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Championship: Burnley 0-0 Cardiff City

By Aled WilliamsBBC Wales Sport
Ashley Barnes
Ashley Barnes and Burnley were frustrated by a battling Cardiff defence

Burnley's title hopes suffered a setback as they were held to a goalless draw by play-off hopefuls Cardiff City.

Cardiff keeper David Marshall denied Andre Gray and George Boyd on a frustrating night for the leaders.

The Scotland stopper also saved from Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes late on as Burnley's lead at the Championship's summit was cut to one point.

Russell Slade's side deserved their draw, although they are now four points behind the play-off places in seventh.

Substitute Kenneth Zahore struck the crossbar late in the game for the Bluebirds, who have not lost to Burnley in nine years.

The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to 17 games but second-placed Middlesbrough are only a point behind them after a 3-0 win over Huddersfield.

Cardiff showed early intent with Tom Lawrence's curling shot deflected wide for a corner while former Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton saved Stuart O'Keefe's effort.

Burnley grew into the game with David Jones forcing a save from Marshall while Boyd was denied by Sean Morrison's well executed last-gasp tackle.

Top scorer Gray had Burnley's best chance of the half when his first-time shot was smartly saved by Marshall, who also denied Boyd before the break.

Cardiff continued to frustrate Burnley after the interval with Wales striker Vokes heading over the bar from Joey Barton's cross.

Matthew Lowton's dangerous low cross into the six-yard box was stabbed away by Marshall before Vokes could pounce.

At the other end, Lex Immers fired wide before substitute Zahore's lob over Heaton struck the crossbar. Burnley could have secured victory in stoppage time but Vokes and substitute Ashley Barnes were denied by Marshall.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

"It's another clean sheet, I think that's 16 this season, it's rare that we don't score a goal.

"We're the highest scorers in the division. If you keep making chances like that, you are going to score some goals.

"The one thing we can do is focus on ourselves, we cannot define what everyone else is going to do."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade told BBC Wales:

"I didn't think it would end 0-0. It was a typical Championship match.

"Who knows how many points it will take to nick one of those play-off spots."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21Boyd
  • 14Jones
  • 13Barton
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forBarnesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Marney
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 17Robinson
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Barnes

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 28Malone
  • 37LawrenceSubstituted forNooneat 83'minutes
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forZohoreat 83'minutes
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 8Ralls
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forGunnarssonat 67'minutes
  • 27Immers

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 38Ameobi
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
15,740

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 0, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Taylor with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Marshall.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Taylor.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lex Immers with a through ball.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lex Immers (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lex Immers (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Tom Lawrence.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Lex Immers is caught offside.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Andre Gray.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Taylor (Burnley).

  20. Post update

    Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley402114563333077
2Middlesbrough39237954252976
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull392091054272769
5Sheff Wed401814859372268
6Derby401813956371967
7Cardiff40161595142963
8Ipswich401612124644260
9Birmingham391511134339456
10Preston401414123938156
11QPR401216125047352
12Wolves401313144852-452
13Reading391312144544151
14Brentford39147185460-649
15Leeds391115133948-948
16Blackburn401113163940-146
17Nottm Forest401113163541-646
18Huddersfield40129195257-545
19Fulham401014166166-544
20Bristol City401111184163-2244
21Rotherham40127214764-1743
22MK Dons40910213455-2137
23Charlton40812203670-3436
24Bolton40414223772-3526
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