Hen­drick won­der goal makes Burn­ley feel at home again

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - SPORT | PREMIER LEAGUE - By Steven Sut­cliffe at Turf Moor

The story of this match and clash of con­trast­ing styles was won­der­fully de­picted in a few first half min­utes when Jeff Hen­drick’s su­perla­tive goal put Burn­ley ahead after Bournemouth had wo­ven neat pass­ing pat­terns, but failed to make their su­pe­ri­or­ity count.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land mid­fielder’s cor­us­cat­ing vol­ley was de­scribed as a “worldie” – foot­ball slang for world class – by his man­ager, Sean Dy­che, and it was easy to ap­pre­ci­ate why.

Col­lect­ing the ball 25 yards from goal, Burn­ley’s £10 mil­lion record sign­ing un­leashed an ef­fort of sub­lime pre- ci­sion and power. It left Ar­tur Boruc, the vis­it­ing goal­keeper, as a mere by­stander. Dy­che’s only gripe was that Hen­drick may not re­ceive the na­tional ac­claim his special strike de­serves. “It was a fan­tas­tic goal,” Dy­che said. “That goal is cer­tainly wor­thy of the Premier League it’s just a shame that we’re not Arse­nal be­cause it’d be shown a thou­sand times in­stead of maybe four.”

In re­al­ity it was a big mo­ment, in a big win for Burn­ley, with Dy­che cit­ing his team’s “fast start” as piv­otal to the out­come. There­after they en­joyed home comforts once again, to ar­rest a run of three con­sec­u­tive de­feats, that had sent them drift­ing down the Premier League ta­ble. The Clarets have now col­lected 16 of their 17 points this term at Turf Moor and have won as many games in east Lan­cashire as both Manch­ester clubs com­bined (at home).

“The key for us was to have a fast start and a good start be­cause they’d just come off the back of a re­ally big re­sult and they’re go­ing along nicely. We knew we’d have to play well but over­all I felt we de­served the win,” Dy­che said.

After their ex­ploits last week, Ed­die Howe’s team were once again pro­tag­o­nists in an en­thralling en­counter, yet here they could not re­peat those hero­ics de­spite manag­ing 17 shots to the host’s 16. It had been an un­set­tling open­ing for the Cher­ries, who al­most con­ceded a penalty in the first minute when Harry Arter tan­gled with Hen­drick, but who then ap­peared to have hit their stride, show­cas­ing a brand of silky smooth pass­ing and move­ment.

Dan Gosling dragged a shot wide when well placed. Ryan Fraser then bus­tled past sev­eral de­fend­ers cut­ting in from the right flank, with a chance pre­sent­ing it­self to Benik Afobe, after the Scot’s ini­tial ef­fort had de­flected into his path. Eng­land goal­keeper Tom Heaton – re­stored to the Burn­ley side after nurs­ing a calf in­jury – sprang to his left to deny the Bournemouth for­ward. Gosling then waste­fully drove a shot over the bar after a well-worked cor­ner-kick rou­tine had left him in acres of space. That profli­gacy was pun­ished clin­i­cally by Hen­drick and Stephen Ward added a sec­ond goal in the 16th minute, after poor de­fend­ing al­lowed Ben Mee a free header on goal.

“The most dis­ap­point­ing thing is the sec­ond goal, a free header in the box from a cor­ner – it’s crim­i­nal for us to de­fend in that way,” Howe said.

How­ever, his team, with “a moun­tain to climb”, ral­lied and were aided by some gen­er­ous time­keep­ing from the of­fi­cials, who al­lowed play to de­velop after added time at the end of the first pe­riod had ex­pired. Afobe was the ben­e­fi­ciary, clin­i­cally dis­patch­ing a cut back from his cap­tain, Si­mon Fran­cis. Dy­che vented his fury in the di­rec­tion of ref­eree Martin Atkin­son as the teams marched off at the in­ter­val.

After last week you would have thought that Bournemouth would have learnt their les­son. Or per­haps they are gal­vanised by the thrill of the chase? Ei­ther way they found them­selves in ex­actly the same predica­ment when Ge­orge Boyd struck a won­der­ful third goal for Burn­ley in the 75th minute.

Char­lie Daniels again re­duced the ar­rears with a thun­der­bolt, again in added time, but this week the fight­back ended there. “We don’t want to be­come a team that plays well when we’re chas­ing the game. We want to be the team that’s dom­i­nat­ing the game from start to fin­ish and lead­ing games and see­ing them out in a pro­fes­sional way,” Howe said.

Weav­ing his magic: Jeff Hen­drick had every­one singing his praises after a classy open­ing goal

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