, Stoke could not find a way through as the visitors manfully held on to claim maximum points.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We're disappointed with the opening period of the game and that's what has cost us the three points.
"(Erik) Pieters failed a fitness test and our back four was thrown together this morning, but we're still a team that should not allow the opponent to go into a 2-0 lead.
"From our point of view we are desperately disappointed, we gave ourselves too much to do. It's a difficult league to gain points in, but in certain games you need to do better and this is one of them. We were totally dominant."
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "We took a 2-0 lead and I thought we deserved it with our counter-attacking football. At 2-0 down Stoke had nothing to lose. They kept coming at us.
"Our will and desire to win was fantastic, but that's something that you have to build and work on. Our players are learning and developing. We know we're never going to roll through the Premier League, slotting the ball around. We have to win and we did that, but we have to find different ways of winning.
"Now we have two wins, but we need more. I believe we can do what is deemed the impossible and make it possible. We have been written off by everyone. At the start of the season I said we were one of the biggest underdogs in many years."
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