Leeds United 1 v 1 Burnley (Sky Bet Championship)
Having seen a number of key players leave in the summer after relegation from the Premier League. Sean Dyche’s new look squad started the new season in the Sky Bet Championship, with a short trip over the Pennines to face Leeds United.
Tom Heaton lead the team out as new club captain in a game that saw both Jelle Vossen and Tendayi Darikwa make their Clarets league debut in front of the Sky TV camera’s.
Chris Wood miskicked with an acrobatic attempt from a clipped cross and new signing Stuart Dallas met the loose ball with a fierce drive that Heaton somehow turned onto the underside of the bar with an outstretched leg.
The Clarets had earlier seen a early penalty appeal turned down when Lukas Jutkiewicz appeared to be manhandled in the area by Charlie Taylor.
There was another firm but fruitless shout on the quarter hour, when Vossen found Jutkiewicz with a ball over the top and the striker’s flick struck Guiseppe Bellusci’s arm in the box.
And from Burnley’s first opening of the game, as the half hour approached and the visitors settled, Jutkiewicz was again heavily involved – this time teeing up Michael Kightly for the winger to prod the ball across goal and just wide.
Moments later, Vossen was inches away with a volley stabbed into the ground that keeper Marco Silvestri, who had fumbled a corner straight to the striker’s feet, was thankful to fingertip just wide.
And as Burnley suddenly ended the half posing the bigger threat, the Leeds keeper was alert to turn away Jutkiewicz’s near post attempt following more good work from Kightly.
The second half began far more evenly, but Leeds perhaps should have opened the scoring just before the hour mark.
Sam Byram’s ball in from the right broke to the unmarked Alex Mowatt on the edge of the box, but the midfielder dragged his shot wide with just Heaton to beat.
Wood then blazed over as Leeds looked to crank up the pressure.
And as Burnley looked to regain a foothold, there was a double substitution with 20 minutes remaining; Vokes and Sordell replacing Jutkiewicz and Vossen.
On eighty-three minutes, Leeds took the lead when Antenucci struck with a sublime curling effort from the corner of the box to open the scoring.
Just three minutes later, George Boyd collected the ball on the right-wing before nut-megging the defender and running into space on the right-wing. He then laid the ball back to Tendayi Darikwa who crossed first time for Sam Vokes to head the ball passed Silvestri to make the score 1-1.
In the ninety-first minute, Sam Vokes could have given Burnley all three points but his effort from inside the penalty area went wide of Silvestri’s goal to make the final score 1-1. Burnley will now travel to Port Vale on Tuesday in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Speaking after the match manger Sean Dyche said, “I thought our resilience showed and that never-say-die attitude was there again, we never go down; this team never goes under.
We believe we are never beaten until the final whistle blows and I believe that showed in abundance again today. I’m very proud of that as a manager, for my team and the fans.
This is a tough place to come particularly early in the season, there’s a new manager and feel about the place. The players here are giving that extra 3 or 4 per cent, so all things considered we’ll definitely take the point.
Tom Heaton was given the armband as new club captain, which was an easy decision to make as the popular goalkeeper is an on-field leader. It was a quite simple decision in the end, I asked Tom if he wanted to be captain and he said ‘yes’.
He has a lot of experience and his general manner is befitting of the role, in the way he conducts himself. We have plenty of on-field captain’s such as Michael Duff, David Jones and Michael Keane will grow into that role in the future.”
Leeds United – Silvestri, Byram, Bamba, Bellusci, Wood, Mowatt, Dallas, Taylor, Cook, Adeyemi, Berardi (Subs) Doukara, Antenucci, Wootton, Cooper, Erwin, Turnbull, Phillips
Burnley – Heaton, Darikwa, Keane, Duff, Mee, Arfield, Jones, Kightly, Boyd, Jutkiewicz, Vossen (Subs) Gilks, Vokes, Taylor, Sordell, Anderson, Dummigan, Ward
Goals – (Leeds United) Antenucci (83) (Burnley) Vokes (86)
Attendance – 27,672