Duff dismissal turns match
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Duff's dismissal turned the game as Burnley drew 2-2 with Stoke.The dismissal of Michael Duff turned the game as Burnley were held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City.
Ian Moore and a Robbie Blake penalty had given The Clarets the lead, but Stoke had already got one back from Ade Akinbiyi when Duff was shown a harsh second yellow card for a deliberate handball .
Stoke striker Akinbiyi grabbed a second, but typical gritty defending earned Burnley the point.
It had all looked so different for Burnley when they raced into the lead.
Influential captain Blake had sent in a fine cross for Moore to grab the opener, just two minutes into the game.
Provider turned scorer when Blake was bundled over in the Stoke box, and got up to convert the penalty.
Both Moore and Micah Hyde saw Ed de Goey deny them, but it was Stoke that scored next when Akinbiyi's header was saved by Danny Coyne, but dropped straight back at his feet to allow the forward to convert.
Duff had already been booked for a clumsy challenge when he was adjudged to have deliberately handled and was dismissed.
After the break, Stoke got back on level terms through Akinbiyi, but, although the pressure mounted, ten-man Burnley clung on for a share of the points.