Burnley disappoint in goalless draw with 10-man West Brom

Date published: Saturday 20th February 2021 4:54 - Matthew Briggs

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West Brom earn valuable point despite playing with 10 men for an hour in a 0-0 draw against a disappointing Burnley.

Burnley captain Ben Mee was restored to the starting line-up in one of three changes for the visit of relegation-threatened West Brom at a rainy and blustery Turf Moor.

Mee missed the midweek draw against Fulham due to concussion protocols but returned in place of Kevin Long, while Josh Brownhill came in for the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matej Vydra started ahead of Ashley Barnes.

Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips started for 19th-placed West Brom, with Lee Peltier dropping to the bench while Robert Snodgrass missed out altogether because of injury.

West Brom, with the wind at their backs in the first half, had a couple of chances but their hopes of easing their relegation struggles were dented when Semi Ajayi was sent off on the half hour.

Conor Gallagher played his team-mate into trouble with a loose backpass which was intercepted by Matej Vydra, whose first touch cannoned into Ajayi’s right arm just past the halfway line, preventing him from going through on goal.

While Mike Dean, refereeing his first game since he asked to be stood down from last weekend’s fixtures in the wake of death threats to him and his family on social media, took no initial action, his check with VAR led to Ajayi’s dismissal for denying Vydra a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

The sending off prompted Sam Allardyce to send on Dara O’Shea in place of Matt Phillips, and the visitors were able to keep their opponents at bay for the remainder of the half.

The teams went in at the break 0-0.

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Just eight minutes into the second half and Burnley had solid claims for a penalty. Kyle Bartley had his arm well away from his body when the the ball struck it, but Dean waved away the appeals.

And WBA almost made them pay on 72 minutes.

Burnley were somehow caught two-on-one, Mbaye Diagne got away down the right. He found Ainsley Maitland-Niles in support, who beat James Tarkowski before thumping a shot against the top of the bar.

And West Brom countered brilliantly again minutes after. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was released and onside, and he squared it for Matheus Pereira but the ball fell behind him and he miscued his shot.

Pereira then hit one from about six yards on the angle and it was headed off the line by Tarkowski.

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