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Burnley 1-0 Manchester City

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
George Boyd
George Boyd's goal for Burnley was his first for the club since New Year's Day
  • George Boyd's fifth goal of the season wins it for Burnley
  • Champions City struggle to create chances at Turf Moor
  • Burnley move up to 18th position in the table
  • City five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea

George Boyd's goal gave Burnley a famous win against Manchester City to further damage the champions' hopes of retaining their Premier League title.

Boyd arrowed in a low half-volley after a poor headed clearance from returning City captain Vincent Kompany.

The visitors had wasted chances as Edin Dzeko had a shot saved by Tom Heaton and Sergio Aguero headed just over.

Pablo Zabaleta went to ground late on, but City's appeals for a penalty were rejected by referee Andre Marriner.

Belief grows with big result - Dyche

The shock defeat means second-placed City remain five points behind leaders Chelsea, who have two matches in hand.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said on Friday the title race was already over and that his team would be celebrating in May.

City responded with a disappointing performance and a result that severely dents their hopes of winning a third title in four years.

They had only won three of their past 10 matches in all competitions before facing a Burnley side with only one victory in their previous 11 games in 2015.

But apart from a low save to deny Dzeko, and tame efforts from Aguero and Wilfried Bony that were straight at him, Burnley goalkeeper Heaton had little to do.

What a way to end the run
Burnley had not beaten Manchester City in their previous 13 league and cup games, with their last victory coming in October 1974.

Kompany, dropped for City's last match against Leicester, should have done better than head the ball into Boyd's path from Kieran Trippier's free kick. Nevertheless, the Scotland international produced a spectacular finish to shoot past England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Victory moves Sean Dyche's side, Championship runners-up last season, up a position to 18th, only one point behind 17th-placed Sunderland.

City won't give up on title - Pellegrini

City's season, meanwhile, is in danger of falling apart. They will need to quickly regroup as they play at the Nou Camp on Wednesday looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona.

Burnley had to ride their luck late on as Aguero headed over, and Zabaleta went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Ben Mee, but referee Marriner waved away City's calls for a penalty.

Not even the introduction of forwards Bony and Stevan Jovetic and midfielder Frank Lampard, making his 600th Premier League appearance, could see the visitors grab an equaliser as the Clarets held on for a memorable victory.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said:

"It was a normal performance. I don't think we played very bad. We had three or four chances. Burnley had just one shot on target and scored one goal, but we need to create more chances.

"I don't think we created the amount of chances we need to score goals."

On his side's fading title hopes, Pellegrini added: "Every point we drop will be more difficult. When you have mathematical chances you must try to continue fighting. But the most important thing is to trust in what we are doing, try to win the next game and we will see at the end of the season where we finish."

Four out of Burnley's five Premier League victories have now come at Turf Moor
Danny Ings
Burnley striker Danny Ings had scored five times in his previous nine Premier League matches
Vincent Kompany
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany returned to the starting line-up after not playing v Leicester
Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed reports he was set to become Napoli boss
Manchester City
Manchester City need to win away at Barcelona on Wednesday to stay in the Champions League



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 4DuffBooked at 71mins
  • 5Shackell
  • 6MeeBooked at 58mins
  • 21Boyd
  • 37Arfield
  • 14Jones
  • 30Barnes
  • 9VokesSubstituted forWardat 87'minutes
  • 10IngsSubstituted forReidat 90+3'minutes


  • 7Wallace
  • 11Kightly
  • 18Reid
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 25Keane

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 60mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forLampardat 81'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forJoveticat 74'minutes
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forBonyat 63'minutes
  • 16Agüero


  • 3Sagna
  • 8Nasri
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 18Lampard
  • 20Mangala
  • 35Jovetic
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamMan City
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 1, Manchester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Manchester City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Steven Reid replaces Danny Ings.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Bony (Manchester City).

  13. Post update

    Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Stephen Ward replaces Sam Vokes.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Yaya Touré.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a cross.

As It Stood

2Man City29177559283158
4Man Utd28158547262153
10West Ham29109103937239
12Crystal Palace2989123440-633
13West Brom2989122736-933
16Aston Villa2977151938-1928
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