Burnley hit the 40 point mark yesterday, picking up a crucial point against West Brom to secure Premier League status for another season.
A late goal from Sam Vokes rescued a point for the Clarets, after they had earlier blown a one goal lead.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance from Burnley, the first half was slow and methodical, but the second was better and it would have been harsh on Sean Dyche’s men to lose the game.
Here, I will rate yesterdays starting 11 on a scale of 1-10…
Tom Heaton: 7 – Wasn’t really tested throughout the game. Couldn’t have done anything about the two goals, but he did start Burnley off on some counter attacks. Distribution was slightly wayward, however.
Matt Lowton: 7 – Relatively solid for the whole match but was caught out for the first goal, misjudging the cross-field pass which allowed McClean in. Rarely put a foot wrong other than that though.
Kevin Long: 8 – Considering he only had 20 minutes of Premier League football under his belt, he did very well. Was happy to have the ball and looked solid defensively. Dealt with the threat of Rondon very well.
James Tarkowski: 7 – Again, solid at the back, but lost Craig Dawson for the second goal thorough slack marking. That said, he was composed on the ball and played a part in most of Burnley’s best moves.
Stephen Ward: 8 – Gave his all again. Kept Brunt very quiet down West Brom’s right side, and was happy to get forward to supplement the attacks. End product wasn’t bad either.
George Boyd: 6 – Gave his usual 110% and covered Lowton very well. Didn’t really have much impact in an attacking sense though.
Jeff Hendrick: 8 – Very tidy in possession and provided some creativity from midfield. Was the driving force in of most Burnley attacks, bringing the strikers into play on several occasions.
Ashley Westwood: 9 MOM – Almost faultless performance. Don’t recall him giving a ball away and he looks to be striking up a very good partnership alongside Hendrick.
Scott Arfield: 5 – Very similar to Boyd, providing defensive cover for Stephen Ward. Again, offered little in an attacking sense, with Ward providing the attacking threat down the left.
Sam Vokes: 8 – One of his better games this season. Always found himself in the right place at the right time and took his second goal very well – a difficult, difficult header to execute.
Ashley Barnes: 7 – Struggled in the air with the physicality of the West Brom squad, but did very well to get back to his feet and square the ball for Vokes in the build up to the first goal.