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Burnley 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Burnley penalty appeal
Burnley have not beaten Brighton in any of their past eight league meetings

Burnley and Brighton edged closer to their respective targets in the Premier League as they drew at Turf Moor.

Seventh-placed Burnley failed to secure the win that - combined with Leicester's defeat at Crystal Palace - would have guaranteed European football next season.

But Sean Dyche's side need just one more point from their last two games to secure their place in the Europa League.

The Clarets had two penalty appeals for handball turned down in the first half, but both - against Shane Duffy and Bruno - would have been harsh on the visitors.

The draw means Brighton - without a win in six league games - slip to 14th, but they are five points clear of the relegation zone with three matches to play.

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Europe for Burnley?

With Leicester taking themselves out of contention with a 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, Burnley can start making tentative plans for European football next season.

Though Everton can match their points total after a 2-0 win at Huddersfield, they would need to beat both Southampton and West Ham - and make up a 15-goal deficit.

Burnley would also have to lose to Arsenal and Bournemouth, and with just one loss in their past eight matches, back-to-back defeats seem unlikely.

They kept Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan on his toes in the first half at Turf Moor, but Ashley Barnes' effort and Johann Berg Gudmundsson's free-kick lacked the quality needed to beat the Australia international.

And the Clarets' year-long wait for a penalty goes on, with Duffy and Bruno having little chance to get out of the way of close-range efforts struck at them.

The only real negative for Burnley was an injury to Chris Wood, with the striker forced off after 66 minutes with a foot injury that required stitches.

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Burnley 0-0 Brighton: Chris Hughton says his side were better and they deserved a draw

Premier League for Brighton?

At the other end of the table, Brighton have fixtures left against Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool as they look to remain in the top flight.

That will not make pleasant reading for Brighton boss Chris Hughton, whose side are now on a run of 11 away games without a win since beating Swansea in November.

They have failed to score in eight of those games, and will visit Etihad Stadium and Anfield after hosting Manchester United on Friday night.

And if his side are to get anything out of those trips, Hughton may need to rethink his policy of starting Leonardo Ulloa ahead of Glenn Murray in the lone striker role.

That is not to say Brighton would have been heading south with three points instead of just one had Murray played for the first 66 minutes, but the English striker is more of a presence in the final third.

Leonardo Ulloa
Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa had just one touch inside the Burnley penalty area in 66 minutes
Glenn Murray touch map
Brighton striker Glenn Murray made more of an impact after being introduced after 66 minutes

What they said

Brighton manager Chris Hughton speaking to Match of the Day: "Certainly a point we deserved. I thought we were the better side, more likely to score. Burnley are very effective and we had to defend well, but I thought we had the better opportunities.

"We have the points in the bag and those below us have to win games. We will go into every game with the possibility of getting the points in all of them - we have every chance if we go into the games with the endeavour we did today."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a game of huff and puff, lacking quality. A lot of endeavour, good habits and doing the basics. It's hard to question these lads, you have the odd dip in form and to come out with a point is a good measure.

"It's still a good point, still a clean sheet, but not the performance we're used to. I'm very pleased with the whole season, to say the least."

Man of the match - Kevin Long (Burnley)

Kevin Long
Long (right) produced a solid display at the back alongside James Tarkowski

Burnley keep it clean - the key stats

  • Burnley ended a run of eight top-flight home games without a clean sheet.
  • Brighton have scored a league-low nine away goals in the Premier League this season.
  • Brighton have lost on just one of their past eight league visits to Turf Moor.
  • Only in eight games against Tottenham has Dyche faced an opponent more often as Burnley manager than seven against Brighton without a single victory.
  • Brighton have been involved in a joint-league-high five goalless draws in the Premier League this season, level with Southampton.
  • A league-high 17 of Burnley's Premier League games this season have been goalless at half-time, with Brighton, Huddersfield and West Brom next on 15.

What's next?

Burnley travel to Arsenal in their next Premier League match on Sunday, 6 May (16:30 BST), after Brighton host Manchester United on Friday, 4 May (20:00 BST).

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 29Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 28Long
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 23Ward
  • 25LennonSubstituted forNkoudouat 72'minutes
  • 4Cork
  • 18WestwoodSubstituted forHendrickat 81'minutes
  • 17Berg Gudmundsson
  • 11WoodSubstituted forVokesat 66'minutes
  • 10Barnes

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Nkoudou
  • 9Vokes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 21Wells
  • 26Bardsley

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2BrunoSubstituted forSchelottoat 89'minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11Knockaert
  • 7Kayal
  • 6StephensBooked at 41mins
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forMarchat 85'minutes
  • 13Groß
  • 16UlloaSubstituted forMurrayat 67'minutesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 17Murray
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 25Locadia
  • 26Krul
  • 29Suttner
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
19,459

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ezequiel Schelotto replaces Bruno.

Delay in match Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Glenn Murray following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kevin Long.

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jeff Hendrick replaces Ashley Westwood.

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kevin Long (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Aaron Lennon.

Booking

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kevin Long (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Chris Wood.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Wood (Burnley) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City34293298257390
2Man Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool362012480374372
4Tottenham34208666313568
5Chelsea35206960342666
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley361412103532354
8Everton36139144254-1248
9Leicester351111134952-344
10Newcastle35118163544-941
11Crystal Palace36911164154-1338
12Bournemouth36911164260-1838
13Watford35108174260-1838
14Brighton35813143247-1537
15West Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield3598182756-2935
17Swansea3589182752-2533
18Southampton35614153554-1932
19Stoke36612183265-3330
20West Brom36513183054-2428
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