Chris Wooden’s first-half hat-trick against Wolves helped Burnley move 9 points away from the underside three.
All of Wooden’s goals got here in a 4-0 victory earlier than half-time in the course of the opening 45 minutes the place it was clearly evident that one team was pushed by starvation and a need for one thing to play for, and the opposite was not.
Wolves, who’ve identified for a lot of the season that their destiny would in all probability be a mid-table oblivion, improved barely within the second half within the sense that they solely conceded yet another goal when Ashley Westwood struck 5 minutes time.
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Sean Dyche’s team went to the West Midlands with no instant risk of rejection, regardless of three consecutive defeats, largely due to Fulham’s incapability to exert any stress on the teams above them.
They left with a nine-point cushion between them and the underside three and it needs to be sufficient to safe one other season of Premier League football.
Conor Coady may very well be heard singing directions because the combat began, demanding a fast start from his team. At first it appeared to have labored, however finally it fell on deaf ears.
Daniel Podence supplied some simple work for the returning Nick Pope, back after missing two video games with a shoulder injury, with a shot to the goalkeeper’s center, earlier than curling a shot past the England international skimming outside a post.
A mistake by Wily Boly allowed Burnley to take the lead after 15 minutes. Wooden clicked on a cross that Boly didn’t clear and turned Coady a technique then the opposite down the best side of the penalty space earlier than discovering the far corner of the net with a robust, low angle angle shot.
The New Zealander rapidly doubled the lead six minutes later. A messy play by Adama Traore this time noticed him put the ball away on the sting of his own penalty kick, as Dwight McNeil intercepted his cross to Nelson Semedo.
McNeil rolled the ball throughout the face of the goal the place Wooden was on hand to faucet it home from close vary.
Dyche had his team enjoying aggressive, entrance foot football and Wolves just could not cope. Burnley gained one more second and Charlie Taylor’s cross ought to have been given away by Matej Vydra however he fired his shot over the crossbar from eight yards out.
Wolves as messy and sluggish as Burnley had been spectacular and hostile frustration boiled over seven minutes earlier than half-time.
Podence stayed down contained in the penalty space after a small push by Josh Brownhill. James Tarkowski tried to pull the striker up by his arm, firing a melee involving the 2 units of players that noticed Traore push Jack Cork within the face.
VAR seemed on the incident however might solely decide Traore’s actions as worthy of a yellow card. Within the present local weather, the Wolves winger might hardly have had many complaints if the colour was red.
Wooden headed Burnley’s third goal and accomplished his hat-trick just earlier than half-time, aiming home unmarked from 4 yards out following a extra dreadful defense from McNeil’s corner.
Vydra Rui Patricio rounded to score what seemed like an excellent fourth goal on the start of the second half, however VAR intervened and saved Wolves with a right-footed decision.
Burnley did not relaxation on their laurels and nonetheless seemed dangerous going forward, and Matt Lowton made Patricio save nice in his close to post after an hour.
As well because the Clarets had been advancing, defensively they had been additionally glorious and stored their opponents at arm’s size all through.
Westwood accomplished the routine with 5 minutes remaining as Wooden became a supplier for his fierce shot from the sting of the field.