Report: Burnley 0 Albion 0
Turf Moor was a tale of two keepers as Tom Heaton and Tomasz Kuszczak both provided exceptional displays to leave Albion and Burnley sharing the spoils.
Albion’s eighth shut-out on the road this season highlighted the side's defensive qualities and if it wasn’t for Heaton it may have been all three points coming back to the south coast - however a draw was a fair reflection on two clubs with Premier League ambitions.
Sean Dyche’s men started the brighter of the two sides and Michael Kightly came close to rewarding the Clarets when he struck the post on 17 minutes, and Keith Andrews provided the heroics with a brave block to deny Sam Vokes’s rebound.
Kazenga LuaLua provided Albion’s most threatening moment when the Congolese winger burst through the Burnley defence but Heaton did excellently to save with his feet. From the resulting corner the ball found its way to LuaLua on the edge of the area but once again the Clarets keeper was equal to the midfielder’s attempt.
Oscar’s men grew into the game and their passing football started to shine through, but clear-cut chances were still hard to come by as the half ended goalless.
Former Seagull Vokes glanced a header wide shortly after the restart while Scott Arfield drilled straight at Kuszczak from a tight angle, and up the other end Matthew Upson couldn’t quite get a connection as both sides carved out half chances.
Much like the start of the opening 45 minutes, Burnley looked hungrier in the early parts of the second half and Michael Duff may feel he should have bundled home Danny Ings’s teasing cross, but the defender stabbed over.
David Lopez’s teasing free-kick only required a touch on 65 minutes but never received one as Heaton gathered gratefully, while Leo Ulloa’s speculative effort dragged wide. David Jones had the home fans on their feet momentarily with a good effort from distance that went just over and Vokes had them up again when his back-post header was pushed over by Kuszczak.
Ashley Barnes recently departed the Amex for Turf Moor and Dyche afforded him 15 minutes at the end to hurt his old side.
But it was Albion’s Polish keeper who was grabbing the headlines. Kuszczak was imperious and pulled off an incredible stop after a wicked deflection had seemingly looped the ball into the net, only for the former Manchester United man to claw it onto the post.
Oscar’s side had defended valiantly again on the road and substitute Andrea Orlandi almost made it the perfect away day when he found himself through on goal, but yet again Heaton denied Albion with a brilliant block from the midfielder’s powerful strike.
Barnes almost snatched the points with a 90th minute overhead kick but there was to be no storybook finish for the former Albion man as the Seagulls left Burnley with a point.