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We’ve run two voting polls this week asking for your choice for the best home performance and the best away performance of the season, and the two winning games were successive fixtures in January, both of which were televised, at Brentford and then at home against Derby.

Scott Arfield opened the scoring at Brentford with a goal of the season contender

Scott Arfield opened the scoring at Brentford with a goal of the season contender

That first half show at Brentford is still talked about. I don’t think we produced a better 45 minutes of football all season as goals from Scott Arfield, Joey Barton and George Boyd gave us a 3-0 lead to take into half time.

The goal from Arfield was surely our best goal of the season. It was beaten for most by another Arfield goal back in October but that was probably due to the fact it was scored at Ewood Park. That was a good goal but this opener at Brentford was a sensational strike to finish a superb team move.

Barton’s free kick and Boyd’s outstanding finish provided the other goals before Brentford did pull one back in the second half through Alan Judge, a player who was, at the time, linked with a move to Turf Moor.

Ten days later, on a Monday night, Derby came to Turf Moor. At the time they were still ahead of us but they returned home with a 4-1 defeat as both central defenders, Richard Keogh and Jason Shackell, gave away penalties with Keogh also scoring an own goal and Shackell deflecting an Arfield shot into his own net. That result saw Burnley move up to third place in the league with Derby dropping down to fifth.

The Brentford win polled 54% of the vote for the best away game with Preston coming second and MK third, both with a 14% share. The Derby win was just as emphatic with the home vote with 50%. The 3-1 win against Fulham came second with 13% and 11% giving the 1-0 win against Hull third place.

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