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Burnley squanders 2-goal lead again, draws 2-2 vs West Brom

February 8, 2015

BURNLEY, England (AP) — Burnley squandered a two-goal lead for the third time in its last four games, conceding twice from corners in a 2-2 draw with fellow relegation candidate West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

All four goals in a lively match at Turf Moor came from headers, with in-demand striker Danny Ings setting up Ashley Barnes for Burnley’s opener in the 11th minute before scoring himself in the 32nd.

Chris Brunt, who had the captain’s armband taken from him and given to new signing Darren Fletcher, bundled in a left-wing corner in first-half injury time to bring West Brom back into the game.

Nigeria striker Brown Ideye completed the recovery in the 67th, taking advantage of more slack marking to head in another corner for his second league goal since joining last summer for 10 million pounds (now $15.2 million) from Dynamo Kiev.

It could have been even worse for the hosts, with defender Ben Mee clearing Saido Berahino’s shot off the line in the 87th.

Burnley climbed out of the relegation zone, above Hull, while West Brom is three points clear of the bottom three.

Burnley lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace in its last home league game, having gone 2-0 ahead. Three days earlier, Sean Dyche’s side scored twice in the first seven minutes against Tottenham in an FA Cup replay, and lost 4-2.

“It’s just a lack of concentration from set pieces that we need to improve on,” said Ings, who was the subject of interest from Liverpool in the winter transfer window that closed on Monday. “In this league you can’t get away with that and we were punished for it.”

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