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Late goal lifts Burnley into EPL's top four

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Burnley’s Phil Bardsley (left) and Stoke City’s Ramadan Sobhi compete for the ball during their English Premier Leaguer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, yesterday.

BURNLEY, England (AP):

Ashley Barnes scored in the 89th minute to earn Burnley a 1-0 win over Stoke that lifted the unfashionable team into the top four of the English Premier League yesterday.

Already sitting above Tottenham, Burnley leapfrogged Arsenal and Liverpool with their ninth victory of what is shaping up to be their most impressive league campaign in a generation.

Barnes, a substitute striker, smashed a finish into the corner from Scott Arfield's lay-off from only Burnley's second shot on target on a bitterly cold night at Turf Moor.

In their second season back in the top flight, Burnley were tipped by some pundits to struggle after selling two of their best players over the summer, during which the club made a profit in the transfer market.

The northern club has been English champions twice, in 1921 and 1960, but hasn't had it this good since finishing sixth in 1974.

The loss for 15th-place Stoke will add to the pressure on coach Mark Hughes, whose team has lost nine of their 17 games and has the leakiest defence in the league with 36 goals conceded.