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Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Brown Ideye heads in West Brom's equaliser
Brown Ideye scored for the first time in seven appearances to earn West Brom a point
  • Ideye scores his third West Brom goal
  • Ings' goal is his fourth in six games
  • Burnley a point above relegation zone
  • West Brom three points above bottom three

Substitute Brown Ideye equalised as West Brom came back from two goals down to claim a draw at fellow Premier League strugglers Burnley.

The striker was introduced at half-time and capitalised on poor marking to head in his side's equaliser from a corner.

It looked unlikely that the Baggies would get anything from the game after headers from Ashley Barnes and Danny Ings gave Burnley a 2-0 lead.

But Chris Brunt's headed goal gave them hope before Ideye earned them a draw.

It is an important point for Tony Pulis's side, who remain two points and two places above 17th-placed Burnley in the table, but an even more significant performance in the circumstances.

Dyche feels 'hard done by' in draw

Last week's 3-0 defeat at Tottenham checked the progress that had been made in a five-game unbeaten run under Pulis since his appointment.

This, though, demonstrated the kind of spirit and determination Pulis instilled at Crystal Palace during last season's escape from relegation and will give the 57-year-old's current side hope of achieving a similar outcome.

Pulis made two bold decisions for Sunday's game, handing the captain's armband to debutant Darren Fletcher following his move from Manchester United and sending Saido Berahino to the "naughty chair" of the bench after the striker hinted at leaving the club in a recent television interview.

The Baggies boss was rewarded with a typically calm and efficient display from Fletcher, while Berahino responded with a determined and hard-working performance after joining the game in the first half for the injured Victor Anichebe.

It was another bold decision by the Baggies boss, in introducing Ideye at the break, that played a significant part in his side gaining parity in the match and ultimately an unlikely but important point.

Pulis bemoans 'Sunday stroll' start

Burnley had dominated the first half and swept into a 2-0 lead thanks to Barnes's nodded opener and the impressive Ings' powerful header from George Boyd's right-wing delivery, only to be pegged back right before the break when displaced Baggies skipper Brunt stole in to head in from a corner.

Ideye's future at West Brom had looked bleak, with the Nigerian record signing, 26, reportedly coming close to a move away from the club in the transfer window.

But he seized his opportunity at Turf Moor with a well-taken glancing header as Burnley were once again punished for poor marking at a set-play and continued their worrying recent trend for throwing away two-goal leads - this is the third time in their last four games.

The Clarets twice had penalty shouts turned down and both sides had chances to win the game. The Clarets' Jason Shackell had a header cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott and Berahino was denied when Tom Heaton and Ben Mee combined to prevent his close-range shot finding the goal.

Ashley Barnes (left) heads in the opening goal for Burnley
Ex-Brighton striker Ashley Barnes has scored five goals in 24 appearances for Burnley this season
Danny Ings heads in Burnley's second goal against West Brom
Ings has eight goals this season for Burnley
Chris Brunt heads in for West Brom
Chris Brunt was replaced as West Brom captain by Darren Fletcher on Sunday
Brown Ideye heads in the equaliser
Brown Ideye joined West Brom for a reported £10m fee from Dynamo Kiev last summer

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 25Keane
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 21Boyd
  • 8MarneySubstituted forKightlyat 45'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 37Arfield
  • 30Barnes
  • 10Ings

Substitutes

  • 4Duff
  • 7Wallace
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Kightly
  • 18Reid
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 22Gilks

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25DawsonBooked at 85mins
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 4BairdBooked at 40minsSubstituted forIdeyeat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5YacobBooked at 48mins
  • 11Brunt
  • 19McManamanSubstituted forMorrisonat 82'minutes
  • 10AnichebeSubstituted forBerahinoat 18'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 7Morrison
  • 8Gardner
  • 9Ideye
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 18Berahino
  • 38Rose
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
16,904

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morrison with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

  13. Booking

    Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  17. Post update

    Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Callum McManaman.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea24175254213356
2Man City24147347242349
3Southampton24143738172145
4Man Utd24128440231744
5Tottenham2413473731643
6Arsenal24126645271842
7Liverpool2411673327639
8West Ham2410773628837
9Swansea249782831-334
10Stoke249692729-233
11Newcastle248793036-631
12Everton246993134-327
13Crystal Palace2468102634-826
14Sunderland2441282234-1224
15West Brom2458112234-1223
16Aston Villa2457121232-2022
17Burnley2449112340-1721
18Hull2448122134-1320
19QPR2454152443-1919
20Leicester2445152138-1717
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