Burnley 1-1 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points
City have dropped points for just the fourth time this season.
Arguably the miss of the season from Raheem Sterling proved costly for Manchester City as Burnley struck late to snatch a point at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s goal eight minutes from time cancelled out Danilo’s first-half strike to add a third to City’s run of games without an away win. Although the Clarets have not won in nine league games, they are well on the way to a top half finish. City stretched their lead at the top too by another point before Manchester United beat Huddersfield to narrow the deficiency to 13 points.
Here are five talking points from a pulsating afternoon in Lancashire.
#5 Burnley’s fighting spirit evident again
Although they had lost their last three home games, all to top six sides, Burnley have been excellent against those sides overall this season. This game was the fifth time they took something from one of the Premier League’s bigger sides and nothing changed about their approach.
They rode their luck at times, and perhaps Manchester City became complacent in the second half, but they battled hard and executed their game plan perfectly, growing into the game in the second half and deserving a draw in the end.
Ben Mee, a former City academy graduate, was fantastic in defence despite the continued absence of his partner James Tarkowski. The Clarets have won eight points in the last ten minutes of matches this season, the division’s third-best record.
Sam Vokes, who came on to salvage a draw at Newcastle on Wednesday by forcing an own goal from Karl Darlow, led by the line brilliantly. But it was Gudmundsson who proved the hero in the end. Burnley are seventh in the league as things stand, four points away from 40 and they fully deserve to be there.