Soccer-Boyd strike gives Burnley 1-0 win over Stoke


* George Boyd gave Burnley a 1-0 home win over Stoke

* The home side punished a miss by Marko Arnautovic

* The Clarets scored after a dour first half at Turf Moor

* Stoke failed to score in a fifth successive away league match

* Burnley next visit Middlesbrough, Stoke at home to Liverpool BURNLEY 1 STOKE CITY 0

LONDON, April 4 (Reuters)- Burnley took a big step towards staying in England's top flight after a fine George Boyd goal in the second half gave them a 1-0 win over Stoke City in a dour Premier League clash on Tuesday.

The result lifted Burnley to 12th position on 35 points, eight clear of the relegation zone and one behind 11th-placed Stoke, who failed to score for a fifth successive away league game.

After an uneventful first half at Turf Moor, the night's best action was squeezed into a single minute of action as Boyd broke the deadlock in the 58th minute moments after Marko Arnautovic had come close with a looping header at the other end.

Boyd gave goalkeeper Lee Grant no chance after a dazzling solo run and pass by Jeff Hendrick left the midfielder with time and space to curl a first-time shot from 12 metres into the bottom left corner. (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

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