SUB Ashley Barnes struck a late winner to put Burnley into the top four for the first time since 1975 – heaping more pressure on Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
The Clarets striker settled a forgettable game when he swapped passes with Scott Arfield before lashing home a great finish two minutes from time.
It had the home faithful signing ‘we’re all going on a European tour’ as their team took their place in the Champions League spots.
But they also took great delight in telling Mark Hughes – once in charge down the road at Blackburn – that he’s getting sacked in the morning.
A good number of the travelling Stoke fans will be hoping he is – they cheered his decision to take off Xherdan Shaqiri late on.
That was greeted with shouts of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ and ‘Hughes Out’.
Certainly Saturday’s game against West Ham now becomes massive for Sparky with his team looking nervously over their shoulders.
Hughes would have been hoping there were no fans waiting for him when the team bus got back to Staffordshire last night.
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They had been confronted by angry fans after returning on the train from the disastrous 5-1 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday.
The former Manchester City boss began his Potters reign with three straight ninth place finishes but they dipped below that last season.
And even before Saturday’s Wembley horror show, they had been on the wrong end of some worrying heavy defeats this season to Manchester City and Liverpool.
Yet they could have had the perfect start too as the normally reliable James Tarkowski failed to cut out a straight-forward cross.
It reached Peter Crouch and his weak effort almost embarrassed Nick Pope who bundled his effort onto the post.
Goals have been at a premium at Turf Moor this season – eight Premier League goals this season have yielded only nine goals in total.
You won’t find too many Clarets season ticket holders complaining though with their team already a massive 100-1 to be relegated with some bookies.
They were not at their best here though and another chance came when Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner found it’s way to Kurt Zouma’s but his shot was straight at Pope.
And more good work from Crouch and Shaqiri teed up Mame Diouf whose shot was deflected into the side-netting.
Sean Dyche would have been disappointed that his team hardly threatened in the opening half hour – but they woke up late in the first half.
Scott Arfield’s low drive was blocked and the rebound fell to Johann Gudmundsson whose ambitious curler was just too high.
With temperatures plummeting and sleet falling, the entertainment had matched the conditions.
England boss Gareth Southgate had made the journey across the Pennines from his Yorkshire home and must have wondered why he bothered.
He may have been checking out Stoke keeper Jack Butland – who had barely touched the ball in the first half.
The Clarets were forced to make a change just before the break with summer signing Charlie Taylor handed his Premier League debut in place of the injured Stephen Ward.
But Burnley were struggling to get going and Sparky must have fancied their chances of only a fifth win of the campaign.
Shaqiri tried his luck from long range but Pope was not troubled by it while Diouf looked set to score but was penalised for handball.
Clear cut chances were hard to come by at both ends but Johann Gudmundsson would have been disappointed nobody was on the end of his in-swinging free-kick which drifted inches wide.
The visitors suffered a setback midway through the second half when Zouma – who had been in commanding form – pulled up clutching his hamstring.
He was replaced by Kevin Wimmer and Hughes can probably plan for the Christmas fixtures without him.
The home crowd sensed that could be their chance to get the points which would have seen them go above Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.
And midfielder Steven Defour volleyed through a crowd of players but was denied by Butland.
Then a ball to the back post fell kindly for Gudmundsson but he could not control his effort and sent it sailing over the bar.
Dyche also felt the chance was there to win it – throwing on a second striker in Ashley Barnes for the last push in place of Jeff Hendrick on 71 minutes.
He dragged a shot wide when a bit more awareness could have created a chance for one of his team-mates.
But just when it looked certain to end goalless, Barnes nodded down a long clearance to Arfield and got the ball back.
He still had a bit to do but flashed the ball past Butland for a goal out of keeping with much of what had gone before.
Burnley fans didn’t care though – what a season they are having.