- Burnley have 16 of 17 points from home games
- Bournemouth conceded 6 in last 2 games
- Hendrick scores stunner
- Burnley’s 5th home win in PL
Burnley beat Bournemouth 3-2 at Turf Moor on Saturday in a vital victory for Sean Dyche‘s Clarets. Trailing 3-1 late on and dominating plenty of the play, there wasn’t going to be another fairytale 4-3 comeback win like last week against Liverpool for Eddie Howe‘s side.
Burnley went 2-0 up in the first half with a stunning Jeff Hendrick goal and Stephen Ward tapping home, but just before the break Benif Afobe made it 2-1. George Boyd made it 3-1 in the second half and then Charlie Daniels pulled one back in stoppage time to set up a nervy finish but Burnley held on for the three points.
With the win Burnley move on to 17 points, while Bournemouth stay on 18 points.
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A long ball forward was flicked on to Hendrick and he took a stunning first touch to tee himself and then settled himself before spanking a volley into the top corner.
Three minutes later Burnley went 2-0 up as a corner caused mayhem in the box with Artur Boruc only parrying the effort and Ward was on hand to make to hammer home.
Somehow, Bournemouth were 2-0 down despite impressing.
Before half time Bournemouth went close as Adam Smith’s free kick was brilliantly saved by Heaton and eventually their pressure paid off. Afobe steered the ball past Heaton after some lovely build up play from the Cherries and they were back in the game. 2-1.
In the second half Bournemouth almost equalized with a very similar move to their first goal. The ball came down the left but Afobe couldn’t get enough on his finish as the chance came and went.
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At the other end Ashley Barnes flashed a shot just over with the Clarets quite comfortable to sit back and soak up pressure before trying to hit Bournemouth on the break. Andre Gray then wasted a huge chance for Burnley as the ball dropped to him in the center of the box but he put his volley straight at Boruc, however the Clarets soon extended their lead.
Boyd picked up the ball on the left side of the box and drilled in a low shot which found the far corner of the net to put Burnley 3-1 up.
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Afobe then had the ball in the back of the net thanks to substitute Jack Wilshere setting him up wonderfully but the strike was chalked off for a handball by the former Arsenal striker. Bournemouth did pull one back in stoppage time as Daniels smashed home to make it 3-2 but it was too little too late as they couldn’t pull off another stunning comeback from 3-1 down.