Aston Villa 1-1 Burnley: Player ratings as Clarets move out of relegation zone

Aston Villa came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley on Thursday evening as the visitors crawled out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Burnley transposed the compact, obdurate rearguard from their narrow defeat against Tottenham last weekend but weren’t met with anywhere near the same onslaught at the home of a ponderous Aston Villa.

While the meeting between these clubs 12 days ago produced the notable mismatch of Villa’s front-two against Burnley‘s centre-back pair, the advantage swung the other way as the visiting Clarets swamped the lone striker Ollie Watkins with three dedicated defenders. Both sides desperately struggled to create anything from open play.

On the cusp of half-time, while defending a set piece in his own box, Emiliano Buendia stuck out his boot and Maxwel Cornet went tumbling over. Ashley Barnes, goalless since February 2021, stepped up and crisply converted the spot kick to give Burnley a half-time lead.

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