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Burnley 1-2 Brighton: Aaron Connolly hits solo winner to set Sean Dyche’s side back £4million


Burnley 1-2 Brighton: Defeat for Sean Dyche’s side costs Clarets £4million as Aaron Connolly solo goal and Yves Bissouma stunner gives Seagulls win

  • Burnley suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday
  • Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma hit a stunning long-range goal after 20 minutes
  • Chris Wood equalised just ahead of the break before an Aaron Connolly solo goal
  • Burnley ended the term 10th after losing at Turf Moor while Albion finished 15th 

Every penny counts at Burnley and there must have been a modicum of disquiet at how the final day unfolded. This uncharacteristic defeat cost them around £4million.

Not a great deal in the grand scheme of gargantuan Premier League wealth, and finishing 10th still brings significant financial reward, but this was an opportunity missed to finish eighth.

The difference in prize money between those two places is effectively Sean Dyche’s annual salary. 

Sean Dyche gathered his thoughts after Burnley’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton cost them £4million

Brighton's Yves Bissouma (second from right) opened the scoring with an effort from distance

Brighton’s Yves Bissouma (second from right) opened the scoring with an effort from distance

The Albion star celebrated with Lewis Dunk after beating keeper Nick Pope with a super strike

The Albion star celebrated with Lewis Dunk after beating keeper Nick Pope with a super strike

That would have been a handy bonus and Burnley knew it, Nick Pope running up for a stoppage-time corner in a bid to salvage a draw. An equaliser would have amounted to an extra £2m.

Regardless, it has been another outstanding campaign, in the top half for the second time in three years. From here, focus immediately turns to recruitment. 

Dyche wants Burnley to become more proactive with contract extensions — there are several players entering their final 12 months.

‘I know the financial framework, that’s obvious, but we’re in a very healthy position,’ Dyche said. ‘Ambition here is making the best of everything. We’re trying to rinse every drop out of every situation.

‘It needs support, that’s the reality. It’s about how much support you can get. I don’t sign the contracts, I can only advise on reinforcements.’

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE

BURNLEY: (4-4-2) Pope 6.5; Bardsley 6, Long 6, Tarkowski 6.5, Pieters 7; Gudmundsson 6 (Brady 75, 6), Brownhill 6, Westwood 6.5, McNeil 6; Wood 7, Rodriguez 6.5 (Vydra 78)

SUBS NOT USED: Peacock-Farrell, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Glennon, Mumbongo

GOALS: Wood (44)

COACH: Sean Dyche (6)

BRIGHTON: (5-3-2) Ryan 6.5; Lamptey 8, Dunk 7, Webster 7, Burn 7.5, March 6.5 (Bernardo 73, 6); Bissouma 7.5 (Propper 74, 6), Stephens 7, Mac Allister 6.5 (Mooy 74, 6); Connolly 7 (Murray 90), Maupay 6.5 (Jahanbakhsh 90)

SUBS NOT USED: Button, Trossard, Gross, Montoya

GOALS: Bissouma (20), Connolly (50) 

COACH: Graham Potter (7)

REFEREE: Jonathan Moss (5)

VENUE: Turf Moor



  • Championship
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga

 

Clarets boss Dyche (left) hopes Burnley improve their recruitment style over the summer

Clarets boss Dyche (left) hopes Burnley improve their recruitment style over the summer

They will shop in the Championship. What the last few weeks have made clear is that Burnley could be a force with additional depth. That has been lacking as injuries and contract issues mounted.

Brighton, who recorded their highest Premier League points tally, were too smart against heavy legs. It will be of no consolation to Pope, but the goal that deprived him of what would have been a richly deserved Golden Glove award was sumptuous.

Yves Bissouma manufactured it after 20 minutes, preying on slack defending and bending a strike into Pope’s top right-hand corner. 

Burnley were level on the stroke of half-time. Erik Pieters saw Chris Wood run off Lewis Dunk and chipped a ball just over the flailing Brighton captain. Wood took two touches: one to control, another to beat Mat Ryan. 

Ex-Brighton forward Chris Wood equalised with an excellent finish a minute before half-time

Ex-Brighton forward Chris Wood equalised with an excellent finish a minute before half-time

The New Zealand forward darted in front of Dunk to bring his side level going into the break

The New Zealand forward darted in front of Dunk to bring his side level going into the break

Neal Maupay had headed against the bar, while Burnley argued VAR did them wrong when Jay Rodriguez was shoved over by Dale Stephens inside the box. ‘Peculiar,’ said Dyche.

Brighton led again five minutes after the break. Kevin Long, deputising for the injured Ben Mee, allowed Aaron Connolly to wriggle clear, before he placed a shot across Pope and into the far corner.

Aaron Connolly (top) put Brighton back in front with an acute finish after a scintillating run

Aaron Connolly (top) put Brighton back in front with an acute finish after a scintillating run

Graham Potter's side finished 15th in the Englishman's debut Premier League campaign

Graham Potter’s side finished 15th in the Englishman’s debut Premier League campaign

Rodriguez thought he had his fourth goal since the restart but his deft header from Ashley Westwood’s corner was disallowed, Johann Berg Gudmundsson obstructing Ryan while standing offside.

‘It’s nice to sign off like that,’ Brighton boss Graham Potter said. ‘To end on 41 points is good because the division is so tough.

‘You wouldn’t have thought Bournemouth and Watford would get relegated.’

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