September 28, 2019 / 4:25 PM / 24 days ago

Burnley fight back twice to draw 2-2 at Villa

Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Burnley - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - September 28, 2019 Burnley's Chris Wood celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates REUTERS/Andrew Yates

(Reuters) - Second-half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood helped Burnley come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

Villa started aggressively and thought they had broken the deadlock in the 25th minute with John McGinn slotting home from close range but the goal was chalked off after a VAR review adjudged Conor Hourihane to have been offside in the build-up.

The hosts continued to test Burnley’s defensive line and took the lead through a blistering counter-attack, with Dutch forward Anwar El Ghazi smashing home a half volley from a tight angle.

Backing his aggressive instincts, Burnley boss Sean Dyche introduced Rodriguez in the second half, switching to 4-3-3, and he delivered with a thumping header for the equaliser.

Villa took the lead for the second time in the 79th minute when McGinn volleyed home from close range but Burnley struck back inside two minutes through Wood, who escaped his marker to head home from close range.

Villa failed to move out of the relegation zone after a fourth consecutive league match without a win and they have now dropped eight points from winning positions.

“It’s a game we should have won - we dominated for large periods, we had enough chances to win the game and restricted them to few chances,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.

Burnley are in 10th place with nine points and after coming from behind for a point at Brighton in their last away trip, Dyche was quick to praise his team’s character.

“The will, desire and mentality was outstanding again. There are never any disappointments with this group and we delivered a good second-half performance,” he said.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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