Tom Heaton

Liverpool outlasts Burnley at Anfield

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  • Westwood scores disputed opener
  • Firmino scores in each half
  • Gudmundsson pulls one back in stoppage
  • Mane answers back to complete brace
  • Reds back within one of Man City

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to punish sloppy Burnley 4-2 at Anfield on Sunday.

Burnley took an early lead when Ashley Westwood‘s corner kick sailed past an obstructed Alisson Becker, but the Reds got their just desserts to move one point back of leaders Man City.

The Clarets are 17th, two points clear of the drop zone.

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Burnley took a sixth minute lead out of nothing, and it’s a goal that never should have been awarded by referee

Roberto Firmino cut inside to rip a 14th minute shot at Tom Heaton‘s goal, but defender James Tarkowski blocked the effort.

Then Sadio Mane couldn’t quite turn a hard-hit Trent Alexander-Arnold cross on frame as the Reds continued their equalizer push.

Firmino put Liverpool level in the 20th minute, easily slotting home from inside the six when Tarkowski and Heaton made a mess of a Mohamed Salah pass.

Mane made it 2-0 in the 29th, his sixth-straight league home game with a goal, when he sent an arrow into the goal following a blocked clearance from Adam Lallana.

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Burnley kept it tight for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but the dam broke when Heaton’s poor kick led to Firmino’s second of the day.

Alexander-Arnold crossed for Mane in the 82nd minute, but the Senegalese star’s sliding effort bounded off the bar.

Gudmundsson scored in stoppage time to allow a few nerves at Anfield, but Mane answered the bell quickly to restore the 2-goal cushion.

Miserly Magpies leapfrog Clarets

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  • Dubravka gets 2nd straight clean sheet
  • Longstaff bags first PL goal
  • Burnley unbeaten run ends
  • Magpies sweep Clarets

Newcastle United leapfrogged Burnley with its latest home win, a 2-0 triumph at St. James’ Park on Tuesday.

Sean Longstaff scored his first Premier League goal and Fabian Schar nailed a Goal of the Month contender as Newcastle moved to 31 points and 13th place in the Premier League.

Burnley’s eight-match unbeaten league run is over, the Clarets suffering a first loss since Boxing Day versus Everton. Burnley is 14th with 30 points.

The Magpies won for the fourth time in six matches, the lone loss a 1-0 setback to Spurs. They’ve allowed just three goals in that span.

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Matt Ritchie continued a fine run of form by sending a left-footed cross around the Clarets defense, only for the ball to just evade the reach of Salomon Rondon.

Tom Heaton collected the ball when Florian Lejeune turned a Sean Longstaff cross toward goal in the 12th minute.

Schar put Newcastle ahead when he hammered a shot Upper 90, kissing the top of the left post on its way into the goal.

Burnley came close to leveling quickly, but Martin Dubravka saved Chris Wood‘s effort.

Newcastle doubled its lead before the break after Ritchie’s cross was tipped into the path of Longstaff, who took a touch before slotting across goal.

Burnley should have pulled within one before the break, but James Tarkowski very much looked like a center back in volleying over the frame from a half-dozen yards.

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Almiron blazed past Neil Taylor to get 1v1 with Heaton, but the goalkeeper stopped the nutmeg shot attempt.

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Heaton, Wood take Burnley out of drop zone (video)

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  • Wood scores pair as Burnley opens up 2-0 lead
  • Chaotic sequence ends with Clarets penalty
  • Brighton has 67 percent possession, 16-9 advantage in shots

Chris Wood scored two goals and Burnley pushed its unbeaten Premier League run to seven games with an entertaining 3-1 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes had a goal and an assist, winning and converting a controversial penalty kick for the Clarets’ third goal.

Burnley’s win moves the Clarets out of the drop zone with 27 points, the same figure as Brighton.

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Brighton’s first chance came through a Solly March header tipped over the bar by Tom Heaton, who made a fine save off the ensuing corner when Pascal Gross lashed on frame.

Brighton’s Shane Duffy blocked a 17th minute Dwight McNeil effort off the cross bar, and Ashley Barnes couldn’t deposit the rebound with a headed shot.

Heaton made an outstanding reaction save on March when picked out by Jurgen Locadia in the 24th.

Wood put Burnley ahead 90 seconds later, as the New Zealand striker took advantage of a slipping Shane Duffy to run onto a hopeful Ashley Barnes cross and hit the ball past Mat Ryan.

Heaton made a edge-of-glove save on Gross in the 43rd, and Jeff Hendrick cleared the German’s header off the line as the first half hit stoppage time.

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Wood added a second as the clock hit 61, darting down the left to pick up McNeil’s pass and finish across Ryan’s goal.

Then, chaos.

Brighton should’ve been awarded a penalty for a handball at one end, and the counter attack saw Barnes hit the deck after trying to dribble Ryan in the box. Was he clipped? Possibly.

Barnes converted clinically, and it was 3-0.

Duffy then nodded a long free kick past Heaton with 15 minutes to play.

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.

Burnley goalkeeper Pope out months with shoulder injury

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After reaching a career high point with the England national team at the 2018 World Cup this summer, Nick Pope‘s world has come crashing down.

The Burnley goalkeeper, who made his England debut in June and was included in the World Cup squad under Gareth Southgate, has suffered a shoulder injury in early Europa League action that will reportedly keep him out for around three months.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper collided with young Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove in the 14th minute of their Europa League meeting on Thursday, and suffered a dislocated shoulder. Pope has reportedly seen a specialist and the decision was made to have surgery to repair the damage, leaving him out for such a lengthy time.

Pope’s injury would see a pair of former Manchester United goalkeepers in Tom Heaton or Anders Lindegaard pressed into action. The 34-year-old Dane Lindegaard signed for Burnley last summer but did not make a single appearance last year with Pope covering the distance and the other two splitting time with as backup.

The loss of Pope between the sticks is huge for the Clarets. Pope statistically was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League last season, and his play earned him a spot on the England squad with incumbent starter Joe Hart giving way after years of service leaving a void that required filling. While Jordan Pickford earned the starting job and impressed at the World Cup with England reaching the semifinals, Pope’s inclusion in the squad was considered a significant feat of his own.

Burnley’s season has started extra early with Europa League qualifying, entered into the second qualifying round of the competition based on their 7th place finish in last year’s Premier League table. They drew 1-1 with Aberdeen on Thursday, with the second leg of the matchup to take place this coming Thursday.