Burnley manager Vincent Kompany and assistant Craig Bellamy began their managerial sojourn in English football with an impressive away win as the new Championship season got underway on Friday night. Burnley were guests of Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on their return to the Championship.

Burnley are back in the Championship after they were one of the three teams demoted from the Premier League at the end of last season. In addition to the Clarets, Norwich City and Watford were also relegated from the English top flight at the end of last season. Vincent Kompany and Craig Bellamy have been saddled with the responsibility of getting Burnley back amongst the big boys in the Premier League.

Kompany and Bellamy were teammates at Manchester City in the Premier League for some years. Craig Bellamy was also the assistant manager to Ex-City skipper Kompany at Belgian top flight Anderlecht.Burnley turned to Kompany as their manager and he made former City teammate Bellamy his assistant.
On their return to the Championship, Burnley were given a tough opener against Huddersfield Town, but they were able to pass the test thanks to a slender victory. Hosts Huddersfield Town might have been playing in the Premier League in the new season afterthey came close to securing promotion from the Championshiplast season. The Terriers reached the playoffs last season and that were in the final which they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest via a first half own goal from young defender Levi Colwill who was on loan at Huddersfield Town from Chelsea. With the win, Nottingham Forest joined Fulham and Bournemouth as the three promoted teams in the Premier League this season.
For the Championship opener between Burnley and Huddersfield Town, the only goal of the game arrived on 18 minutes thanks to Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen. The Dutchman is on a season-long loan deal at Burnley from Chelsea.