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Burnley lost to Norwich City in a huge game for their Premier League survival hopes but it could have been so different if not for Maxwel Cornet's miss of the season candidate.
On Wednesday, Sean Dyche's side added fuel to the flames of a very hot battle to stay in the Premier League, when they defeated Everton.
It took Burnley to just a point behind Frank Lampard's team and eyeing the improbable escape from the top tier's bottom three, once again.
They were dealt a blow on Saturday, when the Toffees shocked Manchester United at Goodison Park, on a very bad afternoon for Cristiano Ronaldo, and re-establish their four point cushion, but the Clarets knew they were facing fellow strugglers Norwich on Sunday.
Pierre-Lees Melou gave his side an early lead, as the hosts dominated early on, but Dyche's men began to come back at Dean Smith's side in the second half.
The introduction of Dwight McNeil really rallied the visitors and the winger provided a perfect ball for Cornet, who managed to miss from inside the six yard box, with Tim Krul beaten.
HOW did he miss that?! :weary:
Maxwel Cornet misses a GOLDEN chance to equalise for Burnley after a great ball in from Dwight McNeil :cold_sweat: pic.twitter.com/e6zpMiKvGt
- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 10, 2022
...definite miss-of-the-season candidate if ever there was one♂️
- Tony Poole (@restbaykid) April 10, 2022
You know you're definitely going down when... :joy::joy::joy:- Steve Kinsey (@YorkshireDublin) April 10, 2022
Thats how close Everton are going to stay up by isn't it https://t.co/U6wknqzJnu- Andy :triangular_flag_on_post::flag_ps: (@_Andy_98_) April 10, 2022
This is one of the worst misses I've ever seen because there wasn't even much pace on the ball https://t.co/fLXy2gPSZd- :open_mouth::dash: (@unlinkablek) April 10, 2022
Burnley could be chalked after that miss https://t.co/mO1O1JFRZL- Denman (@JDenman9) April 10, 2022
The Cornet miss sums up our season...- Sam Heap (@SamHeapCoaching) April 10, 2022
That Cornet miss is one of the worst of all time- Wes (@Wesbwfcagain1) April 10, 2022
What a terrible miss by Burnley's Cornet! The sad thing is that if they are relegated then he would probably be one of the first of their players to ask his agent to arrange a new club for him next season.:soccer::relaxed:- David-R (@driseborough) April 10, 2022
Dyche's side ideally would have needed all three points against the league's bottom team but a point would have been the absolute minimum.
Cornet's chance was the perfect one to get back level and inevitably, having missed the chance of the afternoon, Norwich doubled their lead.
Teemu Pukki scored the second goal when the Lancashire side switched off at a free kick, and the Finnish striker was able to slot home from inside the box.
The win for Norwich, their first since beating Watford in January, means that the Canaries are seven points off safety, but only one point behind 19th place Norwich.
Burnley go back to four points from survival, having reduced the gap right down in midweek, and both they and Everton, in 17th, have eight games to go.
If they do go back into the Championship, Burnley may look back at Cornet's miss on Sunday and wonder 'what if.'
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