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Burnley 3 Bournemouth 2

10 December 2016

Burnley 3 Bournemouth 2

Irish eyes were smiling and George Boyd had the last laugh as Burnley to back to winning ways in a five-goal thriller.

Jeff Hendrick illuminated Turf Moor with one of the best goals seen in years to open the scoring in the 13th minute, before Republic of Ireland team mate Stephen Ward opened his account for the season within three minutes to double the lead.

Benik Afobe controversially halved the deficit in first half stoppage time, but the Clarets restored their two-goal advantage 15 minutes from time with another stunner from Boyd.

And as Bournemouth threw the kitchen sink at the Clarets to try and salvage a result, Charlie Daniels’ injury time strike was mere consolation.

There were four changes to the Clarets side, with skipper Tom Heaton returning in goal following two games out injured.

Matt Lowton, Steven Defour and Sam Vokes all returned to the starting line-up, with Paul Robinson, Jon Flanagan, Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes all dropped to a strong looking bench.

There was an immediate penalty appeal by the Clarets when, in in second minute, Harry Arter escaped with a clumsy challenge on Hendrick in a flurry of legs.

But the visitors were lively too in the early stages and when Ryan Fraser’s shot deflected into the path of Benik Afobe, Heaton was alert to smother the snapshot.

Dan Gosling, who had earlier bobbled a first-time effort wide, then fired just over following a smart training-ground corner routine.

But the Clarets took the lead in sensational fashion in the 13th minute. There was no luck as Hendrick brilliantly plucked Matt Lowton’s through ball out of the sky, took a touch on his knee and volleyed straight into the top corner from 25 yards.

Within three minutes the lead was doubled! Ben Mee met Steven Defour’s corner with a powerful downward header that Artur Boruc could only spoon into the path of Ward, who drilled home from point-blank range.

Michael Keane soon forced a near post save from Boruc as the hosts’ senses blood.

But Bournemouth rode the storm and finally stopped the Claret tide.

And when Burnley needed to count on their skipper with half time approaching, Heaton kept the lead intact with a flying save from Adam Smith’s curling free kick.

However, 73 seconds into added-on time at the end of the first half, Afobe swept home a lifeline for the Cherries that angered the Clarets, following a previously announced one added minute.

Rejuvenated, the visitors started the second half in the ascendancy.

But 10 minutes in, Sean Dyche wrested back the initiative as Vokes and Steven Defour made way for Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes.

Barnes was immediately inches away with a rising half volley that dropped to him on the edge of the box.

And when a golden chance fell to Gray from Barnes’ knock-down midway through the half, the striker saw his reactionary volley well held by Boruc.

But the daylight Burnley craved finally arrived 15 minutes from time. Gray’s clever back flick sent Boyd running towards the left hand corner of the area, but the winger still had it all to do as he powered a shot across Boruc and into the far corner for a stunning winner.

And as Bournemouth went for broke, Gray raced the length of the field to force a save from Boruc as the angle tightened.

Arfield dragged Lowton’s cut-back wide as Burnley continued to exploit the yawning gaps in the visitors defence.

And despite Charlie Daniels’ stoppage time strike ending hearts-a-flutter, after Afobe’s effort had been ruled out for handball, Burnley stood for a fifth home win of the campaign.

BURNLEY: Heaton, Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton, Arfield, Marney, Hendrick, Defour (Barnes 55), Boyd (Tarkowski 90), Vokes (Gray 55).
Subs: Flanagan, Kightly, Bamford, Robinson

Booked: Arfield 54, Boyd 70

BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Ake, A Smith, Arter, Gosling (King 72), Daniels, Fraser (Pugh 81), Afobe, Wilson (60).
Subs: B Smith, Federici, Mings, Ibe

Booked: Arter 34

Ref: M Atkinson

Att: 19,680 (1,429)

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