Brown Ideye rescues point for Baggies
BROWN Ideye brushed aside recent speculation about his future by bagging the equaliser, as Albion came from two goals down to earn a valuable point at Turf Moor.
The record signing headed home Chris Brunt’s 67th minute corner to move the Baggies three points clear of the Barclays Premier League drop zone.
Burnley had started brightly and deservedly took the lead through Ashley Barnes’ header, and the hosts then doubled their advantage with another header 13 minutes before the break when Danny Ings converted Kieran Trippier’s cross.
Tony Pulis’s men pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, Chris Brunt rising highest at the far post to meet Callum McManaman’s corner.
And Brown, who replaced Chris Baird at the break, rescued a point for the visitors with the fourth headed goal of the game with just over 20 minutes to go.
There were three changes for Albion. Darren Fletcher was brought in - and handed the armband - with Stephane Sessegnon and Chris Baird also returning to the first XI. Making way were James Morrison, Saido Berahino and Andre Wisdom, who were named on the bench.
Burnley had their first sniff on the Albion goal in the third minute. Danny Ings walloped his effort high over the bar after Albion failed to clear their ranks. Ings' shot sailed high over the goal into the Lancashire mist.
The hosts were to go even closer on seven minutes. A pass from Burnley's right was to fall for the unmarked Scott Arfield. The midfielder struck his shot with venom only to see his strike tipped onto the bar by Foster It was a let off.
Burnley didn't have long to wait. Albion were unable to contain Ings, who got in between Dawson and McAuley and hooked a ball into the box, finding Ashley Barnes at the far post. The Burnley No.30 was able to plant his header past Foster to hand the home side the lead.
The game was to end prematurely for Victor Anichebe. In the 18th minute Albion were forced into their first change - Saido Berahino replacing his hobbling team-mate.
It got worse.
In the 32nd minute Ings doubled the lead. Boyd peeled away from Brunt, galloping into space down the right wing. The winger sent his cross into the box where Ings was waiting, read to pounce - the striker sending his header in, off the post.
But then came hope.
As the board went up to indicate two minutes of first-half injury time, Albion were presented with a hook back into the game. Callum McManaman's corner found Brunt, who threw himself at the ball to bring Albion back into the game.
Both sides made changes at the break. Dean Marney failed to shake off a first half injury and was replaced by Michael Kightly. Brown Ideye, meanwhile, came on for Baird.
Albion showed more enterprise and endeavour in the opening stages of the second half, with an equaliser being a little harder to come by.
Until the 67th minute that is. Albion were awarded a corner, that was beautifully delivered by Brunt. Ideye rose to nod Albion back into the game, steering his header past Heaton: 2-2.
That wasn't the end of it - Albion's strength at set-pieces once against left Burnley clinging on. A 72nd minute Brunt corner this time found Lescott. His header, however, lacked any zip, easily being claimed by Heaton. Irrespective it was much better from the visitors, who were finally showing the attacking intent and cohesion that had failed to materialise during the opening stages of the game.
Yet Burnley weren't done. In game dominated by headers it was Jason Shackell who was to go close for the hosts some six minutes later. Another corner asked questions of Albion's defence, with the Burnley skipper rising to lever himself at the ball. His header had Foster beaten, but not Lescott, who was perfectly placed behind his goalkeeper to head the danger away.
The Burnley pressure prompted Tony Pulis to make his final roll of the dice, with James Morrison replacing McManaman for the final eight minutes.
Albion continued to push for the winner. Berahino had the ball snatched away from his toe as Morrison beat a defender and cut in from the left. Just as the Albion striker teed up his shot, Burnley cleared. But Berahino had more yet to offer.
Moments later Shackell dithered in his own penalty area. Ideye forced the ball into the path of Berahino, who saw his shot saved brilliantly by Heaton.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Keane, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Jones, Marney (Kightly 46), Boyd, Ings, Barnes.
SUBS: Gilks, Duff, Reid, Wallace, Jutkiewicz, Vokes
ALBION: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Baird (Ideye 46); McManaman (Morrison 82), Fletcher, Yacob, Brunt; Sessegnon; Anichebe (Berahino 18).
SUBS: Rose, Gardner, Wisdom, Pocognoli.
BOOKED: Baird (foul 40), Yacob (foul 48), Ideye (foul 64), Dawson (persistent fouling 85)
GOALS: Barnes (11), Ings (32) - Burnley. Brunt (45), Ideye (68)
REFEREE: Mike Dean
ATTENDANCE: 16,904 (1,187 away)
ALBION STAR MAN: Chris Brunt