(Reuters) – Burnley moved five points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone after an early Conor Coady own goal and a late Dwight McNeil strike gave them a 2-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The result left Burnley 17th on 33 points from 32 games, five more than 18th-placed Cardiff City who have two games in hand and host sixth-placed Chelsea on Sunday.
Coady netted his third own-goal of the season when he slid goalwards in an attempt to block Chris Wood’s shot which struck the post and rebounded into the back of the net off the Wolves centre back.
The visitors had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Christopher Kavanagh midway through the first half after Jonny Castro’s shot struck Burnley striker Ashley Barnes in the arm.
Ivan Cavaleiro squandered a gilt-edged chance to equalise shortly after the break, blazing his shot over the bar after good work by Leander Dendoncker on the right flank.
That miss was punished in the 77th minute, when 19-year old midfielder McNeil picked his spot inside the penalty area and drove a fine shot into the bottom right corner of the net to seal Burnley’s victory.
(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)