Chris Wood, the ex Leeds United man, struck first for Burnley as he tucked in a shot from an assist by Matthew Lowton. Burnley were defending well until Patrick Bamford scored a similar goal as he directed Shackleton’s shot towards goal.
While it could have been predicted that Leeds will enjoy more possession of the ball as Burnley play a low block game by defending deep into their half and attacking the opponents’ goal using counter-attacks. But Burnley gave a brave performance as they took the game to Leeds and were pressing higher up the pitch. Marcelo Bielsa’s team is known for their high-intensity press and always have the maximum distance covered by a team.
Burnley had a higher xG as they attempted 11 shots on goal with 8 of those shots coming from inside the penalty box. They also had more interceptions than the Leeds players which proves that they were able to break up the Leeds United attacks. The Burnley players only managed 257 passes throughout the whole game compared to the 524 passes completed by their opponents but were rock solid defensively.
The xT timeline graph indicated that although Leeds United were dominating possession, the Burnley players created more chances that proved to be a threat to the Leeds goal. Chris Wood had the highest xG of 1.03 with 2 shots on target.
From the xG timeline we can see that before Burnley scored their goal in the 60th minute, they were mounting pressure on the Leeds United defence as they had three shots on goal in the same move before the fourth shot went in. Leeds United scored their goal in the last five minutes of the game and had a total of 5 attempts in that period.
Burnley have always been a team who are defensively strong and have proved it yet again in this game. The Burnley defenders lost only 5 out of 17 attempted aerial duels. Ben Mee was rock solid at the back for them as he only lost 1 aerial duel. While the defenders did their duty keeping out the Leeds crosses and long passes, Chris Wood maintained pressure on the opponents’ defence by winning 8 out of 13 attempted aerial duels.
While Patrick Bamford salvaged a point for Leeds, it was Burnley who impressed by taking on the Leeds high-intensity gameplay. They focused on attacking the Leeds goal using set pieces and were successful in doing so as Burnley players had a higher success rate in winning aerial duels. It was a well-deserved point for Burnley as they still have a long way to go.