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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley Live Commentary, 25/4/21

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C. Wood (15)
C. Wood (21)
C. Wood (44)
A. Westwood (85)
Molineux Stadium


That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Burnley climb all the way up to 14th, while Wolves remain in 12th.
Burnley take a major step towards retaining their Premier League status with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Wolves. Wood was the star of the show for Burnley, scoring a brilliant first-half hattrick. The striker got started early on, when he shimmied past Coady before smashing a low strike in. And he added to his tally when he tapped in McNeil's cross, before a header on the stroke of half time sealed his hattrick. Wolves failed to cope with Burnley's intensity throughout the game and a fourth goal arrived when Saiss surrendered possession close to goal, allowing Westwood to lash in the fourth to cap off a superb win for the visitors.    
90' + 3' FULL TIME: Wolves 0-4 Burnley
90' + 2' Vitinha's corner is headed away by Lowton at the near post. 
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' Saiss knocks a harmless effort well over the bar from 30 yards. 
87' Yet again, Burnley pressed Wolves high up the pitch and they got their reward as Saiss lost out to Rodriguez near the corner flag for the goal!
C. Wood
85' Wood has absolutely dominated the Wolves defence today and he adds to his hattrick with a selfless assist to set up a brilliant hit from Westwood!
A. Westwood
85' WESTWOOD! 4-0! Rodriguez snatches possession from Saiss and slips it to Wood, who dribbles into the box before laying it off to Westwood who arrows a vicious 18-yard strike across Patricio and into the top corner!   
84' Silva crashes into the back of Westwood and the midfielder goes down for treatment, but he should be able to continue.   
82' Almost four for Wood! Burnley quickly hit Wolves on the break, allowing Wood to drive into the box before placing a low shot towards the corner from 15 yards, which Patricio does well to parry.    
80' Wolves are still pushing for a consolation goal, but Traore's latest cross sails out of play.
78' Pope leaps to pluck yet another Wolves corner out the sky. The hosts have continually tested him in the air, but he's been imperious from set-pieces.
77' Wolves find themselves with a rare opening on the break, but Silva misplaces his throughball searching for Willian Jose and Burnley recover.  
75' Rodriguez clips a speculative lob well wide from 30 yards.  
J. Rodriguez
M. Vydra
73' Vydra swaps out for Rodriguez up top for Burnley.
72' Burnley force another succession of corners as they search for a fourth goal.
71' Traore commits another foul, this time on Vydra. Wolves might want to consider replacing the attacker, before he gets sent off.
M. Gibbs-White
Daniel Podence
Wolverhampton Wanderers
69' The other change will see Podence make way for Gibbs-White.
Rúben Neves
Wolverhampton Wanderers
69' Two more changes for Wolves, the first sees Neves depart for Vitinha. 
68' Tarkowski goes down with a head injury, but it looks as though he'll be okay to continue.    
67' Strong save from Patricio! Lowton hits a low drive from 25 yards towards the bottom corner, but Patricio just manages to tip it around the post!
66' Wolves have failed to put Burnley under any pressure in the second half - they've managed just one shot since the break.     
64' Saiss curls in a dangerous cross from deep, but Silva doesn't anticipate the flight of the delivery and it goes through his legs.   
62' McNeil's free-kick is headed out to Brownhill, who screws a volley wide from 25 yards.   
61' Ait Nouri's corner is authoritatively claimed by Pope.   
60' Close! Traore's cross deflects off Taylor and spins ominously towards the near post, but Pope scrambles across to tip it behind!   
Fábio Silva
Nélson Semedo
Wolverhampton Wanderers
58' Semedo makes way for Silva as Wolves make an attacking change to try and inject some energy into their performance.   
57' There hasn't really been a reaction from Wolves. Burnley are passing it around under little pressure and they look the more likely to get the next goal.  
55' Neves slices a volley over from a tight angle after Semedo's free-kick had drifted all the way through the box.   
52' The second half has quickly started in the same vein as the first: Burnley are pressuring Wolves high up the pitch and the hosts are struggling to deal with them.   
50' Burnley have a goal disallowed by VAR! Vydra races onto McNeil's throughball to round Patricio and tap it into an empty net! However, a check with VAR reveals that the striker just about mistimed his run and Wolves are given a reprieve with an offside call.
48' Wood had five shots all by himself in that first half as he put Wolves to the sword.
46' Wolves get the second 45 underway.
A comeback is looking extremely unlikely unless Wolves change their mentality - they've looked too relaxed throughout this game and they've been caught out by Burnley's energy.   
Burnley take a commanding 3-0 lead at half time, following Wood's majestic hattrick! The visitors have dominated this one throughout and took the lead early on, when Wood jinked past Coady before drilling a low shot in. But Burnley didn't let up there, and added a second when McNeil set up Wood for a tap in. Wolves looked shocked by Burnley's physicality at this point and unsurprisingly, Wood collected his hattrick just before the break by heading in McNeil's corner to make it 3-0. 
45' + 2' HALF TIME: Wolves 0-3 Burnley
45' Two minutes of stoppage time are added.
D. McNeil
44' McNeil put that corner right over Patricio's head, and Wood rose above the crowd to nod it in!
C. Wood
44' WOOD HATTRICK! 3-0! What a day for the Burnley striker! McNeil curls an inswinging corner deep into the six-yard box and Wood rises highest to power it in from close range!
43' Neves curls a 30-yard free-kick tamely at Pope. 
M. Lowton
Yellow Card
42' Lowton drags Traore down 30 yards from goal to earn himself a yellow card. 
J. Tarkowski
Yellow Card
39' Tarkowski is also shown a yellow card for his part in the conflict.
Adama Traoré
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
39' Podence goes down following a cross, and when Tarkowski goes over to remonstrate with him it gets a little heated! Traore rushes over and raises his hands at Cork, but the referee leniently shows a yellow card.  
37' Wood drills a low effort from 20 yards that Patricio scrambles to save. 
35' Another chance for Burnley! Wood sets Vydra free, and the attacker drives all the way into the Wolves box before Patricio rushes out to snatch it away!   
33' Pope races off his line to clear away Ait Nouri's throughball before Podence can reach it.   
31' Chance for Vydra! Wood threads a pass through to Taylor who slams in a low cross towards Vydra who stretches to poke it over the bar from five yards!
29' Wolves look rattled right now and they'd do well to limit the damage to just two goals before the break.   
27' Almost three! Westwood's corner drifts to the back post and it's met by Tarkowski who bundles a close-range header narrowly wide!
25' Burnley win a succession of corners as they pile the pressure on in search of a third. 
23' This has been an excellent start from Burnley! They're hassling Wolves off the ball and then in possession, they're making the hosts uncomfortable with direct deliveries into Wood!
D. McNeil
21' Burnley caught Wolves out with a high, intense press there and McNeil benefited by intercepting Traore's pass before selflessly setting Wood up for an easy finish!
C. Wood
21' WOOD AGAIN! 2-0! Traore passes it straight to McNeil inside the box, and the winger bursts through before squaring it to Wood for a simple tap in from close range!
19' Saiss' deep free-kick is hacked clear by Brownhill.
17' Wolves have looked uneasy with Burnley's direct approach throughout the early stages, and the visitors have punished them! Burnley will now be desperate to secure this lead for the moment.  
M. Lowton
15' It was a regulation clip over the top from Lowton in search of Wood, but Boly's mistake suddenly turned it into an inviting opportunity, and Wood capitalised with a brilliant dribble and finish!
C. Wood
15' WOOD! 1-0! Burnley take an early lead, as Boly misjudges another long ball over the top allowing Wood to latch onto it and jink past Coady, before lashing a low, eight-yard strike across Patricio and into the bottom corner!
14' Chance! Boly plays a weak header back towards Patricio and Vydra latches onto it to go clear on goal! However, Boly recovers to lunge from behind and poke it away from the attacker at the vital moment!
13' Close! Podence drives at the heart of the Burnley defence, before curling a deft effort from 20 yards that flicks off Tarkowski and spins inches wide of the far post!
12' Vydra lays it off to Westwood, who blazes a wild shot high and wide from 25 yards.   
11' Westwood hits a searching pass over the top of the defence for Wood, but Coady stretches to poke it safely back to Patricio before Wood can latch onto it.  
9' Lowton makes a daring run into the Wolves half and rides a number of challenges before hitting a throughball straight at Traore.   
7' Wolves sweep forward with another fluent move, as Traore feeds Podence inside the box before the attacker hits an 18-yard strike straight at Pope from an angle.
6' Saiss wastefully curls a corner out of play for the hosts.  
5' Traore has looked bright already, and he could be the key for Wolves today. After a run of 35 Premier League games without a goal or assist, he's now scored or assisted a goal in each of his last three games in the competition.
3' Willian Jose leads a counter-attack before having a shot blocked out to Traore, who fires a shot straight against Taylor from 20 yards.   
1' Burnley get the first half underway. 
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
After completing the league double over Burnley in the 2009-10 Premier League campaign, Wolves have won just one of their last nine league games against the Clarets (D4 L4).
Burnley make two changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Manchester United last time out: Pope returns from injury to come in for Peacock-Farrell, while Vydra replaces Gudmundsson.
Wolves make one change and switch from a 4-2-3-1 into a 3-4-3 formation: Boly comes in for the injured Pedro Neto.
SUBS: Phil Bardsley, Ashley Barnes, Johann Gudmundsson, Dale Stephens, Jimmy Dunne, Erik Pieters, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Will Norris, Jay Rodriguez.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Matej Vydra, Chris Wood.
SUBS: Theo Corbeanu, Fabio Silva, John Ruddy, Lewis Richards, Ki-Jana Hoever, Vitinha, Owen Otasowie, Morgan Gibbs-White, Maximilian Kilman.
WOLVES (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Rayan Ait Nouri; Adama Traore, Willian Jose, Daniel Podence.
Burnley, meanwhile, are still in relegation danger. They’re in 17th – six points ahead of 18th place Fulham – and they’ll be desperate to pull themselves closer to safety with three points today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Wolves and Burnley. The hosts enter this one in 12th after two consecutive wins, and they’ll be looking to maintain this upturn in form heading into next season.