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Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley: Four home games without a win for Villa

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Aston Villa"s Bertrand Traore shoots at goal in the Premier League match against Burnley
Aston Villa attempted 15 shots in the first half against Burnley, the most by any side without scoring in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match since September 2019

Aston Villa did everything but score in a thoroughly entertaining goalless stalemate with Burnley as the hosts failed to win for the fourth successive home match.

In a pulsating game, Villa had 15 shots in the first half alone and twice hit the woodwork.

Matthew Lowton denied his former club by hacking Ahmed El Mohamady’s shot off the line before Nick Pope tipped Anwar El Ghazi’s attempt on to the bar.

Kortney Hause headed against the post while Burnley’s best chance fell to Chris Wood whose header was clawed away by Emiliano Martinez.

Despite failing to win, Villa have kept six clean sheets in the Premier League this season – more than any other side.

Villa rue missed chances

Villa will wonder how on earth they did not manage to hit the net after peppering the Burnley goal with 27 attempts.

On a frustrating night for Dean Smith’s side, Netherlands forward El Ghazi marked his first Premier League start with eight attempts alone.

The last time Villa won at home they put seven past reigning champions Liverpool in an extraordinary game. This could easily have been a similar outcome but the hosts were not clinical enough.

Pope made six saves in total with his fingertip stop to deny El Ghazi the best of the lot.

Even at the end Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings went close but Villa, who were averaging more than two goals per game before this, failed to score for just the second time this season.

Grealish was outstanding in midfield but even he was left frustrated as Burnley dug deep to frustrate their opponents, who remain 11th in the table after a first draw of the season.

Clarets show resilience

The Clarets had dropped back into the relegation zone after Fulham’s draw with Brighton on Wednesday but a third unbeaten game lifts them back above the Cottagers.

Since being hammered 5-0 at Manchester City on 28 November, Sean Dyche’s side have held Everton, won at Arsenal and frustrated Villa.

They played their part in an end-to-end thriller at Villa Park, Martinez made to work hard for his latest clean sheet.

Ashley Westwood had already gone close with a first-time shot when Wood got on the end of Josh Brownhill’s cross to force the Villa keeper into a diving save.

Robbie Brady and Ben Mee also forced saves while Dwight McNeil’s driving runs caused Villa problems all game, but the Clarets’ meagre return of six goals in 18 hours of Premier League action this season needs addressing.

Prospective Burnley owner ALK Capital is hoping to conclude its takeover of the club in time to give Dyche a chance to bolster his squad in the January transfer window.

After a tough start to the season, at least his side is beginning to move in the right direction.

Another clean sheet for Pope – the stats

  • Since his debut in September 2017, Burnley’s Nick Pope has kept 31 Premier League clean sheets – the second most by an English goalkeeper, after Jordon Pickford (34).
  • Anwar El Ghazi attempted eight shots against Burnley without scoring – the most by an Aston Villa player in a Premier League game since John Carew vs Reading in February 2008 (8 shots, 0 goals).
  • Of the six occasions that a player has been fouled as many as seven times in a Premier League game this season, half have been against Jack Grealish – including this game tonight (7).

What’s next?

Aston Villa’s next match is a West Midlands derby at West Brom on Sunday (19:15 GMT), while Burnley have an extra day to prepare for the visit of Wolves on Monday (17:30 GMT).

Player of the match

GrealishJack Grealish

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

  2. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  4. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  5. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  6. Squad number19Player nameNakamba

  7. Squad number30Player nameHause

  8. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  9. Squad number5Player nameMings

  10. Squad number27Player nameAhmed El Mohamady

  11. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  12. Squad number39Player nameDavis

Burnley

  1. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  2. Squad number1Player namePope

  3. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  7. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  9. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  10. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  11. Squad number9Player nameWood

  12. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  13. Squad number23Player namePieters

  14. Squad number27Player nameVydra

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 26Martínez
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 7McGinn
  • 19Nakamba
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forDavisat 80′minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 12Steer
  • 14Hourihane
  • 22Engels
  • 24Guilbert
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 12BradyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forPietersat 90+1′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forVydraat 82′minutes
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forBarnesat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Barnes
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
  • 41Benson

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