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Wood scores twice as Burnley bring Norwich crashing down

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Wood scores twice as Burnley bring Norwich crashing down
Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley v Norwich City - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - September 21, 2019 Burnley's Chris Wood in action Action Images via Reuters/Molly Darlington   -   Copyright  MOLLY DARLINGTON(Reuters)

(Reuters) – Burnley striker Chris Wood scored a superb first-half brace to help them outclass promoted Norwich City 2-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday and return to winning ways in the Premier League.

The result snapped Burnley’s winless run of four games since they beat Southampton 3-0 on the opening day of the campaign and gave Daniel Farke’s Norwich a reality check following their 3-2 upset of champions Manchester City last weekend.

Forward Wood put Burnley ahead in the 10th minute with his first league goal since April, guiding his header past Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul at point-blank range after Ashley Westwood whipped in a perfect ball from the corner.

Norwich paid the price for giving away possession cheaply as New Zealander Wood doubled Burnley’s lead four minutes later by meeting midfielder Dwight McNeil’s drilled pass from the left with a crisp left-footed shot that gave Krul no chance.

Midfielder Moritz Leitner, who came on in the opening half for the injured Alexander Tettey, had Norwich’s best chance of the game in the 23rd minute but his fierce shot from distance only rattled the post with Nick Pope beaten.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who have collected eight points from six matches, next travel to promoted Aston Villa while Norwich visit Crystal Palace.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru)