Burnley 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

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Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson went close in the first half

Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored the winner and was later sent off as West Brom made it two wins from two with victory at Burnley.

The match was short on entertainment until Robson-Kanu gave it a shot of adrenaline with a brilliant strike. The Wales international, who came on seven minutes earlier, pounced on a Matt Phillips flick, held off two challenges and fired in low past keeper Tom Heaton.

However, the 28-year-old striker did not see out the rest of the match as he was shown a red card in the 83rd minute for catching Matt Lowton with his elbow.

Burnley wasted chances at the other end, and will be hoping Leeds striker Chris Wood, who they look likely to sign, will be less profligate.

Ben Mee had the Clarets’ best chance but missed with a two-yard header, and team-mate Johann Berg Gudmundsson also went close with a low curling shot.

Robson-Kanu’s 20-minute cameo

It was a brief, yet eventful appearance by Robson-Kanu.

His goal was brilliant, and will rank alongside the strikes against Southampton last season and his Euro 2016 effort against Belgium.

This one was about perseverance. The forward, with the ball in possession, battled past Gudmundsson and James Tarkowski before striking past Heaton.

He led the line well after the goal, but then showed a bit too much aggression as he challenged Lowton for the ball right in front of referee Martin Atkinson.

There were few complaints from both Robson-Kanu and his team-mates.

Burnley restricted by tight Baggies

West Brom manager Tony Pulis will have been delighted with his side’s display, particularly at the back.

The visitors restricted Burnley to largely half-chances, with six of the 15 efforts on goal falling to Jeff Hendrick.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder had one angled strike in the area superbly blocked and was rushed by the Baggies backline into producing inaccurate shots.

Iceland international Gudmundsson was unlucky to see his excellent low curling shot drift wide, but his team-mates Mee and Jon Walters will not want to see a replay of their golden heading chances.

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