Burnley secured a Premier League stay as Ashley Barnes became the 14th different player to score for Burnley in the Premier League this season (excluding own goals). Burnley secured a precious point at Aston Villa that was enough to move them out of the Premier League’s relegation zone and put their fate in their own hands heading into the final game of the season.
Ashley Barnes Scores to Help Burnley share Point with Aston Villa
Ashley Barnes’ well-taken penalty put the Clarets in front just before half-time. However, Steven Gerrard’s men were the better side and the least they deserved was the draw given to them by Emiliano Buendia’s equalizer in the 48th minute of the game. Burnley’s goal difference advantage over Leeds United means there is no realistic chance of them going down if they beat Newcastle United at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Their position would have been even better had Wout Weghorst not somehow failed to convert after being set up by Connor Roberts, whose own effort had been brilliantly saved by Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Burnley were the ones defending desperately at the end though after substitute Matt Lowton was sent off in stoppage time – barely five minutes after coming on after catching Calum Chambers with his follow-through as he over-reached to win the ball.