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Burnley 2-2 West Brom

8 February 2015

Burnley 2-2 West Brom

Burnley climbed back out of the bottom three with a well-contested draw against West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor.

Two quality headers by Ashley Barnes and Danny Ings gave the Clarets a two-goal lead after just over half an hour.

However, West Brom came back when first Chris Brunt in first half stoppage and then substitute Brown Ideye midway through the second denied Burnley all three points.

The draw means Sean Dyche’s men once again find themselves one place and one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League table.
Dyche named an unchanged starting line-up for the 10th consecutive Premier League game; just two shy of the all-time Premier League record set by Birmingham in 2009.

Meanwhile, Albion head coach Tony Pulis handed a starting berth and captain’s armband to new signing Darren Fletcher.

Burnley were out of the blocks straight away!

After just three minutes, the Clarets combined sharply on the edge of the box before Ings struck a left-foot shot over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Burnley went desperately close to opening the scoring.

Kieran Trippier’s low ball into the box was laid off by Barnes right into the path of Scott Arfield on the 18-yard line and the Scot saw his first-time effort somehow tipped onto the crossbar by Ben Foster in the Albion goal.

On 11 minutes though, even the West Brom goalkeeper couldn’t prevent the Clarets from going in front.

This time, Arfield linked up with Ings, who broke into the box and lifted the ball beautifully into the far post.

There was Barnes, who proved simply too strong for Albion defenders, before directing his header into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

And moments later there could have been further damage.

Trippier and George Boyd combined on the right and the latter’s pull-back was just behind the on-rushing Dean Marney for the midfielder to provide the finish.

After a blistering start the game finally settled down with the visitors introducing top scorer Saido Berahino into the action in place of injured Victor Anichebe.

But it was the Clarets who defended more resolutely and still applied most of the pressure.

And they deservedly doubled their lead just past the half-hour mark with a wonderful goal.

Marney looked to the right again where Trippier’s wonderful dummy released Boyd down the wing.

The Scot lifted his head and crossed the ball into the penalty area with his weaker foot, where Ings jumped up highest to head the ball superbly in off the post for his eighth of the campaign.

It was the first time both Barnes and Ings scored in the same game for Burnley.

However, the visitors this time managed to respond and half the deficit right on the stroke of half time.

Callum McManaman’s inviting corner was met by the head of Brunt from close range to give Albion a route back into the contest.

At the break Marney, who suffered an injury towards the end of the first half, made way for Michael Kightly in Burnley’s enforced substitution.

Meanwhile, former Claret Chris Baird was replaced by Ideye in an attacking change for West Brom.

It was Burnley who again made most of the running after the restart, though.

On the hour mark, Boyd was inches away from connecting with Trippier’s wonderful ball into the box at the far post.

But Albion soon found their equaliser against the run of play, with only their second attempt on goal.

Brunt this time turned provider when his in-swinging corner was headed home by the unmarked Ideye at the near post, after David Jones had been
muscled out of position.

Both teams now looked for a winner and the Clarets first came close with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Trippier’s delivery from yet another corner, albeit at the opposite end, was met at the far post by skipper Jason Shackell.

His looping header beat Foster, but not Joleon Lescott, who headed the ball off the goal-line.

At the other end, the visitors also had their big chance when a combination of Tom Heaton and Ben Mee on the goal-line somehow prevented Berahino from completing an unlikely turnaround.

And in the end though, it was an afternoon of mixed emotions for the battling Clarets.

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Keane, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Marney (Kightly 46), Jones, Arfield; Ings, Barnes.
Subs not used: Gilks, Duff, Reid, Wallace, Jutkiewicz, Vokes.

West Brom: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Baird (Ideye 46); Yacob; McManaman (Morrison 82), Fletcher, Brunt, Sessègnon; Anichebe (Berahino 18).

Subs not used: Rose, Wisdom, Pocognoli, Gardner.

Bookings: Baird, Yacob, Ideye

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 16,904 (1,878)

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