Match Report: Burnley 1-1 Hull City

September 11, 2016

The Tigers travelled west to face perennial bogey team Burnley on Saturday afternoon, hoping to continue what has been a surprisingly fruitful start to the season. Bolstered by six new signings including club record man Ryan Mason, City fans could once again feel justified in being optimistic about matters on the pitch, even if off the field events continue to disappoint and frustrate.

Burnley were another club to break their transfer record last month, bringing in Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick from Derby to strengthen their midfield. The Clarets had a mixed opening three games that included a win over Liverpool and defeat at home to Swansea as Sean Dyche looks to secure consecutive Premier League seasons for Burnley for the first time in their history.

Manager of the Month Mike Phelan named the same XI that had performed so admirably in City’s first three games, meaning that full debuts for new boys Ryan Mason, Markus Henriksen and co. would have to wait another week. Burnley gave a debut to Icelandic international Johann Berg Gudmundsson, while there were also starts for ex-City duo George Boyd and Dean Marney.

Abel Hernandez has been in fine form in the early stages of the campaign and it was the Uruguayan who had the game’s opening chance, forcing a save from Tom Heaton after he had turned his man and taken aim from the edge of the area. George Boyd had Burnley’s first opportunity soon after as City failed to clear a Burnley corner, but his effort was blocked by Snodgrass.

Though City were playing the better football few chances were being created. A neutral onlooker would not have been too thrilled as both teams seemed to be going through the motions until the half-time whistle – that is until Snodgrass picked out David Meyler with a peach of a pass, and from a tight angle the Irishman clipped the post, by far the closest either team had come to scoring. The half ended minutes later with the score 0-0.

Fixtures like these are usually decided by the odd goal, so City fans were horrified when Diomande failed to convert Meyler’s pinpoint cross from the left on 51 minutes. The Norwegian has enjoyed a good spell in the side, but at this level chances such as this one need to be put away. The Tigers were almost punished by one of their former players soon after, but Curtis Davies was on hand to block Dean Marney’s shot when he looked to have a clear sight of goal.

Although the quality of the match had improved from the first half, both sides were finding it difficult to carve out clear openings. Sam Vokes fired a long-range effort wide for the home team; at the other end Snodgrass’s curling shot was pushed over the crossbar by Heaton.

Burnley had largely been restricted to speculative shots from outside the area, but unfortunately for City one of these flew into the back of the net on 72 minutes. Steven Defour got away from Sam Clucas in the middle of the pitch and went unchallenged towards the penalty area before unleashing a fine effort that beat Jakupovic to give Burnley the lead.

Mason, Keane and Maloney were all brought on to try and salvage something from a game that warranted at least a point. Ten minutes from time Curtis Davies hit the crossbar with a header, and that looked to be as close as City were going to get to an equaliser. Elmohamady blazed a shot over the bar in stoppage time as the Tigers became increasingly desperate.

In the last minute of the game Huddlestone was fouled 25 yards from goal and City had one final opportunity to deny Burnley their second win of the season. Robert Snodgrass stepped up and whipped the ball into the corner to provoke jubilation in the away end. Burnley were left dejected but, in truth, a home win would have been an injustice to a City side that continue to surprise punters with their resilience. They can be sure that this will be tested next Saturday when Arsenal come to town.

 

Harry Drew (@hdrew95)

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  • http://Alan%20Lancaster

    From a Claret fan I must say that Hull were well worthy of their point. In fact Hull played better than the clarets and had they been more clinical could have won the game, First half Hull played really well pressing the ball as often as possible but the second half seemed to run out of steam a bit, but our goal as good as it was, was against the run of play so the draw at the of the day was probably the fair result.

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