Burnley 2-0 Norwich City
Burnley brought Norwich City back down to earth with a 2-0 Premier League win at Turf Moor.
Jeff Hendrick replaced Aaron Lennon in one change from the Burnley side that drew 1-1 with Brighton last weekend, while Norwich kept faith with the same side that stunned reigning champions Manchester City 3-2 at Carrow Road.
Norwich should have gone ahead in the eighth minute when Teemu Pukki nicked the ball off James Tarkowski and raced through, but the in-form striker’s effort was saved by the boot of Nick Pope.
The Finn was made to pay for that miss as Burnley, who had lost only one of their last nine home games against the Canaries, went in front two minutes later when Chris Wood headed in an Ashley Westwood corner.
The Clarets went for the kill after taking the lead and it was no surprise when they doubled their advantage four minutes later as Wood diverted a Dwight McNeil cross from the byline inside Tim Krul’s near post.
Krul then produced a superb save to deny Jack Cork and Jamal Lewis made a vital block to prevent Hendrick from adding a third for Burnley with a free header on 20 minutes.
Norwich then produced their first attempt of note two minutes later as substitute Moritz Leitner – on for Alex Tettey – watched as his 25-yard strike rebounded off the post.
Norwich did improve as the half wore on with Emiliano Buendia having a shot blocked by Ben Mee, before Pukki flashed an effort just wide of the goal on 41 minutes.
The Canaries came out looking to get a foothold in the game but failed to trouble the Clarets’ defence.
It was the Clarets who should have wrapped up the points in the 67th minute when McNeil picked out Wood on the penalty spot, but the big striker failed to claim his hat-trick with a weak shot which Krul gathered.
Burnley looked certain to be awarded a penalty on 74 minutes when a stray leg seemed to trip Ashley Barnes on the edge of the area, but even a check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) failed to change referee David Coote’s original decision not to give it.
Burnley, after only their second win of the season, move up to seventh on eight points and Norwich are two points behind in 15th.