Burnley U23s 2 Barnsley U23s 1

A Lewis Richardson double extended the Clarets’ unbeaten start as they came from behind to go to the top of the Professional Development League.

That lead may be short-lived, with current northern group pace-setters Nottingham Forest playing Wigan Athletic on Monday night.

But Burnley did everything they could by stretching their undefeated start to 10 league games thanks to a superb second half performance.

Richardson struck twice in the space of 12 minutes to take his total for the season to four and three in the past two games.

And with the Clarets then digging in to rebuff a late counter-thrust from the Tykes, they put the ball in Forest’s court ahead of their home fixture against the Latics.

The Clarets again had to make defensive changes with centre-backs Bobby Thomas and Ollie Younger still sidelined through injury and Anthony Glennon a late withdrawal.

Glennon had travelled with the first team to Leicester City on Saturday but illness ended his ever-present run in the Under-23s.

That meant the captain’s armband for Adam Phillips and a first start in close to a year for central defender Teddy Perkins, who is currently out on loan at Ramsbottom United, in partnership with Scott Wilson.

And the re-shuffled back four conceded after just seven minutes when Rob Harker turned a free-kick from ex-Clarets youngster Jordan Barnett into his own net as Burnley conceded an own-goal for the second game running.

A week ago Wigan benefitted with a share of the points but this time the Clarets hit back to make it successive home wins at Curzon Ashton.

There looked little prospect of that in a disappointing first half littered with stoppagws in play in which Burnley threatened only briefly, Ne-Jai Tucker failing to match a fine early run with a finish and Harker dragging a shot just wide on the break.

But the Clarets then dominated the second half and grabbed the points with Richardson’s twin strike.

The 16-year-old had ended a barren run with the opening goal at Wigan and stayed in the groove with two more poacher’s strikes.

Four minutes into the second half Ali Koiki’s through-ball put Richardson in the clear and he kept his composure to beat Josh Barnes.

And then with an hour gone the England youth international put the hosts in front with a high-quality goal.

Josh Benson’s fine pass released Harker and the striker’s excellent low cross on the turn found Richardson arriving at the edge of the six-yard box to side-foot home.

Barnsley could barely get out of their own half and Richardson then almost created a third for Benson, whose shot was blocked.

But it still needed a late rearguard action to bank the points as the Clarets made it 12 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Barnsley, seeking back-to-back wins of their own, had late chances through Chris Sang and Keziah Martin.

But superb blocks from Wilson and Koiki snuffed out the danger as the Clarets’ will to win got them over the line and into pole position in the title race.

Burnley: Jensen; Cooney, Perkins, Wilson, Koiki; Tucker, Phillips, N’Guessan; Harker, Richardson. Substitutes: McMahon, Goodridge, Bayode, Mumbongo.

Barnsley: Barnes; Helliwell, Pache (Cagen 74), Fielding, Barnett; Mottley-Henry, Styles, Martin, Wollerton; Willard, Sang (Marsh 77). Substitutes: Binns, Ward, Brown.

Leicester City 2 Burnley 1

VAR raised its head and controversially denied the Clarets a point at the King Power Stadium.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is a big advocate of the television review system but even his faith must have been tested by the verdict that cost the Clarets a late equaliser.

Leicester defender Jonny Evans got the final touch to bundle the ball into his own net after Kasper Schmeichel had saved from Chris Wood.

But after the ‘goal’ was automatically checked, Jon Moss was told by video assistant referee Andy Madley that he had seen a clip on Evans’ heels by Wood and the effort was disallowed.

With Evans seemingly having no chance of keeping the ball out of the net as he belatedly went to ground it looked an incredibly harsh interpretation and resulted in a second away defeat of the campaign for the Clarets, who had led through Wood’s fourth goal of the season.

Jamie Vardy’s equaliser and then a second-half strike from Youri Tielemans ultimately decided the outcome as Burnley’s four-game unbeaten run came to a frustrating end.

But VAR remained the major talking point as the clear and obvious seemed anything but in football’s brave new world.

Almost a year on from the accident that claimed the lives of former Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, the Clarets were again part of another poignant afternoon.

To mark the anniversary of the Foxes’ loss which had preceded Burnley’s last visit here, a minute’s silence acted as a tribute to the chairman who helped deliver the Premier League title in 2016.

While a repeat may be a distant dream, the current pack of Foxes under Brendan Rodgers had laid down their top-six credentials in the opening weeks of the season – losing just twice in eight games.

That run had left them just two points better off than the Clarets, however, and Dyche’s men underlined in an even first half just how closely matched the teams are.

Burnley were without Ashley Barnes for the first time this season due to a groin injury, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jack Cork also sidelined as Jay Rodriguez and Robbie Brady both started their first two league games of the campaign.

Rodriguez made his 150th top-flight appearance alongside Wood, who stepped up impressively to become the outlet for a number of Burnley’s breaks in the absence of Barnes.

And it was Wood who put the Clarets ahead after 25 minutes with a goal against his former club.

The Clarets had threatened a number of times on the counter-attack and when they got the ball forward again Wood was a central figure.

His control and pass out wide got Dwight McNeil in the game and the England Under-21 man needed no second invitation to cut in from the right flank and deliver a perfect left-footed cross which Wood headed powerfully into the top corner.

The effort from Wood – whose first Premier League goal had come as a Leicester player in 2014 – looked as though it would give the Clarets a priceless half-time lead.

But just a minute before the break the Foxes, beaten just once at home since Rodgers took charge in February, equalised.

Vardy had been a peripheral figure up to that point, his one sight of goal an effort he put into the side-netting on the break when he might have been given off-side.

But Vardy has always needed no more than a sniff of a chance to come alive and once again he proved it when getting above Mee to meet a cross from Harvey Barnes – son of ex-Claret Paul – and bury a header beyond Nick Pope to send the sides in level with his sixth goal of the season.

That lifted the Leicester players and the atmosphere inside the stadium as the momentum swung the Foxes’ way.

The Clarets were forced to dig in and try and keep the blue shirts at bay, doing a decent job of limiting their chances until the decisive strike 16 minutes from the end.

Ayoze Perez had wasted one opportunity with a shot over the top before being substituted and his replacement Demari Gray offered Leicester an extra option out wide.

And it was Gray’s ball in, flicked on by Barnes, which gave Tielemans the chance to drill a shot into the roof of the net for what, dramatically, turned out to be the winner.

Wood had a chance to strike back when he dragged an effort wide from James Tarkowksi’s knock-down.

But it was his next contribution that proved the most pivotal, gaining no compensation for his part in the disallowed goal that under-mined the Clarets’ rousing attempts to cap their late fightback with a tangible reward.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Tielemans, Perez (Gray 67), Maddison (Praet 73), Barnes (Morgan 79); Vardy. Substitutes: Ward, Justin, Albrighton, Choudhury.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady (Lennon 65), Hendrick, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez (Vydra 83). Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Gibson, Bardsley, Long.

Booked: Hendrick, Tarkowski, Lowton.

Referee: Jon Moss

Aston Villa 2 – 2 Burnley

Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood both scored on their return to the Midlands as the Clarets twice came from behind to take a precious point from a pulsating encounter.

Burnley hadn’t been to Villa Park since May, 2015 but this was worth the wait as Sean Dyche’s men extended their unbeaten run away from home with a gutsy performance capped by two headed equalisers.

Jay Rodriguez claimed his first Premier League goal for the Clarets after coming off the bench at half-time to cancel out Anwar El-Ghazi’s first-half opener.

Burnley U23s 1-1 Nottingham Forest U23s

Ali Koiki scored again but then missed a last-minute penalty as the Clarets were denied top spot in the table on a dramatic afternoon at Turf Moor.

Koiki’s beautifully taken seventh goal of the season before the break looked to have lifted Burnley above Forest to the head of the U23 Professional Development League’s northern group.

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But a late Forest leveler from captain Danny Preston stopped the Clarets making it three wins in a row as Mario Siampanis saved Koiki’s spot-kick after substitute Max Ram had been sent off for tripping Lewis Richardson as he went through on goal.

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Steve Stone’s side extended their unbeaten start to seven games with arguably their best performance of the season.

But having dominated for long spells and missed chances to convert an impressive performance into all three points, they were ultimately left frustrated and fourth in the table – level on points with champions Leeds United.

The Clarets had dictated the first half, which was played almost exclusively in the Forest half with the visitors restricted to sporadic counter-attacks mopped up by Burnley’s back four.

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And the biggest surprise was that it took almost half an hour for Stone’s side to force the breakthrough.

Adam Phillips tested Siampanis with an early free-kick, while Rob Harker and Lewis Richardson both went close as the Clarets peppered the visitors’ penalty area.

And the pressure finally paid off with another goal from the in-form Koiki.

Richardson was again involved with a smart turn onto Anthony Glennon’s throw-in to work the ball into the penalty area.

Koiki then took over and following a step-over which opened the route to goal, he then curled a right footer into the far corner to extend his scoring run.

Bobby Thomas then headed a Phillips corner over the top and Ne-Jai Tucker dragged a shot just wide as the Clarets pressed for a second goal before the break.

The interval did little to slow the Clarets’ momentum and when Tucker turned provider, with an excellent turn and far-post cross, Koiki should have headed his second and doubled Burnley’s lead with an effort he planted against the crossbar.

And the home side nearly made to pay when Forest finally mustered an effort on target with almost an hour gone, former Bolton Wanderers prospect Zach Clough warming the gloves of Lukas Jensen with an effort from 20 yards.

With Forest sensing a route back into the game, Clough threatened again with a twisting run and a low shot which Jensen did well to palm away from danger.

But the Clarets countered with chances for Richardson to add to the lead as Forest were constantly stretched in the wide areas as Koiki and skipper Anthony Glennon combined surperbly down the left flank.

Sixteen-year-old Richardson then lifted an effort over the top as he battled away to get on the scoresheet.

And having been unable to put the game to bed, the Clarets were denied victory five minutes from time.

Burnley were unhappy to have a corner awarded against them when Will Swan looked to have headed wide.

But having got the verdict, Forest made the most of it when captain Preston followed up his own header after it hit the bar to nod in from close range.

That was enough to keep them in top spot, although not before the Clarets missed the perfect chance to usurp them.

A poor back pass left Richardson in the clear but after rounding Siamparis and running the ball slightly wide he was tripped by Ram.

The defender was dismissed but Koiki – who scored twice from the spot a week ago and again in a penalty shoot-out win in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup last week – could not hand out the maximum punishment as Siampanis beat his effort away.

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Burnley: Jensen; Cooney, Thomas, Younger, Glennon; Tucker (Bayode 87), N’Guessan, Phillips (Goodridge 85), Koiki; Richardson, Harker. Substitutes: McMahon, Cropper, Wilson.

Nottingham Forest: Siampanis; Rama, Spooner (Gallagher 42), Stewart (Ram 59), Preston; Fornah, Barnes; Hayes (Trialist HT), Asare, Clough; Swan. Substitutes: Statham, Sodeinde.

Burnley 2 – 0 Norwich City

Chris Wood bounced back to goal-scoring form as Sean Dyche celebrated another Turf Moor landmark with three precious points.

Dyche’s 313th game in charge of the Clarets saw him move up a place to fourth in the all-time list for matches as Burnley manager.

Only the legendary Harry Potts supercedes him in the post-War era and fittingly Dyche oversaw a win that lifted his side into the Premier League’s top seven with a first victory since the opening day of the season.

The Clarets have since drawn twice away from home in a solid start.

But having left it late to take a point at Brighton a week ago, they went back up a level on home turf to cast aside a Norwich side which had produced the result of the season in beating Manchester City last weekend.

Wood led the way with both goals as he opened his account for the season. And while the striker will have to wait for his first hat-trick in a Burnley shirt, he and his team-mates did more than enough in a highly impressive performance to get their campaign firmly back in top gear.

The two sides hadn’t met in the top flight at Turf Moor since September 1976, when Peter Noble scored all four goals for the Clarets in a 4-4 draw.

With Wood striking twice in the opening quarter of an hour he might have fancied repeating that remarkable feat as the Clarets made a flying start.

Norwich might have had the measure of the champions but couldn’t deal with the Clarets’ high tempo approach.

And while the visitors persisted in trying to play their way out from the back, the approach looked like an accident waiting to happen in the opening stages.

That said, Norwich had a chance to go in front following a mistake of their own from the Clarets as James Tarkowski’s error gave Teemu Pukki a run of goal.

The fast-starting Finn has scored six times in his first six Premier League games but couldn’t find a way past Nick Pope, who made a vital save with his outstretched left leg.

And two minutes later Burnley were in front.

Ashley Westwood delivered a perfect in-swinging corner and Wood’s impressive movement found him space at the near post to nod home his first goal since April.

t had been a long wait for the New Zealand international but four minutes later he was celebrating again.

Norwich didn’t help their cause as defender Ibrahim Amadous mis-placed a pass to Jack Cork and the Clarets were ruthless in exposing the error.

Cork released Dwight McNeil and when the winger went past Sam Byram and crossed to the near post, Wood was there again to neatly steer the ball past Tim Krul with his left foot.

The Clarets swarmed all over their opponents and Krul had to react sharply to keep out a flicked effort from Cork following a free-kick from Westwood, who covered almost every blade of grass.

Jeff Hendrick, fully justifying his return to starting duty in an effervescent start, almost turned in an Ashley Barnes assist at the far post and when Barnes was picked out by Westwood, his goalbound volley was blocked by Byram.

Only bottom club Watford have conceded more goals than Norwich.

But the Canaries do carry a goal threat with their expansive style and when substitute Moritz Leitner crashed a shot against the woodwork, the Clarets were given a reminder that they were still in a game by half-time.

Another goal early in the second half might have changed that view and again the Clarets pressed for it as Norwich continued to invite pressure.

With an hour gone Burnley again won the ball back cheaply and a combination between Wood and Barnes ended with Barnes curling an effort just over.

An off-balance Wood then stabbed an effort at Krul after some great play from McNeil again opened up the City defence, while Barnes kept trying to sniff out another chance and was left bemused not to be awarded a penalty when he looked to be caught in the box by Ben Godfrey.

The second goal wouldn’t come, but with the Clarets impressively seeing out a first shut-out since day one of the league campaign there was rarely any threat of Dyche’s red-letter day ending on anything but a victorious note.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Hendrick (Brady 90), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Lennon 79); Wood, Barnes (Rodriguez 79). Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Vydra, Long.

Booked: None

Norwich City: Krul; Byram, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey (Leitner 13), McLean; Buendia, Stiepermann (Drmic 76), Cantwell (Roberts 90); Pukki. Substitutes: McGovern, Hanley, Roberts, Heise, Srbeny.

Booked: Amadou

Referee: David Coote

Attendance: 19,712

Burnley U23s 3 – 1 Ipswich Town U23s |Ali Koiki hat- trick

Ali Koiki continued his flying start to the season with a first career hat-trick as the Clarets extended their unbeaten run.

Koiki scored twice from the penalty spot and then pounced to complete his treble to make it six goals for the season since his switch to a more advanced left-sided role.

Koiki’s efforts helped make it back-to-back Professional Development League wins for Steve Stone’s side who are now unbeaten in six games this season as they continue their climb up the north section

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Burnley 1 Sunderland 3

The Clarets’ woeful recent record in the Carabao Cup was extended by another shock defeat as League One Sunderland came from behind to book their place in the third round.

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Sean Dyche’s men looked as though they would avoid a sixth successive exit to a lower ranked side when Jay Rodriguez put them ahead just 12 minutes in.

The summer signing first made his name as a Burnley player with some high-profile goals as the Clarets reached the semi-final of the competition in 2009.

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But this time his first goal since re-joining the club turned out to be only a false dawn as Sunderland rode their luck to level before the break through Will Grigg and then deservedly completed the upset with quick-fire strikes from Tom Flanagan and George Dobson at the start of the second half.

The Clarets tested their strength in depth by making 10 changes to their starting line-up, with only teenager Dwight McNeil staying in the side that had begun Sunday’s Premier League draw at Wolves.

But this was still a side packed with quality and experience, boasting a Premier League winner in debutant Danny Drinkwater and two League Cup winners in Aaron Lennon and goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Phil Bardsley had also previously been to the final of this competition with Sunderland in 2014 and after a nip-and-tuck opening spell, the Clarets made their early superiority tell with the opening goal.

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Drinkwater, making the first appearance of his loan spell from Chelsea, played his part with a typically measured pass to release Matej Vydra, who also showed great awareness to pick out the over-lapping run of Rodriguez.

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The striker’s last competitive Turf Moor goal in a Burnley shirt had come in March, 2012 and he bridged the gap with a classy finish, biding his time to roll the ball past goalkeeper Lee Burge.

The Clarets, striving to improve a record of just one win in their last six games in the competition, looked to press home their advantage and 15 minutes after Rodriguez’s opening goal the Black Cats had a remarkable let-off as they somehow stayed just one goal behind.

Lennon, continuing the positive impression he has made since returning from long-term injury, smacked a shot against the foot of Burge’s right-hand post and from the rebound, Vydra hit a similar effort against the opposite upright.

Sunderland, having made eight changes of their own, almost immediately made the most of their reprieve as Dobson flicked an effort just wide from youngster Denver Hume’s dangerous ball in as they continued to look lively on the break.

And the Academy graduate again played a key role as the visitors equalised 10 minutes before half time.

This time his delivery inside was deflected off Drinkwater and fell perfectly for Northern Ireland international Grigg to stroke home his first goal of the season.

That only added to the Wearsiders’ confidence and immediately after the break they took control of the tie with two goals inside the first four minutes of the second half as Burnley’s early dominance became a distant memory.

Both came from corners as the Clarets were caught napping, Hart parrying out a Lynden Gooch shot for Flanagan to nod home and then Dobson being left unattended to collect the ball on the edge of the penalty area to fire low into the bottom corner.

Burnley desperately needed a response and with an hour gone it almost came from Kevin Long who was denied twice in a matter of moments by Burge, who made fine saves to keep out headers from the Clarets’ defender.

Dyche sent on Chris Wood mid-way through the half and the striker immediately saw a shot blocked as the home side finally began to wind up a head of steam.

He then steered an effort just wide when poking the ball past the advancing Burge.

But with the Clarets unable to find a way through there was to be no nervy finish for the underdogs or a chance for Lewis Richardson to make his senior debut from the bench to become only the fourth 16-year-old to play for Burnley since the Second World War.

Burnley: Hart; Bardsley (Lowton 78), Long, Gibson, Taylor; Lennon (Wood 69), Hendrick, Drinkwater, McNeil; Vydra, Rodriguez. Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Dunne, Cork, Richardson.

Sunderland: Burge; McLaughlin, Baldwin, Flanagan, Hume; Gooch, Dobson, McGeouch, Embleton; O’Nien (Power 86), Grigg (Wyke 78). Substitutes: Patterson, Ozturk, Kimpioka, Sammut, Diamond.

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 7,445 (away 1,093)

Wolves 1 Burnley 1

Burnley were cruelly denied a hard-fought victory as a contentious 95th minute penalty salvaged a point for thankful Wolves.

The Clarets had led through Ashley Barnes’ sensational 13th minute strike – and could easily have been further in front following a dominant opening 45 minutes.

The hosts rallied after the break, but without troubling Nick Pope in the Burnley goal until he was finally beaten by Raul Jiminez’s spot kick, after the Mexican went down after being challenged by Erik Pieters.

It looked a harsh call, but with the Premier League insisting on a “high bar” for VAR decisions, any judgement by on-field referee Craig Pawson was always unlikely to be overruled – and Burnley paid the penalty!

Sean Dyche named an unchanged side for the third successive game, against a Wolves side that defeated Torino in Italy on Thursday in their latest Europa League venture.

And in temperatures more akin to the Mediterranean, the hope was that the hosts would be feeling the heat in their third game in six days.

And Burnley settled quickly into their task, with Barnes firing an early sighter just wide of Rui Patricio’s goal.

And in the 13th minute the in-form striker, who had scored in the two previous league games, found his range with a sensational finish to open the scoring.

Dwight McNeil’s composed, cushioned header guided the ball into Barnes’ path and he unleashed a magnificent low drive into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

That earned him the accolade of being the first Burnley player to score in the first three successive top-flight games since Frank Casper in 1967.

And the lead was inches away from being doubled just four minutes later.

This time McNeil hung up a cross to the far post and Ben Mee stretched his neck muscles to head the ball back across goal and off the underside of the crossbar, where a touch from a Wolves defender almost took the ball over the line before Patricio pounced.

Burnley continued to control the game and on the half hour, it was Wood’s turn to try his luck from Lowton’s raking pass, with a shot on the turn that fizzed wide of goal.

And the New Zealand striker had a glorious chance seconds later, controlling Nick Pope’s deep ball and cutting inside the last defender, only for Patricio to crucially save with his legs.

That would have been no less than the visitors’ deserved for their dominant first half display.

Burley would have expected a reaction, and Wolves immediately had more spark about them from the restart.

Morgan Gibbs-White fired a half volley just wide in the first moment of concern for Pope.

But Barnes was even closer as play swung to the other end, side-footing inches wide from Westwood’s superb ball into the box.

And Westwood, who was orchestrating all of Burnley’s best work in the midfield engine room, saw his fierce, rising effort fail to test Patricio following a measured counter-attack.

As the half progressed, and the game became stretched, Wolves began to build pressure.

But despite a flurry of substitutions, Pope was still being well protected by a disciplined rearguard.

Raul Jiminez drilled a ball across the six-yard box with nobody on hand to capitalise and Pope pounced on an interception from the impeccable Ben Mee, as another cross rained into the Burnley box.

As the clock ticked agonizingly towards the end of five additional minutes, a scramble resulted in Pieters clipping Jiminez’s heel and VAR sealing the Clarets’ fate.

BURNLEY: Pope, Pieters, Tarkowski, Mee, Lowton, Gudmundsson (Lennon 66), Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Barnes (Rodriguez 78).

Subs: Hart, Taylor, Hendrick, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Tarkowski 59

WOLVES: Patricio, Doherty (Traore 76), Bennett, Neves, Jiminez, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White (Neto 66), Jota, Jonny, Moutinho (Dendoncker 59).

Subs: Ruddy, Vallejo, Cutrone, Vinagre.

REF: C Pawson

VAR Ref: Peter Bankes

Burnley U23s 1 Coventry City U23s 1

Danny Drinkwater made his first appearance in a Burnley shirt as the Clarets hit back to extend their unbeaten start to the Professional Development League season.

Drinkwater played the first half as an over-age player to build up his match fitness following his deadline-day signing from Chelsea.

There will be more minutes to come – possibly later in the week – for the on-loan midfielder, but a first taste of Turf Moor in claret and blue was a step forward towards his eagerly-awaited return to Premier League action.

Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell also made his Burnley bow following his arrival from Leeds United as the Clarets followed up their opening draw at Millwall with another share of the points.

But this time they should undoubtedly have had all three after dominating for most of the game and creating a catalogue of chances before Tunde Bayode finally made the pressure tell with an explosive finish 10 minutes from the end.

Peacock-Farrell had little to do but was beaten after 15 minutes as Coventry grabbed the lead.

A long ball over the top from ex-Fleetwood full-back Junior Brown allowed Max Biamou to get in behind the Clarets’ defence and the striker – who has almost 50 first-team games under bis belt – lifted the ball over the Northern Ireland international to add to his winner in the opening round of games.

Burnley then went on to dominate the remainder of the first half but were unable to convert a succession of chances.

And striker Rob Harker was the one to feel most aggrieved as he could have claimed a hat-trick before the break.

Drinkwater – who had one sight of goal himself with an effort he lifted over the top – created the first opening before the visitors had scored but from the midfielder’s pass, Harker produced a tame finish to make life easy for City keeper Tom Billson.

The Clarets’ number nine then headed against a post from a superb cross from Bayode, who along with summer signing Ryan Cooney delivered a steady stream of high-quality deliveries from the right flank.

And when Anthony Glennon changed things up by pulling the ball back from the left-hand side, Harker couldn’t believe his luck when his side-foot finish was blocked in front of goal.

Strike partner Lewis Richardson also carried a threat as he weaved his way in and out of the City defence, forcing Billson into a save with his legs before shooting too high as Coventry somehow held out.

The change of ends did little to alter the flow as the Clarets again racked up the chances to equalise at the start of the second half.

Harker poked another Bayode cross just the wrong side of a post and the elusive Richardson also put efforts just wide either side of an Ali Koiki shot which Billson saved at the expense of a corner.

Bobby Thomas met the set-piece with a typical header but again it was blocked to deny the defender a repeat of his goal at The Den on the opening day of the season.

Coventry – who included ex-Clarets’ Academy defender Arlen Birch as a trialist – looked to pinch a second on the break and did create a chance for substitute David Bremang.

But he shot straight at a well-positioned Peacock-Farrell and almost immediately the Clarets finally got their reward.

Glennon created the opening with a superb diagonal ball to Bayode and this time the winger went it alone to cut in and bury a fierce, angled strike into the top corner to give the Clarets the least they deserved.

Burnley: Peacock-Farrell; Cooney (Cropper 83), Thomas, Dunne, Glennon; Bayode, Benson, Drinkwater (Phillips HT), Koiki; Richardson, Harker. Substitutes: McMahon, Younger, N’Guessan.

Coventry: Billson, Birch, Williams, Drysdale, Brown (Burroughs 73), Bartlett, Young, Ngandu, Biamou, Wakefield (Bremang 67), Bapaga. Substitutes: Walters, Tyler, Eckersill.

Referee: Nat Cox

Arsenal 2 Burnley 1

Barnes’ first-half equaliser to cancel out Alexandre Lacazette’s early effort gave the Burnley frontman his third goal of the season.

He also scored home and away against the Gunners last season and his latest contribution took his tally of Premier League goals this calendar year to a dozen.

Only Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero have scored more – Mane’s haul helping him share last season’s Premier League golden boot with Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And like Barnes, Aubameyang has also started the new campaign on fire and after scoring the Gunners’ winner at Newcastle United last weekend, the Gabon international repeated the trick with the goal that nipped Burnley’s fightback in the bud and gave Arsenal a 10th successive win in the fixture.

Unsurprisingly, the Clarets were unchanged from their opening-day win over Southampton, with Charlie Taylor’s the return among the substitutes the only alteration to the match-day squad.

And like Barnes, Aubameyang has also started the new campaign on fire and after scoring the Gunners’ winner at Newcastle United last weekend, the Gabon international repeated the trick with the goal that nipped Burnley’s fighback in the bud and gave Arsenal a 10th successive win in the fixture.

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Arsenal also collected three points first up thanks to Aubameyang’s goal but opted to change their winning formula as new signings David Luiz and Dani Ceballos made their home debuts.

There was also a return to starting duty for Lacazette and it was the France international who made biggest impact with the opening goal 13 minutes in.

The Clarets needed to ride out an early spell of pressure but cracked from an Arsenal set-piece.

rom Lacazette and when Ceballos delivered the resulting corner, the Arsenal’s number-nine showed the necessary strength to hold off Erik Pieters on the turn and drill a shot through the legs of Pope at the near post.

The Clarets had been slow to make their presence felt following the early kick-off but responded well to going behind.

Immediately Burnley had a chance to equalise but from Pope’s long clearance Barnes dragged his shot just wide.

And Sean Dyche’s men then continued to unsettle the Gunners as they pressed high up the pitch and threatened from a number of set-pieces of their own.

The danger came from Arsenal on the break and Pope had to save with his feet to keep out a low strike from Matteo Guendouzi.

But two minutes before the break the Clarets deservedly equalised through that man Barnes, who has now scored 13 times against the top-flight’s ‘big six’..

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This time it was Burnley who struck on the counter-attack as Chris Wood got free to lay the ball back to Dwight McNeil.

The teenage winger had been a growing influence and although his shot was half blocked, the ball fell to the predatory Barnes to keep his composure and hold off Luiz to roll a shot into the bottom corner and send the sides in level – a VAR decision upholding that of the assistant referee to disallow a Reiss Nelson strike for off-side against Nacho Monreal with the last kick of the half.

Arsenal’s reaction was to send on £72m record buy Nicolas Pepe at the re-start and, as in the first period, the Clarets had to weather some early probing.

When Pope stayed big to make a fine block from Aubameyang and then pulled off another smart save at full length to turn away a Ceballos effort it looked as though they might come through it.

But Aubameyang has been a constant thorn in the Clarets’ side and after scoring twice in both legs of the Gunners’ double last season he struck again with just over an hour gone, steering a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out after Ceballos had robbed Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the Icelander’s 100th Burnley appearance.

Gudmundsson looked to counter-punch with a cross at the other end which McNeil headed over the top from an inviting position to mirror an earlier effort from Ashley Westwood when the scores were still level.

But the Clarets were unable to get another clear sight of goal as they scrapped for a first point at this ground.

Pope kept them in the hunt with another smart block from substitute Lucas Torreira and the Clarets’ keeper almost played a part in a dramatic late equaliser when he came up for a corner.

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Pope connected with a header, but James Tarkowski couldn’t feed sufficiently off the scraps to propel his own effort goalwards as a relieved home side scrambled the ball clear to hang on to all three points and maintain their monopoly.

Arsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal; Guendouzi, Willock; Ceballos (Torreira 83); Aubameyang, Lacazette (Kolasinac 72), Nelson (Pepe HT). Substitutes: Martinez, Mkhitaryan, Chambers, Martinelli.

Booked: Aubameyang, Luiz.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson (Lennon 72), Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood (Rodriguez 61). Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Hendrick, Gibson, Bardsley.

Booked: Barnes

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 60,214

Burnley 3 Southampton 0

Ashley Barnes led the onslaught with a double blast as Southampton again suffered at the hands of the striker who took his Premier League goal tally against the Saints to five.

Both of his latest efforts came from combinations with new signing Erik Pieters as the Dutch international quickly made himself at home in his new surroundings.

And Johann Berg Gudmundsson then added the finishing touch to a near perfect afternoon with a classy third goal as the Clarets enjoyed their best ever opening-day win in the Premier League and first top-flight win at Turf Moor on the first day since 1967.

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Of the Clarets’ summer recruits, Pieters made a debut at left-back as former Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez started his second stint as a Burnley player on the bench.

But despite the familiarity of the line-up, it took the Clarets a while to find their feet as the visitors carried the early threat.

New recruit Che Adams steered a cross from Yan Valery just wide of the far post at full stretch and James Ward-Prowse warmed the palms of Nick Pope on a first Premier League outing for the new Clarets’ number-one since May, 2018.

But Burnley had the ball in the net with just over a quarter of an hour gone, when Chris Wood turned in a Barnes cross.

And while that effort was rightly ruled out for off-side against Barnes – a first use of VAR backing up an excellent decision from assistant referee Andre Garratt – it galvanised the home side, who raised the tempo to drive Southampton back.

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Gudmundsson, back fit and firing in the starting line-up, whistled a low drive just wide, but in horrible wet and windy conditions there were few genuine signs of a break-through until a minute before the break.

Nathan Redmond has a habit of scoring against Burnley and the Saints’ most dangerous player almost did it again when he created space in the penalty area for a shot that was flying towards the roof of the net before Pope made an excellent finger-tip save to keep the scores level.

With the wind at their backs, the Clarets looked to force the pace following the re-start, although Southampton remained a threat on the break as Redmond curled a shot wide after being teed up by former Turf Moor favourite Danny Ings.

But the Clarets kept probing away and got their reward when Barnes struck to make it 1-0 with just over an hour gone.

No Premier League club has suffered more than Southampton at the hands of Barnes.

All five of the goals he has scored against them have come at Turf Moor and these were two more valuable additions to the collection as he linked superbly with new boy Pieters.

The first came from Pieters’ cleverly lifted ball over the top which released Barnes to race clear and thump a volley past Angus Gunn.

And the next finish – seven minutes later – was just as emphatic as the Clarets took complete control.

This time, Pieters swung over a peach of a cross for Barnes to meet with a perfectly-timed run and first-time finish on the half-volley which was in the back of the net virtually before Gunn had moved.

Suddenly, the Clarets were in full flow and the perfect start to the season was capped 15 minutes from time when Gudmundsson made it three.

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His determination won the Icelander the ball and the chance to run at Southampton’s bedraggled defence.

With no-one able to close him down, Gudmundsson sprinted on before curling a lovely left-footer inside the far post to reward those getting a soaking in the lower tier of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand who will have gone home wet but happy after a red-hot second half which bodes well for what’s to come.

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Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmunsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Lennon 84); Barnes (Rodriguez 84), Woods. Substitutes: Hart, Hendrick, Gibson, Bardsley, Long.

Southampton: Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens (Hojberg 73), Vestergaard, Bertrand; Romeu, Ward-Prowse; Ings (Obafemi 66), Adams (Boufal 73), Redmond. Substitutes: McCarthy, Soares, Yoshida, Djenepo.

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 19,784 (Southampton1,921)