“I feel a struggle. We’re going for it”: Kompany makes little progress with a point in extremis, but continues to believe in it | Premier League


The equalizer at the end came out of the blue. His new striker, David Fofana, gave Burnley a point against Fulham with a double. Vincent Kompany doesn’t gain much from it. In the fight against relegation it has been status quo for weeks.

LOOK. Fofana’s 2-2

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Alan Pace, the American owner of Burnley, sought support from his wife in the stands. He watched with sorrow as Burnley was 0-2 at home against Fulham after 20 minutes, although not a high-flyer in the Premier League.

Vincent Kompany stared blankly into space. There is no speculation about his future in Burnley and the surrounding area for the time being, but the negative results have left a dent in his image. Before the match, Kompany had emphasized speed and intensity. There wasn’t much to see before half time.

Yet Burnley recovered after the break, without hitting many balls. New striker David Fofana, hired from Chelsea, scored the tying goal. And scored a point in injury time. Not that it yields much.

David Datro Fofana © Photo News

Only red lantern Sheffield United strolls through the Premier League at an even slower pace than Burnley. Since mid-December, Burnley has lost four times in seven games in the Premier League – a 5 out of 18. Of the other teams in the lower regions, Everton achieved a 6 out of 18 over the same period, Nottingham Forrest also took six, Luton Town, the other PhD student, even 11.

Since captain Lockyer’s heart attack on the Bournemouth field, Luton has surprised friend and foe. Ex-England international Ross Barkley excels in midfield, assisted by Albert Sambi-Lokonga. Luton’s turnaround coincides with his return after three months of injuries. Goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski has been a strongman for a whole season.

The difference between Burnley and Luton is mainly in the directness and fighting spirit. Luton took a hard-fought point in the spectacle match at Newcastle (4-4).

At Burnley, Belgians Mike Trésor and Ameen Al-Dakhil remained on the bench.

Kompany: “I feel a struggle. We keep going for it”

“Those two goals conceded… I absolutely cannot be satisfied with that,” says Kompany on ‘BBC Match of the Day’. “A goal conceded from a stationary phase and on our own throw-in. In the second half we tried to turn the tide. Our new boys really contributed a lot. Assignon played very well against Willian. And Fofana brought a lot of intensity.” The fact is: Burnley remains penultimate and is seven points behind seventeenth place – the first non-relegation place. “Our fans are brilliant. They continue to believe in us. I sense struggle in this team. We keep going for it. We still have fifteen games to go. We give everything we can.”

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End of second half


VAR: GOAL confirmed


Yellow card for David Datro Fofana


2-2 GOAL by David Datro Fofana!

Then another point for Burnley. Datro Fofana scores the 2-2 goal. The VAR checks briefly, but approves the goal. Joy at Burnley, although Kompany and co are not making too much progress with one point.


Lorenz Assignon is replaced by Han-Noah Massengo


Vitinho is replaced by Jacob Bruun Larsen


Andreas Pereira is replaced by Kenny Tete


Yellow card for Sander Berge


Bobby Decordova-Reid is replaced by Tom Cairney


Rodrigo Muniz is replaced by Armando Broja


1-2 GOAL by David Datro Fofana!

Suddenly Burnley comes back into the match. Newcomer Datro Fofana – he is rented from Chelsea – punishes a blunder by Fulham goalkeeper Leno. Is it still possible for Kompany and co?


Zeki Amdouni is replaced by David Datro Fofana


Aaron Ramsey is replaced by Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson


Save Trafford

Another corner that poses danger for Fulham. Adarabioyo heads, Trafford taps the ball into a corner.


Second half kicked off


Hjalmar Ekdal is replaced by Maxime Estève


End of first half


Yellow card for Andreas Pereira


Yellow card for Harrison Reed


Odobert in front

Then Burnley. Odobert squeezes through the Fulham defense. The winger shoots past.

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