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Manchester City 2-2 Burnley

Ashley Barnes
Ashley Barnes (second left) celebrates his equaliser as Burnley come from two goals down to draw at Manchester City
  • City squander 2-0 half-time lead
  • Hosts would have gone a point behind Chelsea with a win
  • City fail to secure club record 10th successive win
  • George Boyd scores from offside position

Manchester City missed a golden chance to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea as they surrendered a two-goal half-time lead against Burnley.

City were cruising when Fernandinho followed up David Silva's opener with a fine curling shot.

George Boyd scored straight after the break, turning home Danny Ings' shot while in an offside position.

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Pellegrini downbeat at 'poor result'

Then Ashley Barnes reacted quickest in a crowded penalty area to smash home a loose ball to earn the visitors a draw.

It was a result that didn't seem likely at the break, when, despite being without Yaya Toure, Manuel Pellegrini's side looked sure to cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League to a single point and a club record 10th successive win.

Samir Nasri's precise pass had been perfect for Jesus Navas to run on to. Silva had found enough space to collect his fellow countryman's cross.

He spun round and beat Burnley keeper Tom Heaton by his left-hand post from eight yards for his fourth goal in three games.

The entertainers
Of Manchester City's 28 games in all competitions this season, 11 have involved four goals or more.
Today was their fourth 2-2 draw of the campaign. Their previous three came against Arsenal, CSKA Moscow and QPR.

Nasri then showed admirable patience in waiting for an opening before eventually rolling a pass back to Fernandinho, whose superb curling shot provided him with his first goal of the season when it crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

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Burnley 'belief' delights Dyche

The first-half was not without its mishaps for City.

Fernando was shown a yellow card for fouling Scott Arfield, a booking that will rule him out of the New Year's Day encounter with Sunderland, and Pablo Zabaleta needed a bandage applying to a wound sustained in a clash of heads with Eliaquim Mangala.

It took a slice of good fortune for Burnley to get back into the game at the start of the second period, with none of the officials spotting Boyd was in an offside position when he got the slightest of touches to Ings' shot before it squeezed under Joe Hart.

Both sides had chances after that. Heaton denied Nasri with a full-length save and, at the other end, Ings was narrowly wide with a shot from 25 yards before Arfield was denied by a well-timed tackle from Martin Demichelis.

Burnley kept going and their attacking intent was rewarded when a long free-kick bounced off Michael Keane and Barnes wasted no time in driving a first-time shot in to the roof of Hart's net before the City keeper had a chance to react.

Rather than risk losing their point, the visitors, who have not won an away game in the league against City since 1963, opted for a safety-first strategy at the end, with manager Sean Dyche telling his players to take the ball towards the corner flag during five minutes of injury time.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is a big opportunity to get two more points.

"At half-time everybody would think the game was over but I always say it is never over until the last minute. Burnley's first goal was a mistake by the referee but once it goes to 2-2 we didn't have the legs to score.

"We were at home. That is an advantage but Chelsea and Manchester United also drew."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "At half-time I thought we were performing well. The key was getting that first goal so early.

"I believe in the physicality of my players. Last season we would have played seven more games than this so I am not worried about fatigue.

"But it is only a point. It might be Manchester City and we might have been 2-0 down, but it is still only a point."

David Silva (r)
David Silva fires through a crowd of Burnley defenders to put Manchester City in front at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City Fernandinho (centre)
Fernandinho (centre) celebrates his first goal of the season in Manchester City's win over Burnley
Manchester City Pablo Zabaleta
Pablo Zabaleta needed a bandage to cover a nasty head wound inflicted in an accidental collision with team-mate Eliaquim Mangala
Burnley George Boyd
George Boyd pulls one back for Burnley at the start of the second-half
Burnley manager Sean Dyche
Manager Sean Dyche acknowledges the Burnley supporters after his team had drawn at Manchester City

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 81mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 11Kolarov
  • 6RegesBooked at 42mins
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forSinclairat 88'minutes
  • 15NavasBooked at 79mins
  • 21SilvaBooked at 88mins
  • 8NasriSubstituted forLampardat 76'minutes
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forJoveticat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 12Sinclair
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 22Clichy
  • 35Jovetic
  • 38Boyata

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 25Keane
  • 5Shackell
  • 6MeeBooked at 71mins
  • 21Boyd
  • 8Marney
  • 14Jones
  • 37Arfield
  • 10Ings
  • 30Barnes

Substitutes

  • 7Wallace
  • 11Kightly
  • 17Sordell
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 20Chalobah
  • 22Gilks
  • 28Long
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
45,608

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 2.

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

Booking

David Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by David Silva (Manchester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Scott Sinclair replaces Fernandinho.

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 2, Burnley 2. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Keane following a set piece situation.

Booking

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

Booking

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Samir Nasri.

Attempt missed. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Ings (Burnley) because of an injury.

Booking

Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernandinho.

goal

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7Tottenham199462424031
8Swansea188462319428
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13Aston Villa195681122-1121
14Sunderland1931151627-1120
15QPR1953112134-1318
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17Hull193791826-816
18Crystal Palace193792030-1016
19Burnley193791429-1516
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