English Premier League

Brentford 2 – 0 Burnley

Burnley’s survival hopes took a huge blow as Ivan Toney’s two late goals for Brentford settled their Premier League match and took the Bees closer to securing safety.

The Clarets looked set to move out of the bottom three until Toney headed in Christian Eriksen’s lovely cross with four minutes to go.

Toney then won a penalty deep into injury time, with Nathan Collins sent off for bringing him down, and he slammed in the spot-kick to seal the win.

Burnley remain a point behind 17th-placed Everton, who have two games in hand, while Brentford are now nine points clear of the Clarets.

Burnley had the best chance of the game until those late strikes when Jay Rodriguez’s swerving 30-yard strike cannoned off the crossbar.

They only had one effort on target, when a terrible Rico Henry backpass played in Maxwel Cornet but his shot was stopped by David Raya.

Burnley always seems to get out of relegation trouble despite poor starts but their six-year spell in the top flight has rarely been in such danger.

Back-to-back wins in February – along with victory over Brentford in October their only wins of the season – have been followed up by one point from four games.

Sean Dyche’s side either need to win more games in the last 11 matches of the season than the first 27 – or else hope Leeds and Everton, who have both changed managers recently, keep losing.

They created nowhere near enough chances to win, with Cornet’s tame finish and Rodriguez’s thunderous strike the only moments resembling chances.

To make matters worse, Collins’ late red card for denying Toney a clear goalscoring opportunity reduces their options at the back with captain Ben Mee still injured.

Meanwhile, Toney is singlehandedly dragging Brentford to safety – with five goals in the past eight days against teams in the relegation zone.

His hat-trick took care of Norwich in a 3-1 win last weekend and he now has eight goals in his past six games.

Thomas Frank’s side moves on to 30 points and these season’s teams are unlikely to need to reach the 38-point mark to stay up.

They were far from spectacular but they did have the best chances before Toney’s late double.

Eriksen, making his first home start, had a 20-yard deflected shot saved by Nick Pope and Vitaly Janelt headed over the bar.

Source – BBC

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