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Sunderland 0 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
March 18 2017

Sunderland 0-0 Burnley Burnley are still to win away from home this season but put another important point on the board thanks to another Stadium of Light stalemate.

   The two sides had drawn 0-0 here in the FA Cup in January before Burnley progressed in the replay to record a second win of the season over the Black Cats.

   There was to be no hat-trick but in a game of greater significance than the third-round cup encounter, the Clarets remained unbeaten against the Premier League’s bottom club and moved a point further away from the relegation places going into the international break.
 
   Burnley’s first-half performance suggested the long overdue first away success would finally come as they threatened to plunge the Wearsiders into even greater relegation trouble.
 
   But the Clarets were guilty of wasteful finishing and were then grateful themselves to goalkeeper Tom Heaton and Sunderland’s own lack of conviction in front of goal as the roles were reversed after the break to make it honours even. 
 
   The opening half-hour was one of almost total domination by the Clarets – but crucially they couldn’t make it count.
 
   Sean Dyche’s men set the tone from the start and didn’t let up as they virtually camped in the Sunderland half
 
  And when they weren’t probing around the home penalty area, they were looking to spring a counter-attack by releasing Andre Gray with an early ball forward.
 
   The hard-running Gray constantly stretched a Sunderland back line missing the injured Lamine Kone, creating the first opening for Ashley Barnes for an effort the striker was unable to lift over stranded goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
 
   But the best chance for Burnley to get something to show for their superiority fell George Boyd’s way with 10 minutes gone.

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