Burnley and Huddersfield shared the spoils in a thoroughly dismal game that offered extremely little in the way of entertainment this afternoon.
Huddersfield may feel that it’s a point gained on the road and that they were unlucky not to gain all three. However, an alternative narrative is that they couldn’t do enough to beat a completely out of sorts Burnley side – and that whilst they created chances, their abject lack of quality in front of goal cost them dearly.
After such a disappointing performance, it’s difficult to put a positive spin on it from a Clarets’ perspective, but 7 points out of 9 in recent weeks is a decent return. The team can now go into the international break and hopefully regroup and benefit from players returning from injury, as they head into tough games away at Manchester City and at home to Chelsea.
Huddersfield managed to frustrate the Clarets in the opening exchanges today and as they grew into the game created chances with both Jonathan Hogg and Laurent Depoitre letting Burnley off the hook – the former blazing over and the latter dithering sufficiently to allow Man of the Match, James Tarkowski to get in a block, when a goal really did seem more likely.
However, Burnley should have taken the lead following a good move down the right, which saw Sam Vokes head tamely into the hands of Huddersfield keeper, Jonas Lössl. Vokes made up for the error shortly afterwards when Johann Berg Gudmundsson found him with a right wing cross and he headed home to take the Clarets into a somewhat fortuitous lead.
However, Huddersfield eventually got a deserved equaliser midway through the second half, when centre-back Christopher Schindler glanced a header past Joe Hart. Shortly after the goal, there was a lengthy delay after Schindler got a cut to his head after colliding with Chris Wood.
The eight minutes of added time weren’t sufficient for either team to conjure up a winner, but merely extended the agony of supporters who had long since abandoned any hope of entertainment; instead willing the game to mercifully end, so post match refreshments could be taken.
On a positive note, Burnley hopefully won’t play so woefully again for some time – but to add some perspective, they are unlikely to meet an opponent so lamentable in front of goal.