Six of the best for top dogs

Danny Ings - both he and strike partner Sam Vokes are netting regularly
Danny Ings - both he and strike partner Sam Vokes are netting regularly

Six points out of six and a crucial key win at Donny ahead of two key games has sent Clarets top of the league.

And regardless of whether QPR have that game in hand, Clarets fans can have nothing to gripe about on the back of two performances where they played well, didn’t look unduly troubled and saw off the opposition to take maximum points in situations where for so many seasons they haven’t.

It is very rarely I would quote that great sage Paul Dickov, but the Doncaster manager summed up Burnley’s performances against Charlton last Saturday and his own side on Tuesday: “When you get beaten by the better team you have to hold your hands up and not make excuses and that’s what happened.

“You have to give Burnley credit. They’re a good team, they’re top of the league for a reason.”

The odd hostile poster on the Clarets Mad board sallied forth with “you haven’t played any top teams yet” and it had to be pointed out to him that Burnley are the top team at the moment.

But he had a point in that the next two home games, with a tricky away trip in between, will perhaps give Clarets a real marker for the season so far, either side of the international break.

This Saturday they entertain Reading (3.0) and after that it’s a trip to Ipswich Town’s Portman Road (October 19) and then back to Turf Moor for another humdinger - Harry Redknapp’s expensively assembled (we would have liked it to have been more expensive if we could have got more for Charlie Austin) QPR on Saturday, October 26 (3.0).

You’ve got to relish these top tussles. If you’re going to get anywhere these are the games to do it.