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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:35 29th December 2013

Wigan 0 Burnley 0

David Jones was a whisker away from grabbing the winner against his former club in a tense stalemate at Wigan.

The former Latics’ midfielder rattled the crossbar in first half stoppage time as a game of precious few chances always looked like ending goalless.

At the other end, ex-Claret Chris McCann came close to his own goal-den moment, forcing a goal-line clearance from Kieran Trippier.

Jones off the line

But with Wigan unable to prevent a second successive goalless home draw in four days, Burnley could not take advantage to end their year on a high.

The Clarets made one change from the defeat at Middlesbrough three days earlier, with Keith Treacy returning to the starting line-up for the first time since Watford and replacing Michael Kightly, who dropped to the bench.

Danny Lafferty, meanwhile, continued at left-back in the absence of Ben Mee.

But the first chance fell to former Burnley midfielder McCann, who met Stephen Crainey’s deep corner with a bullet header that Trippier hacked away at the near post.

Tom Heaton then clawed away Leon Barnett’s angled effort after Jordi Gomez broke from midfield.

Burnley were eager to get on the front foot too though - and in the 28th minute the reliable supply line or Trippier laid on a chance for Sam Vokes.

Ings shot

The right back lifted a clever ball in behind the right back from just inside the Wigan half that saw Vokes stoop and force Al Habsi to turn his header round the post.

There was controversy in the 25th minute when Michael Duff was booked for a committed and perfectly timed challenge on James McArthur as he went to clear the ball at full stretch.

And Gomez almost compounded the refereeing error by curling a free kick inches wide.

As half time approached, Duff’s earlier yellow card almost came back to haunt the Clarets when the defender fouled McCann on the charge.

But after giving the foul, referee Michael Jones fortunately gave Duff the benefit of the doubt, albeit with a final warning.

And after feeling aggrieved throughout the half, the visitors almost applied the sting in the tail in stoppage time.

Treacy’s clever reverse pass released Trippier and from his low cut-back Jones let fly, only for Al Habsi to somehow turn his rising drive onto the face of the crossbar.

Ings miss

The ball clearly did not cross the line, despite appeals, and Leon Barnett mopped up the danger inside the six-yard box, under pressure from Danny Ings.

The second half was a much more guarded affair, with precious little in the way of chances until the mid-way mark.

Burnley’s two banks of four had stifled the Latics, and as they looked to counter Danny Ings control, for once, let him down from Lafferty’s low cross and the 17-goal striker fired wide.

And with both sides struggling to carve out the one crucial opening, nobody could argue with the final outcome.

Dyche full time
 
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff (Long 83), Shackell, Lafferty, Treacy (Kightly 77), Marney, Jones, Arfield, Ings, Vokes.
Subs: Cisak, Edgar, Stock, Stanislas, Hewitt.

Booked: Duff 25

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis, Barnett, Crainey, McArthur, Perch, McCann (Kiernan 84), Powell, Fortune (McClean 54), Gomez (Espinoza 77).
Subs: Nicholls, McManaman, Holt, Dicko.

Booked: Powell 64

Referee: Mr. M. Jones.

Att: 17, 712 (4,857)