Ward caps Clarets come­back

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Scott Wil­son

BURN­LEY can ally their pro­mo­tion hopes to dreams of an ex­tended Cup run af­ter en­sur­ing Mid­dles­brough’s un­di­vided at­ten­tion will now turn to reach­ing the Premier League.

Sean Dy­che’s side might have been se­cond best for large pe­ri­ods of this third-round tie at The River­side, but they avenged last month’s Cham­pi­onship de­feat on the same ground with a spir­ited come­back.

Trail­ing to Diego Fab­brini’s 36th-minute strike, Burn­ley equalised through Rouwen Hen­nings’ close-range ef­fort in first-half stop­page time and ended Boro’s six-game un­beaten run when Stephen Ward scored with 18 min­utes left.

It was some­thing of a smas­hand-grab raid, but hav­ing crit­i­cised his play­ers for show­ing their op­po­nents too much re­spect in the first half, Dy­che was de­lighted with their re­sponse af­ter the in­ter­val.

The Burn­ley man­ager said: “I had a quiet word with them at half-time to say the least. They (Mid­dles­brough) are a good side but we didn’t play our game and apart from a flash of su­perb play for our goal, we let them play.

“In the se­cond half we made it more com­fort­able and over­all, they didn’t have the same num­ber of chances.

“Some­times there is re­spect, but that is for be­fore the game. That (re­spect) can go on to the pitch and there was too much re­spect, and you can imag­ine that be­cause they are go­ing great.

“Foot­ballers aren’t daft and they know this is a chal­lenge to play here, but in the se­cond half that was us, play­ing our game.”

Burn­ley looked un­likely win­ners for the ma­jor­ity of the first half, with Boro carv­ing out a host of good op­por­tu­ni­ties only to be foiled by some poor fin­ish­ing and in­spired goal­keep­ing from Tom Heaton.

Heaton saved from Fab­brini, Car­los de Pena and David Nu­gent, and was un­for­tu­nate when he did even­tu­ally con­cede as the re­bound from his save of Ge­orge Friend’s shot fell kindly for Fab­brini to stab home from close range.

Burn­ley hadn’t threat­ened at all at that stage, but af­ter Sam Vokes swung over an invit­ing cross from the right in first-half stop­page time, an un­marked Hen­nings slid the ball home from the edge of the six­yard box.

Boro cre­ated more good chances in the se­cond half, but Heaton pro­duced yet an­other fine save to deny Al­bert Adomah as the winger broke into the area.

Adam For­shaw headed wide waste­fully when un­marked ten yards out shortly af­ter, and the miss proved costly as Burn­ley scored the win­ner seven min­utes later. Ge­orge Boyd’s ini­tial ef­fort from a cor­ner was blocked, but Ward swiv­elled adeptly to hook home a first-time vol­ley.

Boro head coach Ai­tor Karanka said: “I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed be­cause I never like to lose, es­pe­cially in a game that we should have won by four, five or six goals be­cause we had a lot of chances.

“That is what hap­pens when you play and lose your con­cen­tra­tion though.When you play in the way that we played the se­cond half, that is what hap­pens. When you lose your con­cen­tra­tion, you make mis­takes in the way that we did.

“If you do that, it is nor­mal that this hap­pens. For that rea­son, we have lost the game. It is down to our mis­takes and our lack of con­cen­tra­tion. I only hope that it is a game that helps us learn for the fu­ture.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.