Trafford heroics give Burnley crucial point against Brighton

9 Dec 2023
James Trafford

Goalkeeper makes 10 saves as Clarets earn hard-fought draw at Amex Stadium

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James Trafford produced a superb display in goal, making 10 saves to earn Burnley a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Teenager Wilson Odobert’s deflected strike gave Burnley the lead before Simon Adingra’s 77th-minute header set up a grand finale, but Trafford stood firm to give the Clarets their fifth away point of the season. 

How the match unfolded

Brighton came close to opening the scoring through Pascal Gross, who had his near-post effort turned behind by Trafford.

But it was Burnley who took the lead through Odobert’s fine long-range strike.

The 19-year-old French winger cut in from the left and saw his shot via a deflection loop into the top-left corner.

Brighton applied pressure on Burnley’s goal in the second half as Kaoru Mitoma, a half-time substitute, shot over.

Trafford then did very well to rush out of his goal and deny Adingra.

But the Ivorian was not to be denied midway through the second half as he produced a fine far-post header from Gross’s cross.

Now it was Brighton who threatened a winner with sustained pressure. The pick of Trafford’s 10 saves came when he tipped over Mitoma’s back-post shot in the final minutes.

The vital point keeps Burnley in 19th with eight points, two off 17th-placed Everton, who have played a match fewer. Brighton remain in eighth on 26 points.

The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
16 Brentford BRE 25 -9 25
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 26 -14 24
18 Luton LUT 25 -16 20
19 Burnley BUR 26 -33 13
20 Sheffield Utd SHU 26 -44 13
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The race for the top four

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
4 Aston Villa AVL 26 +21 52
5 Spurs TOT 25 +14 47
6 Man Utd MUN 26 0 44
7 Brighton BHA 26 +8 39
8 Wolves WOL 26 0 38
9 Newcastle NEW 26 +9 37
10 West Ham WHU 25 -8 36
11 Chelsea CHE 25 +1 35
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Next five Premier League fixtures
Key facts

-Odobert (19y 11d) became the first teenager to score a Premier League away goal for Burnley, while he’s only the second teenager to score multiple goals in a single campaign for the Clarets (2), after Dwight McNeil in 2018/19 (3).
-Brighton are the first team to score and conceded in 20 consecutive top-flight matches since Newcastle United between December 1957 and August 1958 (21). Indeed, there have been 61 goals scored in their Premier League fixtures this season, more than any other team.
-Brighton are now on their longest unbeaten home run under Roberto De Zerbi (seven games), although four of those matches have ended in draws (W3). They’re still yet to record consecutive home wins across all competitions in 2023-24.
-Burnley have dropped 16 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season – the joint-most of any side, along with Tottenham Hotspur.

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