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22:24 9th August 2011


With Burnley's striking resources stretched to the limits, four-goal hero Jay Rodriguez stepped up - with a little help from Charlie Austin and Ross Wallace - to fire the Clarets into the second round of the Carling Cup.

Martin Paterson's cruel injury absence has put the onus on Rodriguez and Austin and the pair responded with five goals between them as the Clarets finally won a gripping tie in extra-time.

Rodriguez claimed his first senior hat-trick, including two penalties, on his way to a first four-goal tally for the Clarets since Paul Barnes' five-timer in October, 1996 as he opened his account for the season in stunning style.

But it was only his final two goals, and a Wallace screamer, that finally spelled the end for the League Two side after Burton scored twice in the last five minutes of normal time to push the Clarets all the way.

The Brewers never knew when to give up, having twice trailed by two goals as Rodriguez grasped the mantle as the Clarets' new penalty taker and Austin scored with stunning left foot drive to really announce himself as a Burnley player.

But ultimately the Clarets had just too much firepower as they racked up their first six-goal haul since putting seven past York City at Turf Moor more than 13 years ago to launch their cup bid in eventful style.

Jay-Rod draws first blood from the spot

Looking to take no chances at the first hurdle and to let his players find some momentum, boss Eddie Howe had stuck with the side that came back to draw with Watford first game up, with the exception of the injured Paterson.

Austin therefore got a start as he looked to add to a first goal for the Clarets which sparked last Saturday's successful fightback.

But as in the FA Cup tie in January, Burton proved no pushovers and were more than a match for Burnley in a poor first half from the Clarets.

Seemingly unable to stir themselves on an initially low-key night, Howe's men packed no punch before the break and it was the underdogs who went closest to going in front on a couple of occasions.

An early half-chance for Rodriguez from Austin's near-post pull-back went unconverted and the Clarets had few clear sights of goal for the remainder of the opening first 45 minutes.

Charlie Austin scores a cracker and celebrates with a flourish

Kieran Trippier reinforced the decent impression he made on his debut and sent a deflected effort over the bar, while Wade Elliott forced Ross Atkins into a routine save and Wallace sent a long-range volley too high.

But it was the Brewers who showed the greater intervention and but for some careless passing around the penalty area could have punished Burnley on the break.

When they did work a decent opening after 20 minutes, thanks largely to the work of the dangerous Justin Richards, Cleveland Taylor dragged a shot just wide.

And then on the stroke of half-time, Jacques Maghoma was allowed to run and let fly with a low drive which skidded just past the post.

Howe responded with a change at the interval as he sent on Marvin Bartley to add some snap in midfield and the Clarets finally showed some urgency as they looked to avoid the prospect of an upset.

Ross Wallace strikes in extra time

Chris McCann warmed the hands of the under-employed Atkins in the Burton goal before Austin blazed wide after linking with Rodriguez.

And Burnley then produced their best moment so far as a typically searching diagonal ball from Danny Fox was beautifully cushioned by Trippier for Wallace to turn onto his left foot and unleash a shot which Atkins pushed wide at full stretch.

From the corner Austin lifted an effort over the top but the momentum was with the Clarets and with 56 minutes gone they went ahead after Austin was tripped by Tony James and Rodriguez rammed home the spot-kick.

That calmed the nerves and Austin should have put the tie to bed with an hour gone as he missed from close range after Rodriguez had flicked on an Elliott cross.

Thankfully for the striker that did not appear to prove costly, though, as the second goal soon followed.

Wallace has started the season brightly and when he burst into the box to meet a Rodriguez pass his legs were taken away by Adam Bolder, whose disappointment was compounded by a booking from referee Craig Pawson.

Well played Jay!

Rodriguez again buried the penalty in clinical style but any prospect of cruising over the line into round two were dismissed when the impressive Taylor played a neat one-two with Calvin Zola and waltzed through Burnley's defence to score an excellent goal 18 minutes from the end.

That gave the Brewers the platform to mount a late push and even though they were seemingly killed off by Austin's wonder strike, a mistake by Bartley five minutes from time allowed Zola to pounce and make it 3-2.

And with Burnley unable to close the game out, Burton struck again in the final minute to take the tie into extra-time.

Elliott's trip on Taylor gave Aaron Webster a free-kick 25 yards out and when Grant made a hash of his attempted parry, Maghoma poked the ball home via a touch off Burnley substitute David Edgar.

With Edgar on in place of Austin, the Clarets' striking options were seemingly further reduced but it took just 43 seconds of the extra half hour for Burnley to go back in front thanks to a beauty from Wallace.

The hat-trick hero's having a ball

Picking the ball up mid-way into the Burton half, the winger advanced and with his trusty left foot curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner to make it 4-3.

And if that deflated the visitors, then Rodriguez's hat-trick strike three minutes later finally ended their magnificent resistance as he drilled home a low long-ranger to claim the match ball to go with his man of the match bubbly.

It then became close to shooting practice and Rodriguez missed good chances either side of the half-way point of extra time before rounding off a memorable evening's work with another assured finish from Elliott's perfect pass to make it 6-3 at the end of a breathless night.

Burnley:Grant, Trippier, Fox, Amougou, Fox, McCann, Marney (Bartley ht), Elliott, Rodriguez (Fletcher 108), Austin (Edgar 90), Wallace. Subs: Duff, Easton, McKee, Jensen.

Booked: Elliott 90, Amougou 90

Burton Albion: Atkins, Corbett, Stanton, Bolder, Websterr, Maghoma, James, Taylor, Richards (Yussuf 62), Zola (McGrath 103), Palmer (Phillips 81). Subs: Austin, Blanchett, Pearson, Poole.

Booked: Webster 39, Bolder 65

Referee: Craig Pawson.

Attendance: 4,069

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