Burnley 1-3 Aston Villa: Clarets suffer blow to survival hopes

Burnley 1-3 Aston Villa: Mike Jackson handed his first defeat since becoming interim manager as former player Danny Ings is among the scorers to put a dent in the Clarets’ survival hopes

  • Burnley were dealt a blow to their survival hopes after a crushing home defeat 
  • Aston Villa took the lead after just seven minutes through Danny Ings
  • Emiliano Buendia doubled the lead before Ollie Watkins headed in a third
  • It is the first defeat that Mike Jackson has suffered as interim manager
  • Leeds and Everton both could jump Burnley by the end of the weekend’s games   

Aston Villa’s Danny Ings scored against his former club as Burnley’s interim manager Mike Jackson suffered his first defeat since replacing Sean Dyche to intensify their relegation fears.

Ings, who spent four years at Turf Moor, killed the raucous pre-match atmosphere with an early poacher’s goal with Emiliano Buendia adding a second before half-time and Ollie Watkins then scoring his 10th of the season, in front of England manager Gareth Southgate.

Despite a consolation from substitute Maxwel Cornet in injury time, the result means Burnley will return to the bottom three if rivals Everton win and Leeds get at least a draw on Sunday. Tactically, they were bettered by Villa boss Steven Gerrard who used centre-half Calum Chambers as extra insurance in midfield and allowed Buendia a free role.

Burnley’s Premier League survival hopes were dealt a blow with a crushing 3-0 defeat 

Aston Villa produced a ruthless display away from home to secure a comfortable victory

There was a further blow for Burnley as James Tarkowski was forced off with an injury 

It is the first time that interim boss Mike Jackson has suffered a defeat in the Burnley dugout

Gerrard sprung a selection surprise by leaving Brazilian Philippe Coutinho on the bench for the first time since he made his debut for the club on loan in January.


Burnley (4-4-2): Pope 6; Roberts 6, Collins 5.5, Tarkowski 6.5 (Long 47 6), Taylor 6; McNeil 6.5, Brownhill 7, Cork 6, Lennon 5.5 (Cornet 66 6.5); Barnes 6 (Pieters 73 6), Weghorst 5.5

Subs unused: Hennessey (Gk), Lowton, Bardsley, Stephens, Thomas, Costelloe

Goal: Cornet 90

Booked: Brownhill

Aston Villa (4-1-3-2): Martinez 7; Cash 6.5, Konsa 6, Mings 6.5, Digne 7; Chambers 6.5 (Chukwuemeka 68 7); McGinn 7, Buendia 8 (Coutinho 79 6), Luiz 6.5; Watkins 7, Ings 7 (Young 74 6)

Subs unused: Olsen (Gk), Sanson, Nakamba, Iroegbunam, Coutinho, Traore, Feeney

Goals: Ings 7, Buendia 31, Watkins 52

Booked: Digne, Watkins

Referee: David Coote 6

The cauldron that awaited them at kick off spoke volumes for the impact Jackson had made with three wins and a draw since Dyche’s sacking.

Ings looked lively from the first whistle and didn’t take long to register his fourth consecutive goal against The Clarets.

It was a neat Villa passing move with Douglas Luiz finding Buendia and the Argentine, the replacement for Coutinho, splitting the Burnley back line for Ings to run on and finish low to Nick Pope’s bottom right-hand corner.

Burnley had come from behind against Watford last weekend and tried to make immediate amends with a snapshot from Ashley Barnes that flew over.

They did get Villa goalkeeper Emiiano Martinez to make five saves in the first half, Martinez also becoming a pantomime villain for taking his time over goal-kicks, but lacked the quality to score.

Wout Weghorst missed with a shot on the turn and a header while McNeil was guilty of shooting straight at Martinez when inside the area. 

It was no surprise he’d failed to score with 41 previous shots in the Premier League.

At the other end, Villa then struck again after 31 minutes.

Once again, the build-up was slick. 

Ings fed Ollie Watkins who found Lucas Digne on the overlap. The Frenchman had time to size up his options in the area and cut back for Buendia whose low first-time finish wrongfooted Nick Pope.

Former Burnley player Danny Ings opened the scoring after just seven minutes 

Ings made it two goals in two games and it was his seventh of the Premier League season 

Emiliano Buendia doubled the lead after he was picked out by full-back Lucas Digne

Things didn’t improve in the second-half for Burnley as Ollie Watkins headed home a third

It was only Buendia’s third goal for Villa since a £33million move from Norwich last summer and vindicated Gerrard’s decision to give him rather than Coutinho the playmaker’s role at Turf Moor.

Burnley received a blow early in the second half when Tarkowski limped off to be replaced by Kevin Long. With club captain Ben Mee also out injured, it gave the back line an unfamiliar look.

The makeshift back line were no match for a great Villa counter that made it 3-0. Digne found John McGinn charging down the right and the Scot delivered the perfect cross that curled away from Pope into the path of Watkins to meet with a downward header.

Burnley could never recover from Aston Villa’s bright start to the game at Turf Moor

Burnley’s most famous fan, hometown boy and Test cricket star Jimmy Anderson, looked particularly grumpy in the stands seeing the gulf in class between the two teams.

Jackson sent on Maxwel Cornet for the final third with the exciting Frenchman having missed Burnley’s last couple of wins because of injury.

It briefly roused the crowd but Villa still created the better chances with Watkins nearly adding his second.

To add to their troubles, Gerrard decided to send on Coutinho of Barcelona and Brazil for the final 10 minutes, the excellent Buendia making way.

Burnley did manage the last of the game – Cornet rounding Marnitez and firing into the roof of the net. At this stage of the season, every one might count if goal difference comes into play

Steven Gerrard’s side have two wins on the bounce after losing their prior five matches

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