Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Burnley

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Burnley

Tom Heaton (left) has yet to be on the losing side in the league since being re-introduced at the end of December

Chris Wood scored twice and goalkeeper Tom Heaton produced a series of outstanding saves as Burnley eased their relegation worries with victory at Brighton.

The Clarets are now unbeaten in seven league games and find themselves level on 27 points with the Seagulls – three above the relegation zone.

Wood’s five goals in those seven games have been important in his side’s new year resurgence, but it has been the displays of 32-year-old Heaton, re-introduced at the start of the run, that have given Sean Dyche’s side the platform.

At Amex Stadium, he excelled again – twice denying Pascal Gross and making another brilliant block to keep out an effort from Solly March.

The opening goal of the match came as a consequence of a slip by Lewis Dunk. Ashley Barnes hooked the ball forward to Wood, who stayed on his feet as the defender fell and finished with a rocket of a shot past Mat Ryan.

His second was a strike bent into the bottom-right corner from a Dwight McNeil pass.

Ashley Barnes should have made it 3-0 from open play, but was brought down as he tried to take the ball around Ryan. The keeper was shown yellow and Barnes slotted in against his former club.

Heaton was finally beaten in the 76th minute when Shane Duffy stooped to head home from Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick.

Earlier, Brighton had two penalty appeals turned down with both Dwight McNeil, in the first half, and Jeff Hendrick, after the break, appearing to handle the ball.

More to follow.

Soccer News

via BBC Sport – Football

February 9, 2019 at 11:27AM


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