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Burnley 4-0 Bristol City

Andre Gray
Scott Arfield scores Burnley's third goal in their 4-0 victory over Bristol City

Andre Gray scored his first Football League hat-trick as Burnley beat struggling Bristol City to consolidate fifth place in the Championship.

Gray turned Aden Flint on the halfway line and raced clear to fire low past Frank Fielding and made it 2-0 to the hosts with a neat finish in the box.

Scott Arfield latched onto Sam Vokes' through-ball to grab Burnley's third.

Gray completed his treble when he swept the ball past Fielding following Matthew Lowton's pinpoint low cross.

The win enabled the Clarets to close to within three points of Hull City and Brighton, the two teams immediately above them in the Championship table, while City remained in the bottom three on goal difference.

Burnley, who were beaten 3-0 at Hull on Boxing Day, made the better start as Arfield fired just wide from inside the box, while Vokes saw a low deflected shot hit the post.

Joey Barton's 30-yard shot clipped off the top of the crossbar, but just as Burnley's dominance looked like bringing them no reward, they scored twice in eight minutes.

Gray's solo run put Burnley ahead and his second arrived when Lowton's cross was not cleared and David Jones headed the ball back into the box for the striker to finish.

The visitors started the second half brightly and Flint should have done better when he volleyed over the bar from outside the box.

Arfield, who netted twice in Burnley's 4-0 victory over Charlton last weekend, scored his fourth goal of the season when he converted a superb pass from Vokes.

Gray, who had previously scored three hat-tricks for Luton in non-league, grabbed his 15th goal of the season and third of the afternoon when he met Lowton's cross with his right foot.

Andre Gray
Andre Gray celebrates his hat-trick with the matchball under his shirt

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"It's a tough division, we know that. The fact is we've come a long way this year and to finish on that performance, with that result, is a good marker for this club in the bigger picture.

"Andre Gray was fantastic. He gave a real reaction because I thought he was below par the other day and he knew that.

"We had a little chat about it. We want him to play with freedom and do what he did.

"Sam Vokes was also outstanding. He did all the stuff the supporters perhaps might not notice. It was a very good team performance."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill:

"What's happening now is we need more chances to score a goal. It's hard trying to create chances game after game after game and not take them.

"I think we played equally good football to Burnley and, if not, then at least in the second half. Their third goal was against the run of play.

"If you put any one of our lads into Burnley's team, then they wouldn't have looked out of place.

"If we could have had one, two or three of Burnley's players, then I think we'd have won the game - that's the difference."

Scott Arfield
Scott Arfield has now scored three goals in Burnley's last two home matches

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 13BartonSubstituted forUlvestadat 81'minutes
  • 14JonesBooked at 45mins
  • 11Kightly
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forHenningsat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duff
  • 15Taylor
  • 18Hennings
  • 20Ulvestad
  • 22Gilks
  • 24Long
  • 27Darikwa

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 17BakerBooked at 32mins
  • 13BennettSubstituted forLittleat 76'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forReidat 82'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 3Williams
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forBurnsat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 9Cox
  • 14Reid
  • 16Moore
  • 20Burns
  • 23Bryan
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
17,234

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 4, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 4, Bristol City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Korey Smith.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nathan Baker following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Baker (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

  10. Post update

    Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Baker (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  17. Post update

    Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Matthew Taylor replaces Scott Arfield.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a corner.