Aston Villa vs Burnley – Football Match Report – 19th May 2022

Burnley exited the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Thursday, keeping their Premier League survival in their hands going into the final day of the season.

A cool penalty from Burnley striker Ashley Barnes and several superb saves from keeper Nick Pope earned Mike Jackson’s side a crucial point in their battle to survive as they climbed to 17th in the table with 35 points .

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A home win against Newcastle United on Sunday would see Burnley avoid the fall no matter what 18th-placed Leeds United do at Brentford. The two teams are level on points but Burnley have a vastly superior goal difference.

“It’s not mission accomplished. The least we wanted was one point. We’re a little disappointed we don’t get all three,” Burnley caretaker manager Mike Jackson told the BBC.

“All I saw tonight is what this group does. They had to dig, they had to work. We will need them again on Sunday.”

Midfielder John McGinn nearly opened the scoring for Villa in the 17th minute with a curled shot from the edge of the box, but Pope won the ball back.

Barnes put Burnley ahead just before half-time, sending Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez the wrong way with a small penalty in the corner after Burnley were kicked for a foul on Maxwel Cornet by Emiliano Bundia.

The visitors, however, didn’t lead for long as Buendia redeemed the penalty by equalizing in the 48th minute with an excellent first shot from inside the box.

Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill’s fine long-range strike was brilliantly saved by Martinez who also stopped a close-range effort from Connor Roberts five minutes from time.

Villa dominated the closing stages and in stoppage time Pope did well to block an effort from striker Danny Ings, who had scored in each of his previous four Premier League appearances against Burnley.

“Nick Pope is getting better and better,” Jackson said of his keeper who made eight saves, the most he has made in a single Premier League game.

“He plays out of his skin. He’s been amazing for us.”

Villa, who have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games, remained 14th in the table.

“The honors are even thanks to Nick Pope. He was exceptional. He helped his team to a point,” said Villa manager Steven Gerrard.

“Going forward, this club can no longer finish 14th. We have to turn things around and come back better and stronger next season.

“Their keeper is probably a matchmaker for them, but we need to be better. We need to have more quality and responses.”

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