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Burnley vs Nottingham Forest. Premier League.

Turf MoorAttendance21,109.

Burnley 1

  • J Cullen (72nd minute)

Nottingham Forest 2

  • C Wood (2nd minute, 14th minute)

Burnley 1-2 Nottingham Forest: Chris Wood double guarantees Premier League safety

Report and free highlights as Nottingham Forest officially confirm third-successive season of Premier League football with final-day victory; Chris Wood scores twice on return to Turf Moor as haunted Clarets relegated to Championship having lost 24 games

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the Premier League clash between Burnley and Nottingham Forest.

Chris Wood's first-half double made Nottingham Forest's Premier League status certain with a 2-1 final-day victory over already-relegated Burnley.

Forest travelled to Turf Moor with the chance - albeit slim - of them joining Burnley in the Championship still on the table.

A Luton victory and a 12-goal swing would have sent Forest down, but Wood - Burnley's record scorer in the Premier League - haunted his former club with two goals in the opening 15 minutes to allay any lingering relegation fears.

Wood turned in Anthony Elanga's cross inside two minutes and doubled his tally just before the quarter-hour mark when VAR ruled he deflected Ryan Yates' shot past Burnley goalkeeper Arijanet Muric from an onside position.

Josh Cullen's deflected strike halved the deficit with 18 minutes to play but it failed to inspire a late comeback as Burnley bowed out of the Premier League having suffered their 24th defeat of the season.

Player ratings

Burnley: Muric (5), Assignon (5), O’Shea (5), Esteve (5), Taylor (5), Bruun Larsen (6), Cullen (6), Berge (5), Amdouni (5), Odobert (6), Foster (5).

Subs:Gudmundsson (6), Brownhill (5), Rodriguez (5), Vitinho (5), Cork (n/a).

Nottingham Forest: Sels (6), Montiel (6), Boly (6), Murillo (6), Toffolo (6), Yates (6), Danilo (6), Elanga (7), Gibbs-White (7), Hudson-Odoi (6), Wood (8).

Subs:Sangare (6), Kouyate (n/a), Awoniyi (n/a), Niakhate (n/a), Ribeiro (n/a).

Player of the match:Chris Wood

Forest officially safe after Wood double

Chris Wood celebrates his goal
Image: Chris Wood celebrates his goal

Burnley had won just two home matches all season and their hopes of signing off from the top-flight with a win before returning to the Championship were dashed by their former striker.

Wood needed just 76 seconds to break the deadlock, hammering in Elanga's cross after the winger had driven superbly past Burnley defender Charlie Taylor.

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  • Vincent Kompany made one change to the Burnley side beaten 2-1 at Tottenham last weekend, with Zeki Amdouni replacing Vitinho.
  • Harry Toffolo and Anthony Elanga returned as Nottingham Forest made two changes following the 3-2 defeat against Chelsea.

It ended a five-game goal drought for the New Zealand international, who soon added a second when he prodded Forest captain Ryan Yates' wayward shot into the Burnley net. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but a lengthy VAR check ruled in Wood's favour.

Burnley showed plenty of promise but, similarly to their season, lacked substance in attacking areas, with Zeki Amdouni spurning two chances to reduce the arrears before the interval.

Chris Wood and Ryan Yates celebrate Nottingham Forest's second goal
Image: Chris Wood and Ryan Yates celebrate Nottingham Forest's second goal

Vincent Kompany brought Johann Berg Gudmundsson on for his final Burnley appearance at half-time but the second half continued in the same manner, with Wood denied a headed third by Muric within seconds of the restart.

Morgan Gibbs-White forced a fine, fingertip save from Muric as Forest continued to dominate the second period before Burnley grabbed a lifeline with 18 minutes to play.

Cullen's shot deflected off Murillo past wrong-footed Forest goalkeeper Matz Sels, but it failed to inspire a late Burnley comeback, with Wilson Odobert blazing wide late on as Forest held on.

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  • Nottingham Forest have confirmed their Premier League status, with next season being their third consecutive season in the competition, making it only the second time they will have played in three straight seasons in the Premier League their first time doing so since between 1994/95 and 1996/97.
  • Six of Chris Wood's Premier League goals this season have been assisted by Anthony Elanga, the most any player has assisted another in the competition this season.
  • Burnley have finished the Premier League season with 24 points, their lowest ever points total in a top-flight campaign (when considering three points for a win). Burnley have also lost 24 matches, their joint-most ever in a top-flight campaign (also 24 defeats in 2009/10).
  • Nottingham Forest have now won back-to-back away matches in the Premier League for the first time since April 1995 (run of four). Prior to today, Forest had played 95 top-flight away matches without recording consecutive victories on the road.

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Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo praised his players, staff and fans after finishing the season with a win against Burnley.

Nuno: Time to celebrate survival

Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo: "It's very important to finish on a high after a huge effort from everybody at the club - the players, the staff, the fans. A well-deserved win to finish a tough season.

"Our fans are going to see Premier League football [again], that is very important. We came with the idea to keep Forest in the Premier League, so now is the moment to celebrate it.

"It was a very tough season; everybody is aware of the things we've been through. The points deduction had an affect on the players. They needed to go again, and they did it."

Kompany eyeing Premier League return

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Burnley head coach Vincent Kompany reflects on a loss to Nottingham Forest while he looks ahead to next season in the Championship.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany: "We conceded two shots, two goals in the opening 15 minutes. I sort of doubted whether the team was ready to go one more time, but after that we grew into the game. We got to 2-1, could have nicked the draw.

"Our focus was on trying to win the game and giving ourselves the chance to start next season in a positive way.

"It's a matter of perspective, if you look from a Premier League level, we're not quite ready yet, that's the honest truth. But if you look at it from a Championship level, it's a very exciting club that can still improve and grow. Hopefully this club will be in the Premier League again."

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