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Burnley ended their 11-game winless streak with a deserved 3-0 victory over Brighton which lifted them off the bottom of the table. 

Connor Roberts got in behind the Brighton defence and cut the ball back to Wout Weghorst, who put the visitors in front. 

Josh Brownhill scored his first goal of the season as he cut inside Shane Duffy, Weghorst laid the ball off and has now been directly involved in three of Burnley’s last four goals. 

Prior to today’s fixture, Burnley failed to score in six of their last nine games, however Aaron Lennon added a third off the underside of the crossbar to complete their victory. 

Burnley allowed Brighton to have more possession of the ball, but they were effective in their counter-attacking play using the width and the space in behind to punish the home side. 

Brighton were unable to break down the visitors on the day, many of their crosses going straight to the hands of Nick Pope and their transitions were off the mark. Brighton manager Graham Potter said: “From a performance perspective, it’s been one of the worst since I’ve been here, and it doesn’t happen very often.” 

Midway through the first half, Duffy and Robert Sanchez locked horns as the centre half pushed his goalkeeper in the chest. Potter said: “They are human beings and they both care enough, but they probably didn’t channel it in the best way.” 

Burnley seemed to enjoy the weather along the south coast, utilising the wind to their advantage. Potter added: “Burnley put us on the back foot, we gave a few passes away, every second ball was going to them, they did their version of themselves better than we did.” 

The 17-year-old Irish striker, Evan Ferguson, was introduced early in the second half marking his Premier League debut as he replaced Danny Welbeck. 

A deserved victory lifted Burnley off the bottom of the table ahead of Norwich on goal difference. Burnley boss, Sean Dyche said: “Our fans should enjoy that, they have been absolutely outstanding.” 

Dyche added: “We’ve got to keep building, it’s another step, an important step, but we need to keep taking them.”

Meanwhile, Potter said: “I can only say sorry to the supporters that were there today. Sometimes if you don’t win, you have to learn, and we will try to do that.”

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June 2024