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Burnley v Chelsea Live Commentary, 26/10/2019

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2 - 4
BRN
CHE
J. Rodriguez (86)
D. McNeil (89)
C. Pulisic (21)
C. Pulisic (45)
C. Pulisic (56)
Willian (58)
Turf Moor

Commentary

That's it from me tonight. What threatened to turn into a stroll for Chelsea turned out to be a pretty entertaining game of football. What more can you ask for? Until the next time, goodbye!
The yellow card for Hudson-Odoi is the only blot on the copybook for Chelsea, but Pulisic's arrival underlines the strength in depth Lampard has in attack now the former is back to full fitness. Chelsea stay in fourth, with Burnley in 11th - though some of the teams within reach of the Clarets still have games to play this weekend.
Premier League, meet Christian Pulisic! His first, second and third Premier League goals see Chelsea to an entertaining win. He fired in similar left and right-footed finishes after driving runs forward in the first half, before the Blues looked to have taken themselves out of sight with an hour played. Pulisic headed in Mount's cross to complete a perfect hat-trick before Willian finished well into the bottom corner, and Burnley left it too late to mount a serious comeback. Rodriguez fired a screamer into the top-right corner before a deflected shot from range brought the lively McNeil a deserved goal, but this match was all about Pulisic.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: BURNLEY 2-4 CHELSEA
90' + 3' Chelsea are holding onto the ball fairly well in the Burnley half, snuffing out any chance of a Burnley attack. Game management.
R. Brady
Yellow Card
Burnley
90' + 2' Brady gets a yellow card for a niggling foul in midfield. He's been on the pitch ten minutes, and has two assists and now a card to his name.
90' + 2' Giroud is pressed off the ball inside the Chelsea half, but the Blues have bodies back to deal with the attempted counter-attack.
90' + 1' That 'mother of all comebacks' we mentioned earlier... surely not? Four minutes of stoppage time.
R. Brady
Assist
Burnley
89' Brady gets a second assist five minutes after coming off the bench, for a second simple pass before a long-range finish.
D. McNeil
Goal
Burnley
89' GOAL! BURNLEY HAVE ANOTHER, IT'S 4-2! McNeil comes infield from the right after an exchange of passes with Brady, hits a fairly weak-looking left-footed shot, but it deflects unkindly off Tomori and beats Kepa at the near post.
88' Giroud lifts a left-wing cross in towards Pulisic at the back post, but he can't quite win the header and he gets a bang on the head for good measure. Nothing serious, though, he won't have to go off.
R. Brady
Assist
Burnley
86' Brady gets an assist minutes after coming on. What a substitution. All he did was gently pass Rodriguez the ball in midfield before he hammered it into the top corner, but they all count.
J. Rodriguez
Goal
Burnley
86' GOAL! 4-1, AND IT'S AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER FROM RODRIGUEZ! He picks the ball up in midfield and nobody closes him down so he just has a pop. 25 yards out, right foot, top-right corner. Boom.
85' Burnley look to have Pulisic hemmed in by the left corner flag but he does well to about-turn and scoop a ball back to Azpilicueta as Chelsea retain possession.
R. Brady
J. Hendrick
Burnley
84' Another change for Burnley, as Brady gets some minutes from the bench. He replaces his Ireland team-mate Hendrick.
83' Jorginho finds Hudson-Odoi with a nice lofted ball out to the left. He looks to burst into the penalty area and does so, beating the first man but beating himself with a heavy touch which knocks the ball through to Tarkowski.
81' Hudson-Odoi receives the ball on the halfway line, turns and runs at the Burnley defence but eventually runs into trouble. There isn't a team-mate on hand to play it on to and the home side win it back.
79' Hudson-Odoi picks up the ball on the left side of the penalty area, and receives a smattering of boos from the home crowd. He fires in a low left-footed cross along the line of the six-yard box, but nobody is there to prod it in.
78' You would perhaps say that's one where Hudson-Odoi has gone down expecting contact, so a yellow feels slightly harsh, but rules is rules. Lowton maybe gives him a push in the back as well. Chelsea won't care too much at 4-0 up, unless we're about to see the mother of all comebacks.
C. Hudson-Odoi
Yellow Card
Chelsea
77' Hudson-Odoi is booked for simulation in the aftermath of the penalty decision. 
77' No penalty! VAR has a look, and Hudson-Odoi has gone over in the area where Tarkowski's foot was - but the defender pulls out, and there isn't a touch.
76' Penalty to Chelsea! Hudson-Odoi goes down in between Tarkowski and Lowton in the area. The former appears to have tripped him.
75' Mount takes the free-kick, but hits it straight into the wall. He then looks to fire in a low cross from the left, but Tarkowski intercepts and puts it out for a throw, before Burnley clear their lines.
74' Hudson-Odoi wins a free-kick just outside the area, over to the left, as he skips past Tarkowski and is fouled.
73' The corner comes out as far as James, whose first-time shot deflects behind for another corner. This one is cleared but comes back in for Hudson-Odoi to collect and shoot at the edge of the area, but his side-footed effort towards the bottom-right corner is saved easily enough by Pope.
C. Hudson-Odoi
Willian
Chelsea
72' Willian goes off for Hudson-Odoi as Lampard makes his final change. Pulisic will finish the 90 minutes for just the second time in the Premier League.
72' Lowton gets down to block a Willian cross from the left, giving Chelsea another corner.
71' The oles are coming out from the away fans now, as Chelsea stroke the ball around fairly comfortably in their own half. Kovacic and Mount eventually run into trouble, but Burnley can't capitalise to work a shooting chance.
O. Giroud
T. Abraham
Chelsea
70' Abraham gets to enjoy the rest of the game from the relative warmth of the bench, as Giroud comes on for the last 20.
69' Pulisic scoops a cross in from the right, and it's just too deep for the flapping Pope to get his hand to. Abraham is in the vicinity at the back post so Lowton nods it behind for a corner, which is cleared.
68' Mount's cross from the right is too deep but the ball finds its way to Willian at the edge of the area. He shifts onto his right and shoots, but hits it straight into a crowd of players.
E. Pieters
Yellow Card
Burnley
67' Pieters is booked for, if anything, an early tackle on James. He slides in early and can't pull out by the time the ball is knocked past him, and he wipes the youngster out.
66' Burnley are still pressing Chelsea pretty high up the pitch, which is admirable, but they've been caught short at the back for three of the four goals so far. It's a risk.
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
Burnley
65' Hendrick is booked for a late challenge on Kovacic in midfield.
65' With James coming on at right-back, Azpilicueta has moved over to the left.
64' James is straight into the action, forced into a block as the ball falls kindly for first Vydra, then Westwood, but neither player can find a way through the crowd.
M. Vydra
A. Barnes
Burnley
63' Vydra comes on for Burnley, replacing Barnes.
R. James
Marcos Alonso
Chelsea
63' Chelsea's team gets even younger as James comes on for Alonso.
62' Brilliant from Tomori! Rodriguez nods a ball down for Barnes, who flicks it round the corner to see Rodriguez clear through on goal. He looks certain to score, but Tomori makes a superb tackle before he can get the shot off.
61' Pulisic is the first Chelsea player to score a 'perfect' Premier League hat-trick since Didier Drogba against Wigan in May 2010, and only the second American to score a Premier League hat-trick since Clint Dempsey for Fulham against Newcastle in January 2012.
60' Burnley had started the second half well, but the game has run away from them now. Damage limitation for Dyche?
T. Abraham
Assist
Chelsea
58' Abraham hasn't had much of a sniff of goal today, but he gets the assist after carrying the ball forward and playing a simple pass to Willian.
Willian
Goal
Chelsea
58' GOAL! It's four, Willian gets on the scoresheet! Everything is going in for them at the minute. Chelsea win the ball in the left-back position and find Abraham, who carries the ball through the centre. He lays it off to Willian at the edge of the area and the Brazilian opens a bit of space with a stepover before shooting across Pope, right-footed into the bottom-left corner.
M. Mount
Assist
Chelsea
56' Mount gets the assist with a good ball in at the second time of asking.
C. Pulisic
Goal
Chelsea
56' GOAL! Chelsea lead 3-0! Perfect hat-trick for Pulisic! They win a corner off Lowton on the right, and while the defender is on hand to make the near-post clearance from the corner, he doesn't get it right. He can only divert the ball straight back to Mount who delivers again, and Pulisic powers in a header from the line of the six-yard box.
54' Pulisic gets his first chance to carry the ball in the second half, and he looks to exchange passes with Abraham at the edge of the area. It doesn't quite come off, and not for the first time. Abraham has spent most of this game with his back to goal, but his passing hasn't been quite right.
Willian
Yellow Card
Chelsea
53' Chelsea have their first spell of possession inside the Burnley half since the break but Willian is pressed well and loses the ball. McNeil breaks and gets the better of Willian, but Kovacic eventually gets a foot in. Willian is booked for trying to haul him back.
52' Some neat passing to the right of the penalty area leads to Rodriguez getting time for a shot. He looks to go across the keeper with his laces, but he hits it straight down Kepa's throat. 
51' Mount is called back for fouling Mee as the pair went up for a header just inside the Burnley half.
50' Would any Burnley fans like an ominous stat? Chelsea have lost just one of their last 57 Premier League games when leading at half-time (W48 D8), a 2-1 defeat against Wolves in December 2018 (P10 W8 D2 L0 since).
49' Cork chests down a clearance at the edge of the centre circle and lifts a great ball over the top for Barnes, who is onside. He looks to hit it on the volley but doesn't quite get the connection right, and it bounces just wide to the right of goal.
49' Hendrick comes infield from the right and goes over after a tussle at the corner of the penalty area. He's asking about a penalty, but there's nothing doing from referee Michael Oliver.
48' Chelsea struggle to get the corner away, and both Zouma and Tomori are called upon to make clearing headers as the ball keeps coming back in. A cross is eventually overhit, and the Blues can regroup from a goal kick.
47' Burnley get an early corner as Pieters delivers a low cross and Zouma puts it behind, just in front of Kepa and the lurking Barnes.
45' Sean Dyche looks desperately awkward as he jogs across the pitch, apparently trying not to be noticed after half-time, and we're back underway.
Pulisic was a Chelsea misfit who couldn't get in the team if you'd asked most people before this game, and now he's a header away from a perfect hat-trick! Lampard will be happy with how things are going but Dyche might be looking at the likes of Vydra, Lennon or Brady on his bench as he looks to turn things around.
Chelsea lead at the break, probably deservedly so and they've got Pulisic to thank. He's looked like a man who's been waiting for his chance and he's taken it with both hands with two good goals. Both came in similar circumstances, possession won inside the Burnley half before a driving run and finish from the American. Barnes has gone close for Burnley, who will probably feel 2-0 is harsh.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BURNLEY 0-2 CHELSEA
Willian
Assist
Chelsea
45' Willian gets the assist after sticking out a boot to deflect a loose pass into Pulisic's path.
C. Pulisic
Goal
Chelsea
45' GOAL! 2-0 Chelsea, Pulisic at the double! It's similar to the opener, a loose ball drops to him in midfield after Willian makes a good interception and he drives straight at the penalty area. He goes right instead of left this time, and his right-footed shot takes a nasty deflection off Mee and inside the near post. No chance for Pope.
43' Mount does well to flick a header onto Alonso as the ball looked to be going out of play. Mount gets it back and hits a cross-field pass to Willian who connects beautifully on the volley, but it's at a tight angle and straight at Pope, guarding his near post.
41' Five minutes until half-time, Chelsea are looking pretty good on the ball but Burnley are growing in confidence. Pulisic has more than justified his selection tonight, he's been a constant danger.
39' Abraham gets his first sight of goal. Pulisic lays him off at the edge of the area, he takes a touch to open up his right foot but bends his shot wide of the bottom-right corner. Pope was scrambling, but it looked as though he probably had it covered.
38' Chelsea go back towards the halfway line with the corner before Kovacic sends it back into the penalty area. Mount rather surprisingly wins his header at the edge of the area, but no Chelsea player can collect his flick-on and Burnley clear.
37' Pulisic pops up on the right this time, cutting infield and delivering a cross towards the onrushing Alonso at the back post, but there's a defender covering to put it behind.
36' Tarkowski blocks a low cross from Alonso, and it bounces kindly for Pulisic in the area. Again, he swipes a left boot at it, aiming for the bottom-right corner, but Tarkowski reacts to make the block.
35' Pulisic drives infield from the left and looks to exchange a one-two with Abraham at the edge of the area, but there's a breakdown in communications and Pulisic makes his run in the opposite direction to where Abraham sends his return pass.
34' Burnley build a good, swift attack from right to left which ends with McNeil slipping a neat ball into Barnes. He gets to the edge of the area but snaps at his left-footed shot under pressure from a defender and sends it high over the crossbar.
33' Looking back to the goal - Pulisic is the first player from the USA to score for Chelsea in the Premier League. The Blues have now had players from 36 different nations score for them in the competition (excluding own goals), the sixth most in the division.
32' McNeil finds Pieters on the overlap, but he can't find a way past Azpilicueta and he's forced to go backwards. Burnley then win a free-kick from Mount on the left, but play is stopped as soon as it drops into the penalty area as Mee strayed offside before winning the header.
30' It was a bit of a slow starter, but this game has come to life now! Burnley get a free-kick in a good position, deep in the right channel. Mee wins the header at the back post and knocks it back across goal where Barnes looks all set to head it home, but he just can't get there in time.
29' Burnley clear the resulting corner from Pulisic's shot and launch an attack of their own, but Pieters' cross bounces straight into the gloves of Kepa.
28' Pulisic gets a good chance to double his tally! He's wide open in the penalty area and Willian finds him with a good ball from the right. He takes a touch and fires toward the bottom-right corner again, but Pope makes a good save after a slight deflection off Lowton.
27' Chelsea play the ball around in defence for a little while as they look to take control back. 
26' Only Tammy Abraham (nine) has been involved in more goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season than Christian Pulisic (six - one goal and five assists). Not bad for a waste of money!
25' Dyche's side have responded well here, they're forcing the issue again. Lowton bends a cross in from deep on the right which Zouma heads away, but only as far as Pieters in space on the left. He hits it first time and hits it well, but Kepa just about reacts to a deflection to make the save.
24' How has that not gone in for Burnley? The home side almost level things up straight away. Tarkowski wins the header at the back post and it drops straight onto Barnes' head five yards out, but he can't react quickly enough and his header flies over.
23' Burnley look to hit straight back as Westwood releases Barnes with a superb first-time ball over the top, but his control isn't right enough and Tomori puts it behind for a corner.
C. Pulisic
Goal
Chelsea
21' GOAL! Chelsea lead, it's brilliant from Pulisic! Space opens up behind the Burnley defence as Lowton can't control a header back to him, Pulisic picks up the loose ball and drives at Tarkowski. He looks like he's held onto it for too long but a quick shimmy shifts the ball onto his left foot and he hits it across Pope into the bottom-right corner. His first Chelsea goal.
20' McNeil again escapes the attention of his markers in midfield and drives at Azpilicueta, but the Chelsea captain tracks him well and eventually wins a throw-in as the youngster carries the ball just out of play.
19' McNeil shows some neat footwork to get away from Kovacic and then Azpilicueta in the left channel, but his powerfully hit cross is straight at Kepa.
18' Rodriguez looks to slip a pass in behind with the Chelsea defence back-pedalling, but it's in between Barnes and Hendrick. Burnley got a bit of space in behind when Azpilicueta went forward to contest a loose ball, but got there too late.
17' Willian attempts a lofted cross from a similar position, but gets too much on the ball and Pope watches it over the bar for a goal kick. The Brazilian lost his patience waiting for a gap to appear once Burnley got men back, there.
16' Willian looks to deliver a low right-footed cross from deep on the right with Abraham lurking on the last man's shoulder, but it's straight at Mee.
15' The ball breaks for Mount in the penalty area after a good run from Pulisic, ten or so yards out. He hits a first-time snapshot which is blocked straight away, and Burnley get it clear.
14' Hendrick's right-footed delivery is way overhit, and nobody can keep it in at the back post. It curls straight behind for a goal kick.
13' Burnley win the first corner of the afternoon on the right, which McNeil goes over to take. He puts the ball into a dangerous area, right by Kepa but in a crowd of bodies, and Zouma gets there first. He heads it behind for another corner, on the left this time.
12' McNeil beats Azpilicueta for pace round the outside on the Burnley left, but his attempted pull-back into the area is easily cut out.
11' Burnley look to build an attack down the left with Mee and Rodriguez combining, but Zouma gets across to cover and knocks it back to Kepa.
9' Burnley look to commit players forward with Zouma off the pitch but Chelsea counter. Abraham sprays the ball out wide towards Willian on the right but forces him into a corner with the pass, and Pieters can win the ball off him. Zouma gets himself back on.
8' Zouma is down in some pain after clearing the ball away from Cork to prevent a corner. He went over head-first into the advertising hoarding behind the byline, and the medical team are going to check him out.
7' Zouma is penalised for a foul just inside the Burnley half, and Mee takes the chance to punt it long towards Hendrick. It's flicked on into the penalty area and there's a moment of panic, but Chelsea eventually get it away.
6' Chelsea look like they've been practising their rondos this week, that's twice they've picked their way past the Burnley block with some crisp one-touch passing. They win a throw-in over on the left as Mee puts the ball out.
5' Jorginho, Mount and Willian exchange some first-touch passes down the right as Chelsea build from side to side. Eventually space opens up on the right for Willian to have a crack from range, but he gets under the ball and his left-footed strike soars over the bar.
3' Kovacic makes an interception as a low cross is fizzed into the area from McNeil on the right for Burnley.
2' Nothing to shout about in the opening couple of minutes, as both sides exchange comfortable spells of possession before Mount fouls Cork as he looks to break forward through the centre.
1' We're off and running! 
The teams are on their way out, the ceremonial Premier League arch is looking splendid, and we’re just about ready for kick-off. Who are you backing?
Burnley have picked up nine points from a possible 12 at home in the Premier League this season, keeping three clean sheets (W3 D0 L1); registering more points (7) and clean sheets (2) than they kept in their opening nine games at Turf Moor in the previous campaign.
Just the one Chelsea change from their 1-0 win over Ajax in the Champions League, and it’s a big one as Pulisic comes in for his first league start since August. Hudson-Odoi drops to the bench, where he’s joined by youngsters James and Guehi.
Two changes for Burnley after their 2-1 defeat at Leicester - which is looking like a cracking result now - last week. A hamstring problem keeps joint-top scorer Chris Wood out so Barnes comes in, while Brady drops to the bench to be replaced by Cork.
SUBS: Willy Caballero, Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Reece James, Marc Guehi, Michy Batshuayi, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Marcos Alonso, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta; Mason Mount, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Willian.
SUBS: Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon, Matej Vydra, Charlie Taylor, Kevin Long, Phil Bardsley, Robbie Brady.
BURNLEY (4-4-1-1): Nick Pope; Erik Pieters, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Matthew Lowton; Jay Rodriguez, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Jeff Hendrick; Ashley Barnes.
The Clarets have won just one in ten against the Blues in the Premier League, but they start this game just five points behind Lampard’s side. Chelsea started the weekend in the top four, and will be looking to keep the pressure on at the top end of the table.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s late fixture in the Premier League, as Sean Dyche and Burnley welcome Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to Turf Moor.