Chris Eagles inspires Burnley FC win

A BRACE from Chris Eagles extended Burnley’s impressive home form as they beat Barnsley 3-0 at Turf Moor.

The Clarets climbed to fourth in the table after claiming their 16th point at home from a possible 18. And they had an inspired performance from man of the match Eagles to thank for that as he led the Clarets’ second half charge.

The in-form winger struck five minutes after the interval with a sublime right-footed effort which flashed across the outstretched Luke Steele before nestling in the far corner of the net, sending the home faithful into raptures.

Then, following an inventive lofted volley into the path of Chris Iwelumo, Eagles latched onto a through ball from Wade Elliott before clipping a cross into the penalty area which hit the raised arms of Nathan Doyle. Referee Andy Haines awarded the spot kick despite heated protests from the away side. That allowed the former Manchester United man to lash the ball low to Steele’s right to claim his fifth league goal of the season in the 66th minute.

Iwelumo had seen his earlier headed effort palmed onto the bar by the Tykes’ stopper but he grabbed his eighth goal of the season, all of which have come at Turf Moor, when Dean Marney guided the ball into the path of the Scot who swept the ball past Steele and into the far corner with nine minutes remaining.