Burnley moved out of the relegation zone by holding out for a 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa, the place the hosts failed to break the impasse regardless of having over 20 makes an attempt on aim.
Villa dominated from the primary whistle and have been intent on testing Burnley’s defence from all angles, creating possibilities down both flank with neatly constructed assaults. They could not discover any clear minimize alternatives, nevertheless, and Burnley grew into the sport after the opening 20 minutes to make it an finish to finish contest.
Anwar El Ghazi noticed a chic free kick saved by Nick Pope simply after the half hour mark which was the possibility of the half. The Clarets have been eager to break on the counter however did not have sufficient to open the scoring, sending an open contest into half time at 0-0.
Burnley’s defence seemed again to their finest | Gareth Copley/Getty Images
The Villans have been the aspect who got here out trying higher after the break and continued to pile on the strain, however impressed defending from the guests noticed the likes of El Ghazi and Grealish scratching their heads.
Burnley appeared to run out of steam however saved themselves within the contest which made for an open-ended remaining quarter-hour. It felt like a aim was assured and was there to be received by both aspect, however in truth neither staff possessed the standard within the remaining third to snatch all three factors, summed up by Tyrone Mings firing extensive from a free header within the 88th minute.
In a irritating and cagey affair, this is how the gamers rated.
Mings continued his positive begin to the season | MOLLY DARLINGTON/Getty Images
Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 7/10 – Didn’t see the ball for 20 minutes and was then compelled into motion by pulling out a positive save to deny Chris Wood. Less busy within the second half however at all times assured.
Ahmed Elmohamady (RB) – 5/10 – Elmohamady was eager to impress on what’s today a uncommon Premier League begin and seemed a risk going ahead, however did battle to comprise Dwight McNeil at occasions.
Kortney Hause (CB) – 7/10 – Didn’t miss a step in his first league begin of the season and slotted in seamlessly alongside Mings to take Burnley’s forwards out of the sport.
Tyrone Mings (CB) – 7/10 – Confident and led by instance in defence, protecting occasional lengthy balls and bursting ahead when needed within the data that Hause had issues coated on the again.
Matt Targett (LB) – 5/10 – Rather quiet night for Targett, who did not want to get ahead with Grealish serving to to double up with El Ghazi down the left flank.
Jack Grealish seemed a risk with each contact of the ball | Gareth Copley/Getty Images
John McGinn (CM) – 6/10 – McGinn’s contributions weren’t vital within the first half, however his positioning, off the ball motion and retention have been all very good.
Marvelous Nakamba (CM) – 5/10 – Quiet first half for Nakamba who had little to do, however did the easy issues with confidence and swept up oncoming counter assaults effectively.
Jack Grealish (CM) – 7/10 – Grew into the sport as the primary half drew on and exploited the Clarets as they tried to come out of their shell with some neat passing and mazy runs.
It was a irritating night time for 25-year-old El Ghazi | LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty Images
Bertrand Traore (RW) – 6/10 – Pressed Burnley’s defence neatly and put collectively a number of good attacking performs within the first half, however to no avail. Had an enormous likelihood to bag the opener after 50 minutes, however did not take the shot on.
Ollie Watkins (ST) – 5/10 – Watkins moved defenders properly within the first half however largely received swallowed contained in the Burnley field. Unusually quiet night time the place the Englishman seemed low in confidence.
Anwar El Ghazi (LW) – 6/10 – The Dutchman was eager to get on the ball, however could not rating for toffee. Eight pictures on aim, however none transformed. Has to present extra variation and cease relying on his proper foot. Wasteful night.
Keinan Davis – 5/10
WHAT a aim that might’ve been!
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Nick Pope (GK) – 8/10 – Denied an inch excellent free kick from El Ghazi in super trend by tipping it onto the bar at full stretch in the direction of the tip of the primary half.
Matthew Lowton (RB) – 7/10 – Lacked a correct attacking presence however ticked all of the packing containers and saved El Ghazi at bay, whereas additionally dropping in and studying hazard elsewhere. Intelligent and resilient efficiency.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 8/10 – Led the cost in defence for his aspect with an aggressive however measured efficiency within the first half and saved Ollie Watkins silent all through.
Ben Mee (CB) – 7/10 – Mee seemed again to his finest and confirmed his expertise as Villa continued to knock on the door, profitable an all-important 4 aerial duels.
Charlie Taylor (LB) – 7/10 – Concentrated defensive efficiency from Taylor whose tireless work ethic was key to Burnley staying resilient. Had a solution for Bertrand Traore at each alternative.
Robbie Brady was overran towards the Villans | Pool/Getty Images
Robbie Brady (RM) – 4/10 – The Irishman failed to really assert himself within the first half and was caught out by Villa’s attackers at occasions, and virtually let the hosts in with a hospital ball after the break.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 – Worked laborious off the ball and was disciplined to cease assaults, however did not get on it sufficient to trigger a risk going ahead.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – 5/10 – The recreation largely handed Brownhill by with Burnley’s finest possibilities coming from the lengthy ball. Didn’t get up after the break and was caught in possession a few times.
Dwight McNeil (LM) – 7/10 – By far and away Burnley’s finest soccer mind. Looked a risk each time he touched the ball and used the house round him properly to convey teammates into play, however an absence of high quality from the forwards let him down.
Chris Wood was marked out of the sport by Villa’s targeted defence | MOLLY DARLINGTON/Getty Images
Jay Rodriguez (ST) – 5/10 – Looked sharp on the break and proved to be greater than only a goalscorer by operating the channels, however could not discover any clear minimize possibilities and was hooked after an hour.
Chris Wood (ST) – 5/10 – Wood was starved of possession for essentially the most half, however could not muster up something vital when on it. Perhaps ought to’ve been substituted prior to with ten minutes to go.
Ashley Barnes – 5/10
Matej Vydra – 5/10
Erik Pieters – N/A