Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Turf Moor a happy place again as Clarets grab first win of Premier League season

The Eagles’ performance on the night suggested they were a side that lacked a cutting edge in Wilfried Zaha’s absence.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson revealed Zaha had been ruled out of the Turf Moor trip after testing positive for coronavirus and although they created enough chances to claim a point, it was clear they missed their talisman.

The decisive moment of the game came as early as the eighth minute when Wood found the back of the net after being put through by strike partner Jay Rodriguez, making his first league start in two months, as the Clarets won 1-0.

Burnley came into this fixture as the division’s lowest scorers and this was only their fourth goal in eight matches – and first in five games – but it was enough to move them out of the relegation zone.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson clattered the crossbar on his 100th Premier League appearance, which meant Burnley were hanging on as full-time approached.

But Nick Pope saved brilliantly from Michy Batshuayi – Zaha’s replacement – and substitute Christian Benteke in the second half to ensure the Clarets claimed their first league win since July 18.

Pope was called into action inside the first 90 seconds, his palms stung by Nathaniel Clyne’s effort from distance but Burnley then ended their long goalless stretch, scoring at home for the first time in the league this season.

Gudmundsson directed a hopeful ball towards the area but off-balance Palace defender Cheikhou Kouyate headed into the path of Rodriguez, whose clever backheel allowed Wood to steal in and slot home.

Palace responded well to going behind with Batshuayi making life difficult for the hosts, only just failing to get a final touch when the ball was rolled along the six-yard area by James McArthur.

After Burnley’s defenders sat back Batshuayi’s shot only just missed Pope’s right hand post while the goalkeeper had to be alert as he tipped over a curling and dipping effort from distance from Andros Townsend.

Pope’s opposite number Vicente Guaita was perhaps a touch fortunate a mistimed punch from an innocuous Dwight McNeil corner did not end up in the back of the net as the Clarets ended the half firmly on top.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was left fuming on the touchline after a clumsy challenge by Kouyate prevented Rodriguez going clean through and went unpunished, but replays showed the coming together took place just outside the area.

It was nevertheless an encouraging start to the second half for Burnley and Gudmundsson should have doubled their lead when McNeil picked out his team-mate in plenty of space but a first-time effort cannoned back off the crossbar.

They were given a major let-off on the hour as an errant McNeil backpass put Batshuayi one-on-one with Pope, who was off his line quickly and was helped by the on-loan Chelsea striker scuffing his shot straight at him.

It was becoming an end-to-end affair and Guaita did brilliantly to palm away a Wood header after Kouyate had been unable to intercept an Ashley Westwood dink into the area.

As the game headed into added-on time, Benteke was denied from point-blank range by a left arm from a spread-eagled Pope and the Palace substitute then spurned another opportunity after taking a bad touch when put through.

That allowed James Tarkowski to nip in and snuff out the danger, enabling Burnley to celebrate an overdue victory.

Brighton held to 0-0 Premier League draw at home to Burnley

On a night of few chances on the south coast, Brighton can count themselves unlucky not to nick a win, whilst Burnley struggles continue.

The Seagulls were on top from the start in this one, as Tariq Lamptey’s effort just cleared the bar and Nick Pope denied Danny Welbeck.

Burnley did carve out one first chance, albeit with a huge slice of luck, as Matt Lowton’s deflected cross crept past Mat Ryan.

But the crossbar was to save the Australian’s blushes before the break.

Graham Potter’s side maintained the momentum after the restart as the hosts pushed for a breakthrough.

But it wasn’t to be the Seagulls night, as Mike Dean waved away two penalty shouts, and Neil Maupay wasted a late chance to win it.

Full Time on a low-key night at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Chelsea outclass Burnley in 3-0 Premier League win at Turf Moor

The Blues have lost just once this season but goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner mean they end a run of draws as Burnley’s struggles continue.

The Clarets were the brighter of the two sides in the opening stages as Ashley Barnes wasted a brilliant early chance.

But that proved to be a brief flicker of positivity for Sean Dyche’s team as Nick Pope was quickly called into action to deny Tammy Abraham.

And with the Blues upping the pressure on Dyche’s out of form side, Ziyech netted his first Premier League goal on 27 minutes.

Abraham’s neat pass found him in space inside the box and his deflected strike flew past Pope.

Despite Burnley showing some signs of life after the break their lack of cutting edge meant Chelsea were able to wrestle back control.

But despite Burnley working hard to plug the gaps as Chelsea poured forward, a simple corner found Zouma in space at the back post and he powered a header past Pope.

That goal drained the life from Burnley as a ruthless Chelsea counter attack exposed them for a third goal.

Reece James’ ball forward released Ziyech and he played in Werner to fire home.

Chelsea created chances for a fourth in the final minutes but in the end, it was to be three goals and three points for Lampard.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 0 Chelsea 3

Burnley well represented on England stage

A number of current and ex-Clarets were involved in the Three Lions’ comfortable victory in the international friendly.

No fewer than 4 players associated with Burnley made Gareth Southgate’s starting XI, with Kieran Trippier, now of Atletico Madrid, donning the captain’s armband.

Trippier spent four years at Turf Moor, playing 170 league games for the Clarets before making the switch to Spurs in 2015.

Michael Keane, who joined the club on a permanent basis from Manchester United that same year, also started on the left of a 3-man defence against Ryan Giggs’ side.

Keane has formed a part of an impressive Everton unit so far in the Premier League this season, with the Toffees currently top of the table – and it was teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin who opened the scoring for England.

There has been lots of debate about who England’s first choice goalkeeper should be, with the pressure building on another Evertonian in Jordan Pickford – but Clarets fans will have been pleased to see Nick Pope on the team sheet on Thursday.

Manchester United’s Dean Henderson has also been impressive in recent times, but nobody can deny the fact that Pope’s performances for Burnley have warranted him the opportunity to wear the England shirt.

A clean sheet will be a massive boost for the goalkeeper, who even shook off a nasty looking knee to the jaw when sliding at the feet of Wales striker Kieffer Moore.

Conor Coady bagged England’s second of the night in the 3-0 win, but it was former Claret Danny Ings who rounded off the scoring in impressive fashion.

The striker reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box from a corner and converted with a skilful overhead kick from 6 yards.

Those types of finishes and his subsequent form for Southampton shows why is still thought fondly of by many at Turf Moor.

Pope, Keane, Trippier and Ings.

Not bad for a small mill town in Lancashire.

Leicester City seal impressive 4-2 Premier League home win against Burnley

The Foxes took a while to get going at the King Power, but two quick fire second half goals secured all three points for Rodgers.

Burnley actually started the brighter of the two sides, as Chris Wood volleyed home the opening goal on 10 minutes.

However, Leicester showed their class with a quick response, as Harvey Barnes started and finished a flowing Foxes attack.

The England international fed in Jamie Vardy on the edge of the box, and instead of admiring his pass, he strode on to the return ball to fire past Nick Pope.

That goal swung the game in Leicester’s favour and they simply had too much for Burnley after the break.

Timothy Castagne’s wicked cross forced an own goal from Erik Pieters, before James Justin reacted quickest to some pinball inside the box to make it 3-1.

The Clarets did look to make a fight off it in the final 15 minutes as debutant Jimmy Dunne headed past Kasper Schmeichel.

But with the hosts in no mood to let the win slip away, Belgian international Denis Praet crash home a superb winner.

FULL TIME AT THE KING POWER STADIUM IT’S LEICESTER CITY 4 BURNLEY 2

No confidence in Kepa as Chelsea scour transfer market for new goalkeeper

Kepa has come under fire this season for his performances, criticism no doubt accentuated by the eye-watering £71m Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao for the goalkeeper’s services in 2018.

The Blues are keen to try and recoup as much of that £71m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper – as possible this summer, as Lampard hunts for a more viable option for the future.

It’s reported that the Chelsea boss does not see the Spaniard as the long-term fit between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

Reports claim that clubs in Spain have expressed an interest in Kepa, but whether Chelsea will be able to make back anywhere near the fee they paid for him remains to be seen – particularly with a dip in performance and an expectedly erratic transfer market due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues’ supposed shortlist of potential replacements include Burnley’s Nick Pope, who recently missed out on the Premier League Golden Glove award despite 12 clean sheets in the league this season.

Ajax stopper Andre Onana is also on the Chelsea radar, with Ajax said to be willing to listen to offers for the player who is interested in a move to England.

Perhaps the most outrageous (but not unlikely) suggestion is Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

Often regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the Slovenian won’t come cheap, with a whopping £110m needed to activate his release clause and lure him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

Burnley 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion: Pope misses out on Golden Glove

Bissouma’s fine curling effort after 20 minutes ended Pope’s hopes of a 16th clean sheet of the season, allowing Manchester City’s Ederson to claim the Golden Glove as Pep Guardiola’s side finished with a 5-0 win over Norwich.

Chris Wood drew Burnley level just before half-time, but Connolly’s goal five minutes into the second half left the Clarets level with the 54 points they collected in 2017/18 as they lost at home in the league for the first time since New Year’s Day.

Brighton, who moved up to 15th with the win, will go into the shortened off-season taking encouragement from a positive display as they posed a regular threat on the counter-attack and looked capable of scoring more.

The game was slow to get going. Jay Rodriguez appeared to be bundled over by Dale Stephens 14 minutes in, but Jon Moss saw nothing in it and VAR eventually agreed after a lengthy check.

Burnley were still shaking their heads at that decision when Bissouma struck six minutes later.

The Clarets could only half clear a corner and the ball came out to the Mali international, who took time to pick his spot before curling an effort into the top left-hand corner.

Brighton tails were up, and they almost doubled the lead moments later when Neal Maupay headed Tariq Lamptey’s cross on to the crossbar.

Burnley were struggling to deal with Lamptey’s pace, and the right-back next set up Alexis Mac Allister, who should have done better than shoot straight at Pope from a central position.

But they would let Burnley back into it before the break, with Wood getting free of Lewis Dunk to control a long ball forward from Erik Pieters before tucking the ball inside the far post.

Brighton, however, needed only five minutes of the second half to get back in front. Maupay kept the ball in play – just – to poke a pass down the line for Connolly, who beat Kevin Long for pace as he cut inside from the left and fired inside the far post.

Burnley thought they were level before the hour when Rodriguez got a glancing header on Ashley Westwood’s corner, but VAR ruled it out for an offside.

The Clarets kept pushing. James Tarkowski headed a long ball into the path of Long but his shot was kept out by a superb block from Dunk, before Stephens somehow kept out a Rodriguez header from point-blank range.

But there would be no way through as Burnley suffered a disappointing end to a campaign in which they have excelled since the turn of the year, going from a potential relegation fight to the fringes of the battle for Europe despite a host of problems on and off the pitch.

With much work to be done this summer and rumours surrounding manager Sean Dyche not going away, fans must hope this is not how his eight-year reign at Turf Moor ends.