Burnley 0-0 West Bromwich Albion: The Warmdown
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Fatigued

Burnley manager Sean Dyche had already talked about fatigue before the match against West Bromwich Albion.

The Clarets have been playing two games a week since the middle of January. This season's fixture schedule has been relentless. Couple that with the club's injury crisis and you're going to be up against it.

Burnley entered this match without Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady.

This thin squad has been fighting hard against adversity since the start of the season. The elastic band that was holding everything together looked like it was finally about to snap. It didn't snap, because Burnley held onto a point, but that was more down to luck than judgement. 

Dyche will be delighted at the prospect of a free midweek. It means that his players can rest, reboot and recover for the upcoming match against Tottenham Hotspur

Fighting spirit

Sam Allardyce's men outplayed Burnley for the majority of the match, despite having Semi Ajayi sent off after 30 minutes. The home team didn't even muster a shot on target. 

Albion should have comfortably taken the three points. They worked the ball into some great positions but the killer finish was absent. It was the same narrative against Manchester United: a competitive performance that deserved more than a solitary point. 

The Allardyce effect has taken a long time to kick in but it appears as though something is in the fire. Collectively, they look like they believe in themselves again. A lot of positives can be taken from this performance. 

Points come from anywhere

Burnley have only won three matches on the road this season; two of those wins were against Liverpool and Arsenal. There is an argument that the Clarets are at their most effective when they are the underdog.

The point being is that there shouldn't be any panic in the Burnley dressing room. They know what they can accomplish and there is enough knowhow in that group of players to turn results around. 

Poor finishing

As noted earlier on, Albion have been a little toothless in attack. 

Mbaye Diagne is a real handful for defenders and he has been an excellent January acquisition. However, his finishing ability is all over the place. He could have had a hat-trick against Man United and, at Turf Moor, he hit the bar when it seemed harder to miss. 

Nonetheless, it was Matheus Pereira, the club's player of the season in the 2019-20 campaign, was the prime culprit in East Lancashire. He had plenty of shots but it was as though the footballing gods were against him. 

Pleasing performances aren't enough at this stage of the season. Allardyce knows this. It's coming to crunch time. West Brom need to be more clinical in-front of goal or they will go down. 

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