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Brentford 1-3 Burnley

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Burnley goalscorer George Boyd
George Boyd's third goal of the season gave Burnley a 3-0 half-time lead at Brentford

Three superb first-half goals earned Burnley a comfortable win at Brentford, which lifted the Clarets to within two points of an automatic promotion spot.

Brentford, for whom defender James Tarkowski refused to play amid interest from other clubs, fell behind to Scott Arfield's curled opener from 25 yards.

Joey Barton's free-kick and George Boyd's volley, both from 20 yards, gave Burnley a 3-0 half-time advantage.

Alan Judge pulled a goal back with a low shot early in the second period.

Relive Burnley's win at Brentford

The hosts threatened a comeback, which had looked extremely unlikely after the Bees had been completely outclassed by Burnley in the first 45 minutes, but Sean Dyche's side held on to secure a third victory in four league games.

Following on from their 5-0 win at MK Dons on Tuesday, the visitors - who are now level with Fulham as the Championship's top scorers with 42 - were in sparkling form in front of goal once more.

But the division's leading scorer Andre Gray, playing against his former club for the first time since a £9m move to Burnley in August, could not find the net on his return to Griffin Park.

Winger Judge's 11th goal of the season gave Brentford's third successive league defeat a degree of respectability, but they remain eight points from a play-off spot.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 22O'Connell
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15Woods
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 47CanosSubstituted forSaundersat 45'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forYennarisat 67'minutes
  • 8DjuricinSubstituted forVibeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 21Vibe
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Barbet

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21Boyd
  • 14Jones
  • 13Barton
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forHenningsat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duff
  • 8Marney
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 18Hennings
  • 27Darikwa
  • 40Nizic
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
10,039

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Burnley 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Burnley 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Saunders with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

  5. Post update

    David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vibe.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rouwen Hennings (Burnley) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Boyd.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Vibe (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack O'Connell (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by George Boyd.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Maxime Colin (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rouwen Hennings with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 15th January 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough25174437122555
2Hull26155638182050
3Derby261310338182049
4Burnley27139542241848
5Ipswich2612863631544
6Brighton26111143127444
7Sheff Wed2611963930942
8Birmingham2611783128340
9Cardiff2691073028237
10Wolves2610793534137
11Brentford27106113839-136
12Reading2697103129234
13Preston2681082323034
14Nottm Forest2671182625132
15Leeds2671182730-332
16Huddersfield2687113536-131
17QPR2671093134-331
18Blackburn2561182322129
19Fulham2669114246-427
20Rotherham2673163244-1224
21MK Dons2665152138-1723
22Bristol City2649132346-2321
23Charlton2648142147-2620
24Bolton26211132142-2117
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