Middlesbrough and Burnley played out a 0-0 draw at the Riverside, a point which certainly suited the Clarets more than Boro.
It was a game of plenty chances, but neither side could capitalise upon them and claim all three points, leaving Steve Agnew deflated and Sean Dyche more than satisfied.
Burnley’s first half left much to be desired, but they came out firing in the second and could have won the game, but in the end, a draw was probably a fair result.
Here, I will rate yesterday’s starting 11 on a scale of 1-10…
Tom Heaton: 8 – Made a couple of decent saves. Saved Negredo’s acrobatic effort from point blank range to preserve the point.
Matt Lowton: 8 – Solid again defensively and marshalled Stewart Downing relatively well. Covered Keane very well. Crossing leaves a lot to be desired though.
Michael Keane: 7 – Did well defensively against Gestede and Negredo, but struggled when Bamford came on with the threat of running in behind.
Ben Mee: 8 – Marshalled the Boro frontline well and was commanding at the heart of the Clarets defence. Headed everything out the box yet again.
Stephen Ward: 9 MOM – Defended well. Grew into the game and got forward well. Set up two golden chances for Burnley. Nice link up with Brady.
George Boyd: 6 – Offered the usual hard work, but showed nothing in way of attacking threat. Too much backwards passing when a forward option was on.
Joey Barton: 7 – Struggled in the first half but progressively improved. Some nice passing and won the ball back regularly in the second half.
Jeff Hendrick: 8 – Worked well down the left with Brady and Ward. Offered some creativity going forward and played his part defensively too.
Robbie Brady: 8 – Best game in a Claret shirt so far. By far Burnley’s most creative player and can count himself unlucky not to get man of the match. Link up down the left looked promising.
Andre Gray: 7 – Not his best game, but he did try to get involved in the attacking moves. Was willing to come short to receive and run in behind, although most of the time it was to no avail.
Ashley Barnes: 6 – Couldn’t get involved in the game. Got dragged into a physical battle and that distracted him from his football. Should have been subbed instead of Gray.