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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Ben Mee (52')
  • Dwight McNeil (76')
  • Chris Wood (79')
  • Ollie Watkins (14')
  • Jack Grealish (68')

Wood strikes late as Burnley fight back to sink Villa

Chris Wood grabbed a 79th-minute winner as Burnley came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead in the 14th minute with a deft finish to turn in a low cross from Matt Targett and Dean Smith's side could have gone in it at the break with a more handsome lead had it not been for fine saves by Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

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Burnley skipper Ben Mee put the Clarets level after the interval with a thundering header at the back post from an Ashley Westwood cross.

The outstanding Jack Grealish restored the visitor's advantage, though, in the 68th minute with a smart finish after a clever exchange with Douglas Luiz.

But Burnley, who ended Liverpool's 68-match unbeaten home run last week, fought back again as Dwight McNeil made it 2-2 with a low cross-shot from the left which went through a crowded area into the bottom corner.

Winger McNeil turned provider in the 79th minute, whipping in a cross from the left flank which Wood met with a perfectly angled header.

Burnley, 15th in the table, moved on to 22 points and Villa dropped to 10th on 29.

Prior to the match, Villa had gone on to win each of their nine Premier League games in which they had opened the scoring, while Burnley were the only top-flight side yet to recover a single point after conceding the first goal.

"We got the equaliser and had grit and determination to come back again. It was fantastic from the lads," said New Zealander Wood.

"It's all about character in our team and we've got an abundance of it. We like to show people what we are about and what Burnley are about."

Smith was left to rue his side's failure to convert those first-half opportunities.

"The game should've been over at half-time, the chances that we created, they were quality chances," he said.

"Pope has made some really good saves, but the game should've been out of sight. I've just said to the players, it's very tough to win any game in this league and we have started the season so well but you can't get three points the way we played tonight."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 32 +44 74
2 Manchester United 31 +27 63
3 Leicester City 31 +18 56
4 West Ham United 31 +12 55
5 Chelsea 31 +19 54
6 Liverpool 31 +16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur 31 +17 49
8 Everton 30 +3 48
9 Arsenal 31 +8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa 30 +10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace 31 -19 38
14 Southampton 31 -17 36
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 -5 33
16 Burnley 31 -17 33
17 Newcastle United 31 -19 32
18 Fulham 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United 31 -38 14