Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Turnaround at Turf Moor
Burnley went into their Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday without a win in their previous 12 matches, their last victory was against Stoke back in December. It looked like more of the same for the Clarets when Cenk Tosun, getting his first goal for the club, headed visitors Everton in front after 20 minutes. However, after the break Everton collapsed and Burnley went up a gear, aided in no small part by proactive substitute Chris Wood. They pushed Everton keeper Jordan Pickford into making a series of impressive saves, until eventually Ashley Barnes drew level after he ran onto a well-placed through-ball from Matthew Lowton. A set piece got Burnley their second goal, at 80 minutes a corner found the head of substitute Wood who headed it down from close range for Burnley to win 2-1. 5-minutes later Everton’s desperation was summed up when Ashley Williams was sent off for elbowing Barnes. The victory marks the first time Burnley have come from behind to win in the Premier League under manager Sean Dyche.
2 – Swansea smash West Ham
Swansea jumped out of the relegation zone and into 13th place after a resounding 4-1 win over visitors West Ham on Saturday. Within the first 10 minutes the Swans took the lead through Ki Sung-Yueng’s low finish and the South Korean provided the corner for Mike van der Hoorn’s header to make it 2-0. Just before the second goal West Ham’s Winston Reid landed awkwardly and was treated for 10 minutes before being stretched off. The Hammers’ misery continued just 3-minutes into the second-half when another Swansea corner rebounded and fell fortunately for Andy King, who scored on his first start for the Swans. Andre Ayew was tripped in the box and brother Jordan scored the resulting spot kick to make it 4-0, before Michail Antonio scored a late consolation for the travelling West Ham fans. The victory was the 7th consecutive home win for Swansea in all competitions and leaves them one place above West Ham on goal difference.
3 – Bristol City get back in the play-offs
Bristol City got themselves back into a play-off position after a comfortable 4-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend. City went into the game with just one victory from their 12 matches this year, but they were 3-0 up by half-time with Bobby Reid scoring twice and Josh Brownhill adding the third just before the break. Reid completed a hat-trick from the spot just after the hour mark and the victory moves Bristol into 6th and back into play-off contention. Sheffield Wednesday drop a place to 17th and are 7 points clear of the drop zone.
4 – Brighton beat Arsenal 2-1
Brighton stretched their unbeaten run to 7 games in all competitions after beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. The Seagulls took an early lead when Shane Duffy headed down a corner for centre-back Lewis Dunk to volley into the net from inside the six-yard box. Pascal Gross’ cross found the head of Glenn Murray to double the lead just after 25-minutes play. Just before the break a quick improvisation from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who flicked the ball off the outside of his boot clawed one back for the Gunners. Brighton soaked it up in the second-half where Arsenal dominated possession and nearly equalised through Aubameyang, but the home side held on to their first win over Arsenal since an old English Division One victory in 1982. The pressure continues to pile on manager Arsene Wenger, with this a fourth defeat in a row for Arsenal and them seemingly out of the running for a top-four finish.
5 – Wigan battle back from 2-0 down
Wigan fought back from 2-0 down against League One promotion rivals Blackburn Rovers to draw 2-2 at Ewood Park on Sunday. Adam Armstrong and Elliott Bennett both scored early goals and ensured the first-half of the Lancashire derby ended in favour of the home team. However, after the break Rovers squandered the lead when Michael Jacobs deflected shot cut the deficit before Max Power drew level with less than twenty minutes remaining. The battle for automatic promotion from League One has Blackburn, Wigan, Shrewsbury and Rotherham all still in the running. Blackburn remain top and 6 points ahead of 3rd placed Wigan, but the Latics have four games in hand on the leaders.