BURNLEY CLIMB OUT OF RELEGATION ZONE

Burnley have climbed out of the relegation zone after they battled to a 1-1 draw at the home of Aston Villa with ten men. The Clarets were able to secure a valuable point out of their rescheduled league game with hosts Aston Villa ahead of the final day of the season.


Aston Villa dominated proceedings in the first half, but it was Burnley who took the lead from the spot after Argentine playmaker Emiliano Buendia was penalised for a foul on Ivorian player Maxwel Cornet in the Villa box. Ashley Barnes scored the resulting penalty on the stroke of half-time to give the Clarets the lead at the end of the first 45 minutes.

Villa were unable to react to going behind at the end of the first half due to limited time. However, it took them just three second half minutes to get back in the game after the aforementioned Buendiamade up for his error in the first half by scoring the equaliser off the right-wing cross from Scottish midfielder John McGinn. The search for a winner didn't yield any result for Aston Villa as they were denied on numerous occasions by England international Nick Pope in the Burnley goal. Pope made eight saves during the game to make it a joint record for him in a Premier League game. The Englishman hadmade eight saves during the game with Tottenham Hotspur on two occasions and during an earlier game with Aston Villa.
Burnley finished the game against Aston Villa with ten men after fullback Matt Lowton was sent off in stoppage time for the foul on Villa centre back Calum Chambers. Lowton will now miss the next three league games for the Clarets. He will miss the home game against Newcastle United on the final day of the season and the first two league games next season.

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