James Vaughan bagged his seventh goal of the season to earn battling Town their first away win since November and a first for new manager Mark Robins.
James Vaughan bagged his seventh goal of the season to earn battling Huddersfield Town their first away win since November and a first for new manager Mark Robins .
He pounced on the line after Burnley keeper Lee Grant spilled a shot from Calum Woods and sealed Town’s first double over the Clarets since 1950-51.
More importantly it gave his side three precious points in their battle for survival ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton.
Town, seeking their first win at Burnley in 41 years and their first away points of 2013, made two changes.
Derby loan striker Theo Robinson made his first start at the expense of Lee Novak, while boss Robins opted for the pace of Sean Scannell in the starting line-up and dropped Scott Arfield to the bench.
Big Alan Lee – who became a Clarets fans’ favourite in his short stay at the club 13 years ago – was restored to the substitutes, too, with Murray Wallace left out of the 18.
Burnley made just one change, preferring Danny Ings on the right wing instead of Junior Stanislas as they aimed to improve a record of five matches without a win including three defeats.
Anthony Gerrard was straight in the book for a foul on Danny Ings, but there was little creativity from either side in the first 20 minutes.
The biggest cheers came when Burnley sub Dane Richards was wrongly announced when he replaced the injured Dean Marney on eight minutes and then, a little while later, when home keeper Grant booted the ball clean over the touchline stand and into Harry Potts Way!
Keith Treacy was the biggest threat to Town and it was no surprise when he produced the first meaningful shot on 22, forcing Alex Smithies into a smart save low to his right.
Peter Clarke was again playing well and Oscar Gobern showing well in midfield, while James Vaughan did valuable work clearing Burnley set pieces in the first half hour.
Town were also down to 10 for a while when Gobern had to go off with a bleeding nose , soon being replaced by Arfield.
Burnley had the best chance of the first half on 43 when Treacy’s charged-down shot fell to Ings in the six yard box, but he scooped his shot wide under pressure from Gerrard.
Having failed to create a shot on target in the half, Town were fortunate to escape four minutes into the second when Gerrard missed his tackle on Charlie Austin, whose angled chip dropped just wide of the far post with Richards haring in.
Town’s first effort at goal came a minute later when Robinson fired high and wide, but they were ahead on 55 when Vaughan made sure the all crossed the line after Calum Woods’ powerful left-foot shot was only partially blocked by Grant.
Vaughan headed straight at the keeper as Town then enjoyed their best spell, but Burnley went close to equalising when sub Sam Vokes headed a Marvin Bartley cross against the bar.
Clayton produced a brilliant covering tackle to prevent a Treacy shot on goal before Town could have grabbed a second, Scannell releasing Robinson towards the box but he shot tamely at the keeper, the pacy striker then following up a great pass from Clayton to fire just a foot wide.
In the final minute of stoppage time Smithies made a great save to block Vokes at close range.
The final whistle, naturally, brought wild celebrations from the players and from the 757 travelling fans in a crowd of 11,266.