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Goal from Ireland's Stephen Ward helps Burnley go step closer to Premier League

The full-back was not the only Irish international to score in the Championship today.

Burnley's Stephen Ward celebrates with Joey Barton after scoring his side's first goal of the game.
Burnley's Stephen Ward celebrates with Joey Barton after scoring his side's first goal of the game.
Image: Richard Sellers

IRELAND FULL-BACK Stephen Ward continued his rejuvenation this season, scoring the opening goal in Burnley’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield in the Championship today.

Ward scored from close range after a David Jones corner was flicked on by Michael Keane on 14 minutes.

The win put Burnley seven points clear at the top of the Championship and continues a six-game winning run.

The goal highlights a remarkable turnaround for the 30-year-old Ireland international, who started his first Championship match of the season on 28 December against Bristol City, but has been a regular in the side ever since.

Ward is also likely to be included in Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad this summer, having started the 1-0 win over Germany as well as the 1-1 draw in Bosnia.

The full-back was not the only Irish international to score today, with Aiden McGeady also on target for Sheffield Wednesday.

Meanwhile, another Irish player, Leon Best, made a big impact after coming on for Rotherham with 20 minutes remaining.

With his side losing 3-0 against Derby, Best’s arrival inspired an unlikely comeback, as the 29-year-old scored a brace to help earn a 3-3 draw for his team.

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