Football | Brady ends his Premier League drought

Robbie Brady has scored his first Premier League goal in two years.

The Republic of Ireland international came off the bench to net a late consolation goal for Burnley in the Clarets’ 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at Turf Moor.

Jeff Henrick had a hand in his former St. Kevin’s Boys teammate’s goal, with Brady smashing a low finish past Ederson in the 89th minute.

Brady, who has endured a frustrating 18 months with injury, had not scored in the top flight since November 2017.

Burnley were torn apart by champions, with Gabriel Jesus (two), Rodri and Riyad Mahrez getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Jesus – deputizing for the injured Sergio Aguero – gave Pep Guardiola’s men the lead with a superb strike in the 24th minute.

The Brazilian striker curled a wonderful finish into the far top corner past Nick Pope from the left side of the Burnley box after being picked out by David Silva.

Jesus grabbed his second five minutes into the second half, hooking Bernardo Silva’s cross into the roof of the net with a brilliant finish from eight yards.

Each of the industrious forward’s last 11 goals in all competitions have come in away matches.

Rodri scored the best goal of the game in the 68th minute, exhibiting wonderful technique to unleash a rasping half-volley past Pope from 20 yards.

Brady replaced Dwight McNeil with 15 minutes remaining as Sean Dyche made his final substitution, having introduced Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez on the hour mark for Danny Drinkwater and Chris Wood respectively.

Mahrez added City’s fourth in the 87th minute, dribbling to the edge of the box before firing a low right-footed strike into the bottom corner for his 50th Premier League goal.

Burnley gave their fans a rare opportunity to cheer two minutes later when Brady pulled one back.

Hendrick tried to wriggle free in the box, with the ball eventually deflecting across the area to the back post.

Brady ate up the ground to race on to the loose ball, and drove an emphatic finish past the onrushing Ederson to make it 4-1.

“It’s been difficult, so it’s a little bit of relief to get off the mark and hopefully I can add a few more before the end of the season,” Brady told the club website after the game.

“I’m working hard and giving it my all every day in training and like the rest of the lads we’re working hard to get a shirt come the weekend.

“We’ll stick at it and I’ll stick at it myself and, please God, there’ll be some more performances and hopefully a couple more goals.”

The Ireland midfielder has now scored one goal and registered two assists in eight league appearances this season, with six of those appearances coming off the bench.

Only Dwight McNeil (four) and Erik Pieters (three) have set up more goals than the Dubliner this season.

Next up for Burnley is a trip to Spurs on Saturday at 3pm.