The Warmdown: A potential season changing three points for Burnley on the South Coast
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Aaron Lennon of Burnley celebrates after scoring their side's third goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley at American Express Community Stadium on February 19, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

A huge three points for Burnley as first Premier League goals for Josh Brownhill and new signing Wout Weghorst sink Brighton at The Amex.

The Clarets thoroughly deserved the points on the night which takes them off the foot of the Premier League table and leaves The Seagulls hovering in mid table. 

Brighton had their moments but never really threatened Nick Pope's goal as the victory on the South Coast may have changed Sean Dyche's sides fortunes this season.  

Many people thought when Chris Wood departed to Newcastle, Burnley may have been in trouble. How they have been proved wrong. 

Wout Weghorst's arrival from Wolfsburg has certainly been seen as an upgrade by the Burnley faithful and his performance at The Amex epitomises that. 

The 6ft 6 inch giant has been a revelation since his arrival from Germany but a goal and two assists has proved excellent value for money. 

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The Dutch international has settled into Burnley's system almost immediately and got his deserved first goal for the club with a stunning strike showing his Champions League experience and his superb ability with his feet. 

After brilliant build up from Aaron Lennon and Connor Roberts down the right hand side, Weghorst's first time strike fired past Robert Sanchez at his near post. 

Burnley's new number nine has hit the ground running instantly and if The Clarets are to stay in the Premier League he is going to be an integral figure for Sean Dyche. 

34 years of age, many people will say that players cannot cut it in the Premier League at that age. How Aaron Lennon is proving people wrong. 

He made his 400th Premier League appearance last time out against Liverpool and his emergence back in the side is having the impact of a new signing. 

Lennon was superb down the Burnley righthand side today and marked appearance number 401 with a super strike after great build up from Jay Rodriguez

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After he made his return to the side against Manchester United in the New Year, he has been without question one of the surprises of Burnley's season and making himself a first team regular. 

A player with vast experience and a rebirth of his career, Aaron Lennon could be a secret weapon for Sean Dyche in the battle at the bottom and boy was he on form today. 

  • Burnley heading in the right direction

After the second half of the draw against Manchester United, we have seen somewhat of a new team or should way say more of the old Burnley. 

High pressing, creativity and defensive solidity are all things of the Burnley of old and the last two and half games we have seen that Burnley return. 

Josh Brownhill was superb in the middle for Burnley marked with his first Premier League goal with his high press and determination on the ball and he is showing why he is so highly regarded. 

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Burnley didn't seem fazed by the absence of James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood through positive Covid tests as Jack Cork and Nathan Collins stepped in brilliantly. 

Saying Burnley didn't deserve all three points would be a lie as The Clarets were superb on a happy hunting ground for them and should they are fighting to the very end. 

Saturday's victory showed that there is still a big mountain to climb but performances like that will give Sean Dyche lots of confidence and give Burnley supporters reason to be optimistic that they are in a fight but they are well up for it. 

  • Seagulls all at Sea

Brighton have been one of the sides this season who have surprised many and rightly so but today's performance was one of their worsts. 

They didn't really threaten Nick Pope's goal with Adam Lallana's first half header being their best chance and defensively inept against Burnley's front four at times. 

The only real shining light for Brighton was the performance of Tariq Lamptey who caused Burnley problems down the right with his overlapping runs and wicked delivery. 

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Brighton were in disarray defensively and were clearly missing the impact of captain Lewis Dunk as the homegrown hero was sent off last time out at Old Trafford. 

Graham Potter will be disappointed with his side's performance on the day as the Brighton we have come to know of were all at sea today and rarely threatened the relegation strugglers. 

Brighton will be looking for a response next time out against Aston Villa at The Amex whereas Burnley will look to carry their momentum at home to Tottenham in midweek and away to Crystal Palace at the weekend.

 

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