Referee Mike Dean consults VAR
Mike Dean has shown four red cards in his last three matches as referee

Ten-man West Brom kept their first clean sheet under new manager Sam Allardyce but their goalless draw with Burnley at Turf Moor did little to help their relegation fight.

The Baggies wasted a series of huge chances in the second half as their best all-round performance since Allardyce took charge 11 Premier League games ago failed to gain its full reward.

Matheus Pereira was the chief culprit. The Brazilian somehow missed his kick in the middle of the six-yard line with only Nick Pope to beat after being set up by Mbaye Diagne.

In the melee that followed, Pereira failed to turn home an Ainsley Maitland-Niles cross as James Tarkowski eventually cleared.

Pereira also went close in the opening period with a low shot that was heading for the bottom corner until Pope made the save.

Diagne was not blameless either, blasting against the bar from six yards after cutting inside Tarkowski.

Darnell Furlong and Maitland-Niles also threatened the Burnley goal but it just heightened the frustrations of a West Brom side who played the final hour a man down after Semi Ajayi was sent off for deliberate handball.

Second-bottom West Brom are in massive trouble, 11 points behind fourth-bottom Newcastle. But it does nudge an uninspiring Burnley outfit a bit closer to safety despite remaining in 15th spot.

Mike Dean back in the spotlight

Referee Mike Dean did not take charge of a Premier League game last weekend in order to remove him from the spotlight after his recent decisions to dismiss Southampton’s Jan Bednarek and West Ham’s Tomas Soucek – both following the intervention of VAR – were overturned.

The official must have had a sense of dread as Michael Oliver told him to take another look at Ajeyi’s misdemeanour.

In truth, this decision was straightforward. As he explained to Furlong and Maitland-Niles as they headed for the dressing rooms at half-time, once it was determined Ajeyi’s hand moved towards the ball, it had to be a red card even though Matej Vydra had a long way to run if he was to score.

Under the circumstances though, it was a surprise Dean was not ushered back to the screen at the start of the second half when Albion skipper Kyle Bartley controlled a header by Conor Townsend with an outstretched arm inside his own box.

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Burnley

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

    Average rating

    6.94

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

    Average rating

    5.40

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

    Average rating

    6.18

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

    Average rating

    5.41

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

    Average rating

    5.38

  6. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

    Average rating

    5.12

  7. Squad number4Player nameCork

    Average rating

    4.98

  8. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

    Average rating

    4.85

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    4.93

  10. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

    Average rating

    4.77

  11. Squad number27Player nameVydra

    Average rating

    4.93

Substitutes

  1. Squad number46Player nameMumbongo

    Average rating

    4.72

West Bromwich Albion

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

    Average rating

    6.01

  2. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

    Average rating

    5.47

  3. Squad number6Player nameAjayi

    Average rating

    4.45

  4. Squad number5Player nameBartley

    Average rating

    5.56

  5. Squad number14Player nameTownsend

    Average rating

    5.40

  6. Squad number35Player nameYokuslu

    Average rating

    5.66

  7. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

    Average rating

    5.53

  8. Squad number18Player nameGallagher

    Average rating

    6.05

  9. Squad number30Player nameMaitland-Niles

    Average rating

    6.14

  10. Squad number10Player namePhillips

    Average rating

    5.03

  11. Squad number17Player nameDiagne

    Average rating

    5.49

Substitutes

  1. Squad number27Player nameO’Shea

    Average rating

    5.37

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2LowtonBooked at 90mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 90mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Brownhill
  • 4CorkBooked at 76mins
  • 18Westwood
  • 11McNeil
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forMumbongoat 81′minutes
  • 27Vydra

Substitutes

  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 31Nartey
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon
  • 46Mumbongo

West Brom

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6AjayiBooked at 30mins
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Townsend
  • 35Yokuslu
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 18Gallagher
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forO’Sheaat 32′minutes
  • 17Diagne

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Robinson
  • 8Livermore
  • 11Diangana
  • 19Sawyers
  • 22Peltier
  • 25Button
  • 27O’Shea
  • 29Grant

Referee:
Mike Dean

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Burnley 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Burnley 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

  5. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

  8. Mbaye Diagne (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Offside, Burnley. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

  10. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  11. Offside, Burnley. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

  12. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

  13. Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Mbaye Diagne tries a through ball, but Matheus Pereira is caught offside.

  14. Substitution, Burnley. Joel Mumbongo replaces Jay Rodriguez.

  15. Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Conor Gallagher tries a through ball, but Mbaye Diagne is caught offside.

  16. Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nick Pope.

  17. Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  18. Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ainsley Maitland-Niles tries a through ball, but Matheus Pereira is caught offside.

  19. Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

  20. Jack Cork (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.