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Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood hit home when Burnley came out of the bottom three with a nervous 2-1 home win over the Wolves on Monday night.
Barnes scored his first goal since November 2019 before Wood doubled the home team’s lead early in the second half.
The Wolves recovered a goal from a Fabio Silva penalty at the end, but the Clarets held on to three important points.
American international Owen Otasowie made his full debut for the Wolves when Nuno Espirito Santo made four changes for the game at Turf Moor.
Otasowie came in alongside compatriot Rayan Ait-Nouri, Max Kilman and 19-year-old Joao Moutinho as the Wolves lined up without a specialist striker, keeping Fabio Silva on the bench.
Willy Boly was among the substitutes after sustaining an injury in the weeknight win over Chelsea, but Leander Dendoncker was not in the call for the match.
Burnley made a change from the goalless draw at Aston Villa, as Barnes replaced Jay Rodriguez in attack.
After a slow start at Turf Moor, Burnley made the breakthrough in the 35th minute when Barnes ended a long scoring drought.
The 31-year-old has not scored a goal since November last year, but made his way to finish off Charlie Taylor’s cross.
Burnley doubled their lead six minutes into the second half after the Wolves failed to tackle Ashley Westwood’s free kick.
It’s all over at Turf Moor. 😁
A solid win for the Clarets, who are now four games unbeaten 👊 pic.twitter.com/56xE2OjxtE
– Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 21, 2020
Ben Mee headed the ball back into the danger zone where it left Ait-Nouri before Wood threw it to the ceiling of the net at point-blank range.
Wolves make him nervous
The visitors came close to throwing a goal with 17 minutes to go when Ruben Neves launched a volley from outside the area, which Nick Pope lunged sharply to his right to push.
The Wolves found a late route back to the game when Josh Benson dropped Fabio Silva in the box and the latter scored the penalty with two minutes remaining.
They then missed a huge equalizer opportunity in the last minute of injury time when Adama Traore got to his feet with a cross to the back post, but Romain Saiss crashed a wide volley.