Cork’s Clarets snap skid, hold off Brighton

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  • Burnley stops 8-match winless PL run
  • First Brighton loss in four
  • Cork stays in-form for Burnley

Burnley scored a much-needed win to move out of the relegation zone when James Tarkowski‘s goal led the host Clarets past visiting Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The Clarets now sit 17th with 12 points, while Brighton sinks to 11th with 21.

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A glance at the first half wouldn’t tell you about Burnley’s moribund season, as the Clarets took nine of the match’s 13 shots and put four on target.

So the goal was well-deserved, even if took Jack Cork‘s shot taking a turn off Tarkowski in front of goal.

Brighton’s efforts to get back into the game couldn’t find the frame. Solly March zipped a shot wide of the bar as the match entered its final 15 minutes.

And the final few minutes were pure chaos in the Burnley box, with numerous corners and free kicks awarded to Burnley. But Joe Hart and his men stood strong to get the Clarets three long-sought points.

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West Ham edge Burnley in six-goal thriller

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  • Arnautovic, Anderson, Hernandez score for Hammers
  • Burnley equalized through Gudmundsson, Wood
  • West Ham’s third win of the season
  • Burnley have conceded 13 in last three games

West Ham United beat Burnley 4-2 at the London Stadium on Saturday, with the Hammers creating chances galore throughout.

Marko Arnautovic put them ahead early on and Burnley were lucky to be level at the break after Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s goal.

Felipe Anderson scored a great goal to put West Ham ahead again, but Chris Wood headed home to make it 2-2 before Anderson popped up with the winner and Javier Hernandez made it 4-2.

Manuel Pellegrini‘s men now move on to 11 points for the season, while Burnley remain on eight.

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The Hammers took the lead early on after a huge mistake from Burnley’s James Tarkowski.

He didn’t get enough on his pass back to Joe Hart and Arnautovic snuck in and slotted home to put West Ham 1-0 up.

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Hart then denied Arnautovic a second with a smart stop at his near post after the Austrian forward played a lovely one-two with Felipe Anderson.

At the other end Burnley nearly equalized as Ben Mee‘s header was pushed away by Lukasz Fabianski. At the other end Anderson almost put West Ham 2-0 up as his shot beat Hart but Mee brilliantly cleared off his own line with his head.

The Hammers should have had a penalty kick as Steven Defour scythed down Grady Diangana in the box but referee Roger East somehow failed to spot the clear foul.

Right on half time Burnley equalized as a long clear caused havoc and Gudmundsson slotted home to stun the home fans. Hart had to save from Issa Diop before the break as West Ham fought back from coughing up a goal.

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In the second half West Ham again started brightly, and Hart denied Arnautovic’s curling effort from distance.

Arnautovic was then influential in West Ham’s winning goal as he played in Diangana who teed up Andersen to dink home and make it 2-1.

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Burnley then equalized with their only real chance of the second half as Wood nodded home a corner to make it 2-2. Game on.

Anderson then had a glorious chance to win it as he was played in at the back post by Arnautovic but his curled effort towards the back post clipped the frame of the goal and went wide.

But the Brazilian playmaker did win it for West Ham late on as his deflected effort went in to make it 3-2, although there was still time for Wood to send a header against the crossbar as Burnley almost grabbed a point.

Mexico star Hernandez then made it 4-2 in stoppage time after Michail Antonio set him up, as the Hammers sealed the win in style.

Premier League leaders through eight matches

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The sample size remains relatively small, but the Premier League season is closing in on its quarter-point and we’re able to get a decent perspective on whose hot starts are becoming solid seasons.

The international break is a good time to analyze the early season numbers, so let’s run through WhoScored.com and a number of other sites to see who’s shining in England (and Wales, though we don’t expect to see a lot of Bluebirds).

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Let’s start with team stuff. Obviously, Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool all boast league-best 6W-2D records, while Newcastle and Cardiff are league-worst 2D-6L.

City has scored the most goals (21), while its tied with Liverpool for fewest allowed in league play (3). Huddersfield Town and Cardiff (4) have scored the fewest, and Fulham has allowed the most (21).

City also has the most possession (65.3 percent), shots per game (21.8), and pass accuracy (89.9 percent). Worst possessors? Newcastle. Worst passers? Cardiff. Fewest shots? Newcastle.

Now, the fun stuff. Let’s praise individuals in a sport with 22 players on the field most of the time.

It will come as no surprise that this season is all about Eden.

Goals: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (7)

Assists: Six players have four, with Benjamin Mendy of Man City doing it in the fewest amount of minutes (450).

Man of the Match awards: Hazard (5)

Key passes per game: David Silva, Man City (3.7)

Dribbles per game: Hazard (2.8)

Times fouled per game: James Maddison, Leicester City (3)

Average passes per game: Jorginho, Chelsea (106.6)

Crosses per game: Kieran Trippier, Spurs (2.6)

Tackles per game: Idrissa Gueye, Everton (5.3)

Interceptions per game: Etienne Capoue, Watford (3.4)

Clearances per game: Steve Cook, Bournemouth (7.9)

Blocks per game: James Tarkowski, Burnley (2)

Yellow cards: Jose Holebas, Watford (5)

Red cards: Wes Morgan, Leicester City (2)

England calls up new faces, Southgate deal confirmed

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Straight into the fire, boys.

Gareth Southgate is going to test some new faces in England’s UEFA Nations League matches in Croatia and Spain.

Confirming reports from Thursday, England also announced a new contract for Southgate which extends through the 2022 World Cup.

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The FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, has lofty expectations for the program:

“We have great ambition. We will win a World Cup. We will win a Euros. We’re going to give ourselves the best possible chance with the players we have got. We want to see progress. We can feel progress. The public can sense and feel it. We want to see progress on and off the pitch.”

Derby County’s Mason Mount, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Leicester City’s James Maddison, Spurs’ Harry Winks, and Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah are the fairly unusual names in the bunch.

Luke Shaw is back in the fold, the lone Manchester United player on the roster.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham).

Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Spurs), Danny Rose (Spurs), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Spurs), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Derby County), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), James Maddison (Leicester City), Harry Winks (Spurs), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Spurs), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Wolves ease past punchless Burnley

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  • Mexico’s Jimenez scores
  • Hart stars in loss (again)
  • Wolves out shoot Clarets 28-7

They finally found a way past Joe Hart and the Burnley defense.

Shot after shot, save after save, goal line clearance after goal line clearance, Burnley threatened to stymy creative Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday at the Molineux, but Mexican striker Raul Jimenez converted a second half chance to give Wolves a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Wolves rise ninth with eight points, while Burnley has just one point this season.

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The hosts were on the front foot early, with Burnley backstop Joe Hart making a fine stop off a 10th minute corner.

Hart made another impressive stop on Raul Jimenez in the 30th minute, with a goal line clearance from James Tarkowski denying the rebound bid. Hart made two further saves — with another goal line clearance from a Burnley back mixed in — in the ensuing stanza.

Burnley would be screaming for halftime by the break, with Wolves tempting the scoreboard on several occasions.

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A miserable giveaway from Phil Bardsley led to a gorgeous chance for Wolves, but a poor first touch and slow square ball ended with Jimenez blazing over the bar.

It was Jimenez who would find the break through just after the hour mark, rewarding the Molineux for its patience and him for his effort.

The Mexican international, on loan from Benfica, scored his second of the Premier League season on a feed from Matt Doherty.

Adama Traore forced Hart into another save in the 71st minute.