Burnley 0 v 0 Stoke City (FA Premier League)
Already relegated Burnley welcomed mid-table Stoke City to Turf Moor for the final home Premier League fixture of the season. As expected the Burnley fans turned out in numbers to support the manager and players and to thank them for their efforts this season.
Burnley started the strong of the two side and had the first chance on goal in the first minute when Ashley Barnes found Danny Ings in the middle of the area, but his right footed shot was well saved by Jack Butland.
On fifteen minutes, George Boyd flicked on a header to Danny Ings wide on the left-wing, Ings collected the ball before dribbling past five Stoke defenders as he cut into the area, but his shot was easily saved by Jack Butland.
Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “It was probably a game that encapsulated our season. The players gave everything, regardless of last week when people might have been wondering if we had enough in our stomach to go hard again.
We did everything but score a goal and unfortunately that has come around too many times this season. I feel like a broken record, because we created good chances but didn’t take them, we gave keeper’s a chance to save them, rather than forcing them to make world class saves.
The fans have been terrific all season, there’s a lot of frustration in football and fans can react to situations in a very short pace of time. Ours haven’t, they have been strong throughout and resolute in their belief in the backing of the players.
I can only say thank you so many times, but they know my words are authentic. That honesty resonates well with the people here and they have backed it.”
Burnley – Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackle, Mee, Arfield, Jones, Taylor, Boyd, Ings, Barnes (Subs) Gilks, Vokes, Ward, Ulvestad, Kighley, Jutkiewicz, Keane
Stoke City – Butland, Cameron, Showcross, Muniesa, Pieters, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Walters Adams, Arnautovic, Diouf (Subs) Begovic, Ireland, Odemwingie, Wilson, Sidwell, Crouch, Wollscheid
Attendance – 18,636