Brighton & Hove Albion were held to a goalless draw by Burnley at the AMEX Stadium.
The Seagulls dominated large parts of the Premier League fixture, but ultimately couldn’t find their way through a resolute Clarets defence to leave both sides with a point that does them little favours.
Danny Welbeck made his first start for Graham Potter’s side, with Albion also bringing Mat Ryan and Neal Maupay back into the starting line up after last weekend’s defeat at Tottenham.
Meanwhile Burnley made two changes from their loss to Chelsea with Ben Mee making his first appearance since June due to injury whilst Robbie Brady came in for Dale Stephens, who missed out on featuring against his former club.
Story of the game
The Seagulls came close to a breakthrough within just thirty seconds. Mee slipped which allowed Welbeck space in behind and he teed up Tariq Lamptey, but he fired over when well placed ten yards out.
Burnley have struggled for goals this term and came close themselves five minutes later when Matt Lowton’s mis-hit cross caught out Ryan, but the ball came back off the bar.
However, the Seagulls took control of proceedings in the first half and spurned opportunities to get that important breakthrough.
Neat link up play between Welbeck and Maupay led to the former finding space in the area, but he couldn’t get a shot away before Pascal Gross’ header forced Nick Pope into a save on the half hour mark.
The Seagulls had a great chance to break the deadlock after 34 minutes. Adam Lallana played a great ball through to Welbeck, but with just the keeper to beat saw his effort turned around the post by the outstretched leg of Pope.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal forward then had half a chance again just before the break, but keeper Pope was out well to save at his feet.
Burnley enjoyed more of the ball at the start of second half proceedings, but rarely threatened Ryan’s goal and the hosts grew into the half and were eventually in control.
Lallana saw an effort blocked by Neil Taylor before Adam Webster couldn’t guide his header on target.
Taylor then put his body on the line to block Lamptey’s goalbound effort after Gross’ cross picked him out at the far post as neither side could find that elusive goal.
Albion: Ryan; Veltman (Jahanbakhsh 82), White, Webster; Lamptey, Gross, Bissouma, Lallana, Burn; Maupay, Welbeck (Connolly 85). Subs: Steele, Mac Allister, Alzate, Propper, Bernardo.
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood (Vydra 83), Barnes (Rodriguez 69). Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Long, Thompson, Dunne.