• City squander 2-0 half-time lead
  • Hosts would have gone a point behind Chelsea with a win
  • City fail to secure club record 10th successive win
  • George Boyd scores first Premier League away goal

Manchester City missed a golden chance to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea as they surrendered a two-goal half-time lead against Burnley.

City were cruising when Fernandinho followed up David Silva's opener with a fine curling shot.

George Boyd scored straight after the break, turning home Danny Ings ' shot despite appearing to be offside.

Then Ashley Barnes reacted quickest in a crowded penalty area to smash home a loose ball to earn the visitors a draw.

It was a result that didn't seem likely at the break, when, despite being without Yaya Toure, Manuel Pellegrini's side looked sure to cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League to a single point and a club record 10th successive win.

Samir Nasri's precise pass had been perfect for Jesus Navas to run on to. Silva had found enough space to collect his fellow countryman's cross.

He spun round and beat Burnley keeper Tom Heaton by his left-hand post from eight yards for his fourth goal in three games.

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Of Manchester City's 28 games in all competitions this season, 11 have involved four goals or more.

Today was their fourth 2-2 draw of the campaign. Their previous three came against Arsenal, CSKA Moscow and QPR.

Nasri then showed admirable patience in waiting for an opening before eventually rolling a pass back to Fernandinho, whose superb curling shot provided him with his first goal of the season when it crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

The first-half was not without its mishaps for City.

Fernando was shown a yellow card for fouling Scott Arfield, a booking that will rule him out of the New Year's Day encounter with Sunderland, and Pablo Zabaleta needed a bandage applying to a wound sustained in a clash of heads with Eliaquim Mangala.

It took an element of good fortune for Burnley to get back into the game at the start of the second period, with none of the officials spotting Boyd was in an offside position when he got the slightest of touches to Ings' shot before it squeezed under Joe Hart.

Both sides had chances after that. Heaton denied Nasri with a full-length save and, at the other end, Ings was narrowly wide with a shot from 25 yards before Arfield was denied by a well-timed tackle from Martin Demichelis.

Burnley kept going and their attacking intent was rewarded when a long free-kick bounced off Michael Keane and Barnes wasted no time in driving a first-time shot in to the roof of Hart's net before the City keeper had a chance to react.

Rather than risk losing their point, the visitors, who have not won an away game in the league against City since 1963, opted for a safety-first strategy at the end, with manager Sean Dyche telling his players to take the ball towards the corner flag during five minutes of injury time.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is a big opportunity to get two more points.

"At half-time everybody would think the game was over but I always say it is never over until the last minute. Burnley's first goal was a mistake by the referee but once it goes to 2-2 we didn't have the legs to score.

"We were at home. That is an advantage but Chelsea and Manchester United also drew."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "At half-time I thought we were performing well. The key was getting that first goal so early.

"I believe in the physicality of my players. Last season we would have played seven more games than this so I am not worried about fatigue.

"But it is only a point. It might be Manchester City and we might have been 2-0 down, but it is still only a point."

David Silva (r)

David Silva fires through a crowd of Burnley defenders to put Manchester City in front at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Fernandinho (centre)

Fernandinho (centre) celebrates his first goal of the season in Manchester City's win over Burnley

Manchester City Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta needed a bandage to cover a nasty head wound inflicted in an accidental collision with team-mate Eliaquim Mangala

Burnley George Boyd

George Boyd pulls one back for Burnley at the start of the second-half

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Manager Sean Dyche acknowledges the Burnley supporters after his team had drawn at Manchester City

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 20 Mangala
  • 11 Kolarov
  • 06 Fernando Booked
  • 25 Fernandinho (Sinclair - 88' )
  • 15 Jesús Navas Booked
  • 21 Silva Booked
  • 08 Nasri (Lampard - 76' )
  • 07 Milner (Jovetic - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Sagna
  • 12 Sinclair
  • 13 Caballero
  • 18 Lampard
  • 22 Clichy
  • 35 Jovetic
  • 38 Boyata

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 25 Keane
  • 05 Shackell
  • 06 Mee Booked
  • 21 Boyd
  • 08 Marney
  • 14 Jones
  • 37 Arfield
  • 10 Ings
  • 30 Barnes

Substitutes

  • 07 Wallace
  • 11 Kightly
  • 17 Sordell
  • 19 Jutkiewicz
  • 20 Chalobah
  • 22 Gilks
  • 28 Long
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 45,608

Match Stats

Possession

63 37

Shots

17 12

On target

6 3

Corners

10 3

Fouls

18 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 2.

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 2.

90:00 +4:31

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

90:00 +4:31

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

90:00 +3:16

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:21

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

90:00 +1:21

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:37

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

87:59 Booking

Booking David Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

87:53

Hand ball by David Silva (Manchester City).

87:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Scott Sinclair replaces Fernandinho.

86:46

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:46

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

85:46

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

84:44

Attempt blocked. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:46

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

83:46

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:54

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

80:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Burnley 2. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Keane following a set piece situation.

80:14 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:10

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

80:10

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:13

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

78:42 Booking

Booking Jesús Navas (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:31

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

78:31

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:52

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

77:51

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Samir Nasri.

73:42

Attempt missed. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.

73:13

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

73:12

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

72:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:04

Delay in match Danny Ings (Burnley) because of an injury.

70:23 Booking

Booking Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:15

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:15

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

69:17

Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

68:39

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernandinho.

66:33

Offside, Manchester City. Jesús Navas tries a through ball, but David Silva is caught offside.

66:02

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:02

Foul by George Boyd (Burnley).

63:29

Offside, Burnley. Dean Marney tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

62:26

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

62:26

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces James Milner.

60:06

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

59:21

Attempt missed. Jason Shackell (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Trippier following a set piece situation.

58:53

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

58:53

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:34

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

55:32

Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

50:29

Attempt missed. Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a corner.

50:08

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

46:59

Foul by George Boyd (Burnley).

46:59

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Burnley 1. George Boyd (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ings.

46:13

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a headed pass.

45:18

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester City 2, Burnley 0.

45:00 +3:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 0.

45:00 +2:30

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

45:00 +2:30

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

45:00 +0:42

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:50

Delay in match Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) because of an injury.

42:11

Joe Hart (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:11

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

41:02 Booking

Booking Fernando (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:59

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

40:59

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:46

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

40:46

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:12

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

38:44

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

38:42

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

36:53

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Pablo Zabaleta is caught offside.

36:07

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

36:04

Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Burnley 0. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

30:58

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

29:56

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:56

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

28:56

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross following a set piece situation.

27:57

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

27:57

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:34

Hand ball by James Milner (Manchester City).

26:51

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

26:48

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross following a set piece situation.

26:14

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

26:14

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:37

Attempt missed. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

23:50

Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:50

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

22:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, Burnley 0. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

21:58

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

21:26

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:26

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

20:56

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

20:56

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:00

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dean Marney.

18:39

Attempt saved. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

14:42

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:42

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

13:55

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

12:58

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

8:44

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

7:30

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

5:25

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

5:25

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:02

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

5:00

Attempt blocked. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:30

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Dean Marney.

3:01

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Scott Arfield is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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