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Burnley fight back to sink Villa

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Chris Wood scored a 79th minute winner as Burnley twice came from behind to beat Aston Villa in their Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Burnley’s Chris Wood celebrates after scoring the winning goal in their Premier League game against Aston Villa at Turf Moor on Wednesday. Picture: Molly Darlington, Reuters

BURNLEY – Chris Wood grabbed a 79th-minute winner as Burnley came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead in the 14th minute with a deft finish to turn in a low cross from Matt Targett and Dean Smith’s side could have gone in it at the break with a more handsome lead had it not been for fine saves by Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

Burnley skipper Ben Mee put the Clarets level after the interval with a thundering header at the back post from an Ashley Westwood cross.

The outstanding Jack Grealish restored the visitor’s advantage, though, in the 68th minute with a smart finish after a clever exchange with Douglas Luiz.

But Burnley, who ended Liverpool’s 68-match unbeaten home run last week, fought back again as Dwight McNeil made it 2-2 with a low cross-shot from the left which went through a crowded area into the bottom corner.

Winger McNeil turned provider in the 79th minute, whipping in a cross from the left flank which Wood met with a perfectly angled header.

Burnley, 15th in the table, moved on to 22 points and Villa dropped to 10th on 29.

Reuters