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Burnley 1-3 Aston Villa: Danny Ings scores against his old club

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport at Turf Moor
Ollie Watkins scores for Aston Villa against Burnley at Turf Moor
Ollie Watkins scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season to add to the 14 he scored in the top flight in 2020-21

Danny Ings scored against his former club as Burnley's survival chances suffered a huge setback against Aston Villa at Turf Moor.

Ings, who spent four years with the Clarets before moving to Liverpool in 2015, did not celebrate after tucking past Nick Pope, having been put through by Emiliano Buendia.

Argentine Buendia, starting in place of Philippe Coutinho who was on the bench, then scored with a deflected finish after being picked out inside the box by Lucas Digne.

Ollie Watkins added to the home side's misery when he was left unmarked to head the third after John McGinn's cross.

Burnley had won their previous three games to give themselves hope of avoiding relegation, but they were back to their bad old habits.

Wout Weghorst headed a couple of chances wide and went close with another attempt on the turn, while Dwight McNeil forced a couple of saves before substitute Maxwel Cornet scored a consolation in stoppage time.

With three games remaining, Burnley are 16th in the table, two points clear of Everton, who are third from bottom but have two games in hand.

Leeds, who are directly below the Clarets in 17th, are level on 34 points with Burnley but have one game in hand.

"The league didn't finish today," said Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson. "You have to find a way of moving forward.

"It's about how you react. We have a bit of time before our next game."

Clarets in big trouble

Burnley looked down and out after slumping to 18th, four points from safety, before 10 points from four games under Jackson raised hopes they could avoid the drop.

But Villa delivered a huge blow to their survival hopes as the home side unravelled.

The Clarets looked a different side to the one that has secured hard-earned wins against Southampton, Wolves and Watford since Sean Dyche's departure.

There was no marking for Watkins' third goal while time and again they carelessly switched off and gifted their opponents possession.

The Clarets will drop back into the relegation zone on Sunday if Leeds avoid defeat at Arsenal and Everton win at Leicester.

Jackson knows he now has to lift his players and make sure they get this result out of their system quickly as they face back-to-back away games against Tottenham and Villa before entertaining Newcastle on the final day of the season.

With Ben Mee still absent, Jackson will hope James Tarkowski makes a swift recovery after the defender was forced off with a hamstring problem.

'We want Coutinho'

Villa's sixth win in 12 away games under Steven Gerrard all but secures their place in the Premier League for another season.

Manager Gerrard has been frustrated at his side's lack of consistency and said before this game that the team had "underachieved" this season.

He faces a busy summer in the transfer market and one of the first decisions he has to make is whether to sign Coutinho permanently.

The arrival of the former Liverpool playmaker on loan from Barcelona in January included the option to buy the 29-year-old for £33m.

However, Gerrard opted to start the impressive Buendia instead of Coutinho at Turf Moor.

But the Villa boss made it clear after the game he wants to keep the player and explained he did not start Coutinho because he wanted fresh legs for Tuesday's home game against his former club Liverpool.

"We want Philippe Coutinho here," added Gerrard. "We have got five games in a short pace of time and the same players cannot go Saturday-Tuesday all the time."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 14Roberts
  • 22Collins
  • 5TarkowskiSubstituted forLongat 47'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 11McNeil
  • 4Cork
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 69mins
  • 17LennonSubstituted forCornetat 66'minutes
  • 9Weghorst
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forPietersat 72'minutes


  • 2Lowton
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Stephens
  • 20Cornet
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 37Thomas
  • 44Costelloe

Aston Villa

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 27DigneBooked at 21mins
  • 16ChambersSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 68'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forCoutinhoat 79'minutes
  • 20IngsSubstituted forYoungat 74'minutes
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 45mins


  • 8Sanson
  • 15Traoré
  • 18Young
  • 19Nakamba
  • 23Coutinho
  • 25Olsen
  • 33Chukwuemeka
  • 47Iroegbunam
  • 59Feeney
David Coote

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamAston Villa
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 1, Aston Villa 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Aston Villa 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Burnley 1, Aston Villa 3. Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Erik Pieters with a through ball following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

  5. Post update

    Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wout Weghorst (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Josh Brownhill following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Wout Weghorst (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh Brownhill (Burnley).

  10. Post update

    Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Nathan Collins (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Philippe Coutinho replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Nathan Collins.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Young replaces Danny Ings.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

  19. Post update

    Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Erik Pieters replaces Ashley Barnes.

Player of the match

BuendíaEmiliano Buendía

with an average of 8.18


  1. Squad number1Player namePope
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  2. Squad number20Player nameCornet
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  3. Squad number14Player nameRoberts
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  4. Squad number22Player nameCollins
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  5. Squad number17Player nameLennon
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  6. Squad number9Player nameWeghorst
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  7. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
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  8. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
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  9. Squad number4Player nameCork
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  10. Squad number28Player nameLong
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  11. Squad number10Player nameBarnes
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  12. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
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  13. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
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  14. Squad number23Player namePieters
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Aston Villa

  1. Squad number10Player nameBuendía
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  2. Squad number11Player nameWatkins
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  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn
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  4. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz
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  5. Squad number20Player nameIngs
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  6. Squad number5Player nameMings
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  7. Squad number1Player nameMartínez
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  8. Squad number2Player nameCash
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  9. Squad number27Player nameDigne
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  10. Squad number16Player nameChambers
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  11. Squad number4Player nameKonsa
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  12. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho
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  13. Squad number33Player nameChukwuemeka
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  14. Squad number18Player nameYoung
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