Burnley did their Premier League survival probabilities no hurt as two targets from Chris Wooden put them heading in the right direction for a 3-1 victory at Brighton.
They responded completely to slipping again into the relegation zone forward of the kick-off after Cardiff’s late 2-1 conquer Southampton.
However the Clarets didn’t appear to be fazed within the slightest as composed finishes from New Zealand worldwide Wooden both aspect of the break put them in management at a rain-soaked Amex Stadium.
The guests, who had been additionally indebted to an impressed first-half show from goalkeeper Tom Heaton, went additional forward by means of Ashley Barnes’ penalty, earlier than Shane Duffy pulled one again for the Seagulls.
Success on the south coast stretched Burnley’s unbeaten run to seven top-flight video games, leaving them degree on 27 factors with their out-of-form hosts.
Albion have been sucked again into relegation hazard after taking simply two factors from a potential 18 throughout a six-game winless streak because the flip of the yr.
Brighton defender Gaetan Bong was as soon as once more subjected to boos from opposition followers in reference to final season’s racism row with Burnley-born West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez.
Cameroon worldwide Bong, who accused former Clarets participant Rodriguez of creating a racist remark throughout a match in January 2018, was additionally jeered at Turf Moor final April and in the course of the midweek FA Cup win towards the Baggies.
In distinction, the house supporters had lots to cheer contained in the opening 5 minutes.
A powerful Solly March header from a Bong cross had to be tipped over by Heaton, before the keeper produced an even more impressive stop to keep out Pascal Gross’ powerful volley.
Only a handful of Burnley fans made the long trip south for the televised evening kick-off and they should have been celebrating the opening goal in the 17th minute.
Dwight McNeil’s initial cross from the left was diverted on to the crossbar by Albion defender Duffy, before Barnes headed the rebound against the woodwork with the goal gaping.
After Heaton again saved from March, the visitors made the most of their next opportunity to edge ahead.
An premature slip from Brighton captain Dunk allowed Wooden to race on to Barnes’ hopeful ball ahead and emphatically bury the ball previous Ryan.
There had been only one purpose within the earlier three Premier League encounters between the golf equipment however this was proving to be a much more open affair.
Heaton’s fingertips on a Gross cross denied Glenn Murray a easy headed end, whereas Clarets midfielder Jeff Henrick cleared Duffy’s thumping header off the road from a Gross nook.
Winger March was arguably Albion’s finest participant within the first half however he was substituted early within the second interval as a consequence of an obvious damage.
With out him, the Seagulls struggled to create and so they fell additional behind within the 61st minute.
Teenager McNeil produced a marauding run ahead earlier than slipping the ball to his left for Wooden to calmly slot into the underside proper nook through the hand of Ryan.
The Clarets then wrapped up the factors within the 74th minute following an action-packed sequence.
After Hendrick escaped penalty appeals for a potential handball, Barnes broke clear on the different finish and was introduced down by Ryan earlier than Wooden, trying to find a hat-trick, slotted broad of the empty web.
Referee Stuart Attwell introduced play again to award the penalty, permitting Barnes, one other ex-Brighton participant, to stroke the ball into the underside left nook for his second profitable spot-kick in as many video games.
Any hopes of the guests seeing the sport out with out incident had been dashed simply two minutes later although as Duffy rose to go dwelling his fifth league purpose of the marketing campaign from Anthony Knockaert’s looking out free-kick, however Brighton had been unable to combat again.