Burnley 3 Bournemouth 0
By Burnley FC
February 22 2020
It was a VAR day at Turf Moor – Vydra and Rodriguez, with a bit of boy wonder Dwight McNeil thrown in!
Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez got the opening two goals as the Clarets set up a fourth win in five games to climb up to eighth place in the Premier League.
But the technology of VAR also played a part in effectively disallowing two Bournemouth goals and awarding Rodriguez the penalty which preceded McNeil’s magnificent finale to a manic second half as Sean Dyche’s men turned on the style.
The Cherries might have left feeling sour but there was no disputing the quality of the Clarets’ attacking play once Vydra had put them in front to continue his remarkable revival.
Bournemouth were blown away late on as they chased the game in a fitting way for the Clarets to remember Championship winner Brian Pilkington, whose recent death was observed with a minute’s applause.
A left-winger in Burnley’s greatest team, he set quite a standard. In McNeil the Clarets have a worthy successor and also a team giving the current generation of supporters plenty to like as they continue to lord it with the best.
Nobody in the division had lost more away games this season than Bournemouth during their struggle to pull clear of the drop zone.
But a win at Chelsea in December, punctuating a run of seven defeats on their travels, showed what they have in their locker.
And the Cherries will have been disappointed not to have led at the end of a wide-open first half.
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