Graham Alexander wheels away in celebration after putting Burnley ahead
By Les Roopanarine
Manchester City were held to a fifth consecutive Premier League draw as Burnley picked up their first away point of the season.
Graham Alexander put Burnley ahead from the penalty spot before Steven Fletcher made it 2-0 from a Chris Eagles cross.
City hit back either side of the break, Shaun Wright-Phillips driving home before Kolo Toure levelled.
Craig Bellamy put City ahead, but substitute Kevin McDonald struck late on to earn Burnley a dramatic point.
The result ends a sequence of five successive Premier League away defeats for Burnley, whose refusal to be bowed despite relinquishing a two-goal lead underlined their growing ability to withstand the rigours of Premier League combat.
But the afternoon brought another blow for City, whose failure to claim a single victory from their last five Premier League outings sees them displaced from the top four by Tottenham, who beat Sunderland 2-0.
City manager Mark Hughes will not relish the prospect of explaining the club's recent inadequacies to club owner Sheikh Mansour when he takes his side to Abu Dhabi for next week's friendly against the United Arab Emirates national team.
Hughes disappointed to concede late equaliser
Yet the afternoon began auspiciously enough for City, who subjected the visitors to a stern early examination.
Between the intelligent midfield prompting of Stephen Ireland and the promising interplay of Bellamy and Emmanuel Adebayor, all the initial evidence suggested that Burnley were in for a torrid time.
But Owen Coyle's men weathered the storm and served notice of their own lurking menace when Robbie Blake prodded wide from an Alexander free-kick.
Even so, there was scant indication of the high-scoring drama to follow until the 19th minute, when referee Stuart Attwell awarded a questionable penalty against Joleon Lescott, who instinctively protected his face as City old boy Tyrone Mears drove in a cross from point-blank range.
Alexander slammed home the spot-kick, and City had barely regrouped before they found themselves two down.
A Blake free-kick found Andre Bikey on the edge of the six-yard box, and although the Cameroonian's header was beaten away by Shay Given, the City defence was still in disarray when Blake fed Eagles.
Cutting in from the right, the former Manchester United man delivered a perfectly-weighted ball for Fletcher, who side-footed home from close range.
Burnley character pleases Coyle
As Claret hearts dared to dream of claiming a celebrated nouveau-riche scalp, City poured forward in search of a reply.
They were almost rewarded when Adebayor set up Bellamy, whose shot fizzed across the face of goal after a crucial touch from Brian Jensen.
But with the interval approaching, Wright-Phillips cut in from the right flank to send a deflected shot beyond the despairing grasp of Jensen.
Sensing a way back, City went for the jugular after the break, Carlos Tevez and Ireland both going close before Toure marked his return from injury with the first Premier League goal of his fledgling Eastlands career.
Racing on to a Gareth Barry free-kick, Lescott redirected the ball into Toure's path, presenting the Ivorian with an unmissable opportunity.
Burnley were feeling the squeeze, and three minutes later they fell behind for the first time in the match.
Ireland released Wright-Phillips down the right, and the diminutive winger centred for Bellamy to sweep in his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign.
Burnley clung on grimly, repelling efforts from Tevez and Adebayor before substitute David Nugent headed off the line to prevent a Clarke Carlisle own goal.
It was backs to the wall stuff for Burnley, but there was one final dramatic twist to come.
With three minutes left Fletcher headed Nugent's flighted ball across goal to McDonald, and the Scotsman - on as a replacement for Bikey - scored the equaliser from five yards.
It was a joyous conclusion for Coyle's side.
But when Hughes remarked a couple of months back that people would look back at this period of City's history with incredulity, drawing against Aston Villa, Wigan, Fulham, Birmingham and now Burnley was probably not what he had in mind.
City manager Mark Hughes:
"We certainly don't expect to concede three at home, and we need to address that.
"It is frustrating and disappointing because we got ourselves into a winning position.
"We have to learn to see games out because we have drawn two games at home from winning positions.
"Ideally we would have preferred maximum points, but there are lessons to be learned and we need to recognise areas where we need to improve."
Burnley boss Owen Coyle:
"We are on a learning curve and if we had been an experienced Premier League team we would have seen it off.
"There is an unbelievable spirit in our dressing room.
"We are the smallest town to be in the Premier League, but we are determined to give this a real fight.
"Getting into the Premier League was an unbelievable achievement, but staying in it would exceed that by some distance."
90:00+4:31 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+2:48 Shaun Wright-Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Wade Elliott. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+1:51 Free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
90:00+1:51 Booking Clarke Carlisle is booked.
90:00+1:41 Clarke Carlisle challenges Craig Bellamy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Correction - 88:20 Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Graham Alexander gets a block in.
88:20 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Graham Alexander gets a block in.
Correction - 86:13 Steven Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.
86:13 Assist on the goal came from Steven Fletcher.
86:13 GOAL - Kevin McDonald:Man City 3 - 3 Burnley A goal is scored by Kevin McDonald from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-3 Burnley.
82:45 Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
82:45 Booking Tyrone Mears is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
82:32 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Tyrone Mears results in a free kick.
79:36 Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
77:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Joleon Lescott. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
77:29 Craig Bellamy takes a short corner.
76:33 Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, David Nugent manages to make a clearance.
74:43 Unfair challenge on David Nugent by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. Graham Alexander takes the direct free kick.
73:24 The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Bellamy. Clarke Carlisle takes the free kick.
72:37 Substitution Martin Petrov is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Tevez.
72:16 Shot from close range by Carlos Tevez clears the bar.
69:48 Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
69:48 Substitution David Nugent is brought on as a substitute for Chris Eagles.
69:48 Steven Fletcher is caught offside.
69:20 Carlos Tevez challenges Clarke Carlisle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
67:25 Clarke Carlisle fouled by Shaun Wright-Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
66:51 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a comfortable save.
65:39 Emmanuel Adebayor challenges Chris Eagles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
65:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Alexander on Emmanuel Adebayor. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.
63:47 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
60:37 Tyrone Mears takes the indirect free kick.
60:37 Substitution Robbie Blake goes off and Joey Gudjonsson comes on.
60:37 Substitution Kevin McDonald on for Andre Bikey.
60:37 The referee blows for offside against Carlos Tevez.
57:35 The assist for the goal came from Shaun Wright-Phillips.
57:35 GOAL - Craig Bellamy:Man City 3 - 2 Burnley A goal is scored by Craig Bellamy from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-2 Burnley.
54:35 Joleon Lescott provided the assist for the goal.
54:35 GOAL - Kolo Toure:Man City 2 - 2 Burnley Goal scored by Kolo Toure from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 2-2 Burnley.
53:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Graham Alexander. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
53:07 Short corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line.
50:57 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Robbie Blake, free kick awarded. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
50:07 Tyrone Mears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.
48:28 Shot from just outside the box by Stephen Ireland goes over the bar.
46:13 Andre Bikey concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from
Carlos Tevez, save by Brian Jensen.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:58 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+0:31 Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
44:45 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
42:36 The assist for the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.
42:36 GOAL - Shaun Wright-Phillips:Man City 1 - 2 Burnley Shaun Wright-Phillips scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-2
41:17 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Wade Elliott.
40:37 Craig Bellamy has an effort at goal. Save made by Brian Jensen.
39:47 Chris Eagles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Bridge. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
39:09 Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Blake from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
38:45 The referee gives a free kick against Carlos Tevez for handball. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
36:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
34:56 Corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line.
33:31 The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
32:00 Chris Eagles provided the assist for the goal.
32:00 GOAL - Steven Fletcher:Man City 0 - 2 Burnley Steven Fletcher scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-2 Burnley.
30:52 Robbie Blake restarts play with the free kick.
30:52 Booking Craig Bellamy booked.
30:40 Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Craig Bellamy results in a free kick.
28:41 Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
28:41 Booking The referee shows Andre Bikey a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
28:30 Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick.
27:45 Wade Elliott challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
27:22 Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Blake from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
27:05 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.
24:58 Stephen Jordan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Gareth Barry delivers the ball from
the free kick left-footed from right wing, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
24:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Fletcher on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
22:30 The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Steven Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.
21:27 Wade Elliott fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
20:39 Gareth Barry takes the inswinging corner, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
19:54 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.
18:48 The assist for the goal came from Tyrone Mears.
18:48 GOAL - Graham Alexander:Man City 0 - 1 Burnley Power penalty scored by Graham Alexander. Man City 0-1 Burnley.
18:00 The referee gives a against Joleon Lescott for handball.
16:33 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Shaun Wright-Phillips from the right by-line.
10:59 The referee blows for offside. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
8:02 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
7:07 Effort from inside the area by Robbie Blake misses to the right of the goal.
6:12 Wayne Bridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Mears. Graham Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
3:25 Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Blake, Clarke Carlisle produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which
goes wide of the right-hand post.
0:16 Effort on goal by Shaun Wright-Phillips from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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