Huddersfield Town 0 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
December 30 2017
Clarets unbeaten again on the road but denied three points by penalty controversy
For the second time this season, the two Roses rivals failed to produce a goal as the Clarets were left frustrated by the failure to earn a second-half penalty which would have given them the perfect chance to end a memorable year with a fifth away win.
With an hour gone of a game Burnley largely dominated, Jeff Hendrick was tripped by Jonas Lossl after going round the Huddersfield keeper and crashed to the ground.
Referee Paul Tierney opted to give nothing and with Nick Pope taking his number of clean sheets at the other end to 10, the Clarets were left with a share of the spoils and back-to-back draws on the road.
Unlike the stalemate at Turf Moor in September, this game was not short of incident as the Clarets created chances either side of the break, with substitute Nahki Wells almost winning it late on against his former club.
And even though, Sean Dyche’s men are now four games without a win, the progress they have made since being held by last season’s Championship play-off winners at the first time of asking was again apparent as they now look forward to entertaining Liverpool on New Year’s Day.
Not surprisingly after the Boxing Day draw at Manchester United and with James Tarkowski sitting out the final game of his three-match ban, Dyche said ‘same again’ as the Clarets looked to end Huddersfield’s unbeaten three-game run.
With a solid run behind them, the Terriers started brightly with Collin Quaner forcing Nick Pope into an early save as the Clarets’ keeper touched a rising drive from the German over the crossbar.
But the Clarets quickly stemmed the momentum and went on to dominate the rest of the opening half.
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The introduction of VAR (video assistant referee) is coming to English football in 2018, but it wasn't there in time for Burnley in this match.
In the big talking point of an otherwise unremarkable encounter, Hendrick went to ground after being clearly caught by Lossl - it looked like a penalty in real-time and the replays only made Paul Tierney's decision to not point to the spot look worse.