Brighton 0-3 Burnley: Burnley end their 11-match Premier League winless run with victory at Brighton

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Brighton 0-3 Burnley: Wout Weghorst scores as Burnley end their 11-match Premier League winless run with victory at Brighton


Burnley arrived at the Amex Stadium as one of only two teams in the top four divisions still searching for an away win. They left having broken that duck with an impressive victory that lifts them off the foot of the table and breathes new life into their survival bid.

Wout Weghorst’s first goal for the club and Josh Brownhill’s first Premier League goal gave Sean Dyche’s side a two-goal half-time lead before Aaron Lennon wrapped up the points midway through the second half. 

It was the perfect way for Dyche’s to mark his 250th Premier League game as a manager as the Clarets registered only their second league win of the season.

Burnley ended an 11-game Premier League winless run with victory over Brighton on Saturday

Burnley ended an 11-game Premier League winless run with victory over Brighton on Saturday

Burnley, who were without centre-back James Tarkowski and midfielder Ashley Westwood because of Covid-19 issues, made their intentions clear from the opening moments of the game as they immediately pressed Brighton backwards.

The early pressure set the tone for the opening half as the home defence was immediately unsettled and Burnley willingness to press their opponents high up the pitch prevented Brighton from establishing their usual control and building any kind of forward momentum. 

Instead it was the visitors who took the initiative and Dyche’s side might have taken the lead in the tenth minute when right-back Connor Roberts cut inside Alexis Mac Allister and directed a dipping left foot shot against the bar from 20 yards out.

January signing Wout Weghorst opened the scoring in the 21st minute to put Burnley ahead

January signing Wout Weghorst opened the scoring in the 21st minute to put Burnley ahead 

The breakthrough did finally come eleven minutes later after an incisive move down the Burnley right. Nathan Collins found Aaron Lennon who played an excellent pass around the corner and into the path of Roberts. 

The full-back pressed forward before pulling the ball back for Weghorst, positioned 15 yards from goal, and the forward made no mistake with a first time effort that flew past keeper Robert Sanchez.

Brighton remained unconvincing but had a good opportunity to equalise when Adam Lallana headed wide in 37th minute. The opportunity came a minute after Shane Duffy had finally tested Nick Pope with a speculative shot from 25 yards and Lallana should at least have brought the Burnley keeper into the action again when he met Tariq Lamptey’s cross.

The visitors' lead was then doubled after Josh Brownhill scored his first goal of the season

The visitors’ lead was then doubled after Josh Brownhill scored his first goal of the season

There was a clear sign of growing Brighton frustration when Duffy and Sanchez were involved in an angry exchange that ended with the centre-back pushing his team-mate after the pair had contested the same high ball. 

Without suspended skipper Lewis Dunk and the injured Adam Webster, the Brighton backline looked far from assured and that weakness was exploited almost immediately after Duffy and Sanchez’s spat as Burnley doubled their lead.

A long clearance from Ben Mee was directed towards Weghorst who held off the attentions of Duffy to lay the ball off for Brownhil, who had advanced in support.

Aaron Lennon then scored in the 69th minute to seal the destination of the three points

Aaron Lennon then scored in the 69th minute to seal the destination of the three points

Brighton have now lost back-to-back games and six games over the course of the season

Brighton have now lost back-to-back games and six games over the course of the season

The midfielder cut inside and struck a left foot shot that deflected first off Marc Cucurella and then Joel Veltman before finding a way through Sanchez’s legs for the 40th minute second.

Brighton felt they should have had the chance to reduce the deficit immediately before half-time when Lennon pulled back Moder, but referee Kevin Friend ignored their claims for a penalty. 

That would have provided Potter’s side with a platform to work their way back into the game, but it was clear they would have to improve considerably after the break.

Potter’s side, though, struggled to find a way through Burnley’s well organised defences and Dyche’s side wrapped up the win in the 69th minute after Lennon drilled a rising shot past Sanchez after being sent clear by Jay Roridguez.

While Burnley's win sees them move above Norwich into 19th place, five points from safety

While Burnley’s win sees them move above Norwich into 19th place, five points from safety

Team line-ups and player ratings 

Brighton (4-1-3-2): Sanchez 5; Lamptey 7, Veltman 6, Duffy 5, Cucurella 6; Bissouma 6; Lallana 6 (Trossard 54, 6), Moder 6 (March, 54, 6), Mac Allister 5; Maupay 5, Welbeck 6 (Ferguson 69, 6).

Substitutes not used: Steele, Gross, Alzate, Caicedo, Roberts, Leonard.

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope 6; Roberts 7, Mee 7, Collins 7, Pieters 6; Lennon 7, Cork 7, Brownhill 7, McNeil 8; Cornet 6 (Rodriguez 54, 6), Weghorst 9 (Barnes 87, 6).

Substitutes not used: Hennessey, Waller, Lowton, Stephens, Bardsley, Long, Thomas

Referee: Kevin Friend 5

 

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