19-year-old Wilson Odobert delivered a standout performance for Burnley as they managed a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The draw is the Clarets’ first of the season but still leaves them inside the bottom three at the foot of the Premier League table.Embed from Getty Images
Despite dictating most of the match, it was a familiar story for the Seagulls who ultimately failed to convert the promising chances that they created. Evan Ferguson, Mahmoud Dahoud and Jan Paul Van Hecke all had good chances to put the home side in front during the first half but failed to direct their efforts at goal. As the half dwindled to a close, Burnley capitalised on the home side’s faulters when Odobert’s strike from the edge of the area sailed past Bart Verbruggen and into the top left-hand corner to give the Clarets a surprise lead at the break.
Brighton experienced many of the same problems during the second half but finally levelled the scoring in the 77th minute. Pascal Gross’ perfectly weighted cross found the head of Simon Adingra inside the penalty area who directed his header into the bottom left-hand corner. The Seagulls continued to push for the winning goal late on, but Burnley held on well to take a point back to Lancashire.
Burnley host Everton next weekend in what could be an important match in the relegation fight, whilst Brighton travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.