Burnley 0 West Bromwich Albion 1
By Burnley FC
August 19 2017
Hal Robson-Kanu scored and was then sent off as the Clarets were once again unable to find a way past West Bromwich Albion.The Baggies have never lost a Premier League game at Turf Moor.
And after two previous draws, Tony Pulis’ side went one better with a first away win of 2017 on an afternoon of frustration for the Clarets.
Both sides had started with opening-day wins as Burnley looked to make it two in a row at the start of a top-flight season for the first time since 1973.
But it was the Baggies who re-wrote their history books as they ended a 39-year wait to kick off with back-to-back victories at this level thanks to Robson Kanu.
The striker had been on the pitch for only seven minutes when he punished Burnley’s sole defensive lapse of the afternoon to break through and bag the winner.
Thirteen minutes later he was then sent off for a challenge on Matt Lowton but the Clarets were unable to hand out further punishment as they were unable to repeat their first-half fluency or make a late onslaught count.
Not surprisingly, the Clarets started with an un-named starting line-up from the side that began the season with a bang by beating champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day.
That meant an attacking midfield role for Jeff Hendrick in support of Sam Vokes and it was Hendrick who had the Clarets’ first two attempts in a slow burner of an opening half.
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Felt embarrassed for Dyche as he marched over the pitch at the end of the game clapping the home fans, his face was redder than his facial hair.