Storming The Bridge
By Burnley FC
May 22 2018
The road to Europe: Season review part I. What a season that was. Seventh place in the Premier League gave the Clarets their highest league finish since 1974
With Europa League qualification taking Burnley into European competition for only the third time in their history and the first for 51 years. Over the next few days, we recount how the glorious journey unfolded.
It all started on a red-hot summer’s day in London as the Clarets went to Chelsea and beat the Premier League champions.
Antonio Conte’s side paraded the league trophy before kick-off as the Blues doubtless expected to continue an unbeaten run on the opening day of the campaign stretching back to 1998.
What hit them was almost unbelievable as the Clarets roared into a 3-0 half-time lead to stun everyone inside Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were down to 10 men after just 14 minutes after ex-Turf Moor loanee Gary Cahill was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Steven Defour.
And Sean Dyche’s men went for the kill in spectacular style as they immediately buried the memories of the 2016/17 struggles on the road.
It had taken until the penultimate away game of the season to record a victory on the road but three goals in a 20-minute blitz made sure there would be no waiting this time around.
Sam Vokes hooked in the first to become the first Burnley player to score in four successive Premier League games before Stephen Ward celebrated signing a new contract with a stunning volley into the roof of the net.
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