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Saturday 29 April 2017

Sunderland v Burnley - the story of the match

Sean Dyche (left) and David Moyes shake hands after a frustrating afternoon for both
Sean Dyche (left) and David Moyes shake hands after a frustrating afternoon for both

Tom Heaton denied Sunderland a dramatic late winner as David Moyes' men were left mired in relegation trouble after spurning a series of chances against Burnley at the Stadium of Light.

Heaton saved well from Fabio Borini in the 87th minute while Billy Jones and Sebastian Larsson also missed fine opportunities as the Clarets recorded only their third away point of the season.

Burnley themselves will be disappointed not to go home with the points with Ashley Barnes prodding their best chance wide in the first period and substitute Sam Vokes coming close late on.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Whether you are Moyes in or Moyes out, nobody can say that he's getting enough out of these players. I'm resigned to dropping now" - the Twitter account of Sunderland fansite @RokerReport has seen enough.

STAR MAN

Tom Heaton. The Burnley keeper proved worth his weight in gold to the Clarets once again with some superb saves to deny the frustrated hosts. Heaton reacted brilliantly to block a point-blank shot from Adnan Januzaj and sealed a point with his low block from Borini three minutes from full time.

VIEW FROM THE STANDS

Frustration is nothing new at the Stadium of Light these days but it was particularly palpable on an afternoon in which the Black Cats came so close to claiming three previous points. A scattering of boos greeted the final whistle but in truth any anger was tinged with a sense that - particularly in light of results elsewhere - the hosts had missed their last real chance of clambering to safety.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Both managers will have had some justification for believing they deserved more from a game which will have left them both feeling frustrated. Time is ticking down on David Moyes' chances of steering Sunderland to safety and if the likes of Jones and Borini had been more clinical it could have been a very different story. Meanwhile Sean Dyche will point to a much stronger first-half performance and wonder just what it is going to take for an improved display to finally yield that elusive first away win.

RATINGS

SUNDERLAND

Jordan Pickford 7

Billy Jones 6

Bryan Oviedo 6

Jason Denayer 7

Seb Larsson (off for Khazri, 78) 5

Jack Rodwell 5

Fabio Borini 6

John O'Shea 7

Jermain Defoe 5

Darron Gibson (off for Ndong, 74) 5

Adnan Januzaj 6

Substitutes

Didier Ndong 6

Wahbi Khazri 6

BURNLEY

Tom Heaton 8

Ben Mee 6

George Boyd (off for Brady, 75) 6

Andre Gray 6

Matt Lowton 6

Ashley Barnes (off for Vokes, 64) 5

Joey Barton 5

Michael Keane 6

Scott Arfield 7

Jeff Hendrick 6

Stephen Ward 6

Substitutes

Sam Vokes 7

Robbie Brady 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Watford v Sunderland (Premier League, Sat 1 Apr)

Burnley v Tottenham (Premier League, Sat 1 Apr)

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