06 November 2020 20:33
Burnley remain without a Premier League win this season after they were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Brighton on Friday. Sean Dyche's side have made their worst ever start to a season and are without a victory in eight games dating back to last term. The Clarets moved off the bottom of the table after their second point from seven games. Brighton have won just one of their eight league matches this term and sit three points above the relegation zone. Graham Potter's team have won only one of their past 13 league home matches dating back to June.
Neal Maupay was back in the Brighton team after being left out against Tottenham amid reports Potter was unhappy with his attitude. But the French striker, Brighton's leading scorer this season with four goals, couldn't inspire his side to a much-needed win. Ben Mee was making his first Burnley start since June after a thigh injury, but the centre-back showed an early sign of rust when his slip let in Danny Welbeck. Welbeck's pass found the unmarked Tariq Lamptey, but the defender fired high over the bar when he should have given Brighton a first minute lead. Burnley defender Matt Lowton swung in a cross that hit Mat Ryan's bar as the Albion keeper scrambled to avert the danger.
Welbeck should have scored when he was played in by Adam Lallana, but with only Nick Pope to beat, his shot wasn't powerful or accurate enough to beat the Burnley keeper. Mee's last-ditch tackle denied Pascal Gross when the Brighton midfielder threatened from Lamptey's cross, while Pope saved from Welbeck on the stroke of half-time. Brighton had a penalty appeal rejected by VAR after the break when Lallana's shot hit Mee's arm. Maupay's shot was blocked by James Tarkowski as the match petered out without late drama. Last updated on.From the section Premier League Danny Welbeck could not find a way through on his first start for Brighton Brighton and Burnley played out a goalless draw which will do little to quell either side's worrying Premier League form. The Clarets, having their worst ever start to a top-flight season, are on two points from seven games, while the Seagulls have not won in six league games. Burnley's best chance was accidental as Matt Lowton's deep cross flew over Mat Ryan but hit the crossbar. Brighton dominated as they often do but could not beat Nick Pope in Burnley's goal. Pope did well to deny Danny Welbeck on his first start for Brighton. This was always going to be a game of contrasting approaches - Graham Potter's ball-playing Brighton against Sean Dyche's pragmatic Burnley, and so it proved. This is Burnley's joint-worst start to a league season, along with 1977-78 when they were in the second tier. The last time they failed to win their opening seven games, back in 2014-15, they were relegated. The big positive was the return of captain Ben Mee for his first appearance of the season following a thigh injury. But there was little to cheer on the pitch, with Chris Wood heading the ball at Ryan in their only shot on target and Robbie Brady putting a bicycle kick wide. You always know what you will get with Brighton - they passed 100 Premier League shots for the season in this game. They rank sixth in the league for possession too. Tariq Lamptey had an opportunity to put them ahead after 60 seconds but fired over from Welbeck's lay-off. Welbeck was sent into the box by Neal Maupay - back after being left out last weekend for disciplinary reasons - but his shot was saved by Pope. They ended with 19 shots, but nine of them were blocked. Adam Webster headed over and Maupay hit the target, but it felt as if both teams could be there all day and not score. The two 0-0 kings - match stats Brighton had 19 shots - the most by any side without managing to score in any Premier League match this season so far. Burnley's tally of two points is their joint-lowest after their first seven league games of a season in their history (D2 L5), along with 1977-78 in the second tier (assuming three points for a win all-time). Since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, Brighton have played out more goalless draws in the competition than any other side (12), while Burnley are also second for most top-flight 0-0s in this time (11). Brighton have picked up six points in their eight Premier League games this season (W1 D3 L4), their lowest tally after their first eight matches of a league campaign since 2002-03 (four points), when they were eventually relegated from the second tier. Burnley have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since May 2015 (six in a row). Brighton had 12 shots in the first half against Burnley, the most the Seagulls have ever attempted in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game. Burnley host Crystal Palace and Brighton visit Aston Villa. Player of the match Lamptey Tariq Lamptey with an average of 6.80 Brighton Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Burnley Burnley Burnley Brighton & Hove Albion Avg Squad number 2 Player name Lamptey Average rating 6.80 Squad number 14 Player name Lallana Average rating 6.33 Squad number 18 Player name Welbeck Average rating 6.11 Squad number 8 Player name Bissouma Average rating 5.95 Squad number 34 Player name Veltman Average rating 5.67 Squad number 3 Player name White Average rating 5.62 Squad number 33 Player name Burn Average rating 5.61 Squad number 1 Player name Ryan Average rating 5.59 Squad number 13 Player name Groß Average rating 5.41 Squad number 4 Player name Webster Average rating 5.21 Squad number 16 Player name Jahanbakhsh Average rating 5.17 Squad number 7 Player name Connolly Average rating 5.06 Squad number 9 Player name Maupay Average rating 4.86 Burnley Avg Squad number 1 Player name Pope Average rating 6.58 Squad number 6 Player name Mee Average rating 6.12 Squad number 5 Player name Tarkowski Average rating 5.76 Squad number 3 Player name Taylor Average rating 5.39 Squad number 2 Player name Lowton Average rating 5.16 Squad number 18 Player name Westwood Average rating 4.95 Squad number 27 Player name Vydra Average rating 4.86 Squad number 12 Player name Brady Average rating 4.83 Squad number 8 Player name Brownhill Average rating 4.78 Squad number 11 Player name McNeil Average rating 4.77 Squad number 19 Player name Rodriguez Average rating 4.74 Squad number 9 Player name Wood Average rating 4.64 Squad number 10 Player name Barnes Average rating 4.38 Match Stats Live Text Line-ups Brighton 1 Ryan 34 Veltman Substituted for Jahanbakhsh at 83' minutes 18 Welbeck Substituted for Connolly at 86' minutes 9 Maupay Substitutes 7 Connolly 30 Bernardo Burnley 1 Pope 6 Mee 9 Wood Substituted for Vydra at 83' minutes 10 Barnes Substituted for Rodriguez at 70' minutes Substitutes 7 Gudmundsson 34 Dunne Referee: Mike Dean Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Burnley 0. Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Burnley 0. Post update Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Booking Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card. Post update Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion). Post update Robbie Brady (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing. Aaron Connolly replaces Danny Welbeck. Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Chris Wood. Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Joël Veltman. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Post update Hand ball by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion). Post update Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing. Post update Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley). Post update Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross following a set piece situation. Post update Foul by Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion). Post update Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Post update Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Welbeck tries a through ball, but Neal Maupay is caught offside. Post update Foul by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion). Post update Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.