David Nugent’s headed goal rescued a point for stricken Burnley against Stoke at Turf Moor.

Burnley had moved their advertising hoardings closer to the touchline an an attempt to stop Rory Delap’s giant throw-ins, but the tactics didn’t work as Tuncay headed the opener from one of the midfielder’s missiles.

The Clarets pulled it back in the second half, however, and deserved to take a point.

Stoke started far the better side and had several efforts that threatened the goal of Brian Jensen.

But it took until 20 minutes to test him properly, and the big goalie was not up to the challenge.

Mamady Sidibe beat Clarke Carlisle and Leon Cort in the air to nod on Delap’s throw and Tuncay was racing in to thump a firm header into the top corner. Jensen got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

That goal visibly shocked Burnley, who had lost their last four games, and it took until the half-time introduction of Kevin McDonald for the ineffective Jack Cork to change the game.

Suddenly Burnley were bright and had purpose and quickly levelled.

Steven Thompson, making his first Premier League start, did superbly to hold the ball up and play in Martin Paterson down the wing. Paterson, a striker playing out of position of the right flank, made himself enough room for the cross and picked out Nugent with an inch-perfect cross, the on-loan forward thumping in his third goal in five matches to equalise.

Chris Eagles wasted several good opportunities, including a fine chance at the death from 18 yards, but could only test Thomas Sorenson once as Burnley looked for a winner.

However, a draw was always to be the likeliest result once Burnley equalised, and they will need to beat Wolves on Saturday to climb out of the relegation zone.

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