Burnley escape relegation, hold Aston Villa to 1-1 draw
Burnley have escaped the relegation zone thanks to Nick Pope. He produced two spectacular saves, as well as several solid ones, to ensure Burnley gained the point they needed to keep their fate in their own hands. They will stay up if they beat Newcastle at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Burnley will refer to a foul throw in the build-up to Emiliano Buendia’s equalizer and a probable handball by Lucas Digne, despite the fact that these actions occurred after Barnes’ contact with Mings.
Burnley replacement Wout Weghorst had a late chance at winning it, but Tierney was called for a red card in stoppage time for Matt Lowton, who had come in as a substitute for the visitors in the 85th minute.
The substitute Matthew Lowton is given a straight red card for a tackle on Calum Chambers. He won the ball but then followed through with force into Chambers.
‘It’s one of the clearest red cards I’ve seen this season,’ said Villa manager Steven Gerrard. ‘The PGMOL (referees’ body) said there wasn’t enough force for that to be a red card.
‘I heard it and I was 60 yards away. He pulled his elbow back and smashed him in the face. Do you have to break someone’s cheek or make them go off the pitch for it to be a red card? Ashley Barnes has got away with one for sure.’