Dean vows to buy af­ter ‘rub­bish’ Villa show

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Steve Mil­lar By ALAN WIL­SON

TALK about shoot­ing your­self in the foot when pre­cious points mean life or death in the Pre­mier League.

Burn­ley did not have one ef­fort on tar­get dur­ing 90plus min­utes of this base­ment bat­tle – but still came away win­ners to climb ner­vously and nar­rowly away from the dan­ger zone.

Two own-goals from Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi put Sean Dy­che’s men on track for victory af­ter An­dre Schur­rle had opened the scor­ing with a scorcher to give Ful­ham an early lead at a ground where their last top-flight suc­cess was back in 1951.

But Burn­ley could not be­lieve their luck as they recorded their third suc­ces­sive league win.

They re­main un­beaten in their last 30 home matches against Ful­ham in all com­pe­ti­tions.

That will make bleak read­ing this morn­ing for Cot­tagers boss Clau­dio Ranieri who still be­lieves that – de­spite this painful de­feat – he will not be rel­e­gated.

Ranieri, whose strug­glers are the only side yet to claim an away win this sea­son, said: “We scored very, very early. A great goal. But in 10 min­utes they scored twice with two own-goals.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence is very strange. What can we do? They do not touch the goal but touch my play­ers. That’s it. It’s a bad mo­ment.

“But we never give up. We con­tinue to be­lieve that at the end we will be safe.”

Burn­ley boss Dy­che said: “I was very pleased over­all. Three wins in the Pre­mier League is good for the men­tal­ity, good for the points and good for the ta­ble.

“It’s strange we didn’t have a shot on tar­get but you have got to find a way to win.

“I think that’s the pleas­ing thing, to win games that are re­ally tight.

“We’re get­ting back to form. It’s an­other big step for­ward but we can still be bet­ter than that.

“I can un­der­stand Clau­dio’s frus­tra­tions but I don’t think they asked that many ques­tions. We stayed calm and grew into the game.”

You would have been hard-pressed to pre­dict a first 45 min­utes of ac­tion and goals when this fix­ture cropped up.

Two strug­gling teams is not usu­ally the recipe for a foot­balling high­light.

But how wrong the doubters were with three goals and near-misses to warm a crowd wit­ness­ing gale-force ac­tion on the pitch and in the skies.

Barely two min­utes were on the clock when the Cot­tagers shocked Turf Moor by tak­ing a truly sen­sa­tional lead.

Odoi played the ball into the box, Schur­rle con­trolled bril­liantly and volleyed into the top corner.

Burn­ley – with de­fender Ben Mee out­stand­ing – hit back with a Phil Bard­s­ley de­liv­ery which Chris Wood headed on to the up­right with keeper Ser­gio Rico well-beaten. But in the 20th minute the Clarets grabbed the equaliser when Jeff Hen­drick fired in a shot and the ball was de­flected in by Bryan.

And, amaz­ingly, Burn­ley stormed into the lead just two min­utes later.

This time Hen­drick’s cross was di­verted home by Odoi’s head for the sec­ond own-goal of the game.

Ranieri just stood and looked on. He seemed be­wil­dered by what he had just wit­nessed.

But the smile should have been put back on his face by two sharp counter-at­tacks. First, Calum Cham­bers hit the bar with a pow­er­ful header and then Ryan Sesseg­non missed from close range when you ex­pected bet­ter from a player of his abil­ity.

Six min­utes af­ter the break, Ful­ham surely should have been level. Sub Lu­ciano Vi­etto – who was brought on at the break – blasted for goal but James Tarkowski cleared bril­liantly off the line to im­press watch­ing Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate.

And lively Vi­etto thought he had equalised once more for Ranieri’s men with a fierce drive but it was comm­fort­ably saved by Tom Heaton as Burn­ley’s com­mit­ment and drive faded alarm­ingly. MAN­AGER Dean Smith branded his Villa side’s de­feat as his worst as a man­ager.

Sec­ond-half goals from Michael Ja­cobs and Joe Gar­ner, added to Gary Roberts’ first-half strike, ended Wi­gan’s run of eight games with­out a win and heaped mis­ery on Villa fans.

One league win in seven leaves Smith’s side with a moun­tain to climb if they are to stand a chance of pro­mo­tion and he vowed to use the trans­fer mar­ket to shake things up.

“That per­for­mance was rub­bish,” he said. “That is the bot­tom of my ca­reer in management.

“It is my job to make sure it never hap­pens again.

“The win­dow has al­ways been there for us to bring more play­ers in and I ex­pect to do so.”

An­thony Pilk­ing­ton, who joined on an 18-month loan deal from Pre­mier League strug­glers Cardiff, added some much needed ur­gency and power to Wi­gan’s at­tack.

But Smith’s side should have been a goal up af­ter 10 min­utes, how­ever Tammy Abra­ham blazed wide.

That was as good as it got for the hap­less vis­i­tors who fell be­hind to Roberts’ goal five min­utes be­fore the break.

Gar­ner’s header was saved by Croa­tia keeper Lovre Kalinic on his league de­but af­ter his big-money move from Bel­gian side Gent.

But Villa failed to clear the dan­ger and Pilk­ing­ton set up Roberts to drill home his sec­ond of the sea­son.

Villa boss Smith made a triple sub­sti­tu­tion just af­ter the hour.

But it was a Wi­gan sub that put the game be­yond any doubt – Ja­cobs adding a sec­ond with a mag­nif­i­cent div­ing header.

Gar­ner net­ted a third from the spot af­ter Glenn Whe­lan tan­gled with Josh Win­dass to seal Wi­gan’s first home win since Novem­ber.

Lat­ics boss Paul Cook said: “From that per­for­mance you would not think that we were the team in trou­ble.

“There were many great per­for­mances out there to­day and all the credit has to go to the lads be­cause they have stuck to­gether over the last few weeks.

I am so pleased for the lads.”

ON THE SPOT: Joe Gar­ner

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