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Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw


Norwich earned their first Premier League point of the season at the seventh attempt as they battled to a goalless draw at Burnley – but it could have been different had the hosts not seen all four of their first-half penalty appeals waved away.

Matej Vydra saw three shouts for a spot-kick go against him before he was subbed off injured on 35 minutes, with the first, from a collision with Tim Krul, perhaps the harshest decision against him. Soccer Saturday pundit Kris Boyd described it as a “stonewall penalty” on Sky Sports.

There were also two challenges from Grant Hanley on the Czech cleared by referee Kevin Friend and then VAR, while the officials rightly turned down a handball call against Norwich’s Dimitrios Giannoulis just before the break and correctly ignored Charlie Taylor’s tumble in the box in the second half.

There were also two challenges from Grant Hanley on the Czech cleared by referee Kevin Friend and then VAR, while the officials rightly turned down a handball call against Norwich’s Dimitrios Giannoulis just before the break and correctly ignored Charlie Taylor’s tumble in the box in the second half.

There were half-chances for both sides after the break, with Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil failing to capitalise for the hosts, while Mathias Normann clipped the bar with a cross-shot and tested Nick Pope with a free-kick.

But ultimately, the game was further evidence of why both of these sides have failed to land a win in the Premier League so far this season, with Norwich bottom of the table and Burnley now 18th.

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