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PREVIEW: Burnley v Peterborough United

Build-up as the Clarets launch FA Cup bid against League One Posh

3 January 2020

The Clarets launch their FA Cup campaign looking for a Turf Moor tonic.

A tricky festive period left Sean Dyche’s men pointless from three defeats in the Premier League.

A third-round cup tie against Peterborough United therefore offers a potentially welcome change of scene.

And after struggling for home form in recent weeks, the prospect of starting a cup run against League One opposition also provides the chance to regain momentum at the start of 2020.

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“We want to get back to winning ways and the FA Cup is a football match you want to win,” said fit-again Clarets’ winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who could start a first game since October after proving his well-being in impressive cameos in defeats to Manchester United and Aston Villa.

“We will go out on Saturday to try and win that match and get that good feeling back going into the Premier League.”

Maintaining Premier League status remains the Clarets’ priority with a testing run to come against Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Peterborough also have eyes on their league programme as they look to bounce back from three defeats of their own to sustain a promotion challenge.

The ‘Posh’ have only made it to round four of the Cup twice in 11 years.

But among those hoping for a confidence-boosting upset is former Clarets’ midfielder George Boyd.

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“I was buzzing with the draw,” said the 34-year-old, who spent three seasons at Turf Moor and shared a Championship title-winning success in 2016.

“I don’t think the rest of the lads were as it’s a long way to go and it will be cold in Burnley in January!

“It will be a tough game for us on Saturday, but if we play well you never know.

“Certainly, the younger lads should just embrace it and go for it as it’s a big stage and chances to play against Premier League teams don’t come around very often,” Boyd – now his second spell at Peterborough – told his local press.

Team news

The Clarets are likely to make several changes as manager Sean Dyche gives game-time to a number of players who haven’t figured heavily in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson could be among those to get a start as he builds up his match fitness.

However, Ben Gibson isn’t under consideration after just returning to training and goalkeeper Nick Pope will not play following a recent ankle problem.

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Peterborough have signed midfielder Reece Brown (above) on loan from Huddersfield Town and he is available to play

The League One side will also have central defender Frankie Kent available again after a one-match ban and midfielder Serhat Tasdemir could be back after injury.

However, winger Siriki Dembele starts a three-game ban for his sending-off in Posh’s New Year’s Day defeat at Lincoln City and Frazer Blake-Tracy, Idris Kanu, Nathan Thompson and Josh Knight are all injured.

Former Claret George Boyd is expected to start after returning from an injury absence on Boxing Day.

Form guide

Neither side is in great form with both on the back of three-game losing runs.

The Clarets have lost four of their last five top-flight games at Turf Moor.

Peterborough were unbeaten in nine games in all competitions heading up to Christmas, including wins over Stevenage and Dover Athletic in the FA Cup to reach round three.

But Darren Ferguson’s men have since lost three times in League One – conceding nine goals in the process.

They have won away just three times in the league but remain in the play-off places.

Opposition camp

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson: “Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job. I get on well with him.

“When you look at what he has achieved when you take into considerations the budget compared to everyone else in the league, it is remarkable and he deserves enormous credit. I am sure they will make changes, but whatever side they field will have quality.

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“We will have to defend our box well, both in open play and at set-pieces, but we are not going there to defend, we are going there to attack.

“There is no point talking about what if’s, if we are going to go out of the competition it won’t be for the want of trying. It is a good tie for us; a distraction from the league and one we are looking forward too.”

Match stats

The Clarets face Peterborough at Turf Moor for the first time since September 2012 when a Charlie Austin hat-trick helped Burnley to a 5-2 win in the Championship.

The two sides have never previously met in the FA Cup.

The Clarets have won seven of their last nine home FA Cup ties, with their only defeat a 1-0 loss to Lincoln City in round five three years ago.

Peterborough haven’t beaten top-flight opposition in the FA Cup in 26 matches going back to 1965.

Referee

Robert Jones

VAR

Mike Dean

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REPORT: Burnley 4 Peterborough 2

Jay Rodriguez twice on target as Clarets east past League One Posh to reach round four

4 January 2020

Jay Rodriguez bridged an eight-year gap to spearhead the Clarets’ march into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

A brilliant solo effort against Peterborough in February, 2012 lit up Turf Moor as Rodriguez earned the Clarets a Championship point towards the end of his first Burnley stay.

And he once more punished the Posh in a first FA Cup meeting between the sides with two goals in a comfortable win which booked Sean Dyche’s men a place in Monday night’s draw for the last 32.

Eric Pieters and Jeff Hendrick also got themselves on the scoresheet as the League One's leading scorers were always kept at arm’s length – despite twice cutting back a three-goal deficit.

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And after a tough run over Christmas this was just the tonic the Clarets needed as they went into round four for the fourth time in five years.

Dyche made eight changes to the side that had kicked off the new year against Aston Villa but this was still very much a senior line-up.

And the Clarets made their superiority tell from the start as they threatened to put the tie to bed inside the first quarter of an hour.

Rodriguez’s first goal after just eight minutes lacked the star quality of his earlier effort but was still of importance as it immediately settled any potential anxiety in an ideal start for the Clarets on the back of three successive Premier League losses.

Rodriguez had also scored the opening goal as the Clarets went out of the Carabao Cup to League One opposition in Sunderland in August, but this time they pressed home their advantage.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson was denied a goal on his first start since October as Christy Pym saved his hurried effort but the second goal wasn’t long in coming as the Clarets went 2-0 up in spectacular style.

Again the Posh defence was stretched by some expansive football and when they cleared only as far as Pieters, the left-back chested the ball down and cracked a superb left-foot volley into the bottom corner from close to 30 yards to claim his first Burnley goal.

When Mark Beevers then deflected a Jeff Hendrick shot past Pym 10 minutes later it looked like a comfortable afternoon for the Clarets and a long one for the impressive Peterborough following that had travelled north for the lunch-time kick-off.

But new loan signing Reece Brown had given them a glimmer of hope with an effort he fired just across the face of Joe Hart’s goal.

And after top scorer Toney had missed a decent chance he did pounce six minutes before the break to just about keep Posh in the contest after Matt Lowton’s mis-directed header had by-passed Hart and given him the chance to slot into an empty net.  

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Had Toney then accepted another opportunity created by a superb ball from ex-Claret George Boyd three minutes after the re-start it might have got interesting.

But the Clarets responded by killing off any prospect of a comeback with a classy fourth goal converted by Rodriguez.

It was a tidy finish, angled back across Pym into the far corner, but owed everything to a lovely reverse pass from Aaron Lennon which got Rodriguez in behind Peterborough’s back line with a perfectly timed run.

Lennon was enjoying his afternoon and tried to set up Rodriguez for his hat-trick when he might have gone for goal himself to increase the lead further.

But Peterborough weren’t quite finished yet as substitute Ricky Jones volleyed in from close range after Pieters had cleared off the line to keep the Clarets honest to the end of a welcome eighth win from their last 10 Turf Moor ties in the competition, Hendrick clipping the bar with an injury-time free-kick as he almost finished it in style.

Burnley: Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Pieters; Lennon, Hendrick, Cork (Westwood 89), Gudmundsson (Taylor HT); Wood (Vydra 73), Rodriguez. Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Bardsley, Koiki, Mee.

Booked:

Peterborough: Pym; Mason, Bennett, Beevers, Butler; Brown, Reed (Barker 64), Boyd; Maddison; Toney, Eisa (Jones 58). Substitutes: O’Malley, Kent, Tasdemir, Ward, Burrows.

Booked: Brown

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 8,043

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