Burnley 1 Aston Villa 2
By Burnley FC
January 1 2020
The Clarets couldn’t make it a happy New Year as a third successive defeat left them looking over their shoulders at the start of 2020.
Sean Dyche’s men still have a handy cushion above the bottom three places as they head into the new decade.
But Villa’s win – secured by first-half goals from Wesley and the outstanding Jack Grealish – allowed the Midlanders to climb out of the relegation places and within three points of the Clarets, whose barnstorming second-half performance was ultimately too little, too late.
Burnley were oustanding after the break as they looked to stave off a sixth home defeat of the season and first against a side in the bottom half of the table.
But despite penning Villa in their own half, they couldn’t add to Chris Wood’s eighth goal of the season and paid the price for a dismal first 45 minutes which proved just beyond repair.
The tone was set in a nervy start from the Clarets who needed the assistance of VAR to stop them going behind with 12 minutes gone.
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