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Antonio Conte is going down fighting at Chelsea - his players are determined to ensure his reign ends on a high. Read more

Antonio Conte may be a dead man walking, but his Chelsea side are doing their best to ensure his turbulent reign ends with a final flourish.

Conte is destined to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season after two years in charge, with a potential victory in the FA Cup not enough to save the doomed Italian.

But even with his fate seemingly sealed, Conte is going down fighting, his players showing they have not lost complete faith in him as they made it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this year.

The late rally is unlikely to be enough to see Chelsea snatch a Champions League spot, with fourth-placed Tottenham five points ahead with four games left and with a vastly superior goal difference.

But there remains enough pride in this Chelsea side to continue the fight , even if a season that promised so much is ultimately destined to fall short of expectations after last season’s heady title triumph.

Burnley were looking for a sixth straight league win to leapfrog Arsenal into sixth place, but Sean Dyche’s spirited side, who remain on course for a Europa League spot despite defeat, were ultimately second-best.

After finding their way into the game, Chelsea grew in authority and were deserving of their 20th minute lead for their pressing and probing, even though there was a touch of fortune about their goal.

Gary Cahill sprayed a fine long angled ball into the path of Victor Moses, who beat Stephen Ward for pace before turning the ball into the six-yard box for the waiting Olivier Giroud.

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Burnley keeper Nick Pope came to meet the ball, but succeeded only in palming it against defender Kevin Long, both watching helplessly as it rebounded back into the net for an own goal.

As the first-half wore on, the Clarets were forced into a lengthy policy of containment, Chelsea dominating possession and asking all the questions, with Giround and Alvaro Morata, starting together for the first time, linking up well.

Morata found himself through on goal in the 55th minute with only Pope to beat, after Matthew Lowton’s sloppy ball was cut out by N’Golo Kante, who funnelled it through to his Chelsea team-mate.

Spain striker Morata produced a fine first touch to take the ball forward and seemed destined to score having done all the hard work, but somehow contrived to steer his effort wide.

It proved a costly miss, with Burnley levelling nine minutes later, the home side benefiting from some good fortune themselves after Long’s own goal had handed Chelsea the lead.

There seemed little danger when Johan Berg Gudmundsson unleashed a speculative effort, but the ball took a wicked deflection off Ashley Barnes, sending it spinning past Thibaut Courtois and into the net.

Chelsea’s players complained Barnes was offside, while Conte raged about a perceived foul on Moses in the build-up to the goal. Replays showed Barnes was onside, but any anger the visitors may have felt was eased when they restored their lead five minutes later, Burnley guilty of collectively switching off.

Emerson, who produced some fine deliveries from the left on his full Premier League debut, slung in another one, the ball finding its way to Moses, who drilled a low shot past Pope to put Chelsea back in front for a lead the

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