Maxwell Cornet tops blitzkrieg in first half as newly promoted Clarets sink bees at Turf Moor

Maxwell Cornet is already shaping up as a bargain this season, with another superb display helping Burnley end their agonizing wait to win the Premier League at Turf Moor.

The last time Clarett tasted victory in front of their own fans was against Aston Villa in late January.

Maxwell Cornett was the star of the show in Burnley's win over Brentford


Maxwell Cornett was the star of the show in Burnley’s win over Brentfordcredit: rex
Chris Wood celebrates firing Burnley up front in the 4th minute


Chris Wood celebrates firing Burnley up front in the 4th minutecredit: rex
Max Lawton took second place for The Clarets in an explosive first half


Max Lawton took second place for The Clarets in an explosive first half

But if £12.8m continues to produce goods, Burnley is unlikely to suffer a similar drought anytime soon.

His 36th minute rocket was his fourth goal in just five Premier League games since his move from Lyon – he doubled his tally for the French club in 36 games last season.

Cornet has shown his admiration for the English opposition, scoring four goals in three Champions League games against Manchester City, so he has certainly arrived in decent proportions.

His goal came after goals from Chris Wood and Matt Lawton set Burnley on their way to their first Premier League win of the season.

This meant they scored three goals in the first half of a Premier League match for the first time – on their 138th attempt – and knocked them out of the relegation zone on goal difference over Leeds, who play tomorrow.

Thomas Frank would be concerned about Brentford’s shy first-half performance as he lost for the third time in a row, although a superb shot from substitute Saman Godus was worth rewarding for his improved effort after the break.

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Burnley didn’t start like a team that forgot how to win at home – although his goal after just four minutes clearly helped.

Ethan Pinnock got into a hopeless quandary when he tried to cut Luton’s long kick, and the ball fell perfectly for Wood.

He broke a first-time knockout against Alvaro Fernandez, who had secured his Premier League debut in place of the injured David Raya.

Claret fans appreciated it with a boisterous chorus of: “You’d better believe it – we’re winning at home!”.

Perhaps they thought it was best for them to get this early, as Burnley have failed to win any of their previous five games this season after scoring first.

But that was never the case this time around, with the home side completely outdone by a stressed-out Brentford side – and Fernandes was among the worst offenders.

Wood almost shot again after just eight minutes with a curved header that Fernandes managed to grab on the second try.

It looked as if Cornet doubled the lead after just a quarter of an hour, as Wood sent a through ball from Ashley Westwood to his teammate, who finished off with a veritable brilliance.

The victory over Brentford led to Burnley's first win of the season


The victory over Brentford led to Burnley’s first win of the seasoncredit: rex

But John Moss ruled it out after checking the VAR – although it was hard to see how Wood could be judged offside when the line across the field was shown on television.

This controversial ruling did not matter, as Burnley continued to throw everything at their opponents.

The fact that both their full-backs combined for the second goal confirmed their license to attack.

Charlie Taylor whipped up a superb cross from the left, and as Fernandes started to veer off his line and then back off, Lawton tangled two defenders and picked his place with a header down.

Johan Gudmundsson missed a huge opportunity to extend the lead by firing straight at Fernandes after an impressive Westwood serve.

But Burnley ignored that as well, with Cornet again showing some impressive movement to score the number three goal, nine minutes before the break.

A small flash on the edge of the box took him away from Pontus Jansson and the Ivory Coast star fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

There was still plenty of time for Gudmundsson to miss another chance with a trick shot, while Ben Mei headed wide from a corner kick to net a hopeless 44-minute one-sided strike.

With the score already a formality, the second half was somewhat of a climax – although the bees finally threatened, as Christian Norgaard forced Nick Bob for a good low save.

Sean Daiki celebrates after his forces' first league win of the season


Shawn Daiki celebrates after his forces’ first league win of the seasonCredit: Reuters

Then Evan Toni scored an inch wide effort as a touch of contentment crept into the home defense.

Kaddous seized the opportunity, displaying a superb 79th-minute shot resounding past Bob, with a clever header across the penalty area from Norgaard.

But that left you wondering why we haven’t seen any of that from Brentford earlier.

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