SA’s Foster on target as Burnley beat Luton

SA’s Foster on target as Burnley beat Luton

Burnley won for the first time in the Premier League this season as Jacob Bruun Larsen's late blast clinched a 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Luton on Tuesday.

Burnley's South African striker #17 Lyle Foster (L) scores the opening goal

In a clash between two clubs fighting to find their feet after promotion from the Championship last season, Vincent Kompany's side earned three valuable points.

South Africa forward Lyle Foster put the Clarets ahead late in the first half at Kenilworth Road.

Luton's Elijah Adebayo equalised with just six minutes left, but Norway midfielder Bruun Larsen's first Premier League goal stole the points seconds later.

Championship winners Burnley had taken just one point from their first six games, losing five times.

But their long-awaited first victory gave them renewed hope, lifting them to 18th place, behind Luton on goal difference.

"It feels great, three points in the Premier League. We had to battle for it and I am proud of the team for what they showed," Kompany said.

"We showed what got us through in the Championship last season. Too much is said about what we do on the ball.

"If you really want to judge us, watch us in the battles. This is a team that enjoys this type of work."

Luton became the first of last season's three promoted sides to win a league game this term when they beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

But the end of Luton's two-game unbeaten run served as a reality check for the Hatters, who last played in the top-flight in 1991-92.

"We're disappointed. They're difficult to play against but we showed our true selves tonight," Luton boss Rob Edwards said.

"We kept fighting to get back in the game. This is where we want to be. We want to compete and win games. I do think we deserved to tonight."


In a fixture postponed in August due to building work as Luton scrambled to upgrade ramshackle Kenilworth Road, Burnley were on top at the start.

Zeki Amdouni's header forced an acrobatic stop from Luton keeper Thomas Kaminski before Josh Brownhill fired narrowly over from 20 yards.

Burnley deservedly took the lead in first half stoppage-time when Sander Berge's pass released Foster, who took a touch before accelerating clear to drive a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Having served a three-match suspension for his dismissal against Nottingham Forest, Foster had been recalled to the starting line-up in place of Aaron Ramsey.

It was the 23-year-old's third goal of the season and Burnley almost doubled the lead soon after the interval as Brownhill forced a good save from Kaminski.

Luton finally showed signs of life when Josh Cullen cleared Jacob Brown's header off the line.

Edwards' men equalised in the 84th minute when Reece Burke headed down to Adebayo, who applied the finishing touch from close-range.

But Luton had parity for just seconds as Bruun Larsen cut in from the right flank to curl a superb strike into the top corner.



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