Aston Villa dealt a huge blow to Burnley’s survival hopes as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Danny Ings opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Emiliano Buendia doubled their advantage in the 31st minute. Ollie Watkins sealed the three points in the 52nd minute before Maxwel Cornet grabbed a consolation goal in stoppage time.
Burnley caretaker manager Michael Jackson: “First-half we gave away some sloppy goals and got punished for a couple of errors. We had some good moments ourselves, quite a bit of the ball but we just couldn’t find those moments to finish them off. Then the second half, you lose one early and it takes the wind out of you. We had as many moments as Villa in the first half but didn’t take them. It’s a big plus to get Maxy (Cornet) back and Eric (Pieters). That’s good for us because we’ve lost a few bodies which haven’t helped. We’re going into these last two weeks with three games and everything is there for us in what we need to do.”
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard: “The points are the most important thing. We showed we can be a really strong team away from home. I thought we were better in every department with all due respect. When our moments came in the game to show our quality, we showed it. We were ruthless in front of goal, the front three won us the game but across the board, everyone stood up today. Burnley had taken 10 points from 12, they’re in a right good place. They’ve had the manager bounce. We’ve gone away and put in similar types of performances at difficult places like Crystal Palace, Everton, and Brighton so I knew if we got the game plan right and it was executed.”
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