Sunday 25 August 2019

Hendrick and Ward lead way for Burnley

Burnley 3 Bournemouth 2

Burnley's Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring his side's first goal in their 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Photo: PA
Burnley's Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring his side's first goal in their 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Photo: PA

Sean Dyche believes the bond between his Burnley side and the club's passionate fan base is the key to their remarkable home form. Bournemouth became the fifth Premier League side to taste defeat at Turf Moor this season, following Liverpool, Watford, Everton and Crystal Palace.

All but one of Burnley's 17 points have come in front of their own supporters and Dyche credits the supporters. Turf Moor may not be the biggest or most modern stadium in the top flight but it provides a formidable atmosphere.

Burnley's Jeff Hendrick and Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels challenge for the ball. Photo: PA
Burnley's Jeff Hendrick and Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels challenge for the ball. Photo: PA

"The fans here are terrific with us, they know the challenge, but they're still behind us no matter what," he said. "We're really backed by the people here, backed by the one club mentality."

The Clarets needed more than just their fans to see off Eddie Howe's men, though. First of all it took two goals in four first-half minutes.

Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring with a wonderful, dipping volley after two touches to bring the ball under control, and Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward made it two by poking home from close-range when Artur Boruc denied Ben Mee.

"It was a fantastic goal, certainly worthy of the Premier League," noted Dyche of Hendrick's strike.

Burnley's Stephen Ward hits home his team's second goal in their 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Pic: Reuters
Burnley's Stephen Ward hits home his team's second goal in their 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Pic: Reuters

Benik Afobe and George Boyd swapped strikes in the second half before a 90th-minute rocket from Charlie Daniels briefly hinted at a second big comeback in a week after Bournemouth's 4-3 defeat of Liverpool.

Howe lamented his side inability to deal with Burnley's "direct thereat" but found one positive in the eighth-minute ovation afforded to Ireland midfielder Harry Arter, whose wife gave birth to a stillborn daughter a year ago.

"I'd like to say thank you to the Burnley fans," he said. "It's really good to see football fans unite in tragedy. It was a special moment."

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