On-loan de­fender earns boss’ praise in stalemate

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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

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