Wood helps Burnley earn win at Brighton to move clear of bottom three

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A double from Chris Wood helped Burnley earn a 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, a win that steered Burnley three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Burnley came into the contest at the Amex Stadium unbeaten in the league in 2019, and the visitors could have taken the lead in the 17th minute, only to be denied by the crossbar twice in quick succession.

They did not have to wait long for the opener, though, with Wood capitalising on a slip from Brighton’s Lewis Dunk before firing home in the 26th minute.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was once again in inspired form for the visitors, time and again denying Brighton with some fine stops.

Down the other end, Brighton keeper Mat Ryan got a hand to Wood’s curling effort in the 61st minute, but could not keep it out.

Ashley Barnes then earned his side a penalty, which he duly dispatched in the 74th minute before Shane Duffy headed in two minutes later to give Brighton hope.

The visitors held on and are now three points clear of the bottom three in 15th, level on points with Brighton, who dropped to 14th in the table and are without a league win since December 29.

REUTERS/Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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