Burnley defeat 10-man Brentford, boosting their hopes of survival

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Burnley defeated 10-man Brentford at Turf Moor in a thrilling match that increased their narrow chances of surviving in the Premier League.

After the video assistant referee (VAR) determined that Sergio Reguilon had committed a professional foul on Vitinho, the winger for Clarets, and given the Tottenham loanee a straight red card, the hosts took the lead thanks to an early penalty scored by Jacob Bruun Larsen.

Dara O’Shea’s careless backpass nearly gave Brentford an equalizer, but Arijanet Muric, starting in his Premier League debut in place of James Trafford, the Clarets’ first-choice custodian, made a superb save to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

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Just before halftime, David Datro Fofana made one of his worst mistakes of the year when, after Lorenz Assignon had picked out the young Ivorian, he somehow scuffed his shot wide.

Midway through the second half, however, Burnley’s lead was doubled thanks to a brilliant move by Chelsea loanee Fofana, who took Wilson Odobert’s pass and easily past Brentford keeper Mark Flekken.

Odobert missed a great chance to make it 3-0, but Brentford had hope thanks to a late header from Kristoffer Ajer.

Deep into added time, Shandon Baptiste’s cross flew over Muric and into the far corner, giving the visitors hope for an unusual equaliser. However, Ivan Toney’s foul on the Burnley keeper saw the goal disallowed.

Vincent Kompany, the manager of Burnley, stated, “This was big for us. We can’t keep putting out performances and not getting results.

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“We had a good start. We made them commit an error early on and didn’t wait for the game to start.

“We might have scored more goals if we had sharpened our tools a little bit more, but you have to grind it out if you haven’t put the outcome to bed. We took that action and the desired outcome.”

With nine games remaining, the Clarets’ second home victory of the year has left them eight points outside of safety, while Brentford is four points above the bottom three.

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