Burnley Complete 7 -1 Double Over Poor Bournemouth Who Forgot One Of Footballs First Rules: Highlights. Manager Comments. Player Ratings & Stats.
By: Marc Gingell
Bournemouth, with one win in eight Premier League games, have now made it one win in nine after failing to remember one of footballs basic rules. The one all school kids learn when they first start kicking a football around with a referee in charge. The rule that says you play to the whistle!
|KO:15:00||ATT: 10,446||Ashley Barnes 4′ og||Chris Wood 18′|
|REF: M Atkinson||Ashley Westwood 20′|
|Ashley Barnes 56′|
Bournemouth Stop Play!
With the game evenly poised Burnley left-back, Charlie Taylor began a rampage down Bournemouth’s right and looked as if he might have taken the ball out of play. A tight call but replays proved that not all the ball had crossed the line. As Bournemouth players stopped Taylor continued and flung in a cross to the near post that keeper Asmir Begovic should have easily collected. He didn’t. He spilled the ball.
Chris Wood reacted first and he fed fellow striker Ashley Barnes who buried his shot from eight yards. That made the score 3-1 and Burnley were cruising.
Ashley Barnes – Villian & Hero!
After just four minutes Barnes put Bournemouth in front when he headed in his own goal from six yards. Ryan Fraser sent a free kick in from Bournemouth’s left that Jefferson Lerma headed into the danger area from the edge of the penalty box. Barnes, in an effort to stop the ball reaching Nathan Aké, could only divert it past keeper Tom Heaton.
By half-time, Burnley were 2-1 in front thanks to three basic errors.
- 1. 18 Minutes – Ashley Westwood sent over an in-swinging corner for Burnley from Bournemouth’s right that Begovic completely missed. At the back post Wood raised unchallenged to head home.
- 2. 20 Minutes – Burnley pressed again on the left and McNeil crossed into the danger area. Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham, with time and space to clear, totally fluffed his lines and sent the ball to Westwood on the edge of the box. Westwood placed the ball in the corner for his second career goal for Burnley. His first came directly from a corner when Burnley lost 4-2 at Liverpool. He also has eight assists this season.
- 3. 24 Minutes – Callum Wilson, Bournemouth’s top Premier League scorer with 11 goals, had a perfect opportunity to make it 2-2 when he found himself in space on the edge of Burnley’s six-yard box but he headed just too high.
One Win In Nine Games!
When Bournemouth crushed Chelsea there were the usual comments about Eddie Howe and when he would take over a top-six club or even from Gareth Southgate! But the reality is that Bournemouth have been poor most of the season apart from a good start that saw them pick up 20 points by the end of October. That took 10 games and put them on target for a 76 point finish. During the next 23 games, they’ve picked up 18 points. Based on a whole season, with that form, they would end up with about 30 points and relegated.
Burnley have beaten Bournemouth 7-1 on aggregate which is a clear sign that Eddie and his team have a lot of hard work to do.
Bournemouth: Begovic (4), Clyne (4), Mepham (4), Ake (5), Smith (6), Brooks (6), Lerma (5), Gosling (5), Fraser (6), Wilson (5), King (5).
Subs: Rico (6), Solanke (5), Stanislas (5).
Burnley: Heaton (6), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (7), Mee (7), Taylor (7), Cork (6), Hendrick (6), Westwood (7), Barnes (8), Wood (7), McNeil (8).
Subs: Gudmundsson (6).
Man of the match: Ashley Barnes
- Burnley completed their first league double over Bournemouth since the 1999-00 season in the third tier.
- Bournemouth are only the second side in Premier League history to concede 60+ goals in four consecutive seasons in the competition, after Wigan Athletic between 2009-10 and 2012-13.
- Only Wolves (4) have netted more Premier League own goals this season than Burnley (3).
Burnley have scored 40 Premier League goals this season, only in 2009-10 (42) have they netted more in a single campaign in the competition.
- After losing their first four such games, Burnley are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches on the south coast, winning four and drawing two.\
- Ashley Barnes is the first Burnley player to both score a goal and an own goal in a Premier League game.
Burnley’s Ashley Westwood both scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the first time in his career (181st app).
- Since the start of last season, Chris Wood has scored 22 goals in all competitions, more than any other Burnley player.
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