Burnley hauled themselves up and out of the relegation zone with an important 2-1 away win over Huddersfield on Wednesday evening.
However, having gone 1-0 up through Steve Mounie beforehand (the first goal scored by a Terriers striker this season), the home side conceded an equaliser and then soon suffered another crucial blow five minutes before half-time when Christopher Schindler was sent-off.
The German defender was shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean for hauling down Dwight McNeil on the edge of the box.
Dean then brandished a second yellow, much to the confusion of Schindler, who proceeded to vehemently argue with the official having failed to realise that he’d been cautioned earlier in the half for a foul on Chris Wood.
This led to faintly amusing scenes as the bemused Schindler continued to protest while almost everybody else in the stadium had grasped what was going on.
A further goal from Ashley Barnes (’74) consigned Huddersfield to their eighth straight league defeat, a new club record, as well as their fourth consecutive home defeat, thus ‘bettering’ another equally poor record that has stood since 1935.
David Wagner’s team are bottom of the league and drifting, with eight points now separating them and the rarefied air of 17th place.