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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Ashley Barnes (89')

Burnley move up to fourth as Barnes seals late win against Stoke

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Super-sub Barnes breaks the deadlock for Burnley (0:58)

English Premier League: Ashley Barnes (89') Burnley 1-0 Stoke City (0:58)

Burnley climbed into the Champions League places as Ashley Barnes' late winner earned them a 1-0 victory over troubled Stoke.

This was not one of the Clarets' better displays in filthy conditions and the visitors enjoyed the better of the chances prior to Barnes' 89th-minute strike.

It is more than 40 years since Burnley have occupied such a lofty position and their joy was in direct contrast to the emotions of Mark Hughes and his Stoke players.

Three days after being confronted by angry fans at the railway station following the 5-1 mauling by Tottenham, Hughes was jeered by the vocal band of away supporters.

There were loud boos and chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' when Hughes replaced Xherdan Shaqiri with Eric Choupo-Moting five minutes before Burnley's goal.

The defeat continued Stoke's worst start to a Premier League season, and they could drop closer to the relegation zone on Wednesday.

This was certainly a night where a lack of character was not an option.

Freezing rain swept across Turf Moor as the players took to the pitch and, no doubt with Hughes' words ringing in their ears, Stoke set about trying to rectify some of Saturday's damage.

Peter Crouch - one of three changes to the side - might have scored inside three minutes when he took advantage of a rare mistake from James Tarkowski to get on the end of Ramadan Sobhi's cross.

Shooting from close range but a very tight angle, Crouch's effort hit the bottom of a post.

Kurt Zouma was the next to threaten, meeting a Shaqiri corner smartly on the volley but striking the ball straight at Nick Pope.

The conditions were not making life easy, and Jack Butland was fortunate to get away with an uncharacteristic spill before Burnley received a let-off when Shaqiri slipped when bearing down on goal.

Burnley were growing into the game without threatening to add to their home tally of six goals in nine games.

Already without defensive duo Ben Mee and Matt Lowton, they were forced into a change after 41 minutes when Stephen Ward picked up a problem and former Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor was sent on for a Premier League debut.

Stoke continued to offer the greater threat after the break before they, too, were forced into a defensive reshuffle.

Zouma appeared to damage his hamstring - not good news for the Potters with Bruno Martins Indi already missing for the festive period - and was replaced by Kevin Wimmer.

Joe Allen needed treatment at the same time after taking a blow to the nose, but was able to continue after changing his shirt.

With 69 minutes on the clock, Burnley at last managed a shot on target, but Steven Defour's long-range effort was well held by Butland.

The game appeared to be petering out, but, with just a minute of normal time remaining, a long ball was headed down by Barnes to Scott Arfield.

Arfield played it back to Barnes just inside the area and he sent a fine finish flying past Butland and into the bottom corner.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 24 +52 65
2 Manchester United 24 +33 53
3 Chelsea 24 +29 50
4 Liverpool 24 +25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur 24 +25 45
6 Arsenal 24 +14 42
7 Leicester City 24 +4 34
8 Burnley 24 -2 34
9 Everton 24 -13 28
10 Watford 24 -11 26
11 West Ham United 24 -12 26
12 AFC Bournemouth 24 -11 25
13 Crystal Palace 24 -15 25
14 Huddersfield Town 24 -22 24
15 Newcastle United 24 -12 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 -16 23
17 Stoke City 24 -25 23
18 Southampton 24 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 24 -12 20
20 Swansea City 24 -20 20

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