West Brom weathered Semi Ajayi’s first-half dismissal to secure a 0-0 draw at Burnley, but the visitors were left to rue a host of missed gilt-edged chances to boost their Premier League survival bid with a victory at Turf Moor.
The Baggies played more than an hour of the match with 10 men after centre-back Ajayi was sent off by returning referee Mike Dean for a handball that denied Burnley striker Matej Vydra a goalscoring opportunity.
Securing for a point, and third clean sheet of the season, was the least West Brom could have asked for when Ajayi was given his marching orders, but having restricted Burnley’s toothless attack to limited chances, they could have had so much more.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles blazed their first clear-cut chance over before January signing Mbaye Diagne clipped the top of the bar, Matheus Pereira missed an open goal and then Diagne saw an effort cleared off the line by James Tarkowski as the Baggies missed the chance to cut the gap between themselves and safety.
West Brom remain 19th, 11 points from safety, after their 15th draw of the campaign, while Burnley stay 15th, nine points clear of the relegation zone.
More to follow.
West Brom host Brighton on Saturday at 3pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League – before Burnley travel to Tottenham on Super Sunday at 2pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.