Cape Town - Burnley continued their impressive form in
the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Turf Moor on Tuesday taking
them into the top four.
The Potters were the stronger team in the
first half and hit the woodwork through Mame Biram Diouf, but Sean Dyche's side
lifted their game after the break and managed to sneak a dramatic late winner
through Ashley Barnes.
The match got off to a bright start with
the hosts going close in the third minute when James Tarkowski headed wide from
a free-kick, before Xherdan Shaqiri tested Nick Pope with a volley moments
later at the other end.
Mark Hughes' men enjoyed the better chances
from that point on and Peter Crouch was let in by a mis-kick from Tarkowski on
five minutes, but the striker's shot was parried away from danger by Pope, who
claimed Kurt Zouma's header from Shaqiri's cross a minute later.
Ramadan Sobhi created an opportunity for
Diouf on 20 minutes after skinning Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the left, but the
Senegalese forward's header missed the target.
Diouf was a whisker away from breaking the
deadlock on 28 minutes after released on the right by Shaqiri, with his shot
skimming the top corner of the crossbar, while Sobhi failed to trouble Pope
with an effort from the top of the D soon after when a corner was cleared into
Gudmundsson failed to hit the target on the
rebound after Scott Arfield's initial shot had been blocked in the 39th minute,
which proved the final action of the first half.
Pope was required to make a save from
Shaqiri's shot just outside the area in the 54th minute, while Jack Butland was
finally called into action in the 69th minute as he kept out a volley from
Gudmundsson was wasteful again in the 71st
minute when he flashed an effort wide of goal after Chris Wood failed to make
contact with an overhead-kick.
Substitute Barnes fired a weak shot wide of
the target from Wood's knockdown on 77 minutes, before Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting
drew a save out of Pope from the edge of the box five minutes from time.
The visitors almost snatched a late winner
from Crouch's overhead-kick that flew just wide on 87 minutes, but instead the
Clarets went up the other end to score. Good work from Barnes saw him play a
one-two with Arfield before slotting home from inside the area.
Pope preserved his team's lead at the death
with a good save to keep out Tarkowski's header from Erik Pieters' cross in