Burnley Stuns Man City during Busy Premier League Sunday

| December 28, 2014
George Boyd: His goal started Burnley's comeback

George Boyd: His goal started Burnley’s comeback

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Manchester City wasted the chance to close within a point of Premier League leaders Chelsea as Burnley fought back to claim a famous 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

City looked to be in cruise control when they led 2-0 at half-time, knowing Chelsea had already failed to win, with David Silva firing them into the lead on 23 and Fernandinho smashing home a second 10 minutes later.

But they were undone by a superb second-half fightback by Sean Dyche’s side, who got back into the game two minutes after the break when George Boyd glanced the ball home, seemingly from an offside position.

The Clarets continued to press and could have equalised a couple of times before Ashley Barnes sensationally lashed the ball into the top corner nine minutes from time.


Earlier, Chelsea’s winning run came to an end at St Mary’s where they were held to a 1-1 draw by an under-strength Southampton, who also had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off in the closing minutes.

Sadio Mane put the Saints in front on 17 minutes with a lofted finish over Thibaut Courtois, but they were unable to hold on to their lead until half-time with Eden Hazard curling a superb shot past Fraser Forster seconds before the interval.

Jose Mourinho’s side dominated the second period but they were unable to find a vital goal, Hazard coming closest before Schneiderlin was dismissed for bringing down Cesc Fabregas, who had earlier been booked for diving as he looked for a penalty.


Manchester United failed to make the most of a host of first-half chances as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the lunchtime kick-off.

Juan Mata hit the post and the rebound from his effort was cleared off the line, while Robin van Persie missed from a couple of yards out and Hugo Lloris produced a superb save to tip over an Ashley Young effort.

Spurs improved after the break and could have snatched victory late on, but Ryan Mason fired over the bar with only David de Gea to beat.


Arsenal moved above West Ham into fifth place thanks to a 2-1 win at Upton Park in an exciting game that was not without its share of controversy.

The Hammers had an early Alex Song goal chalked off for offside and they found themselves 2-0 down by half-time, Santi Cazorla scoring from the penalty spot after being brought down by Winston Reid and Danny Welbeck adding to their advantage.

Cheikhou Kouyate headed West Ham back into the game early in the second half but it was Arsenal who finished the stronger and could have sealed a more comprehensive victory but for fine saves from Adrian to deny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.

West Ham piled forward in the final 10 minutes but could not force an equaliser, Enner Valencia coming closest with a header just over the bar in the fifth minute of added time.


Mame Biram Diouf scored twice for Stoke City as they moved into the top half, albeit only for an hour, with a 2-0 win over struggling West Brom to pile the pressure on Baggies manager Alan Irvine.

Diouf fired through Ben Foster’s legs to open the scoring on 51 and then benefitted from a slice of luck to make it 2-0 on 66, Marko Arnautovic’s cross-shot hitting both of his legs before nestling in the back of the net.


Bottom side Leicester City closed the gap on the rest of the table with a 1-0 win over Hull City, their first victory since the memorable 5-3 win over Manchester United on September 21.

Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game on 32 minutes when he cut in from the wing and curled a shot past Allan McGregor – they now sit three points adrift of Burnley and Crystal Palace after holding on with 10 men following the late dismissal of Paul Konchesky. Hull had Stephen Quinn dismissed in the closing seconds.


Palace picked up a valuable point in their first game under caretaker manager Keith Millen when they held QPR 0-0 at Loftus Road.


There were also no goals at Villa Park where Aston Villa and Sunderland played out a 0-0 draw, the home side playing most of the second half with 10 men after Fabian Delph was sent off for a foul on Jordi Gomez.

Gomez hit the post late on for Sunderland as Gus Poyet’s men pressed for victory but Villa were able to hold on to stay a point above their opponent in 13th place.


Newcastle moved up to ninth above Liverpool – who play on Monday against Swansea – thanks to an exciting 3-2 win over injury-hit Everton.

They were stunned by an early goal from Arouna Kone but Papiss Cisse levelled before half-time and goals from Ayoze Perez (51) and Jack Colback (68) sent them on the way to victory.

Kevin Mirallas came off the bench to pull a goal back on 84 and set up a grandstand finish but Everton were unable to force an equaliser and stay 12th, just five points above the bottom three.

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