In a pulsating game, Villa had 15 shots in the first half alone and twice hit the woodwork. Matthew Lowton denied his former club by hacking Ahmed El Mohamady’s shot off the line before Nick Pope tipped Anwar El Ghazi‘s attempt on to the bar.
Aston Villa did everything but score in a thoroughly entertaining goalless stalemate with Burnley as the hosts failed to win for the fourth successive home match.
Kortney Hause headed against the post while Burnley’s best chance fell to Chris Wood whose header was clawed away by Emiliano Martínez. Villa left to rue missed chances
Villa will wonder how on earth they did not manage to hit the net in a contest in which they managed 27 attempts.
On a frustrating night for Dean Smith’s side, Netherlands forward El Ghazi had eight attempts alone in his first Premier League start of the season.
The last time Villa won at home they put seven past reigning champions Liverpool in an extraordinary game. This could easily have been a similar outcome but the hosts were not clinical enough.
Pope made six saves in total with his fingertip effort to deny El Ghazi the best of the lot. Even at the end Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings went close but Villa, who were averaging more than two goals per game before this, failed to score for just the second time this season.
Grealish was outstanding in midfield but even he was left frustrated as Burnley dug deep to frustrate their opponents, who remain 11th in the table after a first draw of the season.
Source – BBC News