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Gudmundsson finds a way past City keeper Ederson to stun leaders

3 February 2018

Johann Berg Gudmundsson was delighted to finally find a way past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson as his stunning late goal earned a point against the Premier League leaders.

City had plenty of chances of their own as they looked to build on Danilo’s first-half strike and take a further step towards sealing the title.

But they still need two world-class saves from Ederson to keep Burnley out before Gudmundsson pounced eight minutes from time with a classy first-time left-footed finish which even the brilliant Brazilian couldn’t keep out to deny Sean Dyche’s never-say-die side a point from a pulsating 1-1 draw.

“It was a great ball from Lowts. It was a tough finish because it just bounced in front of me and the keeper got a hand to it,” said Gudmundsson after doubling his tally for the season.

“He was on great form today and made some really good saves, so I was just happy to see it hit the back of the net.

“We created some good chances and made their keeper work.

“In the first half from Ben he made a good save and so it’s a credit to us that we made chances against a great team like Manchester City.

“I just want to get in the box and score some goals. That’s two in the last five (league) games and I just want to keep the run going.”

Gudmundsson’s previous goal counted for nothing as Liverpool hit back to nick a late win at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day.

But this time, the Icelander’s cool touch brought a welcome reward as the Clarets weathered a City storm before unleashing their own big finish to become only the fourth team this season to deny Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side maximum points.

“It’s a tough league and you have to stay in every game, which is what we do. There aren’t many teams who come and run over us,” added Gudmundsson, whose switch to the left flank was a key moment as he and Aaron Lennon on the opposite wing gave the visitors plenty to think about.

“We, as a team, we never stop. We always go for 95 minutes if that’s necessary and that showed again today.

“We got the late equaliser and then had to defend a bit but we stuck at it and it was a good point for us.

“In the first half we tried to press but they are really comfortable on the ball and they always seem to find a pass.

“In the second half we just dropped back a bit and I think we were more comfortable.

“But they are a great team, so it’s credit to us to get a point against such a good team.”

The result extended the Clarets winless run to nine league games.

But five of those have been drawn and Dyche’s men have now taken points from the top five sides in the division.

“We have showed some great performances over the last few weeks, even though we hadn’t got a win, and to get a point against the league leaders is not a bad point,” said Gudmundsson.

“We haven’t got a win for a few games now, but we’ve played some tough matches and got points at Old Trafford and City today. We have been playing all right, so we’ll just keep on going.

“We have been in every game, expect Spurs at home, so it’s just about being patient and we know the win will come, and hopefully soon.”


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