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Burnley v Huddersfield - story of the match

Burnley and Huddersfield ground out a soporific 0-0 stalemate at Turf Moor, but a point apiece kept both sides comfortably ahead of gloomy pre-season predictions.

The resulted appeared to hinge on whether or not the home side's £15million striker Chris Wood could find a finish from a selection of half-chances but he was ultimately shackled by the Terriers' exemplary centre-half Christopher Schindler.

It was, then, a triumph for the organisation and reliability that has taken two unfashionable clubs into the top half of the top flight, though the first top-flight meeting of these sides since 1971 is not an occasion many will revisit.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"31' #BurnleyFC 0-0 #htafc: A long ball forwards comes off the head of @Mzanka and runs out for a Burnley corner." A match of modest ambition and inelegant execution neatly summarised in one live update from the official Huddersfield account (@htafcdotcom).

STAR MAN

Christopher Schindler: By a distance the most accomplished performer at Turf Moor. He kept touch-tight to Chris Wood for 90 minutes, tackled and intercepted judiciously and was a yard ahead of the game when making an important interception to deny the New Zealand international in the first half. His comfortable start to life in the Premier League will surely be attracting interested glances from rival clubs. TARGET PRACTICE Tom Ince came into the match with 17 shots and no goals to his name for Huddersfield this season - the highest number of unsuccessful attempts in the league. He added an 18th here, a low, fizzing and perfectly decent effort until it zipped a yard wide. The former Hull and Derby man may be better suited for creating rather than capping, though, with his fine run and offload deserving better than Laurent Depoitre's soft finish.

STAT OF THE DAY Only title-chasing city rivals Manchester United and Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than the Terriers' three at this stage of the season. Jonas Lossl has already kept four clean sheets in six outings, a testament to David Wagner's defensive drills and an inexpensively recruited back line who are proving themselves Premier League class at every opportunity.

RATINGS

Burnley: Nick Pope: 6

Matt Lowton: 6

James Tarkowski: 5

Ben Mee: 5

Stephen Ward: 7

Jack Cork: 4

Steven Defour: 5

Scott Arfield: 5

Robbie Brady: 5

Jeff Hendrick: 5

Chris Wood: 6

Substitutes:

Ashley Barnes (for Hendrick, 74): 5

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (for Arfield, 77): 5

Huddersfield:

Jonas Lossl: 6

Tommy Smith: 5

Mathias Jorgensen: 6

Christopher Schindler: 7

Chris Lowe: 6

Jonathan Hogg: 5

Aaron Mooy: 6

Elas Kachunga: 5

Abdelhamid Sabiri: 5

Tom Ince: 6

Laurent Depoitre: 4

Substitutes:

Rajiv van la Parra (for Sabiri, 63): 6

Philip Billing (for Hogg, 80): 5

Florent Hadergjonaj (for Kachunga, 89): 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Everton v Burnley (Premier League, October 1)

Huddersfield v Tottenham (Premier League, September 30)

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