Player News - Burnley

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It may be the only time they do it all season, but today Burnley were able to win on the road, scoring early and again late to upset Crystal Palace, 0-2.

And with that, Burnley can surely rejoice in spending a second straight season in the top flight. In a season that completely depended on positive results at home, the Clarets took a step forward by getting their first road win in eighteen attempts. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring in the 8th minute, finishing from close range and assisted by Stephen Ward. Ward would pick up a knee problem that he tried to play through, but needed to call it a day just before halftime. The Clarets managed to avoid a potential penalty awarded to Palace and despite plenty of possession for the Eagles in the final third, Burnley kept things tidy, with James Tarkowski contributing to a clean sheet in his first league start. Andre Gray came on as a substitute in the latter third of the match, and sealed the points by finishing well after service from a George Boyd through ball.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 2:33 PM

Joey Barton will appeal his 18-month suspension after he admitted a Football Association charge relating to betting on matches.

The Burnley midfielder is said to be "very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction" and if Barton is unsuccessful in having his ban reduced, then it’s unlikely he will ever play professionally again, certainly in the top-flight. At the age of 34, Barton admits: "The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players." Barton was reunited with his former boss Sean Dyche in January following an unhappy stint at Rangers, and has enjoyed a successful return to Turf Moor. However, his contract will be terminated with immediate effect, if his ban for placing 1,260 bets between March 2006 and May 2016, breaching FA Rule E8, is not reduced. Steven Defour is poised for a return at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:07 AM

After a delay of several weeks, the FA have punished Joey Barton with an 18-month ban for his decade-long gambling offenses.

The FA initially charged Barton back in early March, but the disciplinary hearing was delayed for several weeks because a chief investigator on the case fell ill. This allowed Barton to make a few more appearances for Burnley but, with a 34-year-old banned from football for a year and a half, one has to speculate whether Barton may have kicked the last ball of his professional career, a career with no shortage of controversy. While his temperament led to trouble both on and off the pitch, he has been able to succeed at a high level as a midfield enforcer, most recently helping Burnley to the top flight last season. Whether or not this is the end of the line for Barton, it is hard to imagine him fading quietly into the sunset. For the handful of fantasy managers who had been using Barton in draft leagues, it is now safe to drop him.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 27 - 4:32 AM

Manchester United are rumoured to be confident of signing Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, who is a product of United's academy.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a centre-back and had apparently identified Keane as a target, who he believes is worth a £25 million bid. United will face stiff competition for his signature, with Spurs the hottest competitors in the chase but United are apparently confident of sealing the deal, and have been since before he allegedly told a fan it was his preferred destination post-match last weekend. His current team Burnley are keen to hold onto their defensive mainstay, but have apparently become resigned to the fact that he would leave at the end of his contract in June 2018 if they fail to cash in on him now. United have also been linked with PSG's Marquinhos, as well as Benfica’s Viktor Lindelof. Both are seen as viable transfer options by the club.
Apr 25 - 8:32 AM

There was nothing Burnley could do against an in-form Manchester United in a 2-0 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday.

Despite facing a Manchester United defense down three starters, one that has played three games in the last seven days, Burnley couldn't even manage a shot on target against Jose Mourinho's stalwart side. The Clarets have only one win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but they still kept their distance with a five-point lead over the bottom three. Defender Ben Mee left the match at half-time with an injury while striker Daniel Agyei came on late as Sean Dyche looks to get the youngster more playing time as he enters the final year of his contract with rumors linking him to Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:00 PM

Burnley's penchant for results at home hit a wall today, as they conceded two unanswered goals to Manchester United in a 0-2 final.

The match began in typical Turf Moor style, with Tom Heaton making a couple of big saves in the first 20 minutes while the Claret attack were creating chances, mainly by Robbie Brady, who delivered several crosses over the contest. Andre Gray look the likeliest to finish one of those chances, but the Clarets failed to find an end product. Meanwhile, the fortress that is Turf Moor was penetrated, first on a swift counter-attack and then a second goal was conceded after a loose ball in front of Heaton was smashed in by Wayne Rooney. That put the match out of reach as United were in cruise control throughout the second half. Five points above relegation, one imagines Burnley may need at least one more positive result in their final four matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:34 AM

Burnley found itself on the wrong end of an exciting, goal-filled second half in a 3-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.

After Everton took the lead in the 49th minute behind a Phil Jagielka header, the Clarets responded right back with inspired energy. Just three minutes later, forward Sam Vokes broke away from the Everton defense before he was tripped up in the box as he tried to go around Toffees keeper Joel Robles. Vokes then stepped to the spot and sent Robles the wrong way to even the game at 1-1. But later in the half, Burnley conceded two goals within three minutes with Ben Mee being credited with an own goal following a couple of wicked deflections from a Ross Barkley shot. But the good news is the Clarets still find themselves eight points above the bottom three after Swansea's loss.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 12:05 PM

Matt Lowton and Tom Heaton put in excellent performances to hold Middlesbrough to a 0-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

The Clarets have Lowton and Heaton to thank for a share of the points. While Robbie Brady did hit the bar with a free-kick inside 15 minutes, Burnley struggled to threaten the Boro goal throughout the second-half. The home side however saw a handful of chances after the restart. Heaton was the first to produce heroics as he pushed away an overhead kick from second-half sub Alvaro Negredo, while Lowton then twice cleared off his own goal line to keep out a Stewart Downing free-kick before denying Daniel Ayala's header off the line. The result lifts Burnley to 12th in the table and eight points clear of the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 1:46 PM

Steven Defour faces a late fitness after the Belgium midfielder missed training.

Defour was handed his first Premier League start, since January, following an injury hampered year which has saw the 28-year-old spend most of it recuperating from an ongoing hamstring problem. However, his return to the Clarets starting line-up was ended with less than an hour on the clock after sustaining a dead leg which kept Defour out of training on Thursday. Sean Dyche confirmed he will be assessed during the build-up to kick-off this weekend - Scott Arfield or Robbie Brady are the players most likely to come into the side should he fail to recover. Johann Gudmundsson is back in full training although he lacks match fitness/sharpness and Burnley are expected to arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly next week to help him get back up to speed.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 6 - 10:39 AM

George Boyd's goal, the only one of the match, got Burnley back to winning ways at Turf Moor after nearly two months without a win.

The Clarets have been excellent at home for most of the season, the problem is that home matches have been a rarity since the start of February. Their two most recent home matches have been against Chelsea (a draw) and this past weekend against Spurs (a 2-0 loss). With a series of away losses (and one draw at Sunderland) mixed in, the Clarets will be breathing easier after picking up all three points against Stoke City on the strength of George Boyd's 58th minute goal. The win puts the Clarets back comfortably above the relegation zone into what should be a safe position for the balance of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 4 - 5:09 PM

Burnley's fantastic home form took a hit today as Tottenham were able to score twice in the second half and finish off the Clarets in a 0-2 final.

The Clarets have proven to be very difficult to break down on their own ground, but without too much threat in their attack, the defense were not able to guide them to a positive result, as a poor clearance led to the opening goal for Spurs and proved to be the match-winner. Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray offered occasional difficulty for Tottenham with Barnes coming closest to scoring via a header in the first half. The good news is that the Clarets should stay up for another season in the top flight, provided they get a couple more positive results in their four remaining home games.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 1 - 12:10 PM

Sean Dyche confirmed in his press conference for Burnley's match against Tottenham on Saturday that midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson has returned to light training.

Well, it is a positive step, but with the Icelandic international not having played since the day after New Year's, more training and a gradual introduction into competitive action is likely needed before we see Gudmundsson gun for a regular starting role. It has been a forgettable first season with the Clarets because of injury, with Gudmundsson having played a total of just 95 minutes in league play since November. As for the trip to Tottenham this weekend, Sean Dyche will pick a pair out of George Boyd, Robbie Brady and Scott Arfield for the wide attacking positions.
Mar 31 - 12:50 AM

It was not pretty, but Burnley were able to escape from Sunderland's ground with just their third road point of the season as the two sides played to a 0-0 final.

There was plenty of intrigue heading into this one as Sunderland had a chance to enjoy some home cooking against a Burnley defense that has been horrific away from Turf Moor. However, it was a bit of a snooze-fest, with Ashley Barnes slicing the only real chance of the first half wide. Tom Heaton had little to do in the opening 45 minutes but was put to the test in the second half, and he came up with a handful of class saves to preserve a clean sheet. The performance moves Heaton back to the top scoring keeper on the season in the FPL game.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 12:55 PM

Because of illness to a chief investigator involved in Joey Barton's disciplinary hearing for betting accusations, the hearing has been postponed a week and Barton is free to play this weekend against Liverpool.

Earlier in the week, it appeared Barton may have kicked his last football for the Clarets, as this is not his first turn on the wheel with the FA regarding his betting habits and a lengthy ban is to be expected. However, he has at least one more match in the Premier League, but that will depend on Sean Dyche's willingness to use him and/or Barton's fitness, as the midfielder has to shake of a minor hamstring strain. Normally, it would be safe to say he can be dropped in all fantasy formats but, in deep draft leagues and only eight clubs in action, an appearance by Barton this weekend could help a manager or two out.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 9 - 7:23 AM

Joey Barton may have kicked his last ball for Burnley with the midfielder facing the prospect of a lengthy ban.

The 34-year-old will attend a Football Association hearing later this week to answer a betting charge while manager Sean Dyche also confirmed Barton was replaced with 10 minutes remaining at Swansea due to a problem with his hamstring, the full extent of which, is yet to be determined. But regardless, Barton looks set to miss most, if not all, of the remaining matches in 2016/17 following an investigation by the FA which claim he broke rules by placing 1,260 bets on "football matches or competitions" between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016. Steven Defour could return on Sunday following his recovery from a hamstring strain while Ashley Barnes is available after serving a one-match ban. The trip to Anfield is likely to come too soon for winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson: "I doubt he [will be available]," said Dyche. "Defour maybe, he's had a good week with us, so we'll see what the week brings."
Mar 7 - 4:52 AM


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