Burnley rediscover their blueprint for Premier League success and can head to Manchester United with confidence
Burnley back to winning ways and a home performance to be proud of after some insipid displays in recent weeks.
The victory over Leicester City was the first in the Premier League since before Christmas and moved the Clarets five points clear of the bottom three.
It was a third win in 10 but unlike the other two, 1-0 successes over Newcastle United and Bournemouth respectively, this had the ingredients of the old Burnley.
It was a return to the legs, hearts and minds mantra that boss Sean Dyche has preached since day one, it was minimum effort is maximum requirement and it was achieved with the old favourite set piece strength as well as a fair bit of flair.
It’s what we want more of.
The crowd responded to the energetic display and picked it up even more after Nick Pope kept out Jamie Vardy’s penalty.
That was a pivotal moment in the game and Turf Moor was rocking.
The players responded, a lovely move down the left with some neat one touch interplay allowed Charlie Taylor to deliver a low cross and Ashley Westwood arrived on cue to drive home the winner.
Ten minutes of backs to the wall defending followed but the crowd willed Burnley on and the players dug in and delivered.
Too often in recent weeks Burnley have been passive, against the Foxes there were signs of aggression.
Dyche’s men pressed high, competed for every ball and hassled and harried Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Yes there is room for improvement, James Maddison – despite throwing himself to the floor on too many occasions to count – and Harvey Barnes found space in between the lines while the Clarets defence has developed a habit of backing off and allowing shots to come in from 20 yards.
But this was better. It is a platform to build on and the same approach should be taken into the midweek trip to Manchester United.
Old Trafford is not the daunting ground it once was and Burnley, who have a woeful record this term against the so-called ‘big six’ need to play with the same intention and intensity against a vulnerable United.
When players and supporters unite the Clarets are a powerful force.
Burnley gave the home fans something to cheer on Sunday, they must now do it again, regardless of the opposition.
There will be defeats and there will be bad days but the display against Leicester tells us there can plenty of good ones too.
The talk after the game was not of signings or sackings, or who to drop and who to sell, it was of passion and points.
It felt different, it felt great and the challenge now is to maintain the standard.