Wednesday 17 January 2018

Nugent pounces for Burnley

David Nugent pounced early in the second half to earn a valuable point for struggling Burnley at Turf Moor last night.

Stoke had taken the lead when Tuncay scored his fifth goal since arriving from Middlesbrough in the summer on 23 minutes, latching on to a long Rory Delap throw that unsettled the Burnley defence.

Mamady Sidibe flicked the ball on and Tuncay showed good awareness to head it beyond goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

Burnley looked nervous throughout the first half and came under pressure in the 31st minute when Matthew Etherington released Delap, only for Alexander to show good positioning to block his shot.

Etherington then set up Tuncay in the area but his first touch was poor and Leon Cort was able to get the ball away.

Burnley hit back and Chris Eagles delivered a cross to Martin Paterson at the back post in the 39th minute. It was a good opportunity for the Northern Ireland striker, who had recently returned after injury.

The Clarets made a bright start to the second period and Eagles latched on to a pass from Nugent. He skipped forward to the edge of the area only to go to ground following a challenge from Delap.

Burnley drew level in the 52nd minute with a goal out of nothing to stun Stoke.

Paterson turned Collins inside out before delivering a superb cross deep into the area.

Nugent was the first to react and left Sorensen stranded with a powerful header.

Irish Independent

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