Just hours after being named in a provisional 37-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia next month, McGoldrick added his name to the scoresheet as the Tractor Boys finally made sure of the triumph — to maintain their unbeaten start to the season — after a closely fought opening hour which saw defences well and truly on top.
The match came to life in the 66th minute when an incisive attack saw Maitland-Niles feed Brett Pitman down the right and his low cross was turned in by Sears.
Five minutes later, the lead was doubled when McGoldrick was allowed a free header and found the bottom corner after Maitland-Niles’ deep corner.
The impressive Jonathan Douglas fired a volley just over the far post as Burnley were left shell-shocked.
Brighton failed to win for the first time this season but Chris Hughton’s men remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.
Beram Kayal made it 1-0 to the Seagulls after 17 seconds but Jacob Butterfield earned a point for the Terriers.
Joe Mason was only Irish Championship scorer of the night but his early effort wasn’t enough to earn Cardiff victory as a late Grant Hanley goal rescued a 1-1 draw for Blackburn.
Elsewhere, two former Real Madrid assistants went head-to-head at the iPro Stadium, where Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough shared a 1-1 draw with Paul Clement’s Derby.
It looked like Kike’s 16th-minute strike would see all three points return to Teesside as Derby dominated possession but failed to create openings.
However, with two minutes remaining, sub Russell struck the equaliser to preserve Clement’s unbeaten record as Rams head coach in the league. However, the 43-year-old is also still without a win after three matches in charge.
Daniel Powell struck four minutes after coming off the bench as MK Dons ground out a 1-0 victory against Bolton Wanderers, who are still to find the net this season. The Dons will be delighted to have recorded their first-ever home win in the Championship.
In League One, a Conor Sammon brace helped Sheffield United to a 3-1 win at Peterborough. Jay O’Shea netted in Chesterfield’s 2-1 win at Shrewsbury while a Sam Foley rescued a 2-2 draw for Port Vale against Swindon Town.
In League Two, Graham Carey scored in Plymouth’s 4-1 win over Carlisle United, Barry Corr netted in Cambridge’s 2-1 win at Wimbledon, while James Berrett scored the only goal in York City’s 1-0 win over Yeovil.