A superb first-half hat-trick by striker Chris Wood was enough to give Burnley a 4-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux and ease their relegation fears.
The giant New Zealand star opened the scoring in the 15th minute. He then doubled the Clarets advantage on 21 minutes before claiming the match ball one minute before the break.
The victory moves Sean Dyche’s men onto 36 points and has given them breathing space to the bottom three. And it did not take long before the visitors were on the score sheet.
Wood stole in behind Conor Coady before finding the far corner with an accomplished finish.
Six minutes later it was 2-0. A poor pass from Adama Traore to Nelson Semedo was intercepted by Dwight McNeil. The winger’s cross left Wood with little to do as he tapped in from six yards.
The game was virtually over as a contest on 44 minutes. A superb first-half display by Burnley was capped by Wood’s third. McNeil’s corner found the Kiwi unmarked and he headed home from eight yards out.
Nuno Espirito Santo will want to know how he was given the freedom of Molineux.
Wood treble gives Clarets control
The Clarets were in control of the game as it progressed in the second half and rarely gave Wolves a sniff. They had the ball in the net on 49 minutes but VAR ruled out the goal for offisde against Matej Vydra.
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But the fourth came five minutes before the end through Ashley Westwood. Romain Saiss was caught in possession and robbed by Jay Rodriguez.
The England man set up Wood who in turn teed up Westwood to fire home for 15 yards.
Full report to follow…