Burnley drew their final home game of the season against Stoke City, perhaps summing up their campaign with lots of hard graft but little cutting edge.
The Clarets have found it difficult to hit the back of the net all season, scoring just 27 goals – the lowest amount in the Premier League. It was no different against the Potters, who looked exactly like a side who had nothing left to play for. Although the point did give them their highest ever top flight points total in the Premier League era.
Early on Sean Dyche’s men came flying out of the traps, pressing Stoke all over the pitch. This didn’t allow their opponents to play the passing game that Mark Hughes has instilled since the departure of the Tony Pulis. Danny Ings had a couple of shots saved by Jack Butland, who was one of the few players to perform well for the Britannia outfit.
However, it stayed goalless in the first period. The second half saw the match deteriorate, with it largely contained in the middle third of the pitch. The scrappiness continued until the final few minutes, during which Stoke belatedly pushed for a winner in the dying stages. This late free kick was perhaps their best chance, but wasn’t enough to create some excitement in the match.
In a way the perfect send off for Burnley, encapsulating their brilliant effort but sady lacking in quality.