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Bournemouth 1 Burnley 2

Clarets hit the top six as goals from Robbie Brady and Chris Wood spoil Eddie Howe's birthday bash

29 November 2017

Burnley put a dampener on former manager Eddie Howe’s 40th-birthday celebrations as goals from Chris Wood and Robbie Brady gave the Clarets a first win at Bournemouth since 2000.

The goals – either side of half time – also set more important landmarks as the Clarets secured a fourth away win in the top flight for the first time since the 1974/75 season.

With 14 points now earned away from Turf Moor, Sean Dyche’s side also equalled the best tally of away points a Burnley side has ever managed in the Premier League. And it’s still November.

Bournemouth pulled a goal back through Josh King with 11 minutes to go.

But rock-solid Burnley never looked like making another top-notch performance deliver anything less than the three points which lifted them up to sixth place in the table.

For the first time this season the Clarets changed their back four as Matt Lowton’s ever-present record was ended by injury, meaning a Premier League debut for the club for Phil Bardsley.

And the former Manchester United and Stoke City full-back – who played Championship football for the Clarets during a loan spell as far back as 2006 – was instrumental in a superb start from the visitors.

He forced the fourth-minute corner which was then repeated on the opposite flank and ended with Wood – back in the starting line-up and a real handful for the Bournemouth back four – heading onto the top of the crossbar after Ben Mee had headed back across goal.

Bardsley then delivered an excellent cross which by-passed Brady but was met by Wood with a downward header which bounced up towards the roof of the net before Asmir Begovic made a flying save.

Bournemouth hadn’t conceded a goal in their previous three matches in collecting seven points from a possible nine to continue their recovery from a poor start to the season.

But they struggled to contain a Burnley side that showed no hangover from the disappointment of conceding so late to Arsenal last Sunday as their own impressive run of three straight wins was ended.

Widemen Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Brady picked up where they left against the Gunners and it was Brady’s threat that led to another chance for the Clarets with 27 minutes gone.

Brady released Wood with a perfectly timed pass and after Wood had raced into the box and picked out Jeff Hendrick, it took an excellent sliding block from Steve Cook to prevent the Irishmen from putting Burnley in front.

The home side’s reprieve lasted just 10 minutes, though, as the Clarets deservedly took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Brady was once more highly instrumental, combining well with Jack Cork before driving in a low cross which flicked off Cook and fell for the perfectly placed Wood to side-foot home his fifth Burnley goal.

Bournemouth’s limited threat had come when the pacy pair of Callum Wilson and King got on the ball but neither was able to find a way past Burnley’s resolute back line.

With just over an hour gone, Howe turned to Jermain Defoe to try and find an equaliser as the England international replaced Bacup-born former Burnley youngster Marc Pugh.

But a couple of minutes later it was Burnley who struck again to go 2-0 up with a goal of real quality on the break.

Good footwork from Hendrick sparked the raid with former Bournemouth loanee Cork releasing Gudmundsson for a typically thrusting run.

He then slid the ball inside to Brady, who jinked his way past a couple of defenders and with his right foot curled a brilliant strike inside Begovic’s left-hand post from 20 yards, with the aid of the merest deflection, to claim his first league goal of the season.

That left Bournemouth with no choice but to try and throw everything at the Clarets in a bid to get back into the game.

And just over 10 minutes to go they found a lifeline, Defoe playing a part as he got in behind Burnley’s defence to cross, via a touch off Nick Pope, for King to fire in from close range.

That could have sparked a nervy finish as the Cherries sniffed the possibility of an unlikely point.

But Burnley’s ever-growing belief again came to the fore as they defended superbly and prevented any more chances to see out another big win on the road.

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Defour (Westwood 74), Cork, Brady, Hendrick (Barnes 85), Wood (Vokes 89). Substitutes: Lindegaard, Taylor, Long, Arfield.

Booked: Vokes

Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, S Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe (Fraser 69), Arter (L Cook 58), Surman, Pugh (Defoe 63), King, Wilson. Substitutes: Boruc, A Smith, Gosling, Afobe.

Booked: None

Referee: Roger East


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