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FA CUP PREVIEW: Burnley v Barnsley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets launch FA Cup bid against League One Tykes

5 January 2019

The Clarets launch their FA Cup challenge against Barnsley looking to avoid an upset and keep firing on all fronts.

Successive Premier League wins since Boxing Day have lifted Burnley out of the bottom three and restored the feel-good factor to Turf Moor.

Continuing the battle to stay in the top flight remains the number-one goal heading into 2019 and many of the players who have helped put those recent points on the board will get a breather.

But manager Sean Dyche still sees value in the Cup as the Clarets bid to improve on their recent poor record in the competition and give useful game-time to squad members who could still have big roles to play in the second half of the campaign.

“There are a number of players who have played the majority of those games, so that has to be factored in,” said Dyche, whose side played eight league games in 33 days from the start of December.

“We want a healthy balance. We want to be good in the Cup, of course, and we want to take that on.

“But we’ve also got to use it wisely, especially when we’ve been stripped of players at times in the past few months.

“We’ve got to make the players are as fit as they can be ready for when we go back into the Premier League.

“And, hopefully, we can put on a performance, win this game and we’ve got a group ready for the next game as well.”

The Clarets will be aiming to kick off a run and earn their place in round four by knocking out a Barnsley side that has already negotiated two rounds and is challenging for promotion from League One and an instant return to the Championship under former Hannover 96 manager Daniel Stendel.

The German (above) may also have split priorities, but Dyche is taking no chances as Burnley look to stay on a roll.

“We’ve done our homework on Barnsley. They’re a decent side and they’re going well at the moment,” added the Burnley boss.

“Whatever team we put out on Saturday they’ll be capable, but they’ll know they’re in for a game.”

Team news

The Clarets are expected to make several changes as manager Sean Dyche rests a number of players following a run of eight Premier League games in 33 days.

But his options are likely to be increased by the return from injury of goalkeeper Nick Pope, defender Stephen Ward and midfielder Steven Defour.

Winger Aaron Lennon is facing at least another month out following knee surgery.

Barnsley have completed the permanent signing of Cauley Woodrow following seven goals – including three in the FA Cup – from the striker during a loan spell from Fulham.

However, former Blackpool midfielder Brad Potts will be involved after clinching a move back to Lancashire to join Preston.

Thirteen-goal top scorer Kieffer Moore (above) is available for the visitors after missing three games through injury.

Form guide

Burnley have bounced back to form in the Premier League with back-to-back wins over West Ham and Huddersfield lifting the Clarets out of the bottom three.

They will now be looking to keep the momentum going by getting part round three in the FA Cup for only the third time in eight seasons.

Barnsley’s recent record in the competition doesn’t make great reading either.

Since reaching the semi-finals in 2008, the Tykes have only once gone past round three – a run to the last eight in 2013.

However, Daniel Stendel’s side have negotiated two rounds so far this season, beating Notts County 4-0 and Southend 4-2.

And Barnsley’s form in League One is also impressive with just two defeats in 11 games.

A 0-0 draw at promotion rivals Luton Town on New Year’s Day extended their unbeaten run to five games – with just two goals conceded – and kept them fourth in League One.

The VAR system will be in use for the first time at Turf Moor.

Opposition camp

Barnsley assistant manager Andreas Winkler: “The league is the priority but, if you’re in the third round, you want to go to the next round.

“We’re looking forward to playing against a Premier League team; they have a strong side but you never know. There are no penalty shootouts in the first game, so maybe we could go for a draw – or maybe more.

“Not to be arrogant, but we will have a lot of confidence – that is the basic to be successful and I’m sure we won’t be nervous.

"It’s not Liverpool and it’s not Manchester United, but we have lots of respect for a Premier League team like Burnley and they’re organised and every player has lots of quality.

“The pressure is on Burnley, not on us; we are focussed on League One and the pressure is on them, especially playing at home. We have a young squad with lots of energy and I think we will be good competition for them.”

Match stats

The Clarets’ only defeat in their last eight home FA Cup ties was their fifth-round defeat to Lincoln City two seasons ago.

Barnsley have won just one of their last 10 games at Turf Moor – a Championship win in December, 2008.

This will be the third FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, Barnsley beating Burnley in Sean Dyche’s first cup tie as Clarets boss in January, 2013. The Clarets won the first tie in 1911.


Simon Hooper (plus VAR)


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Burnley 1 Barnsley 0

Late Wood winner sends Clarets through on day of penalty drama

5 January 2019

Chris Wood continued his scoring streak to spare the Clarets a trip to Oakwell and an FA Cup third-round replay on an afternoon of penalty drama.

Burnley were denied one spot-kick by the intervention of VAR but then in stoppage time were awarded another which Wood coolly converted to make it three goals in as many games and six for the season.

The striker came off the bench to bag the winner after Burnley boss Sean Dyche had made eight changes to his starting line-up following back-to-back Premier League wins.

There were welcome returns from injury for Nick Pope, Steven Defour and Stephen Ward and valuable game time for others.

But despite an experienced line-up, captained by James Tarkowski who impressed in an unfamiliar right-back role, it was still a testing tie for the Clarets as they eased players back and looked to get past round three for only the third time in eight seasons.

The League One visitors rarely looked like scoring against Burnley's re-shaped back four, but were far from out-classed and were only minutes away from earning a replay when Liam Lindsay needlessly brought down Matej Vydra and Wood sent them out.

With Turf Moor hosting the VAR (video assistant referee) system for the first time, it was perhaps inevitable it would play a part.

And it took just 20 minutes for the technology to have its say as Burnley were denied a penalty.

Despite a 64-game wait for a spot-kick on in the Premier League, the Clarets have had their share of penalties in recent cup ties and they thought they had another when Matej Vydra was bundled over by Dimi Cavare as he ran onto an excellent pass from Defour.

Cavare was booked but, like the penalty decision, that was over-turned as referee Simon Hooper was told Vydra, who had the ball on the spot and was starting his run-up by time the information filtered through, was off-side by the width of his shirt in the build-up.

That was the major talking point of a goalless first half, which did see Barnsley have the ball in the net from a Cam McGeehan header which was ruled out for off-side without the intervention of VAR.

The League One side were lively on the break but didn’t force Pope into a meaningful save on his return to action for the first time since suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Clarets’ opening game of the season at Aberdeen way back in July.

And opposite number Adam Davies wasn’t over-worked either, Sam Vokes failing to test him from a Vydra knock-down from Burnley’s best chance before a stoppage-time header from former Barnsley loanee Kevin Long had to be touched over the bar.

Despite their own priorities of chasing an instant return to the Championship, Barnsley made just two changes to their last league line-up with the sale of midfielder Brad Potts to Preston necessitating one of them.

They had been more than a match for the Clarets but less than a minute into the second half should have gone behind, Charlie Taylor delivering a fine cross from his left-wing berth which Dwight McNeil met with a powerful header he sent the wrong side of the post.

Taylor then provided another heading chance for Vokes he couldn’t direct goalwards and with the openings starting to come, Vydra should have made more of a raking crossfield pass from Defour as Burnley began to take control.

The Clarets looked to press home that advantage with another decent move ending with a cross from Ward which Vydra headed over the top.

But for a long time that looked as though it would be as near as the Clarets would come to avoiding a replay.

And while Pope could have caught cold in an in-active second half there were two anxious moments for Burnley to survive as Barnsley sniffed a possible late upset.

Twice in the last five minutes the visitors had free-kick opportunities less than 25 yards from goal.

But neither time did Alex Mowatt or new permanent signing Cauley Woodrow hit the target and in stoppage time the underdogs saw their hopes dashed.

Lindsay’s clumsy challenge on Vydra this time lead to a clear-cut penalty and Wood accepted the chance to bury the spot-kick and take the Clarets through.

Burnley: Pope, Tarkowski, Long, Gibson, Ward (Gudmundsson 59), McNeil, Defour (Cork 78), Hendrick, Taylor, Vydra, Vokes (Wood 74). Substitutes: Hart, Mee, Barnes, Westwood.

Booked: Long

Barnsley: Davies, Cavare, Pinnock, Lindsay, Williams, Thiam (Moncur 77), Mowatt, McGeehan, Hedges (Moore 63), Bahre (Dougall 83), Woodrow. Substitutes: Greatorex, Jackson, Adeboyejo, Brown.

Booked: Williams

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 11,053

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