New Zealand striker Chris Wood has set a new record at his club after he became the first Burnley player to score a first half Premier League treble in the latest Clarets game in the competition.


Chris Wood was the star of the show without a shadow of doubt after he scored three goals and alsoprovided an assist for Ashley Westwood in the 4-0 thumping of home team Wolves on Sunday afternoon. The result eased the relegation fears hanging over Burnley.

The Clarets went into the away game at Wolves with a six-point lead over Fulham in the relegation zone and the win ensured that they moved nine points clear of the drop thanks to New Zealand striker Chris Wood who has a very good scoring record for his country. He has 24 goals in 57 games for New Zealand since his debut in 2009.

With Fulham not in action last week, the Wolves game was a perfect opportunity for Burnley to move further clear of the relegation zone and that was what they did against Wolves at the Molineux.

Chris Wood scored a first half hattrick to lead the Clarets to a 3-0 half-time lead over Wolves before he provided the fourth goal of the match and the only goal of the second half scored by Westwood. To this effect, he became the first player to score three goals for Burnley in a first half Premier League clash and a third player overall after Robbie Fowler and Chris Sutton.

New Zealand international Chris Wood now has 10 goals and three assists in the Premier League this season. In addition, he has one assist in three Carabao Cup games this term.

Burnley was able to move above Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United and into 15th place on the league standings. Brighton are now the team in danger of losing their Premier League status. The Seagulls have seven more points than Fulham at the bottom part of the league with five games left to play.