The Warm Down: Burnley salvage a point against Brighton
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Johann Gudmundsson of Burnley celebrates with teammates Erik Pieters and Matej Vydra after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion at Turf Moor on February 06, 2021 in Burnley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Burnley came from 1-0 down at home to draw with fellow survival fighters Brighton and Hove Albion

Lewis Dunk put the Seagulls ahead after 35 minutes as he headed home Pascal Gross's corner.

The Clarets equalised shortly after halftime when the man of the match, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, drilled one low past keeper Roberto Sanchez.

  • Beaten in the air

It was an unusual goal to concede from Burnley's point of view as they conceded from a corner. Dunk seemed unmarked and had a free header which he angled well into the bottom corner. 

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It is rare to see Sean Dyche's backline beaten from this sort of chance and it is something Burnley need to make sure does not become a habit.

The goal came against the run of play and halted what had been a sustained period of pressure from Burnley. In the 12 games the Clarets have gone behind they have drawn once, this fixture, and once against Aston Villa, losing the rest and it will be something Burnley need to change. 

  • As cool as ice

Icelandic international Gudmundsson scored his first goal of the season for Burnley to equalise. The ball presented itself to him after Sanchez pushed into his path.

Gudmundsson still had a bit to do as the ball bobbled towards him and produced a calm, composed touch followed by a sweet strike. 

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It was an overall positive performance form the 30-year-old, who had a pass success rate of 84%. He won six of his 10 duels and was fouled twice as he proved pivotal to the host's attacks. 

  • A missed opportunity

Despite salvaging a point, Dyche and his players will feel as if the game got away from them. It should have really been a game Burnley one and although Brighton's goal stopped their momentum in the first half, they soon picked it back up in the second.

Statistically, Burnley came out on top with more possession than their opponents, which is rare for Dyche's men. They also had 20 shots compared to Brighton's 10, 349 passes compared to Brighton's 284 and a pass success rate of 80% compared to the visitors' 76%.

With all the stats leaning in Burnley's favour they will feel they missed a chance to push themselves even further away from the relegation zone, which they are now eight points clear from. 

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