Burnley and Leeds’ winless debuts for the new Premier League season continued after Chris Wood and Patrick Bamford both scored against their former clubs in a fiery trans-Pennine derby.
Sean Dyche’s side looked set to end an 11-game winning streak in a row when Wood’s vital touch allowed Matthew Lowton to strike past Illan Meslier. At this point, Burnley was on track to secure their first win of the season, while keeping Leeds on one point in their opening three games.
But an instinctive Bamford arrival three minutes from time – the week he won his first call-up in England – ensured the points would be split between the teams. Burnley might have felt the more aggrieved of the two teams not to claim victory here after dominating long stretches of the second half, but Leeds, to their credit, responded well to Wood’s goal.
However, they are also still awaiting their first win of the season after a physical and often temperamental clash here. The Leeds players were particularly enraged by a number of tackles throughout the first half, including one from Ben Mee on the stroke of half time which appeared to have forced Bamford off the pitch.
But by the time the Clarets moved forward, it was well deserved. Bamford came closest to opening the scoring, but on the wrong side after his header inside his own area hit the base of Meslier’s post. But when Leeds failed to clear their lines after James Tarkowski headed against the crossbar, Lowton’s strike was passed by Meslier by Wood.
The hosts continued to push for a winner, but when Jamie Shackleton’s deflected strike fell at Bamford’s feet he produced the required touch to pass Nick Pope and score a point which, in the end, was perhaps the good result.
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