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Summary

  1. Brentford 11th, eight points off top six
  2. Burnley fourth, two points behind top two
  3. All three Burnley goals from outside area
  4. Brentford's Tarkowski refused to play

Live Reporting

By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

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We'll be back tomorrow at about 12:15 GMT for live text coverage of Sheffield Wednesday against Leeds.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday evening and have a good weekend.

Just coming in?

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That is just about it from us this evening as Burnley's impressive first-half showing, and three fantastic goals, sees them win a third game in a row in all competitions and strengthen their promotion push.

Brentford battled back well after the break but it's now four straight losses for Dean Smith's side in 2016.

If you missed any of the action tonight, you can read Phil Cartwright's match report here.

Burnley reaction

Scott Arfield
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It’s a tough place to come and we knew the reaction they were going to give us. What we’ve got in the dressing room is self belief and confidence that we can go all the way."

Burnley winger Scott Arfield, speaking to Sky Sports

Burnley reaction

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Great character shown by the lads again. I think we made Brentford look very, very ordinary for 45 minutes. Credit for them for the second-half comeback, but we deserved that."

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton, speaking to Sky Sports

FULL-TIME

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A brave response from Brentford in the second half, but it's job done for Burnley.

Eight goals in two games, they're two points behind the top two and coming into form at just the right time.

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Jake Bidwell's cross nearly causes some problems for the Burnley defence - again, they do just enough and clear though.

INJURY TIME

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Sean Dyche
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Three extra minutes here at Griffin Park for Sean Dyche's side to close out three points.

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Corner to Brentford, who do have a set-piece coach.

Burnley clear and anywhere will do as they look to close out the game.

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A free-kick is hit deep into the Brentford half by Burnley.

It comes to Rouwen Hennings who blasts a hopeful effort five yards wide - Sam Vokes threw himself at it at the last second but didn't manage a touch.

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A spectacular scissor kick from Jack O'Connell causes some momentary panic inside the Burnley area.

After bouncing off a couple of players, it falls kindly into the hands of goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

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Toumani Diagouraga
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Brentford follow up that effort with a long range strike from Toumani Diagouraga which was never near the goal - the last time he netted was March 2013.

CLOSE!

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Some of the crowd thought this was in!

Maxime Colin gets forward into the box and unleashes a drive into the side netting - Tom Heaton, in fairness, looked to have it covered.

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It's possession football at the moment from Burnley - you can imagine them just doing this on the training ground.

From the strikers all the way back to the defenders and the goalkeeper, as long as they've got the ball at the moment they seem happy.

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A barrage of noise from the home fans as they try to inspire their side to a big last 10 minutes.

Burnley goalscorer Joey Barton's deep cross drops kindly to Sam Vokes but he leans back and drills the ball over from inside the area.

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Some Burnley possession just takes the sting out of the game for a minute.

But whereas everything was sticking when they put passes forward to the attackers, now Brentford's defenders seem to be on the front foot.

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The hosts are doing their best to find a second. 

A corner is only half cleared on a couple of occasions by Burnley with scuffed efforts coming in from Brentford. These attacks are certainly causing moments of concern for the Clarets.

Brentford 1-3 Burnley

Alan Judge's 11th goal of the season has given Brentford some hope of a comeback, but the game has just lost some of its tempo in the past few minutes.

Another goal needed for the Bees to make it interesting, 18 minutes remaining for Burnley to hold on and secure three points.

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David Jones and Ryan Woods
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It seemed with every attack Burnley would score in the first half, but raids forward have been few and far between so far in the second.

A corner, though, comes in and causes Bees captain Jake Bidwell to make a very good clearance under pressure.

CLOSE!

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After two goals in two games, Joey Barton fancies a third as he unleashes a crisp drive from outside the area just wide.

Brentford make this final change as Nico Yennaris is on for on loan Chelsea man John Swift.

CLOSE!

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A free-kick on the left side of the pitch is fired in by Alan Judge and he nearly catches Tom Heaton out at the near post.

Burnley respond to this barrage by taking off Andre Gray for Rouwen Hennings, so still two strikers up top for the visitors.

So, no goal for Gray on his return to Griffin Park.

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Some proper noise around Griffin Park now as the home fans get a sniff of a comeback with that goal.

Still Brentford shirts fly forward at every opportunity and the yellow shirts of Burnley are getting deeper and deeper...

A cross from the right finds Sam Saunders but the substitute heads just wide.

GOAL (Judge)

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Well, well, well.

I said Brentford have been a transformed side and this is a fully deserved goal back.

Alan Judge expertly dummies and glides past Matt Lowton inside the box, and then fires in a powerful, low drive that is too much for Tom Heaton.

Game on?

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Dean Smith
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Whatever Dean Smith said at the break is certainly working.

Both of his full-backs, Jake Bidwell and Maxime Colin, are getting forward at every opportunity to support the attacks and getting in crosses.

This is the former Walsall manager's 11th game in charge of the Bees.

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Brentford are certainly the dominant side at the moment. 

Short, sharp passes between the men in red and white and they're looking more confident on the ball - Dean Smith's side are looking rejuvenated. 

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I know we're only a few minutes in but there already seems a better urgency about Brentford.

A series of crosses come in from both the left and right with Lasse Vibe having a header blocked by Michael Keane who won the aerial challenge with him.

It comes then to Alan Judge on the edge of the box but he pulls his shot wide.

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Sign
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This is a sign outside Griffin Park - Brentford need more than the home crowd's cheers in the second half to escape with something here.

They've had no answer to a dominant Burnley in the first period.

SUBSTITUTIONS

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Brentford boss Dean Smith responds to their performance in that first 45 minutes with two substitutions.

Sergi Canos is off for Sam Saunders while Marco Djuricin is taken off for Lasse Vibe.

KICK-OFF

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We're off and running in the second half.

The teams are out

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Dean Smith, you imagine, will have had some harsh words for his team in the changing room at the break, with Brentford struggling to impose themselves on the game in front of their own fans.

Just the 13 shots from Burnley in that first 45 minutes.

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The sporting world

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Joe Root
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Now the bulk of your football action is taking place tomorrow afternoon, but a whole feast of sport has been going on today.

Joe Root's century helped England to recover to 238-5 against South Africa in the third Test after South Africa looked set to take control in Johannesburg.

World number five Judd Trump beat Neil Robertson 6-5 in a Masters quarter-final earlier, while it's 2-2 between John Higgins against Stuart Bingham in the game that is ongoing.

Of course, all the biggest sports stories are covered on the BBC Sport homepage.

What are you doing next weekend?

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Play five-a-side? Every fancied giving it a go? Vowed to get fit this January? Fancy the chance to be at the FA Cup final?

There’s one thing that could be the answer to all those questions – the FA People’s Cup.

Competitors taking part in the FA People's Cup
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It’s a FREE-to-enter knockout competition (with the first round on 22-24 January) for male, female and disability players across 10 categories, ranging from under-14s through to the over-35s - with the chance to go to Wembley for the FA Cup final at the end.

But hurry - the deadline for entries is midnight today!

You can find out all about it here.

Get Involved

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I'm struggling to think of three better goals in a first half, but what have you made of the opening 45 minutes? 

Is there any way back, Brentford fans? Is this the result which shows Burnley will be challenging for the title?

Anything you'd like to share with us this evening, get on board by using #bbcfootball.

Weekend football

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While we take a breather at Griffin Park, let me point you in the direction of the Championship feast on offer tomorrow.

There will be live text commentary from the Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday against Leeds from 12:30 GMT, followed by coverage of all of the games in the Football League.

If you're yet to download the BBC Sport App or want to learn about push alerts for when goals are scored by your team, here's a handy guide for you.

HALF-TIME

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Well I can bet one or two Brentford fans were wishing they had had a quiet Friday night in rather than go and watch their side.

Second best to everything so far, but take nothing away from Burnley who have been fantastic.

Three stunning goals form the Clarets with Scott Arfield, Joey Barton and George Boyd netting.

George Boyd
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Andre Gray wins the ball after a mix up in the centre circle between two Brentford players.

He lays it to the right wing where Joey Barton's cross comes back to Gray, but the former Bees man can only fire it over the crossbar. 

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Scott Arfield
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So Scott Arfield, scorer of Burnley's first goal, now has two rivals in the "goal of the game" contest.

Note Andre Gray's reaction in the background of the above picture. Reminds me of this...

Stuart Broad
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As I've mentioned cricket, a reminder that you can follow live text and radio commentary of day three of the third Test between South Africa and England on Saturday from 08:00 GMT.

GOAL (Boyd)

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I don't think I can remember watching a more dominant half of football from one side.

A long free-kick into the area and Burnley forward Sam Vokes heads it down. Jack O'Connell opts for a stooping header instead of a clearance and George Boyd hits his shot on the volley, first time, into the bottom right corner.

So simple from the Clarets and you imagine that is that unless Brentford can improve dramatically.

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Opta Joe: 2 - Joey Barton has scored in back to back league games for the first time since December 2005. Patient. 

Joey Barton
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Burnley attacking at will from both the left and right still.

Andre Gray's persistence gives George Boyd the chance to set up Sam Vokes who sees his shot blocked inside the area - Scott Arfield was free on the left but the Wales international opted for goal.

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Dean Smith is right on the edge of his technical area asking his defence to push higher up as wave after wave of Burnley attacks come at his side.

A David Jones corner is whipped in from the right but Michael Keane is penalised to allow Brentford to clear.