Bournemouth 0 Burnley 1
By Burnley FC
December 21 2019
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective as Jay Rodriguez came off the bench to cap a Scrooge-like performance on the eve of Christmas with a dramatic late winner.
Super-sub Rodriguez headed home in the 89th-minute from the Clarets’ only effort on target to secure a second away win of the season.
At the other end, Sean Dyche’s men refused to give anything away as they recorded a seventh clean sheet of the campaign – matching Leicester at the top of the shut-out charts – by refusing the opposition an effort on target for the second week running.
And in Rodriguez they had the perfect man to deliver the perfect gift with his third goal of the season.
The striker had scored three times at the Vitality Stadium before, once for West Bromwich Albion and twice for Southampton.
That record hardly endeared him to the Saints’ near neighbours and Bournemouth and their supporters were left cursing him again when he plundered the points which lifted the Clarets into the top half of the table.
Charlie Taylor returned to the starting line-up as the Clarets’ only change from their win over Newcastle.
And the left-back did an impressive job of nullifying the threat of former Leeds United team-mate Lewis Cook as neither side was able to fashion a genuine chance in a niggly first half littered with fouls which was surprisingly extended by only three minutes following head injuries to the Bournemouth pair of Simon Francis and Ryan Fraser.
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