Burn­ley up­set Wolves’ chal­lenge for top four with late equaliser

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Mike McGrath

With sur­vival en­sured be­fore Pro­ject Restart, Burn­ley have done a fine job up­set­ting op­po­nents who have ev­ery­thing to play for. Wolves were their lat­est vic­tims, with Chris Wood’s last-gasp equaliser dent­ing their Cham­pi­ons League hopes.

Nuno Espir­ito Santo’s team looked like they had moved within a point of the top-four places when Raul Jimenez’s beau­ti­ful vol­ley found the top cor­ner, but con­ced­ing late means they will be out of the run­ning should Manch­ester United and Le­ices­ter win tonight.

Wood had an event­ful stop­page­time, miss­ing an open goal with a header be­fore help­ing earn a penalty when he was chal­lenged by Matt Do­herty, whose arm brushed the ball and was deemed a penalty un­der new hand­ball rules.

“We man­aged the game, then af­ter that you have to look whether you get the jus­tice and in the game some­times that doesn’t ex­ist,” said Nuno. “It’s al­ways hard to take when you con­cede a goal and when it is in the fi­nal mo­ments it is even harder.”

Wolves’ sea­son started al­most a year ago with Europa League qual­i­fiers, and they have lost their mo­men­tum in the last 10 days af­ter re­turn­ing from foot­ball’s break for coro­n­avirus with a chance of snatch­ing a place in the top four. They have failed to win in

Last gasp: Chris Wood equalised in the sixth minute of stop­page time three of their last four games and their best chance of reach­ing the Cham­pi­ons League will be to win the Europa. De­spite in­juries and play­ers leav­ing the club, Burn­ley have beaten Wat­ford and West Ham to have a say on the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle. Sh­effield United and Wolves have dropped points against them in the race for Europe. Sean Dy­che is poised for a top-half fin­ish and con­sid­er­ing the ob­sta­cles faced views it as a huge achieve­ment. “It would be con­sid­er­able,” he said. Jimenez found the net with 14 min­utes left. The move started with Adama Traore rid­ing chal­lenges in his own half and car­ry­ing the ball for­ward. Do­herty had an ef­fort blocked by James Tarkowski but it fell to Jimenez to lash into the top cor­ner. Burn­ley, whose un­beaten run stretches to six matches, could have lev­elled when Wood headed wide of an open goal. But Wood’s at­tempted over­head kick, from Phil Bard­s­ley’s nod down, saw the ball strike Do­herty’s arm for the penalty. The New Zealand striker found the top cor­ner for his 12th of the sea­son.

Burn­ley (4-4-2) Pope 5; Bard­s­ley 5, Long 6, Tarkowski 6, Tay­lor 5 (Gud­munds­son 30); McNeil 6, Brown­hill 6 (Brady 85), West­wood 5, Pi­eters 5; Ro­driguez 5 (Vy­dra 51), Wood 7. Subs Pea­cock-Far­rell (g), Thomp­son, Dunne, Ben­son, Goodridge, Driscoll-Glen­non.

Wolves (3-4-3) Rui Pa­tri­cio 5; Boly 6, Coady 7, Saiss 6; Traore 7, Moutinho 7, Neves 7, Vi­na­gre 6 (Jonny 85); Po­dence 6 (Do­herty 70), Jimenez 8 (Den­don­cker 85), Jota 6 (Neto 78). Subs Ruddy (g), Jor­dao, Gibbs-White, Kil­man, Buur.

Ref­eree Michael Dean (Wir­ral).

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