On-loan defender earns boss’ praise in stalemate
Edwards was enduring a frustrating afternoon while Benik Afobe looks ill at ease in the lone striker’s role. A rare moment of brilliance from the striker saw him latch onto Danny Batth’s long pass and hit the target from the narrowest of angles, forcing Tom Heaton to tip over.
After the break it was the visitors who threatened first as a nice move found George Boyd in space, but he sent a tame shot wide.
Instead it was the home side that grew in confidence and finished the stronger. Afobe wasted the best chance of the match, screwing a weak shot wide after a rare error in the Clarets backline. There was a big penalty shout from the home fans and players but it looked as if referee Jonathan Moss correctly decided that Joey Barton had little chance to move his arm out of the way.
Late efforts from Edwards and Henry both curled past the wrong side of the post but nobody could break the deadlock.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “I’m never happy with just a point, I want all three, but the way the game panned out we deserved at least a point but probably no more. There was a flatness to the game, the pitch was good on the eye but the rain made it sappy and the ball didn’t travel quickly across it .That affected both teams.
“They got a little bit of momentum but Tom Heaton has come away without having to make a serious save, which is pleasing from our point of view.
“Overall it was another point and another clean sheet and it is relentless the Championship.
“This is a tough place to come even though they have been having a tough time lately. The Championship is a tough league and you have to be on your mettle.”
NO JOY: Benik Afobe couldn’t make the breakthrough