Ivanovic shines as West Brom hold Burnley in a goalless draw

West Brom 0-0 Burnley: Clarets claim the first point of Premier League season in a goalless draw with newly-promoted Baggies.

Ivanovic shines as West Brom hold Burnley in a goalless draw
Burnley claimed their first point of the Premier League season with West Brom draw

(The African Stand) — West Brom and Burnley played out the first goalless draw in the Premier League this season, with both teams still searching for a first win.

Filip Krovinovic almost gave hosts West Brom the lead inside three minutes but he dragged a shot wide of the right post before debutant Karlan Grant had a goal disallowed for offside.

But Burnley had the better chances at The Hawthorns on Monday – Chris Wood crashing a header against the crossbar and Ashley Barnes forcing keeper Sam Johnstone into a good save in the second half.

Matheus Pereira’s volley was kept out at the near post by Clarets’ keeper Nick Pope and West Brom defender Branislav Ivanovic also came close as both teams pushed for a winner.

The result means Burnley has their first point but they remain in the bottom three after four games, with promoted West Brom ahead by one point.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic made six changes to his side and gave a debut to new striker Grant, who joined from Huddersfield for £15m last week.

Grant was busy in the first half. He caused trouble for defenders Kevin Long and James Tarkowski and had the ball in the back of the net when he nodded in Grady Diangana’s cross before the offside flag went up.

There was also the first start for three-time Premier League winner Ivanovic – who last featured in England’s top flight for Chelsea in December 2016.

The defender almost got on the end of a flick-on from a set-piece in the first half but Long was there to make the block, and the 36-year-old Serb was then denied from close range by Pope in the second half after Jake Livermore’s shot had rebounded out.

Ivanovic’s presence in both boxes was evident but West Brom lacked quality overall in the final third and were unable to test Pope enough.

The Baggies defended well, particularly in the first half, but while their performance showed plenty of promise, it was an opportunity missed before facing two other teams in the bottom five – Brighton and Fulham – in their next two away games.

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