Premier League

Burnley 0-0 Sunderland

By Jamie StricklandBBC Sport
George Boyd and Santiago Vergini
Burnley scored with their first shot on target in the Premier League this season but have not netted since
  • Both sides still winless after five matches
  • Sunderland earn first clean sheet of season
  • Both sides hit woodwork in final few minutes
  • Jutkiewicz has two penalty appeals turned down

Burnley and Sunderland remain without a Premier League win this season after a scrappy stalemate at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes hit the bar for hosts in the final five minutes but Burnley again drew a blank as their goal drought ticked past seven hours.

Patrick van Aanholt's long-range drive for Sunderland hit a post late on in a bright finish but the draw was fair.

Burnley have to score goals - Dyche

Sean Dyche's Burnley have now been involved in goalless draws in their last three Premier League matches.

They were not without opportunities, though, and started well. George Boyd whipped in a dangerous cross but Marvin Sordell - replacing the injured Danny Ings - was unable to get in ahead of John O'Shea.

Much rested on the shoulders of Sordell as he made his first league start with Burnley shorn of both Ings and Sam Vokes, who combined for 47 goals last season.

But he struggled to make an impact and spurned an even better chance moments later when he failed to get a telling connection on Lukas Jutkiewicz's pull-back.

Goal-shy Clarets
Burnley have failed to score in any competition since Scott Arfield's 14th-minute strike against Chelsea on the opening weekend.
Since then they have drawn a blank in league matches against Swansea, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and now Sunderland, and were also shut out in the League Cup loss against Sheffield Wednesday.
They become the first team to draw three successive Premier League games 0-0 since Blackburn Rovers in December 2009.

The visitors' Emanuele Giaccherini forced a routine stop from goalkeeper Tom Heaton but it was Burnley, seeking only their second win in 16 matches against Sunderland, who looked the most likely.

Boyd was involved when the hosts went close again, controlling and laying off into the path of David Jones, who shot straight at Vito Mannone.

Dyche's men had a penalty shout in the late in the half when Wes Brown mistimed a challenge on Jutkiewicz and appeared to push the Burnley striker, but referee Anthony Taylor was unmoved.

Playing okay is not enough - Poyet

A match lacking in quality was almost brought to life in the second period when Sunderland winger Adam Johnson set off on a jinking run only to be crowded out at the last, while summer signing Jack Rodwell's shot from distance called Heaton into action.

Scott Arfield forced Mannone into a diving save before Jutkiewicz went down in the area, this time under the challenge of Giaccherini, but again Burnley's penalty appeals were waved away.

Jutkiewicz escaped the attentions of O'Shea before drilling in a shot that Mannone dealt with, but what drama there was was saved for the last five minutes.

First Burnley substitute Barnes saw his 20-yard effort deflect off Lee Cattermole and on to the bar, while at the other end Van Aanholt's firm strike from all of 35 yards hit the right-hand post and bounced on to Heaton before dropping harmlessly out of play.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "There were a number of chances - a penalty call that anywhere else on the pitch was a foul - and sometimes you just need things to go your way.

"There's goals in the team, I'm convinced of that. It's a bit early for talk of staying in the Premier League. We're a work in progress - we know we have to score goals but you also have to keep clean sheets."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I don't think it was a special game or a good game for us. The one who scores the goal wins the game.

"The good thing today was the clean sheet. For the first time we get a clean sheet. We need to improve though for sure.

"Overall, we played OK. Just OK. But OK in the Premier League is not enough - you need to be better."

Patrick van Aanholt
Van Aanholt was unlucky not to win it for Sunderland in the closing moments
Lukas Jutkiewicz and John O'Shea
Jutkiewicz twice had penalty appeals turned down
Lukas Jutkiewicz and Emanuele Giaccherini
Jutkiewicz's second appeal came in a tangle with Giaccherini but the Black Cats escaped
Adam Johnson, David Jones and Ben Mee
Adam Johnson caused problems for Burnley with direct running
Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Burnley had 16 shots on goal but were unable to break their drought



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 37Arfield
  • 14JonesSubstituted forWallaceat 86'minutes
  • 8MarneyBooked at 90mins
  • 21BoydSubstituted forReidat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 17SordellSubstituted forBarnesat 63'minutes


  • 7Wallace
  • 11Kightly
  • 18Reid
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 25Keane
  • 30Barnes


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'SheaBooked at 78mins
  • 5Brown
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Cattermole
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 67'minutes
  • 8RodwellBooked at 62mins
  • 23GiaccheriniSubstituted forBuckleyat 73'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forAltidoreat 67'minutes
  • 10Wickham


  • 1Pantilimon
  • 2Jones
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 17Altidore
  • 19Graham
  • 30Buckley
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamSunderland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 0, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

    William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Steven Reid (Burnley).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Wes Brown.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Steven Reid replaces George Boyd.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

  11. Booking

    Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces David Jones because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match David Jones (Burnley) because of an injury.