Whilst the victory by Sheffield United at Old Trafford will make the headlines today, I thought this one was one heck of a match. The battle of the claret clad sides proved to be an edge of the seat affair with the home side coming from behind twice to win against the high flying Villains. Ollie Watkins ended his goal drought in the 14th minute with a deft touch. Ben Mee equalised in the 52nd minute with a header from a corner in typical Burnley fashion, no fancing tiki taka here. On 62 minutes Douglas Luiz found Jack Grealish unmarked in the box to stab home for 2-1 Villa. Tyrone Mings was at fault for leaving Dwight McNeil’s shot cum cross for Martinez which ended up going into the net for Burnley’s second equalizer. I guess he had too much faith in the Argentine shot stopper. With Sheffield winning at Old Trafford barely touching the ball, only 38% of the time, it seems fashionable nowadays to win feeding from scraps. Burnley did just that with a header by Chris Wood again , which crept past Martinez’s post with the Villa goalkeeper beaten. Bunley are on a roll with their third straight win and are now pulling away from the drop zone on 15th nine points clear of 18th placed Fulham. But just how are they doing it
The answer is set pieces. Burnley had only 2 corners last night but they scored from one of them. Bunley are a hard tackling side as well. They won 11 tackles to Villa’s 2 which is testament to their determination to put off opponents and win the ball quickly even if they lose it. Bunley tend to foul a lot but it is not those over the top fouls that get you VARed. That explains the one yellow card for the whole match last night.
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