Burnley burns Brentford at Turf Moor

Edwin  - CEO March 16, 2024
Updated 2024/03/16 at 6:14 PM
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On-loan Chelsea forward David Datro Fofana scored the second goal for the Clarets Action Images via Reuters /he Standard
On-loan Chelsea forward David Datro Fofana scored the second goal for the Clarets Action Images via Reuters /he Standard

Ten-man Bees have late goal ruled out as winless run continues


Brentford beat Burnley 3-0 to claim their first home win of the season. Tom Dulat/Getty Image/The Standard
Sergio Reguilon was sent off within ten minutes at Turf Moor; Jonathan Gorrie reports for The Standard.

Burnley’s 2-1 win extended Brentford’s Premier League winless run to six games.


The Clarets took the lead through a 10th-minute Jacob Bruun Larsen penalty given after a foul on Vitinho by Sergio Reguilon, who received a straight red card.


David Datro Fofana, having been guilty of a remarkable miss late in the first half, doubled the advantage with a finish just past the hour mark.


Kristoffer Ajer pulled a goal back for Brentford with eight minutes of average time to go, but Burnley was able to see out their first victory of 2024 and only their fourth in the league this season.


Boss Kompany had emphasized pre-match that he had not given up hope of avoiding relegation. After ending their winless run, the gap between second-bottom Burnley and safety stands at eight points with nine games left to play.


Fifteenth-placed Brentford, meanwhile, are four points above the drop zone as their sequence without victory extended to a sixth match.


Kompany made one change from last weekend’s 2-2 draw at West Ham. He dropped goalkeeper James Trafford—previously an ever-present in the league this season—and brought Arijanet Muric into the team for his Premier League debut.

One of those coming into Brentford’s starting line-up as boss Thomas Frank made two adjustments from the 2-1 loss at Arsenal was the fit-again Reguilon, whose return proved extremely short-lived.


An early Burnley attack saw Josh Cullen swing the ball into the box, where Vitinho went to the ground following contact from behind from the on-loan Tottenham defender.


VAR intervened, and after referee Darren Bond had watched the incident back pitchside, a penalty was awarded, Reguilon was given his marching orders, and Bruun Larsen coolly sent the spot-kick past Mark Flekken.


Ivan Toney headed over as Brentford looked to hit back, and Burnley then breathed a sigh of relief when Dara O’Shea misjudged an attempted pass back to Muric. The goalkeeper slid to clear the ball off the line with his boot and then saved Toney’s follow-up effort.


At the other end, Fofana somehow missed when looking to score from close range, having been teed up by Lorenz Assignon’s cutback.


Muric then made a fine save to deny Yoane Wissa. Fofana, having lurked behind Flekken as he prepared to take a kick, emerged to nick the ball, only to be thwarted by the Dutchman as he tried to take it past him.


After Charlie Taylor put a shot over the Brentford bar early in the second half, Fofana could redeem himself in the 62nd minute as he was played in by Wilson Odobert and slotted past Flekken.


Burnley’s push for more included Zeki Amdouni’s shot being held by Flekken before their lead was halved by Ajer heading in a cross from Shandon Baptiste.


The Clarets had been 2-0 up against West Ham only to be held 2-2, and fans may have been fearing a repeat as Muric kept out a Keane Lewis-Potter header.


A lengthy period of stoppage time – in which replacement Amdouni has substituted himself – then saw the ball in the Burnley net. Still, no goal was given, with Toney being penalized for a challenge on Muric before the final whistle confirmed three points for the hosts.


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