Burnley 2-2 West Brom: Clarets edge towards Premier League safety
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 06/05/17 7:41pm
Burnley edged towards Premier League safety after moving onto 40 points with a 2-2 draw against West Brom at Turf Moor.
Sam Vokes tapped home from close range to fire Burnley ahead in the 56th minute, but Salomon Rondon (66) ended his drought to level for West Brom in what was their first league goal in almost nine hours.
Birthday boy Craig Dawson then put West Brom ahead with a header from inside the six-yard area (78), but Vokes was on hand to head in his second four minutes from time to earn a point for the hosts.
The result leaves Burnley six points above the drop zone, with their safety all but confirmed despite Swansea's win over Everton due to a far superior goal difference.
West Brom end their of run of four straight defeats, but must go back to a 3-1 win over Arsenal in March for their last victory in the league.
Burnley began the match without defender Michael Keane, whose ever-present run in the league this season came to an end after picking up a knock in training, while Tony Pulis made four changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Leicester, opting to field youngster Sam Field and hand a debut to Marc Wilson.
The hosts enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half, but only really tested West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster on one occasion.
That chance fell for Vokes after 21 minutes, but his cut across goal following George Boyd's looped cross was kept out by the left foot of Foster.
Rondon, who was looking to end a goal drought dating back to mid-December, had a couple of decent chances for the visitors but twice saw efforts deflect wide off Kevin Long.
Scott Arfield seemed destined to find the net in the 35th minute, but a sensational last-ditch sliding tackle from James McClean blocked his effort.
It was Vokes who gave Burnley the lead 11 minutes after the break, with the forward turning home Ashley Barnes' cross.
West Brom responded well, however, and scored their first goal in eight hours and 51 minutes when Rondon's strike on the turn nestled into the far corner - his first goal since a hat-trick against Swansea on December 14.
The visitors then went ahead through Dawson, who almost had the honour of being the match-winner on his 27th birthday before Vokes' late intervention.
A long ball into the box from Robbie Brady was met by Vokes, whose header looped over Foster and bounced into the empty net to level the scores.
There was a late chance for James McClean to steal if for the Baggies, but he failed to get enough power on his attempted lob over Burnley 'keeper Tom Heaton.
Burnley: Heaton 6, Lowton 6, Long 7, Tarkowski 7, Ward 6, Boyd 7, Westwood 7, Hendrick 6, Arfield 7, Vokes 8, Barnes 8.
Subs used: Brady 6, Gudmundsson 6, Gray 6.
West Brom: Foster 7, Dawson 7, McAuley 7, Evans 6, M Wilson 6; Field 6, Livermore 6; McClean 8, Fletcher 7, Brunt 8, Rondon 8.
Subs used: Nyom 6, Morrison 6, Yacob N/A.
Man of the match: Chris Brunt