Burnley Show Forest Gumption to Earn Point
Saturday 23rd November 2013 @3pm Kick-Off
The Clarets came away from the City Ground with a well-earned point following a 1-1 draw against 5th placed Nottingham Forest on Saturday. This was a good test for Burnley considering this was the first away game all season against a club in the top six. The Clarets were put under a lot of pressure against Forest and the home team certainly had the lion`s share of possession but our defence held firm to earn a valuable point and maintain their unbeaten run which now stands at twelve league games. Burnley went ahead thanks to a penalty awarded to them in the 28th minute after Gonzalo Jara was adjudged to have handled Kieran Trippier's cross. Sam Vokes made no mistake from the spot to notch up his 10th goal of the season. Just before half-time though, Forest found the equaliser, Cox heading home from close range. Both sides battled hard and created chances in the second half but in the end both had to be content with a draw. The end result gave a good indication of our chances of reaching the Premier League this season. On the basis of this performance, we are looking good for a possible automatic promotion and remain top of the Championship. A draw was always going to be enough to stay top in view of our vastly superior goal difference unless some bizarre rugby score-type results went against us. The only downside though was that our main rivals, Leicester and QPR both won to move behind Burnley on goal differences with all three teams now standing on 35 points from 16 games. The pressure is now on the Clarets if they wish to remain top and another three points away to Huddersfield in our next match on Saturday would be the only way to virtually guarantee that considering our goal difference advantage of 7 goals.
Once again the starting eleven had a familiar feel about it. Sean Dyche made just one change to the side that lined up against Bournemouth at home in our last match before the international break. David Edgar replaced the injured Dean Marney in centre midfield. The line-up then was as follows :
Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Edgar, Jones, Kightly, Vokes, Ings
Subs: Cisak, Lafferty, Long, Stock, Stanislas, Treacy, Noble
Full Match Report
Hull referee, Carl Boyeson got the match underway and the Clarets looked sharp in the early stages quickly taking the game to the hosts. Forest keeper, Karl Darlow was soon in action having to tip over a dangerous looking cross from Kieran Trippier. Forest though came back strongly and began to exert their own pressure. After Jamie Mackie was fouled by Jason Shackell 25 yards out, Lansbury took the free kick. The ball curled towards target only to bounce off the face of the Burnley crossbar with Heaton well-beaten. Heaton then parried a long-range shot from Simon Cox away to safety with the Clarets back four now under increasing pressure. It was Burnley though who took the lead in the 28th minute arguably against the run of play. The Clarets caught Forest out on the break, Arfield charging forward to find Trippier on the overlap. The right back thumped the ball over first time but it caught the flaying arm of Gonzalo Jara in the area. Despite protests from disgruntled Forest players, the referee stuck to his guns and awarded a penalty. Vokes made no mistake from 12 yards, finding the bottom corner of the net to give Burnley a 1-0 lead. The Clarets nearly doubled their lead after an impressive three-man build-up involving Edgar, Arfield and Kightly. It finished with Edgar cutting the ball across the six-yard box but no other white-shirted Burnley players were around to get on the end of it and the home fans could breathe a sigh of relief. Those same fans though were soon feeling a lot more comfortable when their team found an equaliser just three minutes before the break. Burnley were unable to get a foot on the ball after some impressive passing from the hosts and the patient build up finished with Jamie Paterson putting over a cross from the right to the far post. Cox, charging in had the simple task of heading the ball home from close range.
Sean Dyche made no changes for the start of the second half but Billy Davies decided to bring on Nathaniel Chalobah for Eric Jichaj. The Clarets from the restart nearly got their noses in front again. Ings pounced following a defensive blunder cutting the ball back to Arfield and he unleashed a shot on target which took a deflection to frustratingly fly over the bar. The game was now becoming quite entertaining with lots of open play and end-to-end chances. A cross from Radi Majewski found the head of Jamaal Lascelles but the ball flew just wide of target. Dyche made his first and only substitution just past the hour mark bringing on Treacy to replace Kightly. Forest definitely had most of the possession now with the Clarets mainly looking to catch the hosts out on the break. In the 73rd minute Vokes fed Ings who then cut in from the right before seeing his low drive deflected wide. Ben Mee then proved his worth getting in two crucial blocks to deny the Forest attack as the pressure mounted on the visitors. There was always a chance Burnley could nick this one though and they came close when Darlow was forced to save a piledriver from Arfield outside the area. In the end though both sides had to be content with the draw and all 1,733 travelling Clarets fans were probably happy with that away point considering the opposition and the fact we were still top of the league with the unbeaten run continuing.
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj (Chalobah - 45), Cohen, Lansbury, Hobbs, Lascelles, Mackie, Jara, Cox, Majewski (Abdoun - 69), Paterson (Henderson - 76)Subs Not Used: de Vries, Harding, Tudgay, Derbyshire
Goal: Cox 42
Booked: Yellow Card for Lansbury (12 mins)
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Edgar, Jones, Kightly (Treacy - 63), Vokes, Ings
Subs Not Used: Cisak, Lafferty, Long, Stock,Stanislas,Noble
Goal: Vokes 28(pen)
Booked: Yellow Card for Arfield (37 mins)
Possession: 64% Nottingham Forest, 34% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)
Ref: Carl Boyeson (Hull)