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Burnley 0-0 Stoke City

By Chris WhyattBBC Sport
Danny Ings
Burnley striker Danny Ings tested Jack Butland in the Stoke goal three times in the first half
  • Stoke reach 51 points to ensure best-ever PL points tally
  • Relegated Burnley have scored one goal in their last eight
  • Turf Moor is lowest-scoring stadium in the PL this season

Stoke secured their best-ever Premier League points tally with a goalless stalemate at relegated Burnley.

The Clarets' highly-rated striker Danny Ings looked like a player destined for better things, testing Jack Butland three times in the first half.

Stoke's misfiring Mame Biram Diouf missed a number of clear chances to score, heading wide with the goal gaping just before the break.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton made a point-blank save from Diouf on the hour.

The visitors carved out the better opportunities, but their failure to steal a win will not overshadow the achievement of Mark Hughes's team in reaching 51 points - and also guaranteeing successive top-half finishes in the top flight for the first time in 40 years.

Burnley are in good shape - Dyche

Despite their relegation to the Championship, Burnley also managed to hold their heads high during the final-whistle lap of honour.

Manager Sean Dyche has got his team to perform impressively this season, given their modest budget and small squad.

Ings was their undoubted star and showed his worth from the off as he slalomed through the Stoke defence early on before peppering Butland with shots on goal in the opening period.

Stoke took a while to get going, but should have made it 15 Premier League wins this season, thanks to the efforts of Diouf in particular.

The visitors broke quickly in the 39th minute, with Charlie Adam feeding Jonathan Walters on the right wing.

Mark Hughes proud of Potters points record

His cross landed perfectly in the path of an unmarked Diouf, but, 10 yards out and with Heaton struggling to get across, the Senegalese forward failed to make a proper connection.

On the hour, Diouf at least got the ball on target, but his prodded attempt allowed Heaton to hook it away.

Burnley faded late on and their big problem this season - goalscoring - again proved beyond them.

This was the 18th Premier League match in which they have failed to score and, even more pertinently now, it is highly unlikely they will have Ings to lean on next term.

How the match unfolded on BBC Sport live text commentary.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"Today was a familiar story, but there's a lot of pride in our all performances this season. We've taken everyone on home and away; be they the superpowers or otherwise, we've given them a game.

"Our supporters have been right behind myself, the club and the whole team this season. It will continue - the next challenge is a tough one.

"I've been through the Championship. I know how hard it is to get a club over the line."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes:

"It's a great effort form everybody, and its been more difficult this year than last - with long term injuries and everything.

"The group itself has been really strong, and that strength in depth and character has enabled us to achieve another top half finish.

"We haven't been in the [transfer] market or spent a great deal of money, so that's credit to our recruitment department. Everyone's had an impact for us since they've come to the club. We're delighted with that. It's been a long season and we're looking forward to the last game."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 21BoydBooked at 42mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 14JonesSubstituted forUlvestadat 88'minutes
  • 15TaylorSubstituted forKightlyat 65'minutes
  • 10Ings
  • 30BarnesSubstituted forVokesat 83'minutes


  • 9Vokes
  • 11Kightly
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 20Ulvestad
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 25Keane


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Butland
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Muniesa
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'ZonziBooked at 49mins
  • 6Whelan
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forOdemwingieat 59'minutes
  • 16AdamSubstituted forSidwellat 83'minutes
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forCrouchat 69'minutes
  • 18DioufBooked at 25mins


  • 1Begovic
  • 7Ireland
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 12Wilson
  • 21Sidwell
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Wollscheid
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Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamStoke
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 0, Stoke City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Stoke City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Muniesa.

  7. Post update

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Fredrik Ulvestad replaces David Jones.

  10. Post update

    Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Steve Sidwell replaces Charlie Adam.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Ashley Barnes.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. David Jones tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

  18. Post update

    Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Marko Arnautovic.

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