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Burnley took a giant leap towards security in the Premier League when Chris Wood’s hat trick in the first half put them on the way to a 4-0 win over Wolves at Molineux.

In the first half At the hour of the game, Wood took advantage of two mistakes in an unlucky wolf defense before completing his hat-trick before the break to make the result unequivocal.

Sean Dyche’s team have lost a number of leads over the past few weeks, but the Ashley Westwood’s late goals crowned an emphatic performance that will certainly put an end to all relegation fears as they are nine points ahead of Fulham.

Wolves: Patricio (4), Saiss (4), Coady (4), Boly (3) , Semedo (4), Dendoncker (4), Neves (5), Ait-Nouri (5), Traore (3), Podence (3), Willian Jose (4).
Subs used: Silva (5), Vitinha (6), Gibbs-White (6).
Burnley: Pope (7), Lowton (8), Tarkowski (8), Mee (7), Taylor (9), Cork (7), Westwood (8), Brownhill (7), McNeil (9), Wood (10 )), Vydra (8).
Subs used: Rodriguez (6).
Man of the game: Chris Wood

Burnley looked like the more aggressive team from the start, their hunger was palpable while the wolves lost their pace. There was a warning of what was about to kick off.

Willy Boly’s header back to Rui Patricio was misjudged and there were calls for a penalty as only one final attack by the Ivorian Matej Vydra prevented that Finding the net.

But there was no delay when Boly made another mistake shortly afterwards and missed his header completely before Wood Conor overtook Coady brilliantly and shot a heavy shot deep into the corner.

Burnley loved it and six minutes later they doubled their lead after an easy home game when Adama Traore’s dismissal was sharply intercepted by Dwight McNeil.

Nelson Semedo was on his heels and all McNeil had to do , was to place the ball for Wood so he could fill in for his second afternoon and ninth of the New Zealander’s season.

A change for the Wolves when Ruben Neves started up position after missing out on Sheffield United victory after testing positive for Covid-19. He replaced compatriot Joao Moutinho, the veteran who left the squad.

Burnley was bolstered by the return of Nick Pope to goal after missing the last two games due to injury. Matej Vydra was also added to the team to support Chris Wood in attack.

By this point, the Wolves were overrun, the Burnley full-backs were advancing with real aim, and Vydra had the wonderful opportunity to make it to three shortly after, only to volley from close range.

Traore escaped further punishment for raising a hand to Jack Cork’s face after an argument in the Burnley box when Daniel Podence went down, but the rest for the wolves was temporary.

Just before the break brought an unnecessarily conceded corner of Woods third place and nodded in McNeil’s cross to become only the second player to score a hat trick in the Premier League for Burnley.

If the Wolves hoped the momentum would change in the second half there was little evidence of it. Vydra appeared to have made it four and just rounded Patricio for a VAR check to rule him offside.

Semedo was sacrificed when Traore switched to full-back, but that only allowed McNeil more freedom to attack on the left, while Matt Lowton continued to enjoy himself on the right.

The full-back fell with a long shot on the corner, which Patricio had knocked over the post as Burnley was looking for the fourth goal. Their intensity only increased with confidence.

It finally came after more good work from Wood, who trickled down the face of the gate before setting up Westwood, whose powerful drive flew over Patricio and back into the web of wolves.

It wasn’t more than Burnley deserved, lifting them to 14th place at the final whistle.

Regardless of the circumstances of their season, it’s a big game for the Wolves, who face West on Monday night Brom will travel to the Hawthorns for the Black Country Derby against West Brom.

Burnley is also on this Monday night as they host West Ham before heading to Fulham the following Monday in a game that no longer does looks daunting as it used to be.

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