3 Jan 2019

Wood helps Burnley to first consecutive wins since September

12:00 pm on 3 January 2019

All Whites striker Chris Wood has played a leading hand in helping Burnley climb out of the bottom three of the English Premier League (EPL).

Chris Wood playing for Burnley.

All Whites and Burnley striker Chris Wood. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Wood scored Burnley's opening goal in their 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town.

Huddersfield opened the scoring in the 33rd minute of the match through striker Steve Mounie, before Wood struck back just six minutes later before half-time.

In a match riddled with penalties and cards, the winner came from Burnley's fellow striker - Ashley Barnes - in the 74th minute.

It's the first time Burnley have won back-to-back matches in the EPL since September.

Burnley are now just two points outside the relegation zone, tied on 18 points with Cardiff City and Newcastle United, while Huddersfield are last on 10 points.

Meanwhile Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Midas touch at Manchester United continued against Newcastle as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford earned the caretaker manager a fourth successive win.

Only the great Matt Busby, who won his first five games in charge of United back in 1946, had previously started a United reign with a four-match winning streak.

On a more difficult night for Solskjaer, though, against stubborn Newcastle, it was a second-half substitution from the Norwegian that propelled United to their latest success as Lukaku scored with his first touch in the 64th minute.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring for Manchester United. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

As soon as he came on, the Belgian latched on to Rashford's free kick, which was not cleanly held by Newcastle's otherwise excellent goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Then Rashford himself doubled the lead after a fine counter-attack involving Lukaku and the returning Alexis Sanchez, ensuring that sixth-placed United have now scored 14 goals in four games in their perfect start under Solskjkaer.

Newcastle, who lost for the eighth time at home in the league this season, had their moments in the first half with Christian Atsu coming closer to striking for Newcastle on three occasions but are just two points above the drop zone.

In other matches this morning, Southampton and Chelsea played out a goalless draw, Crystal Palace beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0, West Ham and Brighton drew 2-2 while Bournemouth and Watford drew 3-3.