Premier League

Sunderland 0-0 Burnley

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
Billy Jones misses for Sunderland
Jones missed Sunderland's best chance when he headed Larsson's cross wide from just four yards out

Bottom club Sunderland drifted further from safety with a draw at home to Burnley, whose wait for a first away win of the Premier League season continues.

Burnley should have made their early superiority tell through Ashley Barnes, who prodded wide from six yards out just before the break, following Scott Arfield's defence-splitting flick.

After half-time, Sunderland improved hugely, and Tom Heaton made a fine stop at his far post to deny Adnan Januzaj's volley, before Billy Jones somehow headed a glorious chance wide from four yards out.

Jordan Pickford denied Sam Vokes with three minutes to play, while Heaton pulled off another save to turn Fabio Borini's shot wide as both sides continued to spurn good chances right up to the final whistle.

David Moyes' side are now without a win from their past six home matches, and Crystal Palace's 1-0 victory over Watford plunged them further into relegation trouble.

With 10 matches of the season remaining, the Black Cats are now seven points away from Swansea in 17th, with the Welsh club beaten 2-0 by Bournemouth in Saturday's 17:30 GMT kick-off.

The draw at the Stadium of Light was 13th-placed Burnley's third on the road this season, with Sean Dyche's side having taken three points from a possible 45 away from Turf Moor.

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How did Jones miss?

Following his return to the England squad on Thursday, all eyes were on Jermain Defoe as the man most likely to spearhead what would have been a vital Sunderland win.

The striker has scored 14 of his side's 24 goals in the league this season, but he was a peripheral figure in a disjointed and nervy performance that only briefly improved in short periods after the break.

Januzaj should have scored but hit Defoe's clipped pass across goal straight at Burnley keeper Heaton, Seb Larsson skied over from close range as the ball was played back, but the best chance fell to full-back Jones.

Sunderland shots on target
Sunderland had five shots on target but none of those came via Defoe. The England striker didn't manage a single shot - on or off target

Running to the far post at speed, he appeared to lose his balance when failing to steer in what looked like a simple chance on his head from Larsson's excellent cross.

The miss may prove to be costly indeed.

Where there was faint hope of survival following Sunderland's 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in early February, there must now be a growing realisation that relegation to England's second tier - from where they were promoted as 2006-07 champions - is the far more likely outcome.

Burnley's wait goes on

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said his side were unfortunate to come away with nothing from an excellent display at Liverpool last Sunday, and he may well feel the same about drawing on Wearside.

Barnes' missed chance came at the end of a first half the Clarets totally dominated, and it was only during a 15-minute spell after the break that Sunderland fought back and conjured openings of their own.

Late substitute Vokes had two good chances in the game's closing stages, his second following a bad Jason Denayer error in defence that he should have profited from with a goal.

Sunderland centre-back Denayer dallied on the ball and allowed Vokes to steal in, but the striker's powerful low shot was denied by Pickford's strong right hand, with just three minutes to play.

The point moves Burnley level with Derby County's team of 2007-08 as the side with the joint worst away record in Premier League history.

But they still have four away matches - against Middlesbrough, Everton, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth - to move themselves clear of that very unwelcome record.

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Man of the match - Scott Arfield (Burnley)

Scott Arfield
Burnley's most dangerous outlet showed his eye for a pass with the clever flicked throughball that should have been converted by Barnes

Sunderland fail to score again - the stats

  • Sunderland failed to score in a Premier League game for the 13th time this season - no side has failed to find the net more often.
  • The Clarets kept only their second away clean sheet this season - their first since a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in October.
  • Sean Dyche's side had 17 shots, the joint most they've ever managed in a single Premier League away game.
  • Keeper Jordan Pickford played more passes (48) and had more touches (59) than any other Sunderland player.

'We missed some big chances today'

Sunderland manager David Moyes, speaking to BBC Sport: "Our first half wasn't as good as the second. We missed some big chances today, which maybe we've not been getting in other games, but you've got to take them.

Moyes rues 'missed opportunity'

"Burnley make it difficult for a lot of teams, and they had one or two chances themselves, but we had to take one of ours. I thought we had the best of them.

"Billy had a header, Adnan had a chance at the back post, there were three or four. The players gave their all but we lacked a bit of quality at times - in all areas."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, speaking to BBC Sport: "Only three points away, but we've been working hard. We had two golden chances in the first half and were in control of the game, then they came out and improved.

"They had to try and win and threw caution to the wind, we got a bit nervy and were not quite as good as we were at Anfield last week. But that's the madness of it. We lost against Liverpool and got a point today.

Point just reward for hard work - Dyche

"Sometimes you need that rub of the green and I thought when Vokesy went through that one would seal it for us, but Pickford, an excellent young keeper, made a very fine save. It was a game of missed chances for both sides."

What's next?

Sunderland next play away to Watford in the Premier League on 1 April, after the international break. Burnley host Tottenham in the league on the same day.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Pickford
  • 2JonesBooked at 86mins
  • 4Denayer
  • 16O'Shea
  • 3Oviedo
  • 24GibsonBooked at 58minsSubstituted forNdongat 74'minutes
  • 8Rodwell
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forKhazriat 78'minutes
  • 44Januzaj
  • 18Defoe
  • 9BoriniBooked at 81mins


  • 1Mannone
  • 5Djilobodji
  • 10Khazri
  • 15Lescott
  • 17Ndong
  • 21Manquillo
  • 39Honeyman


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21BoydSubstituted forBradyat 74'minutes
  • 19BartonBooked at 23mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 37Arfield
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forVokesat 65'minutes
  • 7Gray


  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Vokes
  • 12Brady
  • 16Defour
  • 17Robinson
  • 18Westwood
  • 26Tarkowski
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Burnley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Burnley 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Billy Jones.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton.

  8. Post update

    Andre Gray (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Didier Ndong (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robbie Brady (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Gray.

  13. Booking

    Billy Jones (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Didier Ndong (Sunderland).

  19. Booking

    Fabio Borini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


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