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Burnley 1-0 Stoke City: Barnes’ late strike guides Clarets into top four

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Don’t look now, but the Clarets have climbed into the Premier League top four.

Burnley found a way Stoke City late on Tuesday, picking up a 1-0 win at the Turf Moor behind Ashley Barnes‘ late finish.

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The Clarets, who have now secured 31 points over their first 17 matches this season, leapfrogged Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham with the victory. However, all three sides will be in action on Wednesday.

Steven Defour nearly put Burnley ahead on 69 minutes, when the front man tested Stoke keeper Jack Butland — who had to make a sprawling save to his right.

While Stoke mustered up several quality chances, it was Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s blast in the first half that nearly found the top left corner.

Next up for Burnley will be a date against Brighton on Saturday, while Stoke travels to Huddersfield the same day.

Burnley’s Barnes: “Can we finish the season now?”

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Ashley Barnes broke his season duck in classy fashion, scoring and adding an assist as Burnley stayed in the thick of the race for Europe with a 2-0 win over Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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The win shouldn’t be a surprise, as Burnley is humming in style. The Clarets entered the day with a win at Chelsea and draws at Liverpool and Spurs, so why would a visit from Swansea lead to anything than three points.

It’s dream world, really.

From the BBC:

“We’re on a fantastic run. We’re working hard every day and today we were different class.

“Can we finish the season now? No, I’m kidding. there’s still a long way to go and we need to pick up as many points as possible.”

Every win makes more and more believers of the Burnley Football Club. Perhaps more important to the Clarets, each win makes it less likely that Sean Dyche will leave the club for a better gig (Everton), at least right now.

Burnley 2-0 Swansea City: Clarets stay hot

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  • 29 total shot attempts
  • Cork scores
  • Barnes goal, assist

Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork scored to lead Burnley to a 2-0 win over visiting Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Barnes also had an assist as the Clarets kept pace with the Top Four chasers. With 22 points, Burnley is a point back of fourth and seven clear of eighth.

Swansea remains in the drop zone, with eight points.

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Cork’s fine week continued following his England call-up, and he bested his old club to open the scoring, starting a move that Ashley Barnes and Robbie Brady advanced for Cork to head home from six yards. 1-0.

Barnes turned scorer for Burnley’s second, hammering a 19-yard ball past Lukasz Fabianski to make it 2-0.

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Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Clarets nab big point

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  • Baggies keep stumbling
  • Burnley blows lead, comes back
  • Two for Vokes

Every point matters for Burnley, and a Sam Vokes brace made sure the Clarets snared another one with a 2-2 draw with West Brom at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Salomon Rondon and Craig Dawson had scored for disappointing West Brom to erase a 1-0 deficit, but Vokes leveled it late to share the points.

Burnley is eight points ahead of 18th place Swansea, which plays at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, while West Brom has just one win in its last nine Premier League matches. The Baggies sit eighth with 45 points.

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The best chance of the first half went to Burnley, but Ben Foster‘s solid play continued when he kicked Sam Vokes’ shot free of the 18.

It took just over 10 second-half minutes for the Clarets to break through, and it came mere seconds after Ashley Barnes was taken down for what could’ve been a penalty. Vokes kept up his run to the six, where he met Barnes’ dogged work for a 1-0 lead.

Rondon pounced on a chance of his own when James McClean‘s deflected square pass posed a challenge that only the big Venezuelan would answer, coolly touching and turning to make it 1-1 with a 24 minutes to play.

Dawson then lost his mark and muscled his way to a headed goal off a 78th minute corner kick, and the Baggies had the lead.

A long looping free kick from Robbie Brady was met by the back of Vokes’ noggin, a second smaller loop dipping under the bar as Foster’s indecisiveness put him in no man’s land.

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Liverpool 2-1 Burnley: Can’s second-half blast lifts Reds at Anfield

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Despite Liverpool’s inconsistent form as of late, the Reds picked up a vital three points on Sunday as they look to stay in the heated top-four race.

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Emre Can‘s second-half blast helped push Liverpool past Burnley, 2-1, at Anfield as the Reds move to 55 points on the season. Jurgen Klopp‘s squad is now within one point of second place side Tottenham.

The Reds took the lead on the hour mark when Can hit a low shot from distance that trickled into the corner past goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

It looked as though Liverpool would go into the break trailing, but Georginio Wijnaldum made certain that level get back on level terms when he fired home from close range to equalize. 1-1.

Ashley Barnes fired the visitors in front after seven minutes when Matt Lowton delivered a sublime cross into his path. Barnes slid in perfectly to meet the ball and guided it past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for the 1-0 lead.

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Liverpool began to see more of the game’s possession as the first half wore on, but both teams struggled to find chances in front of net until Wijnaldum’s 45th minute goal.

Sadio Mane had a chance to provide some insurance for the hosts in the dying minutes but the attacker’s strike was acrobatically punched over the net by Heaton.