Patrick Bamford capped a dream week with a late equaliser as Leeds extended Burnley’s winless home run to 12 games by pinching a point in a feisty Premier League affair at Turf Moor.
Chris Wood had looked set to earn Burnley all three points with a predatory finish against his old club, turning home Matthew Lowton’s shot from close range.
But Bamford, who earned his first England call-up this week just days after signing a new long-term contract, stabbed in Jamie Shackleton’s effort with time running out.
Burnley, who have not won at home since January’s victory over Aston Villa, were then left clinging on for a draw amid late Leeds pressure.
New Zealand striker Wood, a £15m signing from Leeds in 2017, appeared to have broken that run shortly after James Tarkowski’s header was tipped on to the bar by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.
The Clarets kept the ball in the box and Wood got the slightest of touches to Lowton’s shot to divert it into the net.
However, Bamford – who almost scored an own goal in the first half when he glanced a Burnley corner on to the near post – rescued a point with four minutes remaining.
The draw leaves both sides still seeking their first league win of the season, the Clarets collecting their first point, with Leeds one point better off, having also drawn with Everton.
Bamford rewarded for persistence
Bamford has had to show plenty of patience in earning his England call with the plethora of attacking options at Gareth Southgate’s disposal and he displayed a similar degree of perseverance here.
Little went his way in the opening 85 minutes, limited to a couple of speculative efforts, although he did feed Rodrigo to set up Raphinha to steer wide Leeds’ best first-half opportunity.
But he kept plugging away and when a couple of fortunate ricochets fell his way, Bamford – much like counterpart Wood at the other end – was perfectly positioned to take advantage.
Leeds, without Covid-affected pair Mateusz Klich and Junior Firpo, dominated possession but failed to truly trouble Pope until their late rally, faced by a side whose work ethic matched even the famed demands of Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Wood continues to shoulder Burnley burden
Wood has been Burnley’s outright or joint leading scorer in each of the four seasons since he moved across the Pennines in 2017, reaching double figures in each campaign.
His opportunistic finish to open the scoring showed why but he will surely be buoyed by Sunday’s signing of Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet, for a reported £12.85m, which will offer the Clarets a different attacking option.
Burnley have scored just 16 goals in their past 21 home league matches at Turf Moor and they will hope the arrival of the Ivory Coast forward can boost that tally.
And despite shaking off a slow start, they were unable to shake off a Leeds side fast becoming a bogey club for the Clarets, who have beaten them just once in the past 23 between the teams.
- 6MeeBooked at 45mins
- 7GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 8BrownhillBooked at 19mins
- 10BarnesBooked at 28minsSubstituted forVydraat 79′minutes
- 14LlorenteSubstituted forShackletonat 65′minutes
- 21StruijkBooked at 81mins
- 23PhillipsBooked at 38mins
- 19RodrigoBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRobertsat 73′minutes
- 17Hélder Costa
Match ends, Burnley 1, Leeds United 1.
Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Leeds United 1.
Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Aaron Lennon.
Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.
Aaron Lennon (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).
Foul by Raphinha (Leeds United).
Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raphinha.
Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Goal! Burnley 1, Leeds United 1. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Hand ball by Matej Vydra (Burnley).
Pascal Struijk (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Pascal Struijk (Leeds United).
Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes.
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