Burnley are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks following the clash with West Ham United.
Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performances by Matthew Lowton and Ashley Barnes in the three nil victory over West Ham United at the weekend at the London Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
‘Anyone who gets struck in the cojones and then produces a performance like Matthew Lowton deserves a mention. The full-back struggled to walk for five minutes after the incident. Michail Antonio, the man responsible for the accidental but painful blow thought it was hilarious and so did the West Ham fans. It was Lowton and Burnley who had the last laugh though.’
‘They’ve only gone and done it again. Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood are fast becoming a partnership. All credit to manager Sean Dyche who spotted West Ham’s vulnerability. However, fans running on to the pitch is totally unacceptable. Fans can make whatever protests they like but they must remember they are the 12th man and the Hammers need to be helped not hindered.’
It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Petr Cech (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Matthew Lowton (Burnley), Kenedy (Newcastle United), Willian (Chelsea), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Ashley Barnes (Burnley).