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  • Nugent (52)
  • Tuncay (23)
  • Date:2010-03-10
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Turf Moor
  • Attendance:20323
  • Referee:Webb, H

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: BURNLEY 1-1 STOKE.

90mins

Burnley have numbers in the box but Paterson sends in an awful cross to waste the chance for the home side

90mins

McDonald's shot goes just wide of the post after a strong run forward

89mins

Eagles skies the ball over the bar following a great break forward from Burnley. Great chance for Eagles to score there

87mins

McDonald is booked for a foul on Delap

87mins

Mears strides forward and finds Nugent but Collins does well to clear the ball for Stoke

84mins

Tuncay comes off for Louis Moult, who is making his league debut

83mins

Etherington tries to break forward for Stoke. He cuts inside well and crosses. The ball falls to Tuncay and then Kitson, who forces an easy save from Jensen

82mins

Cort volleys the ball up towards the Burnley strikers but Paterson can't keep it in play

80mins

The game has become a little scrappy in the last few minutes, which is a shame as Burnley in particular were playing some good football

79mins

Jensen sends the ball up towards Nugent but Huth stands firm to win back possession for Stoke

76mins

Stephen Jordan comes on for Fox

76mins

Burnley have a good chance to score through Carlisle but he tries to play in one of his teammates rather than take on the shot himself

76mins

Delap is lucky to escape a booking for a full-blooded tackle

73mins

Alexander takes the shot on when he maybe should have tried to pick out Eagles. The ball flies wide of the target

71mins

Eagles shoots from distance but the ball goes wide of the target

70mins

Thompson is replaced by Wade Elliott

70mins

Eagles shoots towards goal and forces an uncomfortable save from Sorensen

69mins

Burnley are playing really well in comparison to their first half performance but they need to be careful of Stoke hitting them on the break, as the away side strides forward through Tuncay

67mins

Burnley appeal for a penalty after a suspected handball in the box but the referee isn't interested

64mins

McDonald, who has played well since coming on, picks out Eagles and he gets past one Stoke player with ease before the ball runs out of play as he tries to get past another

62mins

Dave Kitson comes on for Sidibe

62mins

Lawrence comes off for Danny Pugh

60mins

Nugent appeals for a penalty after going down in the box but it would have been a very soft spot kick

59mins

Faye skews the ball over the bar from close range but that was never really threatening Brian Jensen

57mins

Nugent makes good progress down the right and picks out Fox. The cross in the end from Fox is weak

55mins

Paterson sends a thunderbolt of a ball into the box and Mears has a good chance to score after poor play from Sorensen but the ball doesn't quite fall for him

53mins

The Burnley fans are in great voice now and getting right behind their team

51mins

BURNLEY 1-1 STOKE. DAVID NUGENT gets on the end of a great cross from Paterson to equalise with a simple finish

50mins

Wilkinson clips the ball towards Sidibe and Lawrence picks up the resulting loose ball. This is good play from Stoke

47mins

Carlisle picks up his eighth booking of the season for a late tackle

47mins

Sidibe gets a cross in from a decent position but there's nobody there for Stoke to take advantage. That was sloppy play from Burnley

45mins

The second half is underway

45mins

Kevin McDonald has come on for Cork, who seems to have picked up an injury

45mins

Half Time: BURNLEY 0-1 STOKE. The referee blows the whistle for half time as a few boos and groans ring out among the home fans

44mins

There's just one minute of added time to play at the end of this first half

43mins

Etherington crosses the ball into the box and Cort is forced to clear from virtually under his own crossbar

41mins

Stoke hit Burnley on the break again but Mears stays firm and the ball goes out for a Stoke throw

38mins

Eagles sends a lovely ball in towards the far post. Paterson's side-footed attempt on the volley is scuffed wide of the target. That was a great chance for Burnley to equalise

37mins

Delap gets away from Graham Alexander and picks out Tuncay, who tries to get away from Fox and does well. He picks out Andy Wilkinson but the resultant cross is wasted

35mins

Burnley need to get the ball down and stop launching long balls up the pitch. The pace of this game is suiting Stoke down to the ground

33mins

Burnley take a short corner and the ball nearly falls to Thompson but Stoke do well to clear the danger before he can bring it down properly

31mins

Stoke win a corner through Delap. Liam Lawrence takes the inswinging corner but Burnley clear through Eagles

29mins

Clarke Carlisle's attempted clearance only falls to a Stoke player and the Burnley fans let out loud groans. That's the last thing the home side needs right now

26mins

Burnley need to recover their composure after conceding that goal against the run of play

24mins

Mears gets into a good position but his cross is awful and wastes what should have been a promising piece of build-up play from Burnley

22mins

BURNLEY 0-1 STOKE. TUNCAY opens the scoring with a simple header from close range after a trademark long throw

21mins

Paterson sprints forward, chased all the time by Danny Collins, but the ball eventually runs out of play

19mins

Burnley are piling on the pressure at the moment and have had a succession of corners in the last few minutes. They need to make this pressure count

18mins

Stoke try to hit Burnley on the break through Tuncay but Mears is there to win the ball back again for the home side. Great play from Mears

16mins

Cork has a good chance to score after being picked out by Eagles but he unselfishly decides to pass the ball to Paterson and the chance goes begging

14mins

Burnley win a free kick as Jack Cork is knocked off the ball by Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye. Eagles takes the free kick and the ball bounces around dangerously again before Martin Paterson sends a shot woefully wide

11mins

Delap sends in one of his trademark long throws. The ball is headed on and bounces around dangerously in the box before Burnley can clear

10mins

Chris Eagles shows off some of his tricks with the ball at his feet but Rory Delap is having none of it and wins possession back for Stoke

8mins

Burnley win a free kick on the right. Danny Fox steps up to take it but the ball is headed away

7mins

Etherington is picked out well by Sanli Tuncay but Tyrone Mears does very well to keep up with the pace of Etherington and win the ball

6mins

Etherington takes a free kick 40 yards from goal. It's a good delivery but with a number of Stoke bodies in the box, Burnley win a free kick

4mins

Matthew Etherington and Mamady Sidibe have had some nice touches so far, with the latter pressing in midfield whenever Burnley have the ball

2mins

Thomas Sorensen sends a long ball up towards the Stoke strikers but Leon Cort heads the ball clear. Pretty slow start to this game from both sides

1mins

The game is underway at Turf Moor

0mins

Burnley make one change from the side that lost to Arsenal, with Steven Thompson replacing Kevin McDonald, whilst Stoke make 2 changes from the team defeated by Chelsea in the FA Cup at the weekend

Match Preview

Burnley welcome Stoke City to Turf Moor on Wednesday evening and must re-find their heroics on home soil that has aided their Premier League survival hopes for much of this season.

Following their promotion from the Championship last term, the Clarets have secured 22 of their 23 points in their own backyard but, after losing two of their last three outings at Turf Moor, and winning just one in seven, they are now locked in a relegation battle.

They sit second from bottom, only ahead of Portsmouth and, although they are just one point from clambering out of the drop-zone, must make home comforts count.

Previously under Owen Coyle and now managed by Brian Laws, the side have failed to win on the road this term and a solitary draw - against Manchester City - and 14 demoralising defeats have hindered their chances of survival.

Tony Pulis' Stoke side have been on a fine run of form recently and will want to further twist the knife into the Clarets' gaping wounds.

Despite losing 3-1 at home to Arsenal in their last league game, that was their first reversal in eight games.

Wins over Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth, with draws against Liverpool, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Manchester City have propelled the Potters to a lofty 11th place in the Premier League table.

They sit a healthy ten points ahead of Hull City, who occupy the third and final position in the drop zone.

Burnley must be on their guard against Rory Delap's long throw-ins that have wreaked havoc this season. He has helped his Stoke side launch 408 long throws into opposition territory this campaign, more than any other side.

Despite their comfortable position in the league table, they have claimed just two victories on the road and have scored on just seven occasions although they won on their last away-day outing - 2-1 at Portsmouth on February 20.

Burnley's injury problems appear to be easing and Laws may be able to call on the services of three first-team stars who missed their weekend defeat at Arsenal. Steven Fletcher (wrist), Steven Caldwell (groin) and Chris McCann (knee) are all nearing a return to the fold.


Match Report

A second-half equaliser from striker David Nugent earned Burnley a point from a 1-1 draw with Stoke City but the home side will regard the result as a missed opportunity to move away from the bottom three.

The Burnley ground-staff tried their best to pull a flanker on the famous Rory Delap long throw by placing advertisement hoardings near to the touchline but it was all to no avail as the Potters took the lead thanks to an inevitable long throw which was headed home by Turkey international Tuncay.

Chances were very limited in the opening half with Burnley's best efforts a shot from left-back Danny Fox which goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen pushed behind for corner and a chance for striker Martin Paterson who should have done better than find the side-netting after good work from Chris Eagles.

Burnley manager Brian Laws introduced young midfielder Kevin McDonald at the start of the second half and it was the Scotland Under-21 international who helped the home side regain a footing in the match with an intelligent display that got his side moving forward at every possible opportunity.

Burnley got their equaliser when Paterson was able to pick out the head of Nugent and the on-loan Portsmouth attacker placed his header beyond the helpless Sorensen.

Lively winger Eagles had an opportunity to give the home side all three points but spooned his effort over the crossbar after some good approach play involving Paterson, Tyrone Mears and substitute Wade Elliott.

McDonald then went close for the home side but placed his effort narrowly wide of the upright.

At the other end winger Matthew Etherington could have snatched it for Stoke but curled his attempt over the crossbar.

The result doesn't really help Burnley in their fight against relegation with the Clarets still needing a probably four victories from their remaining nine games to give them any hope of survival in their first season of Premier League football.

Burnley

Stoke City

Corners

44

Fouls

1311

Goal attempts

96

Shots off target

76

Offsides

03

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