Barnes nets rare goal as Burnley survive late Wolves surge to earn big win

Date published: Monday 21st December 2020 7:35 - Robert McCarthy

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Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were on target as Burnley moved out of the bottom three with a nervy 2-1 home win over Wolves on Monday night.

Barnes netted his first goal since November 2019 before Wood doubled the home side’s advantage early in the second half.

Wolves pulled a goal back through Fabio Silva’s penalty late on, but the Clarets held on for a big three points.

USA international Owen Otasowie made his full debut for Wolves as Nuno Espirito Santo made four changes for the game at Turf Moor.

Otasowie came in along with fellow 19-year-old Rayan Ait-Nouri, Max Kilman and Joao Moutinho as Wolves lined up without a specialist striker, keeping Fabio Silva on the bench.

Willy Boly was among the substitutes after suffering an injury in the midweek win against Chelsea, but Leander Dendoncker was not in the match squad.

Burnley made one change from the goalless draw at Aston Villa, as Barnes replaced Jay Rodriguez in attack.

After a slow start at Turf Moor, Burnley made the breakthrough in the 35th minute as Barnes ended a long goal drought.

The 31-year-old was without a goal since November last year but muscled his way in to head home Charlie Taylor’s cross.

Burnley doubled their lead six minutes into the second half after Wolves failed to deal with Ashley Westwood’s free-kick.

Ben Mee headed the ball back into the danger zone where it came off Ait-Nouri before Wood blasted it into the roof of the net from point-blank range.

Wolves make it nervy

The visitors came close to pulling a goal back with 17 minutes to go when Ruben Neves smashed a volley from outside the box, which Nick Pope dived sharply to his right to push away.

Wolves did find a late route back into the game when Josh Benson tripped Fabio Silva in the box and the latter drilled in the spot-kick with two minutes to go.

They then missed a great chance for an equaliser in the last minute of stoppage time when Adama Traore stood up a cross to the back post but Romain Saiss smashed a volley wide.

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