Craig Bellamy: ‘We felt we were able to do something here’ as Burnley force 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Burnley assistant manager Craig Bellamy praised his ‘selfless’ squad following a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, in which manager Vincent Kompany saw red for his protest over Lorenz Assignon’s first-half dismissal.

Assignon was adjudged to have downed Mykhailo Mudryk inside the penalty area just before the break, earning a second yellow card for the challenge and sparking a fierce debate that saw Kompany’s time on the touchline come to a premature end.

Goals from Josh Cullen and Dara O’Shea earned the Clarets a well-deserved share of the spoils in the second half though, and Bellamy piled on the praise for an ‘incredible’ performance.

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‘It was incredible,’ he said post-match, taking on media duties in Kompany’s absence. ‘How selfless they were able to play for each other [and] how demanding of each other they were.’

‘To be able to show the patience they showed… you couldn’t be [anything] short of proud watching it.’

Bellamy acknowledged that ‘Chelsea haven’t quite got the points they would have liked this season, but they’re an outstanding team with outstanding footballers.’

The former Welsh international went on to add that he felt ‘we were in the game [when it was] 11 v 11. Every time we had the ball, we felt we were able to do something. It was more just the final ball that could have been better at times, but we felt we were able to do something here.’