EPL: Moses-less Blues begin title defence

EPL: Moses-less Blues begin title defence

The Clarets made their numerical advantage count 10 minutes later as Vokes fired in his first of the afternoon from a Matt Lowton delivery.

With six minutes to half-time, Stephen Ward doubled their lead before Vokes scored his second.

And they needed all of that cushion to survive a second half fightback from the champions - who finished with nine men after Cesc Fabregas' late dismissal for a second yellow card.

Burnley midfielder Jack Cork says that his team are delighted to have opened their new Premier League season with a 3-2 win at Chelsea.

Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defence with a loss, after Leicester last season.

Palace fans started the season with renewed optimism amid De Boer's appointment as manager but they will be anxious by their woeful performanc, which suggests another year of struggle. Boga, an exciting talent, had little time to make any sort of impact before becoming the unfortunate collateral damage of Cahill's early red, sacrificed for Andreas Christensen in the 18th minute.

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But Rooney ended a scrappy first half when he headed in to mark his Goodison homecoming in the best possible style.

Chelsea still swept forward and Defender David Luiz found the net in the 87th minute as a shell-shocked Burnley hung on.

Nevertheless, Burnley managed to see out the closing stages to claim a famous victory at Stamford Bridge.

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Burnley had to wait until their penultimate away game to win on the road last season, and Dyche smiled: "Three years ago, it was a story getting a win, the away win was a story last year, and it kills all that off".

Southampton had 29 shots on goal, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic wasting the best of the chances.

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