Burnley 1-0 Southampton: Barton wins it for Clarets

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  • Barton wins it in 78th minute
  • Heaton pulls off two fine saves
  • Saints lose fourth-straight

Burnley beat Southampton 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday as their incredible home form continued in the Premier League.

25 of their 26 points this season have come at home and they’ve now won four PL matches at Turf Moor on the spin thanks to substitute Joey Barton. The veteran midfielder, who only rejoined the Clarets last month as a free agent after leaving Glasgow Rangers in disgrace, sent in a free kick late on to send the home fans wild.

The win for Burnley pushes them up to 10th place in the table and above slumping Southampton who have now lost four on the spin in the Premier League.

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A cross whipped in from Saints’ left was cleared from danger by Stephen Ward as the away side started brightly early on.

Burnley looked dangerous from set pieces but the impressive Virgil Van Dijk kept Saints solid at the back.

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Saints piled on the pressure before the break and Dusan Tadic had a trio of chances. First he dragged an effort wide of the far post after being picked out by Nathan Redmond. Then, Cedric‘s cross found Tadic unmarked and his goal-bound volley was cleared by Ben Mee and then he scrambled another on goal which Burnley’s defense cleared.

All-Saints as the half time whistle blew.

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The game continued to be mostly contested in the middle of the pitch as the second half wore on with few clear goalscoring chances for either team.

Burnley went close through Steven Defour as his low shot was saved by Fraser Forster and at the other end Saints’ Shane Long headed Cedric Soares’ cross inches wide at the back post.

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A free kick from James Ward-Prowse found van Dijk at the back post and his effort was bundled away by Heaton and Burnley’s defense with Maya Yoshida running in.

Barton then came off the bench and moments later scored the winning goal as his free kick went straight through the wall and in. 1-0 to Burnley.

Saints pushed hard for an equalizer with Ryan Bertrand and van Dijk going close, then Heaton somehow denied Long and Josh Sims with a wonderful double save.

Burnley couldn’t make the most of a counter-attack after those saves, but they held on for yet another home win.

New Zealand star striker Wood to leave Leeds for Burnley

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Chris Wood is undergoing a medical at Burnley ahead of a proposed $19.2 million move from Leeds United.

Wood, 25, has played briefly for two Premier League clubs, West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City, but saw his stock explode thanks to a 27-goal campaign in the Championship this season.

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Burnley hopes the 6-foot-3 Wood can help replace Andre Gray, who left for Watford. The Clarets beat Chelsea on Opening Weekend and were unlucky to lose against West Brom on Saturday.

He’s also scored in his lone Championship appearance this season, and has thrice earned promotion; Wood helped West Brom and Leicester to the Premier League, and Brighton and Hove Albion to League One.

Wood has for some time been a star on the New Zealand national team, scoring 20 goals in 52 caps since 2009. He’s a perfect fit for Sean Dyche‘s playing style. The only question is whether he can bring his prowess to the Premier League level.

MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Greg Vanney and Toronto keep on doing their thing, and the Canadian side is yet another step closer to achieving MLS glory. TFC picked up its 50th point of the season on Saturday night after comfortably handling the Chicago Fire, who have cooled off significantly as of late in the Eastern Conference. The Fire are now nine points behind the East leaders and are losers of four of their last five matches.

Three moments that mattered

54′ — Accam, Fire level it up — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from everybody…

64′ — Hasler nets first MLS goal — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from all of their players…

90′ — Giovinco says goodnight to Chicago — That’s 12 goals on the season for Sebastian Giovinco and the TFC striker continues to help his side push towards the top seed in the East and MLS.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco

Goalscorers: Marco Delgado (14′), David Accam (54′), Nick Hasler (63′), Sebastian Giovinco (90′)

Video: Watts gifts D.C. United own goal for the ages

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Not many things have gone right for either side involved in 2017, but D.C. United was the recipient of a gift early on against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

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In the 27th minute, Rapids center back Jared Watts received the ball at the back, before making a routine back pass to USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard

Or at least, it should have been a routine back pass.

Instead, Watts’ pass was well off target and too strong for Howard to reach and landed in the back of the Rapids goal. 1-0 in favor of D.C.

Reminder: Both these teams sit at the bottom of their respective conferences on points.

MLS Snapshot: Piatti brace lifts Impact | Crew, Orlando City draw

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Montreal Impact have proven to be a second-half of the season team the last several years, and that form appears to be holding true once more. Mauro Biello’s side won its fourth straight match on Saturday, while Ignacio Piatti continues to show he’s one of the most deadly scorers in the league. Meanwhile, RSL’s six-match unbeaten run is snapped north of the border, leaving the Western Conference side three points out of sixth place.

Three four moments that mattered

11′ — Piatti nets his first of the night — The Impact made this attack look so easy, and Ignacio Piatti simply won’t miss a chance like this one.

26′ — Evan Bush left motionless as RSL equalize — Luis Silva took matters into his own hands, and boy did he connect with this effort!

29′ — Impact punish poor RSL defense — Guess who? Piatti has his second of the evening.

47′ — Hosts begin to pile it on — Anthony Jackson-Hamel played provider in the first two goals, so it’s only fair he got one of his own.

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Man of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Ignacio Piatti (11′, 29′), Luis Silva (26′), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (47′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Orlando City and the Crew settled for a point apiece on Saturday night, but for the former the club is running out of opportunities to pick up points in the playoff race. Giles Barnes pulled a goal back for the hosts after Lalas Abubakar netted his first MLS goal for the Crew, but Orlando couldn’t find a second. The Lions played up a man for the final 13 minutes, following Harrison Afful’s dismissal.

Three moments that mattered

35′ — Abubakar knocks in first MLS goal — Orlando City’s defensive woes are certainly notable as well, but for Lalas Abubakar this is a quality way to open his scoring account in MLS.

67′ — Barnes knots it up at 1-1 — The veteran MLS forward picked up his second goal of the season.

77′ — VAR used for red card decision — The video monitor came into play briefly in the second half, and Harrison Afful was sent off the pitch early after the referee viewed the defender’s elbow to the head of Yoshi Yotun.

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Man of the match: Zack Steffen

Goalscorers: Lalas Abubakar (35′), Giles Barnes (67′)