REPORT: Burnley 3-1 Wednesday

REPORT: Burnley 3-1 Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal handed debuts to Fernando Forestieri, Daniel Pudil and Barry Bannan as Wednesday looked to bounce back at Burnley following the international break.

Joe Wildsmith was also handed his first league start, and with his first touch would pick the ball out of the net as Burnley took the early lead.

Sam Hutchinson conceded a free-kick directly in front of goal on seven minutes, allowing David Jones to step up and curl a wonderful set-piece around the Wednesday wall and into the top corner.

The goal seemed to give Burnley an added confidence as the Clarets began to move the ball about without greater purpose, but it was Wednesday who grabbed an equaliser through a goal of true quality.

Sam Hutchinson redeemed himself with a clever pass to the left for Pudil, who delivered a terrificly quick, arcing cross to the back post. The ball arrived on the six-yard line at the perfect height for Atdhe Nuhiu to attack and power a wonderful header past Heaton.

Nuhiu celebrates pulling Wednesday level (Image: @swfc)

Nuhiu celebrates pulling Wednesday level (Image: @swfc)

Wednesday grew into the game with some nice link-up play between Nuhiu and Forestieri, with the latter having appeals for a penalty controversially denied on the half-hour.

In an entertaining half of football, Wednesday perhaps finished the stronger with efforts from Nuhiu and Forestieri; but key challenges from both Loovens and Lees prevented Andre Gray from forcing chances in his Turf Moor bow.


Wednesday continued to threaten in the early stages of the second half, forcing a succession of corners.

Forestieri – enjoying an impressive first game in blue and white – came close in the 54th, after exchanging passes with Barry Bannan he fired a twenty yard drive just over.

His partnership with Nuhiu continued to bear fruit as he dribbled through the entire Burnley defence, before laying in Nuhiu to fire straight at Heaton. It was not all one-way traffic however, with Wildsmith making a smart save to deny Gray.

Wednesday made their first change with fifteen minutes remaining, as Ross Wallace left to four sides of applause as he was replaced by Marco Matias.

Despite the pressure, link-up and promising chances, it was Burnley who regained the lead through Matty Taylor, who volleyed home unmarked after a cross from Gray.

Carvalhal threw on Lucas João for Barry Bannan in a final attempt to force a second goal, but it was Burnley who added to their tally through Andre Gray to condemn Wednesday to consecutive defeats.

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