Burnley scrap out 2-1 Premier League win over Wolves

And on a cold wet night in Lancashire there was only ever going to be one winner as Sean Dyche’s Clarets grabbed a vital 2-1 win over Wolves.

It wasn’t pretty, but Dyche as his players couldn’t care less, as goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood moved them out of the relegation zone.

Both teams exchanged a few half chances in the opening stages as Barnes tested Rui Patricio and Nick Pope gobbled up Pedro Neto’s drive.

But despite failing to really create much in the final third, Burnley always looked to have the edge and Barnes deservedly put in front before the break.

Charlie Taylor’s lung busting run down the left wasn’t tracked by Wolves and he hung in a cross for the bustling Barnes to power home.

Burnley certainly looked the fresher of the two sides after the break, as Josh Brownhill cracked one off the post, and Wood eventually made it 2-0.

Once again it was classic Burnley, as Wolves failed to win a second ball inside the box, and the New Zealander reacted quickest to smash past Patricio.

Nuno Santo threw on Adama Traore and Fabio Silva to inject some life into his side and the Spanish Mr Universe immediately tested Pope.

But with Burnley digging in in the final minutes, Wolves were handed a lifeline, as Silva netted his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot.

However, in the cold and the rain it was Dyche’s war dogs that held out.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 2 Wolves 1

Leeds United 1 – 4 Leicester City: Leicester hand out Premier League reality check to Leeds.

First-half goals from Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans, bookended by two poor Patrick Bamford misses, had the Foxes in complete control on a typically wet Yorkshire night.

Leeds have earned many plaudits since their top-flight return and in their previous losses, to Liverpool and Wolves, there were arguments to be made for them deserving something, though the same could not be said here.

Bamford will not be in the Bielsa’s goodbooks after his display infront of goal and it was his tame header on 2 minutes, from just six yards out that allowed Leicester to get ahead in the match early doors.

The Foxes cleared their lines back to Leeds, but Robin Koch’s backpass was off target and short, holding up on the sodden gorund, which allowed Vardy to nip in, tempt keeper Meslier into coming out and tee up Ashely Barnes to finish in an open goal.

It was more Vardy brilliance for the second on 21 minutes too getting to Marc Albrightons cross first with a diving header that Tielemands durly coverted.

Leeds had a chance to pull one back before the break but again Bamford uncharicaristically failed to control Luke Aylings pass when he was clean through and just 12 yards from Kasper Schmeichel’s goal.

Leeds were back in it after the restart after Stuart Dallas’ cross floated into the net but the game was out of sight on on 76 mins despite some good chances for the home side before that point.

Substitute James Maddison sent fellow replacement Cengiz Under clear and he had the presence of mind to stand up a pass for Vardy who did the rest from close to the penalty spot.

It was from the penalty sport that Leicester sealed the win in added time with Tielemans firng in from 12 yards after a VAR awarded penatly after a foul from Klich on Maddison.

Leeds will no doubt take 12th in the table at this stage of the season but Brendon Rodgers will be dreaming of a 2016 repeat as they move up to second and a point of Liverpool at the top.