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West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Burnley

Ashley Barnes scores his fourth goal in four games to give Burnley the lead
Ashley Barnes scored his fourth goal in four games to give Burnley the lead

West Brom manager Alan Pardew says some of his players "can't deal" with their relegation battle after Burnley condemned them to a Premier League record eighth successive defeat.

Ashley Barnes' spectacular volley and Chris Wood's second-half goal kept Burnley's European hopes alive, while a late Salomon Rondon strike could not prevent the hosts losing again.

The Baggies remain seven points adrift at the bottom of the table and Pardew demanded more confidence from his players.

"You learn that certain players can deal with the situation, others not," he said. "We have another tough match next week, we have to be confident enough to stand up to the opposition and ask them questions.

"It was a difficult afternoon against a good side. Second half was a lot better, I tried to change the shape and it worked better.

"We were unlucky - after having a chance at 2-1 - not to get something out of the game in the end.

"We were so tentative in trying to close the ball down; that was not the team I see in training.

"We didn't cope with the pressure well, but we got better in the second half. We need to get a result somehow, and did everything today."

Burnley striker Wood could have scored twice after Barnes' first-half opener and Sean Dyche's men were denied a strong penalty claim when Ahmed Hegazi tugged on James Tarkowski's shirt in the area.

But New Zealand international Wood, who started his career in England at The Hawthorns, scored from close range after the break to settle their nerves.

Rondon struck late on to give the Baggies brief hope but the Clarets held firm to push West Brom ever closer to the drop.

The Hawthorns was already emptying in added time, although Albion kept pressing for an equaliser in the extra five minutes.

Burnley are now only two points behind seventh-placed Arsenal, who face strugglers Stoke at the Emirates on Sunday lunchtime.

Burnley's season of firsts

Chris Wood gets his fourth goal in three games for Burnley in the second half
Chris Wood scored his fourth goal in three games for Burnley in the second half

It was a first win at The Hawthorns since 1969 in a season of memorable firsts for Sean Dyche's impressive Burnley side.

Previously, the Clarets had been winless in all five of their Premier League matches against West Brom, and hadn't beaten the Baggies on their own turf since before 46-year-old Dyche was born.

But they arrived looking to reduce the gap on Arsenal and build on their dramatic win over West Ham, after already amassing their record points total in the top flight.

This latest triumph - which was nervier than it should have been because Wood failed to convert either of his two good first-half chances - keeps them on track for another impressive first: Europa League football.

Burnley fans are starting to believe in the possibility of matches against Continental sides, knowing the seventh-placed team in the Premier League could enter the Europa League this season, providing the FA Cup is won by a team in the top six. And, as it stands, three of the four semi-finalists currently occupy top-six spots.

Burnley, though, are likely to be pushed hard by Leicester, who are only three points behind the Clarets with seven games remaining. The two teams meet in a potentially-decisive fixture at Turf Moor on 14 April.

With strikers bang in form - both Barnes and Wood are on scoring runs - and goalkeeper Nick Pope making key saves like the one that denied Rondon's header before half-time, Burnley are showing few signs of slowing.

And in this campaign of new heights, few would bet against European qualification.

Baggies offer a glimpse of their battling qualities

Alan Pardew shouts instructions to Chris Brunt
There were signs that West Brom are still fighting for under pressure boss Alan Pardew

Captain Jonny Evans said some West Brom players cried in the dressing room after their previous Premier League defeat at Bournemouth.

They tasted defeat again on Saturday, but could at least take heart from a spirited performance in which they never gave up, even after being booed off as they trailed at half-time.

The table does not look any prettier, though, and some fans voted with their feet. The attendance of 23,455 was below this season's Hawthorn's average of 24,728.

Against Burnley, West Brom were behind the visitors in a number of key areas - coming out second best in the possession, shots and passes count.

At times - like when Evans gifted the ball to Burnley's Georges-Kevin Nkoudou in the first half and the Burnley winger might have capitalised - their vulnerability is palpable.

And it seems that, on occasion, West Brom's players are scared to take risks on the ball, lack creativity - second-half sub Matt Phillips made the most key passes (two) - and every error seemingly leads to groans from the home supporters.

But they must keep fighting to ensure their likely relegation does not make the season's finale more toxic than it has to be.

Rondon's late goal, and the way they stayed positive after such a poor first half, did at least offer an example that their fighting spirit remains.

And it is that which they will need to tap into as supporters begin to resign themselves to a first season in the Championship since 2009-10.

Chris Wood's influence telling - the stats

  • Burnley have won six away games this season, one more than in their three previous Premier League campaigns combined (5).
  • Chris Wood has found the back of the net in each of his last three Premier League games, scoring four in the process.
  • Wood has had a hand in more Premier League goals this season than any other Burnley player (8 goals, 1 assist).
  • West Brom have lost eight consecutive Premier League games, their longest losing run in the competition. It's their longest losing run in the top flight since a nine-game streak ending in September 1985.
  • Alan Pardew has collected just 12 points from a possible 84 in his last 28 Premier League games as manager of both Crystal Palace and West Brom (W2, D6, L20).
  • Ashley Barnes is the second Burnley player to score in four consecutive Premier League appearances after Sam Vokes did so between May and August 2017.
  • Aaron Lennon has assisted a team-mate in back-to-back Premier League games having registered just one assist in his previous 72 in the competition.
  • Salomon Rondon has scored three and assisted one more in four Premier League matches against Burnley.

'We're a work in progress' - what they said

Burnley manager Dyche warned that the club should not get carried away by the prospect of Europa League qualification.

"You have to be careful what you wish for, we're a work in progress," he said. "To be the real deal, you've got to keep working, but I am proud of my players' achievements.

"We scored a really good opening goal. We had more possession than you would expect for an away side, we were effective with it, and opened it up with a fine goal. It is a strange place to come being how tough a time they're having, but I thought we handled that well."

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Dyche 'proud' of Burnley's progression

Man of the match - Ashley Westwood (Burnley)

Burnley's Ashley Westwood
Ashley Westwood, ably supported by Jack Cork, was strong in the middle for the Clarets and played the most passes into West Brom's half

What's next?

West Brom host Swansea City at The Hawthorns on Saturday 7 April (15:00 BST), while Burnley travel to Watford at the same time.

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 6Evans
  • 26Hegazi
  • 2Nyom
  • 8Livermore
  • 5YacobBooked at 90mins
  • 11Brunt
  • 3GibbsSubstituted forPhillipsat 45'minutes
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forBurkeat 74'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 10Phillips
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 16Gabr
  • 17Burke
  • 20Krychowiak
  • 23McAuley

Burnley

  • 29PopeBooked at 90mins
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 25Lennon
  • 18Westwood
  • 4CorkBooked at 79mins
  • 7NkoudouSubstituted forHendrickat 69'minutes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 54mins
  • 11WoodSubstituted forVokesat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Marney
  • 9Vokes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 22Lindegaard
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
23,455

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Burnley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Burnley 2.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Nick Pope (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ahmed Hegazi tries a through ball, but Craig Dawson is caught offside.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ashley Westwood (Burnley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Burnley) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Burnley 2. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Evans with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Booking

Jack Cork (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).

Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Chris Wood.

Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Oliver Burke replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Burnley 2. Chris Wood (Burnley) header from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jeff Hendrick replaces Georges-Kévin Nkoudou.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City31273188216784
2Man Utd31215560233768
3Liverpool32199475354066
4Tottenham30187559253461
5Chelsea30175852272556
6Arsenal301461055411448
7Burnley31121092927246
8Leicester311110104743443
9Everton32117143853-1540
10Bournemouth32910133951-1237
11Watford32107154157-1637
12Newcastle3198143140-935
13Brighton31810132842-1434
14West Ham3189143957-1833
15Swansea3187162544-1931
16Huddersfield3287172553-2831
17Crystal Palace3279163150-1930
18Southampton31513132947-1828
19Stoke3169162958-2927
20West Brom32311182551-2620
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