Stoke City 1 Burnley 1
By Burnley FC
April 22 2018
Ashley Barnes’ remarkable scoring streak continued as the Clarets put another vital point on the board in their quest for Europe and pushed Stoke a step nearer the drop.
Barnes’ second-half equaliser made it six goals in eight games for the striker, whose predatory instincts have been vital in the Clarets’ push for a top-seven finish, which is getting closer by the game.
Barnes bundled the ball home to cancel out an early strike from Badou Ndiaye with the goal that means Sean Dyche’s men have lost just one of their last six games away from Turf Moor.
A fourth successive top-flight away win since 1961 proved elusive but the Clarets – playing a second game in a little over 40 hours – could barely have done any more in a magnificent second-half performance which keeps them surging towards the finishing line and Stoke looking anxiously over their shoulders at the prospect of Championship football.
Knowing that victory was almost imperative for their survival hopes, Stoke made the perfect start by going in front after just 10 minutes.
Ndiaye had never previously scored since his arrival from Galatasary in January but was in the right place at the right time to collect a lay-off from Mame Diouf and steer a low shot into the bottom corner via a slight deflection to take the ball away from Nick Pope.
There was no questioning the desire of Stoke to grab the lifeline on offer as they responded to the urgings of a vociferous home crowd.
But the Clarets stalled the momentum and lowered the volume around the Bet365 Stadium with a positive response.
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