WOLVES boss Kenny Jackett shined the spotlight on Mike Williamson for helping steady the ship at Wolves, as the on-loan defender helped his side keep a rare clean sheet.
Defences were well and truly on top in this match as the teams and formations cancelled each other out. As well as four centre-halves that all enjoyed an excellent game, the centre of midfield became bogged down with players focussed on defensive duties who rarely raided forward.
However, it is the home side who will be the happier having finished the stronger and put a dismal performance at Bristol City firmly behind them by holding one of the top teams.
Jackett said: “I felt we started nervously. As the game wore on we grew in confidence, passed the ball well and got a high number of balls into the box. Fair play to Burnley’s centre-backs, they were hard from us to get away from and headed an awful lot of balls out of the box.
“We’re frustrated with a 0-0 draw. I felt a lot of our play going forward was very constructive. We looked more like ourselves after a poor display on Tuesday night.
“After shipping a good number of goals, it is good to have the return of a clean sheet. That has coincided with Mike Williamson playing and bringing a degree of physical presence for us. We’ve been pleased with him in the three games we’ve had.”
There was little indication of what was about to unfold in the opening minutes as the visitors poured forward and Scott Arfield called Emiliano Martinez into action at the end of the game’s first move.
And the Argentine stopper had to be alert again two minutes later as Andre Gray fired a goalbound shot, albeit one lacking in power.
At the other end James Henry wasted little time in testing out Ben Mee. He gave the Clarets left-back a torrid afternoon, one which was compounded by injury problems and was ended early by substitution.
Henry won a free-kick in a dangerous position after 14 minutes and Wolves tried a training ground routine but the opportunity went begging. Wolves needed Henry’s spark going forward as Dave
KEEPING IT TIGHT: Wolves defender Mike Williamson keeps a close check on Burnley’s Sam Vokes