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Burnley rebounds from ugly half to smash Watford

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Chris Wood, James Tarkowski, and Ashley Barnes all scored second half goals as Burnley rebounded from a rough first half to beat Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

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Burnley are now sixth with 18 points. Watford’s dead last with eight.

3 things we learned

1. Burnley is a zombie movie where the zombies win: I literally have no idea how the Clarets keep manufacturing incredible results. The stats and eyes say they are getting bossed all over the park, but Sean Dyche‘s men believe they can find an opening in any game. And a lot of times, they do. The Clarets are unable to be killed, and every time a losing streak sees them dip toward the drop zone, you need only wait 28 days later (movie reference, achieved) to see them flirting with the upper reaches of the table.

2. Watford a team of poor Fortune: The Hornets really have been much better of late, with their dominant first half featuring six of the match’s seven shot attempts. Obviously they did not find a goal there, and it’s what cost them a trip outside the Bottom Three.

3. Tarkowski with another monstrous day… at both ends: Burnley’s steady center back was credited with seven aerial wins and three shots, then closing out the scoring. He’s one of those players like Harry Maguire when he was at Hull City; A big club ought to take a look.

Man of the Match: Tarkowski.

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Burnley batter sorry West Ham

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Burnley beat West Ham United 3-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday, as the Clarets battered the Hammers to move above them in the table.

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Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood set them on their way in the first half, while an own goal from West Ham goalkeeper Roberto summed up an awful defensive display from the Hammers.

With the win Burnley now have 15 points, while West Ham remain on 13.

3 things we learned

1. Roberto continues to struggle: Lukasz Fabianski was the best goalkeeper in the PL early in the season. His injury have hit the Hammers hard. Roberto, in his debut PL season, is struggling and he was at fault for two of Burnley’s three goals.

2. Burnley show best version of themselves: This display was peak Burnley, as they whipped in dangerous crosses and Barnes and Wood bullied the West Ham defense. Burnley have quietly gone about their business this season and this was another example of them keeping the game simple. They sit in ninth place and when Barnes and Wood.

3. Pellegrini under pressure: West Ham have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions and they are without a win since they beat Man United 2-0 on Sept. 22. It’s not just the defeats for the Hammers, but the nature of them as they’ve conceded six goals in their last two games. After another summer of big spending, the pressure is on Pellegrini.

Man of the Match: Dwight McNeil – His deliveries caused West Ham problems all game long, and he should have had three assists if Wood didn’t have a goal ruled out via VAR. The England U21 winger has matured superbly and is much more consistent in the final third.

Robert Snodgrass headed just wide as West Ham started well on the road.

But Roberto then punched a harmless effort out, via a deflection from Barnes which should have been a goal kick, but it was given as a corner and that’s how West Ham fell behind.

From the resulting corner Burnley went 1-0 up, Dwight McNeil’s cross found James Tarkowski who nodded it to Barnes who celebrated his new contract with a goal.

Andriy Yarmolenko had to replace the injured Mark Noble as West Ham tried to get back in the game.

Burnley thought they had gone 2-0 up as McNeil’s fine cross found Wood who headed home, but VAR ruled out the goal due the Burnley striker being just offside.

Wood did make it 2-0 just before half time, as Valbuena gave the ball away and McNeil crossed for Wood to smash home. The New Zealand striker then celebrated by putting his finger to his ear and mimicking a VAR check…

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Yarmolenko curled a shot on target at the start of the second half as the Hammers improved, but then they shot themselves in the foot. Again.

A corner from McNeil was punched into his own net by Roberto as Burnley sealed the win.

Aaron Cresswell should have scored but Nick Pope denied him, while at the other end Roberto did save well to keep out Phil Bardsley‘s long-range effort, then to deny Wood and Jeff Hendrick.

Overall, the Hammers put in a poor display and Burnley ran out deserved winners and it got even worse for the away side late on as substitute Manuel Lanzini suffered a serious looking shoulder injury.

Pulisic Watch: American makes Chelsea history

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Well, that was something, wasn’t it?

USMNT star Christian Pulisic ended his Chelsea goal drought in style, scoring the first three goals of Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Burnley in “perfect hat trick” fashion on Saturday at Turf Moor.

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The 21-year-old used his left foot, right foot, and head to score the goals and was nearly as dangerous as a playmaker.

Here are his match stats, and all of his influential moments.

Touches: 50
Passing: 80 percent
Key passes: 3
Crosses: 3
Shots on target: 4
Possession lost: 1
Interceptions: 1
Tackles: 1
Duels: 3 of 9

Match moments

5th minute: Holds up play, carrying the water then zipping to the front of the attack in hopes of a rebound as Willian blazes high and wide of the frame.

14th minute: Dribbles through a tight alley and then takes a moment to allow Mason Mount room on the right, but the Englishman can’t get a good shot away.

20th minute: Makes a clever run into the left corner, but his cross is a bit wayward and sails to Burnley.

21st minute: Here’s the bell ringer, as the Yanks’ 21-year-old scores his first Premier League goal in a matching minute. Pulisic seizes on a bad touch and dribbles James Tarkowski before rolling a low shot across goal past Nick Pope. A quality strike to beat two quality players. Pulisic lets out a primal scream of relief.

28th minute: Collects a big cross with his chest and forces a low save from Pope which earns Chelsea a corner kick.

38th minute: Dribbles up a left-wing alley before finding Abraham for a shot that was curled wide of the far post.

43rd minute: Floats a far post cross to Willian, who volleys to Pope.

52nd minute: Wins a 50-50 with Jeff Hendrick, then gets the ball back and works the midfielder again to get the ball to his team in the attacking third.

54th minute: Again dribbles through the center in acres of space this time after a Mount pass, playing a through ball for Abraham that the interfered with Englishman can’t reach.

56th minute: FLAWLESS HAT TRICK! Or perfect hat trick, or natural hat trick. Whatever. The Pulisic Party continues with a header to join his right- and left-footed goals as Mason Mount reserves a corner back into the fray.

67th minute: Lofts a ball toward the back post but Willian cannot reach the ball.

72nd minute: Callum Hudson-Odoi comes on for Willian, and Olivier Giroud and Reece James had already subbed on. Pulisic will go 90.

80th minute: Pulisic chips a cross toward Giroud, but it hangs in the air and the Frenchman has understandable trouble getting his head on the ball.

86th minute: The American isn’t perfect, and gives away possession leading to an audacious, wonderful, Goal of the Month contending shot from Jay Rodriguez.

Pulisic bags hat trick as Chelsea doubles up Burnley

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Christian Pulisic scored a perfect hat trick as Chelsea picked up its seventh-straight win in all competitions with a 4-2 defeat of Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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Willian also scored for the Blues, who will finish the weekend in fourth place with 20 points.

Pulisic’s hat trick makes him the youngest hat trick scorer in Chelsea history.

Dwight McNeil and Jay Rodriguez scored in the final five minutes for the Clarets.

Three things we learned

1. Pulisic’s primal scream of relief heard across the ocean: Here’s the bell ringer, Christian Pulisic’s first Premier League goal. The Yanks’ 21-year-old scored his first Premier League goal in a matching minute,, seizing on a bad touch from Matthew Lowton and dribbling James Tarkowski before rolling a low shot across goal past Nick Pope. A quality strike to beat two quality players.

He let out of a primal scream in celebration as he waited for his teammates to join the celebration. All things considered, it’s difficult to imagine how good the moment felt for the USMNT’s top man. He’d add a second by cooking Tarkowski to his other side and getting a deflection, and had three key passes in an incredible first half.

The third came in the second half with a nice header, and the opened floodgates were greeted with relief by so many in Chelsea blue and beyond.

2. Burnley broken down: The Clarets entered the day having kept clean sheets in three of four matches at home this season. The fourth was a 3-0 loss to Liverpool, and Chelsea made sure that it showed its Top Four acumen. Lowton’s giveaway on Pulisic’s first goal was poor and the second came via deflection, but Burnley’s fight back after halftime was brief. Chelsea controlled the match and you’d hate to bear the brunt of what Sean Dyche will likely bring to the post match team talk.

3. Rodriguez scores stunning consolation goal: Pulisic wasn’t perfect, as he gave away the ball that led to Burnley’s goal with five minutes to play. And what a goal it was, as Rodriguez struck a swerving rocket from distance to flummox Arrizabalaga. What a hit. Memories in style and meaning of Daniel Williams for the USMNT against Brazil.

Man of the Match: Are you serious?

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Despite an early injury which appeared to be to his head, Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma made a nice clearance of a dangerously swung corner in the 13th minute.

Pulisic scored his first Premier League goal when he seized on that turnover and used his pace and craft to roll a shot past Pope.

That snapped Burnley to life, and Kepa Arrizabalaga was necessary in a sequence which saw the backstop paw away a shot through traffic.

Ashley Barnes badly missed a back post header which should’ve tied things up in the 30th minute.

Pulisic got his second with another powerful dribble through the heart of the attacking third, getting past Tarkowski and hitting a shot that took a turn off Ben Mee for 2-0.

Burnley came out of the dressing room with vigor. Barnes butchered a point blank chance to make it 2-1 in the 50th, the poacher not ready for prime time, and Jay Rodriguez sent a shot into the arms of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

That’s when Pulisic got his hat trick. After Burnley rejected a corner kick back to the taker, Mason Mount swept another cross into the mix and the American nodded it home.

Willian soon got in on the action with a low shot from the right, and Chelsea was home free.

Rodriguez scored his sensational goal off a Pulisic turnover, and McNeil’s heavily-deflected shot made it 4-2 with two minutes left.

Pulisic beats Tarkowski again to complete first Chelsea brace

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Christian Pulisic‘s first Premier League goal is now a part of his first Premier League brace, as the Chelsea man has James Tarkowski seeing ghosts.

He got some help from a deflection for his second Premier League goal, but the work around it was very nice.

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Pulisic dribbles up the heart of the Burnley defense before taking Tarkowski right. The center back is beaten, and his partner Ben Mee can only turn Pulisic’s shot past Nick Pope.

It gives the 21-year-old two goals and five assists in all competitions this season, and he’ll go for a hat trick in the second half.

Both goals are broken down below. Watch his delightful opener in depth, here.