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Burnley stun Aston Villa as Wood goal completes turnaround

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Two goals in three second half minutes from Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood saw Burnley come from behind and claim an unlikely 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at Turf Moor. 

Strikes from Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish either side of Ben Mee’s header had the Dean Smith’s side in front as late as the 75th minute, but the Clarets showed plenty of fighting spirit late on to claim the points.

It was a second successive Premier League win for Burnley, who move up to 15th on the table and further away from danger.

It was a lively start as both sides looked to get forward, Burnley forcing Villa into a clearance to stop a cross finding Jay Rodriguez in the box before Douglas Luiz sent his header over after being found from a corner.

Robbie Brady also went close for the hosts but could not direct his shot on target.

The busy start to the game provided the first goal after 15 minutes. It came through Watkins, who scored for a second consecutive game, when he neatly guided a low cross past Nick Pope and in to the bottom right corner.

Going ahead only increased Villa’s confidence as they took a firm grip of the game, dominating possession and looking the much more dangerous force.

Grealish, who was influential throughout, and Bertrand Traore went close soon after the opener, but neither could double the advantage.

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Burnley had Pope to thank for the score remaining at 1-0 at half time after he made two crucial saves shortly before the break. First he denied Watkins a chance at his second by quickly closing him down after he had raced in-behind the defence, then he made another crucial stop from a corner.

And his efforts were rewarded just six minutes after the restart when Sean Dyche’s side levelled the scores, Mee powering home a header from a corner to score.

That sparked an end-to-end second period which was in stark contrast to the first 45 minutes.

Wood saw an attempt brilliantly saved by Emiliano Martinez in the 66th minute, and just two minutes later Villa were back in front.

It came after more good work from Grealish, who found Luiz in space out wide before bursting in to the box and getting on the end of the Brazilian’s cross to stab the ball into the net.

But their lead was not to last long, with the Clarets equalising again after 75 minutes. There was an element of fortune in it as McNeil’s drilled cross missed everybody and curled towards goal before nestling in the bottom corner to the surprise of most.

And they completed their quickfire turnaround through Wood in the 79th minute, the New Zealand striker rising beating the defenders to McNeil’s cross and putting his team in the lead.

That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Villa, who were unable to find a response and fell to defeat in a game the looked sure to win for long periods.

 

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