Aston Villa 2 Burnley 2
By Burnley FC
September 28 2019
Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood both scored on their return to the Midlands as the Clarets twice came from behind to take a precious point from a pulsating encounter.
Burnley hadn’t been to Villa Park since May, 2015 but this was worth the wait as Sean Dyche’s men extended their unbeaten run away from home with a gutsy performance capped by two headed equalisers.
Jay Rodriguez claimed his first Premier League goal for the Clarets after coming off the bench at half-time to cancel out Anwar El-Ghazi’s first-half opener.
And after John McGinn had volleyed Villa back in front with 12 minutes of normal time to go, Wood hit back instantly with his third goal in two games back in the city where he had played on loan with Birmingham.
Rodriguez’s past with West Bromwich Albion made him a more obvious target for the Villa fans but the Clarets’ summer signing had the final word as he opened his account to leave honours even with former Burnley captain Tom Heaton.
The Villa keeper was given a warm welcome by both sets of supporters on his first reunion with the Clarets, but any feeling of bonhomie was soon put one on side by both sets of players in a full-blooded clash that barely contained a dull moment.
Villa had the first chance just three minutes in when the lively McGinn headed wide from a Matt Targett cross at the start of eventful first 45 minutes for the Scotsman.
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