Own goals gift Burnley big win over Fulham (video)

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  • Schurrle scores 2nd minute masterpiece (video)
  • Fulham produces two own goals in three minutes
  • Clarets win third-straight (West Ham, Huddersfield, Fulham)

Burnley inspired a pair of Fulham own goals to come back for a 2-1 defeat of Fulham at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The win gives the Clarets three-straight, and pushes them three points clear of the drop zone.

Andre Schurrle scored a beautiful goal for the Cottagers, who tossed aside the lead and remains 19th with 14 points. That’s five points behind 17th place.

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Denis Odoi set up Schurrle for the opener, though it may be generous to call the very decent pass a set up considering the German’s work in crafting a beauty.

Schurrle’s perfect run settled Odoi’s arrow over the top of the Burnley defense with one touch before taking the ball off the volley and sending Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton in shoulder shrug country. A stunner.

But Fulham gave that goal back and then another for good measure, both via own goals. Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick inspired the first with a 20th minute blast that turned off Joe Bryan and past Sergio Rico, and three minutes later it was 2-1 when Odoi.

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Lucas Vietto was in prime position to level the score in the 51st minute after Aleksandar Mitrovic won a header into his path. He beat Heaton, but James Tarkowski somehow kept the ball away from goal with a prone and fortunate goal line clearance.

Chris Wood took a knockdown from Ashley Barnes and hit just over the bar, the advantage staying at one.

At the other end, Vietto’s cross through the box took a deflection wide for a corner kick and Tim Ream‘s header across goal was absent receiver.

Clarets leap out of drop zone, leave Terriers buried

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  • Mounie scores rare goal
  • Wood, Barnes answer
  • Schindler sent off

Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes scored as Burnley scrapped past Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a game which finished with 10 men on the field for each side at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Steve Mounie scored for Huddersfield, who held an early lead. The Terriers are eight points adrift of 17th.

Burnley moves ahead of the drop zone, level on 18 points with three teams.

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Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl stopped Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes as the match took on some life before the half-hour mark.

Festive nuttiness took a real turn when Isaac Mbenza‘s cross was put home by Mounie, the first goal by an out-and-out Terriers striker this season.

A pair of in-form players made it 1-1, as 19-year-old Dwight McNeil built on his first Premier League goal by assisting Wood.

Christoph Schindler took his second yellow card before the break, but the hosts in a bind.

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Philip Billing headed the ball onto Burnley defender Mee’s arm in the second half, and the non-call could’ve gone either way.

The Clarets got their advantage back in the 74th minute through Barnes, set-up by a very much in-form Ashley Westwood.

Brady was sent off in the final throes of the match, a sliding takedown of Mbenza his downfall.

Burnley cruises past West Ham United

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  • Heaton keeps clean sheet
  • Westwood sets up two goals
  • McNeil becomes first Burnley teen to score PL goal

Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood scored first half goals as Burnley moved closer to safety with a 2-0 defeat of disappointing West Ham United on Sunday at Turf Moor.

Burnley now has the same amount of points as 17th place Southampton, but is behind by seven in goal differential.

West Ham has lost two-straight and is 11th.

Tom Heaton kept his first Premier League clean sheet since Sept. 10, 2017, which was also his last Premier League start.

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Burnley took the lead through Wood, who hammered a near-perfect headed pass from Ashley Barnes past Fabianski. It was a gorgeous combination, started by Tom Heaton and well-aided by the long pass of Ashley Westwood.

Service from Westwoodd nearly leaded to 2-0, but his corner kick was popped just over the goal by the head of Ben Mee.

Burnley got its two-goal advantage through 19-year-old McNeil, who slid to knock in another fine bit of playmaking from Westwood.

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Wood completely whiffed on a Barnes set-up in the first minute of the second half, and West Ham cleared the danger and the ensuing corner.

He missed another bid to score when Westwood fed him 1v1 with Fabianski, slipping the ball under the keeper but wide.

Andy Carroll‘s halftime introduction was a big move for Manuel Pellegrini, and he forced a save out of Heaton in the 67th.

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Week 17

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The power rankings are back, and things are starting to look a bit settled… at least in terms of the Top Five.

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20. Fulham — Claudio Ranieri and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be happy to see Newcastle on the fixture list, but can they solve Benitez’s sneaky good defense?
Last week: 19
Season high: 11
Season low: 20

19. Huddersfield Town —Four-straight losses have David Wagner‘s men just a point off the very bottom.
Last week: 16
Season high: 16
Season low: 20

18. Burnley — What’s happened to Chris Wood? Just one goal this season. The Clarets now turn to stumbling Arsenal after a 1-0 loss to Spurs.
Last week: 18
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

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17. Southampton  — A four-game stretch in which three matches were against Top Six contenders, and Saints have managed four points. That’s cool, though the loss to Cardiff is still stinging a bunch.
Last week: 20
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

16. Cardiff City  — There’s a lot of life in the Bluebirds, though the worries have looked more about their back line than their attack in recent weeks.
Last week: 15
Season high: 15
Season low: 20

15. Crystal Palace — Selhurst Park is often a tough place to play, and even in strife the Eagles have held up their end of the bargain at home in recent weeks.
Last week: 17
Season high: 6
Season low: 17

14. Bournemouth  — A real test with Brighton, in that the Cherries have done poorly against good teams but mostly fared well against the bad. Here’s a team on their proverbial level.
Last week: 12
Season high: 6
Season low: 14

13. Newcastle United  — The only explanation for their run of form given the sad lack of investment in the squad is that Rafa Benitez is a warlock.
Last week: 13
Season high: 13
Season low: 19

12. Leicester City  — Perhaps no team needs a break more than the Foxes given their season on-and-off the pitch. Unfortunately we’re set for the festive season.
Last week: 9
Season high: 7
Season low: 13

11. Watford — Predicting the Hornets is about as straight-forward as the maze from “The Shining,” so let’s just ask how much better they’d be had they not loaned Dodi Lukebakio to RB Leipzig.
Last week: 13
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

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10. Brighton and Hove Albion — Hung tough with Chelsea, and can get redemption for the Burnley loss by beating up a struggling Bournemouth.
Last week: 11
Season high: 9
Season low: 19

9. Manchester United — Nothing to see here, just pure and unbridled humiliation against your rivals.
Last week: 6
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

8. Everton — No shame in losing at Man City, especially because Everton deserved better than the 3-1 score line, but we’re still remembering that disappointing draw with Watford.
Last week: 7
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

7. Wolves — Three on the bounce ahead of a Friday afternoon test with Liverpool… and we know Wolves have been known to hang with the big boys.
Last week: 10
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

6. West Ham United *New season high* — Four-straight league wins, all with multiple goals and two of them on the road. We knew the fixtures were setting up for the Irons to make a run, but Manuel Pellegrini‘s men are making it look easy. Now a test: A visit from a Watford side capable of great football.
Last week: 11
Season high: 9
Season low: 20

5. Arsenal — Losing to Southampton is a surefire way to drop, but it’s difficult to slip them behind West Ham. That said, the Gunners have been largely disappointing since their North London Derby win.
Last week: 5
Season high: 2
Season low: 9

4. Chelsea — A nice win at Brighton, even if that sort of thing is expected from the Blues.
Last week: 4
Season high: 1
Season low: 5

3. Tottenham Hotspur — In five games across all competitions, only Ousmane Dembele has found a way to score on Mauricio Pochettino‘s men. Not too shabby. Oh, and a bit of vengeance.
Last week: 3
Season high: 2
Season low: 8

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2. Man City — The 3-1 defeat of Everton was not nearly what the scoreline says. Could Man City really be creeping toward a season low? A visit from Palace is next.
Last week: 2
Season high: 1
Season low: 2

1. Liverpool — Six-straight league wins is nice, but humiliating your rival and getting one of the most infuriating managers of all-time fired? That’s memorable stuff.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 4

Liverpool launch comeback to beat Burnley

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  • Mane, Salah, Firmino left out of team
  • Gomez injured in first half 
  • Cork gave Burnley lead, Milner equalized
  • Firmino, Shaqiri score go-ahead goals 
  • Liverpool remain unbeaten

Liverpool beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor on Wednesday, as the Reds remain unbeaten in the Premier League through 15 games and showed incredible spirit to battle back from falling behind in the second half.

Jack Cork gave Burnley the lead via a scrappy lead, but James Milner equalized, Roberto Firmino jumped off the bench to put them ahead and Xherdan Shaqiri wrapped up a far from straightforward win late on.

Liverpool remain in second place with the win and cut Manchester City’s lead at the top to two points, while Burnley are now winless in eight and remain in the bottom three.

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The home side started on the front foot and launched plenty of high balls into the box which tested Liverpool’s defense.

A real moment of concern arrived for the Reds in the first half.

Joe Gomez stayed down after a sliding challenge with Ben Mee on the touchline and the England star, who was playing at right back, was stretchered off the pitch and replaced with Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Virgil Van Dijk had a header easily saved by Joe Hart before the break as neither side got going in attack in the first half.

Chris Wood‘s shot from distance which deflected and looped just wide, Phil Bardsley‘s rasping effort from distance whistled wide and Ashley Barnes‘ volley was correctly ruled out for being offside as Burnley rallied before the break.

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Daniel Sturridge forced Hart into a fine save to his right in the second half. The English forward wriggled free and got his shot off, but Hart tipped his effort wide. Hart then made an even better save soon after, as he tipped Naby Keita‘s rising shot onto the post.

Burnley then took the lead against the run of play. Alisson couldn’t get hold of the ball after a knock down in the box, and Cork reacted first to the loose ball to tap home and send the home fans wild.

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But Liverpool fought back valiantly as Milner made it 1-1 with a low shot from the edge of the box. Then Firmino was the hero as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball from a short free kick found Virgil van Dijk who crossed for the Brazilian to tap home to seal the win.

Late on Mohamed Salah and others tried to put the game to bed but Burnley’s defense threw themselves in the way time and time again. At the other end Alisson saved a header from a corner and Salah then broke before playing in Shaqiri who made it 3-1 to wrap up the win.