April 28, 2018 / 4:03 PM / 24 days ago

Soccer-Brighton take point at Burnley to edge closer to safety

* Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion draw 0-0 at Turf Moor

* Brighton kept first clean sheet in 14 league games but are without a win in six

* Kevin Long almost gave Burnley early lead after a goalmouth scramble

* Mat Ryan impressed in Brighton goal with several saves

* Burnley’s Sam Vokes replaced injured Chris Wood after the break

* Burnley have yet to clinch Europa League qualifying place

* Burnley at Arsenal next; Brighton home to Manchester United BURNLEY 0 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0

April 28 (Reuters) - Brighton & Hove Albion edged closer to survival after their first clean sheet in 14 Premier League games earned them a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

Both sides had plenty to play for, with Burnley on the verge of qualifying for next season’s Europa League, and the home side almost took the lead when Kevin Long just failed to force the ball home after an almighty goalmouth scramble.

With Burnley struggling to score at home and Brighton away, goals were unlikely to flow, although visiting keeper Mat Ryan had to keep out first-half efforts from Ashley Barnes and Berg Gudmundsson.

Brighton started positively after the break when Burnley replaced injured Chris Wood with Sam Vokes, who almost scored with his first touch. The visitors held on for a welcome point although they have not won in six league games and face a tough run-in with games against both Manchester clubs and Liverpool. (Reporting by Neil Robinson; editing by Ken Ferris)

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