Burnley moved from the Premier League relegation zone in a dramatic night with a 1: 1 draw at Aston Villa.
Ashley Barnes’s penalty at the end of the first half pushed Burnley into the lead, but Emiliano Buendia equalized at the start of the second half and the mood for Mike Jackson’s team improved as passenger support was clearly aware of Everton’s extraordinary return.
Burnley could still win if Wout Weghorst didn’t throw a big chance late, but he had to settle for a point – especially when Matt Lowton was eliminated late in the match.
Villa coach Steven Gerrard then insisted that Barnes be eliminated before his goal behind Tyron Mings’ elbow.
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (7), Chambers (7), Mings (7), Digne (7), Luiz (6), Chukwuemeka (5), McGinn (6), Buendia (6), Ramsey (7), Watkins (6).
Subtitles: Traore (6), Coutinho (6), Ings (6).
Burnley: Pope (8), Roberts (6), Tarkowski (7), Long (7), Collins (7), Taylor (7), Brownhill (7), Cork (6), McNeil (6), Barnes (7), Cornet (6).
Subtitles: Weghorst (5), Lennon (6), Lowton (4).
Match Man: Nick Pope.
Burnley’s draw will be enough to ensure that they maintain their Premier League status if they can match Leeds’ Brentford when Newcastle arrives at Turf Moor on Sunday.
How the drama unfolded
The villa was closest to a penalty, and John McGinn twice forced an athletic intervention from Nick Pope in Burnley’s goal when the visiting team started slowly. Jacob Ramsey showed several rides when he returned to the starting lineup. The outermost defenders pushed on.
But Jackson’s party stayed there, interrupting the game and starting to cause problems from scenic situations. Matty Cash had to get his head on Dwight McNeil’s corner attempt. Barnes threw himself around – not always fairly.
He left Captain Vila on board with his elbow to Tyron Mings’ head at the beginning of the half. “I think Barnes is very lucky to be on the field,” said Dion Dublin Sky Sports. “He’s not looking at Mings, and that elbow is a little naughty for me.” Barnes would take full advantage of this.
The big moment came at the end of the half, when Maxwell Cornet turned on the bench and fell over Buendia’s leg. Home fans chanted his name in support of the Argentine, but he knew it was sloppy. Barnes did the rest of the place.
Burnley’s situation looked pretty healthy at the time – Everton lost by two to Crystal Palace. But that began to change when Buendia corrected his earlier mistake by sweeping the ball into the net from a volley with a shot that was too hot for Pope.
Calum Chambers replaced the injured Ezri Kons as expected, but there were three other changes to the Aston Villa line-up. Carney Chukwuemeka, Emi Buendia and Jacob Ramsey all stepped on the bench with Philippe Coutin, Danny Ings and Marvelous Nakamba.
Burnley made only one change in the team that last lost closely to Tottenham. James Tarkowski returns in favor of Matt Lowton.
When news of Everton’s third goal reached Villa Park, the outside ending seemed blown away and the situation could soon have been worse if Danny Ings’ substitute – a former Burnley player – hadn’t seen his well-shot shot fly right next to the far post.
The villa approached with 10 minutes left when Calum Chambers’ center found Bertrand Traore’s head, but his low attempt somehow tore Pop. It may be the rescue that will help keep Burnley in the Premier League.
As Burnley defended deeper and deeper and Jackson made a defensive turn, they seemed satisfied with the point. Then came their huge chance. Connor Roberts equaled Weghorst and Emi Martinez was defeated, but Mings created a heroic block.
Any hope for the winner Burnley ended when a former man from Villa Lowton threw himself into a fight with Chambers, and although he got his feet on the ball first, the subsequent pass caught Villa’s midfielder and Paul Tierney sent him off the field.
It was the last turning point in the crazy night of Premier League action.
Gerrard: Bright red card for Barnes
Steven Gerrard was unhappy that Barnes had not been disqualified as an elbow against Mings, which he described as one of the brightest red card offenses of the season.
“I think we should have played against 10 men from a very early stage of this match,” said head coach Villa. “I think it’s a bright red card, probably one of the brightest I’ve seen this season. This decision went against us.”
PGMOL said there wasn’t enough strength to make it a red card. I heard it and I was 60 yards away. He hit a 10-yard incident, pulled his elbow back and punched him in the face.
“I mean, you have to break someone’s face or get them off the field to make it a red card? Everyone knows it’s a red card. That’s a fact.”
Match Man: Nick Pope
Pope performed two major interventions in the first half, but his one low to Traore’s right at the end of the game was worth a point. It was the best performance of the English goalkeeper and his teammates from Burnley quickly recognized it.
“It’s exceptional, it’s so big and it dominates that goal, and we just feel like we’re not going to collect it,” said James Tarkowski. Sky Sports. “He was excellent,” Ashley Barnes agreed. “That’s why he’s there and he kept us in the games all season.”
Match in statistics
- Nick Pope made eight hits tonight as he helped his Burnley team to a point against Aston Ville, the most recorded in a single Premier League game.
- Ashley Barnes scored each of his seven Premier League penalties for Burnley, the most club player in the division, beating six Graham Alexander.
- Matt Lowton is the fifth other former Aston Villa player to be disqualified against the club after appearing for him in the Premier League, with all five red cards in Villa Park; is the first such player since Christian Benteke in July 2020.
What will be next?
Aston Villa travels to Manchester City and Burnley hosts Newcastle on the last day of the Premier League season on Sunday at 16:00.