CLARETS reporter Tyrone Marshall discusses the talking points from Burnley's Premier League defeat to Chelsea.


The fight between Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood to end the season as Burnley’s top scorer is turning into quite the scrap.

After Wood had stretched his advantage to two at the weekend Barnes pulled it back to one against Chelsea - although he didn’t know much about it.

Barnes now has nine for the season compared to Wood’s 10 and while both are obviously putting the team first there does seem to be some playful personal rivalry in the fight to top the scoring charts.

Their partnership has reignited Burnley’s prowess in front of goal as well, with the Chelsea fixture the seventh in succession in which the Clarets have found the back of the net, having previously not scored in more than three straight Premier League fixtures this season.


Chelsea might have made six changes for the visit to Turf Moor, with at least one eye on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, but the players that did come in had a physical presence about them.

Antonio Conte was going ‘horses for courses’ in his selection and nowhere was that clearer than in his attacking players, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud paired together.

That decision looked to take Burnley by surprise early on, with Giroud regularly dropping off and looking for flicks to get Morata in behind, a trick that worked on three occasions in the first 45 minutes.

Giroud’s link-up play generally was excellent, with Kevin Long and James Tarkowski unsure whether to remain deep or follow him out, and with Morata also in the side there was little chance of Chelsea being bullied out of the game.


The good times are rolling at Burnley at the moment and in the glorious April sunshine it certainly felt like the place to be in the early stages of this game, with the Turf Moor faithful making plenty of noise.

It’s a regular complaint of the Premier League age that the atmosphere from home crowds can often be below par, but it was rocking at times against Chelsea.

And when the Clarets needed their fans in the second half they responded, raising the noise again as Burnley searched admirably for a way back into the game.


There was a heart in mouth moment for most of Turf Moor in the first half when referee Bobby Madley obstructed Jack Cork’s path to challenge N’Golo Kante, allowing the impressive midfielder the chance to move into space and curl a shot narrowly over.

It caused flashbacks to Madley’s last visit here, when his accidental obstruction of Ashley Westwood in midfield led to Southampton’s late equaliser during Burnley’s 12-game winless streak.

This time the end result wasn’t as catastrophic, although again Madley did little to endear himself to the Clarets with a string of decisions than angered Turf Moor.


Now for a favour from the Blues, if you could please Chelsea.

The Clarets remain very well placed to secure a top-seven finish and a European berth as long as Southampton don’t win the FA Cup.

Chelsea can make sure that there’s no nerves on cup final day for the Clarets by dumping the Saints out at the semi-final stage on Sunday.