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Burnley on a high as Hughes comes under fire

Burnley 1 Stoke City 0

By Eleanor Crooks

Burnley climbed into the Champions League places as Ashley Barnes' late winner earned them a 1-0 victory over troubled Stoke.

This was not one of the Clarets' better displays in filthy conditions and the visitors enjoyed the better of the chances prior to Barnes' 89th minute strike.

It is more than 40 years since Burnley have occupied such a lofty position, and their joy was in direct contrast to the emotions of Mark Hughes and his Stoke players.

Three days after being confronted by angry fans at the railway station following the 5-1 mauling by Tottenham, Hughes was jeered by the vocal band of away supporters.

There were loud boos and chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' when Hughes replaced Xherdan Shaqiri with Eric Choupo-Moting five minutes before Burnley's goal.

The defeat continued Stoke's worst start to a Premier League season, and they could drop closer to the relegation zone tonight.

This was certainly a night where a lack of character was not an option.

Freezing rain swept across Turf Moor as the players took to the pitch and, no doubt with Hughes' words ringing in their ears, Stoke set about trying to rectify some of Saturday's damage. With just a minute of normal time remaining - and the game appearing to be petering out - a long ball was headed down by Barnes to Scott Arfield.

Arfield played it back to Barnes just inside the area and he sent a fine finish flying past Jack Butland and into the bottom corner to the delight of the home fans.

• Northern Ireland international Will Grigg struck twice late on as Sky Bet League One leaders Wigan ended the FA Cup hopes of Vanarama National League side AFC Fylde.

His double gave the Latics a 3-2 win in their second-round replay at the DW Stadium.

Wigan are now set for a January trip to Bournemouth.

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