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Burnley 1-0 Leeds United

Scott Arfield goal for Burnley
Scott Arfield opens the scoring for Burnley in the first minute

Championship leaders Burnley strengthened their Premier League promotion push with a battling victory over Leeds United at Turf Moor.

The Clarets took the lead after just 60 seconds when Scott Arfield found the bottom corner with a low angled shot.

Leeds striker Chris Wood headed two glorious chances wide after the break, as Burnley stretched their unbeaten league run to 18 games.

Sean Dyche's side are now four points clear of second-placed Middlesbrough.

However Boro, who have two games in hand, could reduce the lead back to one point if they beat Preston at the Riverside on Saturday afternoon.

Burnley host Middlesbrough on 19 April in what is likely to be a pivotal match in the promotion race as they look for an immediate return to the top flight.

Dyche's side, who were frustrated by Cardiff in Tuesday's goalless draw, proved why they are the division's leading scorers with a wonderfully worked team goal straight from kick-off.

Top scorer Andre Gray turned provider as he held the ball up beautifully before laying it off to Canada international Arfield, who placed an inch-perfect shot inside the left-hand post from 18 yards.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the second half, but Wood could not connect properly with his first header before nodding off target when unmarked in the six-yard box.

The Yorkshire club's wastefulness ensured another clean sheet for goalkeeper Tom Heaton as Burnley maintained their unbeaten run in the Championship since Boxing Day.

It also extended Burnley's remarkable record of having won 20 of the 22 games in which they have scored first this campaign.

Leeds, although not mathematically safe, remain 11 points clear of the relegation zone and look set for another mid to lower-table finish.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"If you want to be successful in any industry, but certainly in football, certainly in the Championship, you have to find a way to win.

"You can't use the word 'luck' when you're top of the league with 80 points at this stage of the season.

"That's not about luck when you've gone this far down the line. It's about all the different challenges and dealing with them over a season. There's still more work to be done."

Leeds boss Steve Evans:

"If Burnley are winning games like today they're destined to be in the Premier League. They're full of good players and have a top manager.

"With the two Chris Wood chances, they're bread and butter to him, he would normally put them in the net. His performance all-round, other than that, was very good.

"The whole team, we've bossed it with some real quality of passing and movement. The only disappointing thing, and the mystery to all of us, is that we've lost the game."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21Boyd
  • 14JonesSubstituted forMarneyat 76'minutes
  • 13BartonBooked at 58mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 9VokesSubstituted forBarnesat 72'minutes
  • 7GraySubstituted forTaylorat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Marney
  • 15Taylor
  • 16Dyer
  • 17Robinson
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Barnes

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 28Berardi
  • 3Bamba
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 16DiagouragaSubstituted forAdeyemiat 81'minutes
  • 8MurphyBooked at 67mins
  • 15DallasSubstituted forMowattat 87'minutes
  • 23L Cook
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forAntenucciat 66'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 5Bellusci
  • 7Antenucci
  • 10Mowatt
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 27Phillips
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
18,229

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Leeds United 0.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Taylor following a set piece situation.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Matthew Taylor replaces Andre Gray.

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Leeds United).

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Stuart Dallas.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leeds United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Tom Adeyemi replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Cooper (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Offside, Burnley. Matthew Lowton tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Dean Marney replaces David Jones.

Attempt saved. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Sam Vokes because of an injury.

Delay in match Sam Vokes (Burnley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leeds United) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

Hand ball by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Booking

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Wood with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Mustapha Carayol.

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley412214564333180
2Middlesbrough40247955253079
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham401611134539659
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading401312154546-151
15Leeds401115143949-1048
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest401113163541-646
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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