Wolves vs Burnley – Premier League: Live score, Lineups And Updates

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Wolves vs Burnley - Premier League: Live score, Lineups And Updates
Wolves vs Burnley - Premier League: Live score, Lineups And Updates

Chris Wood’s first top-flight hat-trick put Burnley within touching distance of another season of Premier League football but the short-term future for Wolves suddenly appears far less certain.

This was Burnley’s greatest margin of victory in the top flight since 1965, a superb display in which they were stronger, quicker and – crucially – hungrier than their opponents.

Statistics said Burnley’s players ran far more than Wolves – about six kilometres – as they charged towards survival, with Ashley Westwood scoring an excellent fourth near the end.

Chris Wood (left) celebrates after netting a sensational first half hat-trick for Burnley
Chris Wood (left) celebrates after netting a sensational first half hat-trick for Burnley
The New Zealander opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a crisp finish across goal
The New Zealander opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a crisp finish across goal
The in-form striker then added another six minutes later following a Matej Vydra squared pass
The in-form striker then added another six minutes later following a Matej Vydra squared pass
With a header (9) before half-time, Wood completed his first Premier League treble
With a header (9) before half-time, Wood completed his first Premier League treble

It is a fine achievement for a club with a relatively modest budget to stay in this division, year after year, and Burnley deserve huge credit if they stay above the line for a sixth consecutive campaign.

Wolves have spent far more than Burnley during the Nuno Espirito Santo era and have been rewarded with three glorious seasons, but the fourth has been a different story.

Though Wolves are not in danger of going down, this was their seventh home defeat of the campaign and the worst of the bunch. Notwithstanding the absence of Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and Jonny Otto, Wolves were pathetic. Nuno dismissed suggestions they were lacking unity and spirit but this alarming performance suggested otherwise.

Though the Portuguese rarely put a foot wrong during his first three campaigns at the club, he has been questioned this season and perhaps for the first time, some fans are starting to ask whether he is losing his touch.

Wolves' miserable afternoon was capped off by Ashley Westwood hitting Burnley's fourth goal
Wolves’ miserable afternoon was capped off by Ashley Westwood hitting Burnley’s fourth goal
Westwood (right) celebrates his goal with Josh Brownhill in a stunning victory for Burnley
Westwood (right) celebrates his goal with Josh Brownhill in a stunning victory for Burnley

 

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0-4 BURNLEY – MATCH FACTS

Wolves (3-4-3): Rui Patricio 6.5; Saiss 5.5, Coady 5, Boly 4; Semedo 5 (Silva 58, 6), Dendoncker 6, Neves 5.5 (Vitinha 69, 6), Ait-Nouri 5.5; Traore 5.5, Willian Jose 5, Podence 5.5 (Gibbs-White 69, 6)

Subs not used: Ruddy, Hoever, Richards, Kilman, Otasowie, Corbeanu

Booked: Traore

Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo 5

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope 7; Lowton 7, Tarkowski 8, Mee 8, Taylor 7; Brownhill 7.5, Westwood 8.5, Cork 7.5, McNeil 8; WOOD 9, Vydra 8 (Rodriguez 73, 6)

Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Norris, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Stephens, Pieters, Bardsley, Dunne

Scorers: Wood 15, 21, 44, Westwood 85

Booked: Tarkowski, Lowton

Manager: Sean Dyche 8.5

Referee: Darren England 6

Nuno will not be drawn on his future, maintaining only that he is under contract, and there may some long, hard discussions among Wolves chiefs at the end of the campaign.

‘Today was clearly the path we should not take and I will not allow it again,’ said Nuno. ‘If we were outrun by 6km, that disappoints me a lot. The game is about hard work.

‘I will not [question] our mentality or character. We are the same group of players, the same staff as a week ago. We didn’t make the right decisions – nothing to do with attitude.

‘We will look each other in the eye as we always do and realise we made mistakes today. We will stick together.’

Sean Dyche's side now go nine points clear of the bottom three with just 15 points to play for

Sean Dyche’s side now go nine points clear of the bottom three with just 15 points to play for
Burnley's Jack Cork (left) vies with Wolves' Nelson Semedo in an attempt to win a header
Burnley’s Jack Cork (left) vies with Wolves’ Nelson Semedo in an attempt to win a header
Wolves were outfought all over the pitch across 90 minutes as Charlie Taylor vies with Semedo
Wolves were outfought all over the pitch across 90 minutes as Charlie Taylor vies with Semedo

If only his defence had been as resolute. In the 15th minute, Boly made a mess of a routine headed clearance, allowing the ball to fly over him. Wood collected it, turned Conor Coady brilliantly and found the bottom corner with a powerful finish.

Six minutes later, another Wolves mistake led to the second. Dwight McNeil intercepted Adama Traore’s pass for Nelson Semedo and instantly whipped the ball across for Wood to steer it home from close range.

Traore was a little lucky not to be shown a red card after he appeared to push Jack Cork in the face after a melee in the Burnley box, before the visitors inflicted more pain on Nuno’s team.

McNeil’s corner was flighted perfectly and Wood climbed brilliantly to power a header past Patricio for sixth goal in as many matches. The marking was dreadful. No wonder Nuno turned his back and walked away from the touchline shaking his head.

Wolves players stand dejected having put in a lifeless display at Molinuex against Burnley
Wolves players stand dejected having put in a lifeless display at Molinuex against Burnley
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was left reflecting on his side's disappointing display
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was left reflecting on his side’s disappointing display

‘It was a game we knew we had to take on and be on the front foot, and we started off very well,’ said Wood. ‘We’ve been playing very well over the last four, five, six games – obviously results haven’t gone our way in the last three but we’ve still been playing very well.’

The fourth arrived when Romain Saiss lost the ball near his own box and substitute Jay Rodriguez found Wood, who teed up Westwood on the edge of the box for a shot that flew past Patricio like an arrow.

For a man who likes to talk about his side’s ‘delivery’ of their performances, as Dyche occasionally does, this was certainly a red letter day.

RE-LIVE ALL THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED…

 

  • Dan RipleyHost commentator

13:51
FULL-TIME: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Burnley

 

13:49
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Burnley

90+1min: Into three added minutes and they will be 180 seconds Dyche will be savouring on the touchline.

13:46
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Burnley

88min: Romain Saiss fires just over from 25 yards but Burnley never really looked troubled – much like the previous 87 minutes.

13:43
GOAL! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 BURNLEY

85min: Excellent play and that really does wrap it up. Rodriguez tees the ball off for Wood after seeing his route to goal blocked instead rolls the ball into the path of Ashley Westwood who hammers home a high drive beyond Rui Patricio.

13:41
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

82min: We have not seen much of Chris Wood in this half, at least compared to the first period where he grabbed a hat-trick. He has a half-chance here though, with his low shot from the edge of the box well saved by Rui Patricio diving low to his left to gather.

13:40
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

79min: I’m perhaps tempting fate with just over ten minutes to play but as poor as Wolves have been, Dyche will be absolutely delighted with his side. Since the first minute they have looked sharper and nothing like a team battling for their Premier League future.

13:36
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

76min: Rodriguez is already trying to get his eye in on goal. He may need another go at doing that though with a 35-yard strike flying a good few yards off target.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche gives instructions to his side at Molineux

13:33
Burnley substitution

73min: Burnley freshen up their attack by bringing on Jay Rodriguez for Vydra. They are edging closer to a big three points here and a potential 14th place in the table.

13:30
Double Wolverhampton Wanderers substitution

69min: Final moves from Santo as Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence depart to be replaced by Morgan Gibbs-White and Vitinha.

13:28
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

67min: It’s been a rather scrappy 10-15 minutes – much like the game I thought it would develop into. Suits Burnley though who are edging ever closer to safety.

13:24
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

64min: That’s not a bad effort! Lowton wins the ball 35 yards out and after taking a touch he fires a low powerful shot towards the Wolves bottom corner which is well pushed behind Rui Patricio.

13:23
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

61min: This is a little better from Wolves now. At the very least they are starting to dictate the play and if they get a goal now who knows where the momentum could take them? Only trouble so far is Burnley have been defending just as well as they are attacking.

13:17
Wolverhampton Wanderers substitution

58min: An attacking change from Nuno Espirito Santo as youngster Fabio Silva comes on to replace full-back Semedo.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Nelson Semedo is challenged by Burnley’s Charlie Taylor

13:16
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

55min: Goodness me it’s not getting any better for Wolves. In the stands is club legend Steve Bull and he literally has his head in his hands right now. Nelson Semedo’s hopeful punt into the box finds Ruben Neves at the far side of the area, only for him to slice badly off target – before being flagged offside anway.

13:12
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

52min: Surely that would have woken Wolves up?… Nope.

It’s still Burnley dominating the play. Sean Dyche came into this game believing his side played well despite three consecutive losses, and his faith in his squad is sure paying off here.

 

13:10
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

49min: And Burnley have the ball in the net again. Matej Vydra breaks clear of the backline before taking the ball around Rui Patricio and slotting home.

Even he looks uncertain whether he was onside though judging by his muted celebrations. VAR a few moments later confirms his fears, with his foot about half-a-yard offside. See, VAR can work folks – it just needs to be implemented properly.

13:07
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

48min: So far the answer is no. Burnley once again on top and attacking.

13:04
SECOND HALF: Wolves restart – no changes from either side

Will Wolves wake up in this half? That first period really was ‘mid-table side on the beach’ stuff.

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HALF-TIME: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Burnley

45+1min: Wolves looked stunned but their lack of desire is being severely punished here. Burnley’s determination is giving them just reward.

12:45
GOAL! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 BURNLEY

45min: What a first half for Chris Wood! He lands his hat-trick after nodding home from close range following a corner kick from McNeil.

12:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley

42min: Now Matthew Lowton is booked after a foul, with Ruben Neves failing to score from the resulting free-kick.

 

12:44
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley

39min: Through all that madness. There is a review for a red card after Adama Traore appears to push Jack Cork in the throat.

After a few slow motion replays the decision for a red card is not given but he is booked, as is Tarkowski for starting off the whole affair really.

12:40
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley

36min: Tempers flaring. Podence has gone down under pressure following a tussle in the box with Tarkowski – who then tries to drag the player up by his arm, with players from both sides now getting involved in a scuffle.

12:37
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley

33min: Quite incredible how much joy Burnley are finding down the left side, Vdyra this time has to go on a solo run after cutting inside with no team-mates in support, but with a burst of pace seeing him beat a defender to go one-on-one with Rui Patricio, the Wolves keeper is quickly off his line to block any shot from point blank range. Good goalkeeping there.

12:35
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley

30min: Yet another chance for Burnley. Taylor crosses low from the left but in front of goal Vydra can only steer it over the bar.

12:34
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley

27min: Been really impressed by Burnley so far, they just seem to want this game more than Wolves. James Tarkowski attacks a corner kick dropped in at the far post but nods off target.

12:26
Chris Wood at the double for Burnley

12:22
GOAL! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 BURNLEY

21min: Crash, bang, wallop stuff from Burnley. Adama Traore is caught in possession after Wolves fail to properly clear a corner and his sloppy pass to a team-mate inside the box is intercepted by Dwight McNeil who has the awareness to square for an unmarked Chris Wood to tap home his second goal.

12:21
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Burnley

18min: That goal reflects Burnley’s approach to the first half. Wolves did have the better chances to open the scoring, you just sense a little bit more confidence about the Clarets though.

12:16
GOAL! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 BURNLEY

15min: It doesn’t take long for Boly to make another error though. He misjudges a header over his head, allowing Chris Wood to leave Conor Coady in knots before drilling low across goal from a tight angle past Rui Patricio. Well hit.

12:16
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Burnley

14min: Zero to hero. Wilfried Boly makes a dreadful error by heading back towards his goal but makes a stunning recovery by sliding in to deny Matej Vydra.

12:13
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Burnley

12min: A minute after Ashley Westwood blasted well wide from 30 yards, Wolves go close themselves.

Podence attempts to curl in a finish from the edge of the box but his shot takes a deflection before bouncing just wide of the post, with Pope scrambling across his line.

Burnley’s Jack Cork (left) vies with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Nelson Semedo

12:12
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Burnley

9min: Burnley starting to control the ball but so far they have caused the hosts little trouble at the back. A cross or two into the box, but they have all been dealt with by the Wolves defence.

12:08
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Burnley

6min: Half-chance but nothing more for the hosts. Adama Traore is given assistance on the run by an overlapping Daniel Podence on the right, but after he collects a pass his shot towards Nick Pope at the near post is too acute an angle to trouble the England keeper seriously.

12:05
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Burnley

3min: Not a bad start for Burnley but it’s Wolves who threaten, with Willian Jose seeing a shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area, before Charlie Taylor slides at full stretch to deny Adama Traore a few moments later.

12:00
KICK-OFF: We are underway at a sunny Molineux

Here is a reminder of the team news as the game gets underway:

Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Nelson Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Ait Nouri, Traore, Daniel Podence, Willian Jose.
Subs: Hoever, Silva, Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Ruddy, Richards, Kilman, Otasowie, Corbeanu.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Vydra, Wood.
Subs: Gudmundsson, Barnes, Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Rodriguez, Pieters, Norris, Bardsley, Dunne.

Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire)

Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks on prior to the Premier League match

11:57
Here is how it looks down the bottom of the table

While it’s not a ‘must-win’ clash for Burnley, how they could do with three points today. There is a good chance 36 points will be enough to stay up this term and that’s what the Clarets will reach should they win at Molineux today.

For Wolves they have the incentive of…well… going level on points with Aston Villa. It’s up for grabs for Burnley, surely?

 

11:49
The sun is out as players complete their warm ups

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore warms up before the Premier League match

Leander Dendoncker of Wolverhampton Wanderers warms up prior to the game

Burnley’s Jack Cork practises with the ball as the Clarets chase three points

11:35
This is the tenth consecutive day of Premier League football

It’s times like these where you don’t know when one Premier League weekend ends and another starts.

Here though are the results from Friday night through to yesterday, with Burnley and those inside the bottom three pleased to see already relegated Sheffield United pick up a rare win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

They were probably less keen to see Newcastle pinch a dramatic stoppage time draw at Liverpool though.

 

11:18
Ruben Neves is back in the starting XI for the hosts

Nuno Espirito Santo makes just the one change from the side that defeated Sheffield United last time out as Ruben Neves comes in to replace Joao Moutinho in the midfield.

Burnley meanwhile are looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat and welcome Nick Pope back in goal to replace Bailey Peacock-Farrell, while Matej Vydra replaces Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ dressing room shows off the shirts of their players before the game

 

11:02
Here are the full line-ups for both teams at Molineux

Wolves: Rui Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Nelson Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Ait Nouri, Traore, Daniel Podence, Willian Jose.
Subs: Hoever, Silva, Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Ruddy, Richards, Kilman, Otasowie, Corbeanu.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Vydra, Wood.
Subs: Gudmundsson, Barnes, Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Rodriguez, Pieters, Norris, Bardsley, Dunne.

Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire)

 

11:01
A big day down the bottom of the table?

Is this the day Burnley all but secure a spot in the Premier League next season? Could very well be if they grab all three points.

Good afternoon all and welcome to our live coverage of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ clash with Burnely at Molineux. Team news coming next…

Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers arrives at the stadium prior to the game

Wolverhampton Wanderers will help get Sunday’s Premier League action underway then they host struggling Burnley at Molinuex in the midday kick-off

The game is a huge encounter for the visitors who can pull nine points clear of the relegation zone with just five games to play if they secure victory in the west Midlands.

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