Brunlei - Baggies 3-1 (1-0) 4r omk FA Cup 09

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Steven Thompson struck twice as Burnley dumped Premier League West Brom out of the FA Cup to set up a fifth round tie against Arsenal or Cardiff.

Wade Elliott volleyed in the first for the Clarets before Thompson lashed in the second after a failed clearance.

Gianni Zuiverloon fired in from the edge of the box on the hour to give the Baggies hope.

Robbie Blake skilfully set up Thompson for a simple tap in for his second and Burnley's third to see them through.The victory is Burnley's fourth against top flight opposition this season and goes some small way towards exorcising the ghost of their last-gasp defeat to Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray made six changes to the side that faced Hull in the Premier League last Saturday, indicating where the FA Cup features in his list of priorities.

It was one of those changes, Roman Bednar, who almost gave the visitors the lead four minutes before the interval when Marc-Antoine Fortune beat the offside trap and laid the ball back to the Czech, but his strike was diverted for a corner by keeper Brian Jensen.

Three minutes later, Burnley took the lead when a long punt upfield from Jensen was headed upwards by an Albion defender and Elliott was on hand to strike a superb volley into the left-hand corner from 20 yards.

Burnley grabbed a second seven minutes after the break when Martin Paterson's far-post header from a Christian Kalvenes cross was blocked, but Thompson was on hand to lash the loose ball in from six yards.

Yet the visitors responded impressively and with half an hour to go Zuiverloon was given enough space on the right side of the Burnley penalty area to drill a fine low shot past Jensen into the bottom corner.

Any hopes the Baggies had of forcing extra-time were ended two minutes from time when Blake brilliantly set up Thompson in the six-yard box to tap in his second and seal a deserved victory.

 


Burnley manager Owen Coyle:

"It's probably the best (upset) because it's the one that counts just now and the Carling Cup is finished.

"We'd love to have an FA Cup adventure similar to the Carling Cup and I stressed that to the players.

"Each and every game we want to win, and we were underdogs again against another Premier League team.

"I certainly thought we deserved to win and it's always nice to take a big scalp.

"Whoever we play in the next round - and we're playing away again - it will be an opportunity to get into quarter-finals.

"We will certainly be respectful but we've shown that we can win matches home and away."

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray:
"Let's give Burnley credit. They worked extremely hard, they got the goals and obviously we missed a few chances.

"We started to control the game and then found ourselves 1-0 down to a great strike.

"The strikers of Burnley showed great desire and quality around the final third, which was probably the difference.

"We lacked the clinical touch and those problems have been around us all season."

 


Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Duff, Caldwell, Kalvenes, McDonald (Gudjonsson 80), Elliott, McCann, Blake, Paterson (Rodriguez 90), Thompson (MacDonald 90).

Subs Not Used: Penny, Carlisle, Akinbiyi, Mahon.

Booked: Caldwell.

Goals: Elliott 45, Thompson 52, 88.

West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Donk, Pele, Cech, Kim, Dorrans, Simpson (Brunt 36), Filipe Teixeira (Hoefkens 57), Fortune, Bednar.

Subs Not Used: Kiely, Robinson, Koren, Martis, Morrison.

Goals: Zuiverloon 60.

Att: 6,635

Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).