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Burnley 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

30th March 2019, 17:02 by Mark Race

Burnley scored a goal in each half as they eased their relegation concerns with a much-needed 2-0 victory against Wolves.

The Clarets, who had lost their last four matches, made the best possible start at Turf Moor by taking a second-minute lead.

Dwight McNeil’s free-kick found Chris Wood and he rounded Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The former Leeds United striker’s shot from a tight angle hit the post and the unlucky Conor Coady turned the ball into his own net. It was the Wolves captain’s third own goal of the campaign.

Wolves, who play Watford next weekend in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, struggled to get a foothold in the match, with Diogo Jota unable to get his head to Adama Traore’s dangerous cross.

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty for handball midway through the first half when Jonny’s shot struck Ashley Barnes, but the referee waved play on.

Wolves ended the first half well as Traore’s goalbound shot was blocked and they almost equalised immediately after the restart, only for Jota’s shot to drift just wide with Tom Heaton beaten before Ivan Cavaleiro lashed his effort off target.

James Tarkowski did superbly to block Joto’s shot after excellent play by Traore as the Clarets hung on to their slender advantage.

A rare Burnley attack ended with Willy Boly blocking Ben Mee’s header, while at the other end Heaton kept out Jonny’s header from Joao Moutinho’s pinpoint cross.

However, Sean Dyche’s side sealed the three points with a second goal 13 minutes from time when the outstanding McNeil drilled a low shot past Patricio.

Matt Doherty wasted a great chance for Wolves in the closing stages as Burnley hung on to clinch their ninth win of the campaign.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Mark Race

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