Goals: 1. Jay Rodriguez, 29. Jacob Bruun Larsen, 73. Zeki Amdouni, 75. Luca Koleosho, 80. Josh Brownhill
Burnley beat struggling Sheffield United 5-0 in Round 14 of the Premier League, snapping an unflattering run of seven consecutive competitive defeats. Jay Rodríguez guided the home team to victory, breaking through the worst defense in the competition after just 17 seconds. A poor first half, in which the visitors conceded once more, was then capped off by Oliver McBurnie’s dismissal, destroying any hopes The Blades had of picking up points and launching the league’s least dangerous attack yet to wake them up.
Much more was expected of Burnley after their uncompromising promotion to the Premier League than was the reality. The newcomers to the competition were under the leadership of Vincent Kompany with four points at the bottom of the table, while they were currently on a streak of seven consecutive competitive losses. He could end the result crisis at home, where he welcomed Sheffield. The latter was not much better off, as they collected only one more point since the start of the season, and after the last defeat with Bournemouth, they were also drowned in the relegation zone.
The worst defense in the league, which the visiting team had, capitulated after just 17 seconds. After good work by Zeki Amdouni, Charlie Taylor got to the ball, who found the onrushing Rodríguez with a perfect center and he headed the ball into the net. The home team came even closer to breaking the unflattering series of losses in the 29th minute. Dara O’Shea addressed Jacob Bruun Larsen with a beautiful kick from deep in the field, who worked the ball into the run with a great first touch and then fired a ground shot at Wes Foderingham. The chances of a turnaround for the team from Sheffield were subsequently significantly complicated by McBurnie. Just before going to the locker room, he elbowed one of the opponents, and after the second yellow card, he rightfully had to go to the showers prematurely.
Vincent Kompany’s men were experienced after switching sides, trying to control the ball on their boots. They did well against a weakened opponent. Even so, the Razors almost saw a reduction. William Osula was the architect of this chance, as he made his way into the box after a quick breakaway, but James Trafford cut the angle brilliantly for him to finish. In the 73rd minute, Amdouni confirmed his good form. After a series of several headers, he got to the end and burned through everything that stood in his way. The Swiss youngster then also recorded an assist when he challenged Luca Koleosho to score, who luckily shot the ball into the net. Josh Brownhill made the definitive point behind the goal performance of the home team, who took advantage of a bad kick from the visiting defender and delivered the ball to its destination with a patter from the edge of the penalty area.
Burnley dominated the battle of two struggling teams. They will try to follow up on the victory on December 5 in the next league duel with Wolves. Sheffield will face Liverpool a day later.
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