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Soccer-Wood strikes late as Burnley fight back to sink Villa

28 Jan 2021 / 04:00 H.

    BURNLEY, England, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Chris Wood grabbed a 79th-minute winner as Burnley came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Wednesday.

    Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead in the 14th minute with a deft finish to turn in a low cross from Matt Targett and Dean Smith's side could have gone in it at the break with a more handsome lead had it not been for fine saves by Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

    Burnley skipper Ben Mee put the Clarets level after the interval with a thundering header at the back post from an Ashley Westwood cross.

    The outstanding Jack Grealish restored the visitor's advantage, though, in the 68th minute with a smart finish after a clever exchange with Douglas Luiz.

    But Burnley, who ended Liverpool's 68-match unbeaten home run last week, fought back again as Dwight McNeil made it 2-2 with a low cross-shot from the left which went through a crowded area into the bottom corner.

    Winger McNeil turned provider in the 79th minute, whipping in a cross from the left flank which Wood met with a perfectly angled header.

    Burnley, 15th in the table, moved on to 22 points and Villa dropped to 10th on 29. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)

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