York City 0 Burnley 4Burnley continued their love affair with Bootham Crescent as they wore York down to carve out a path into the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Twenty one years on from the famous night that earned promotion from the basement division and breathed new life into the club, Clarets fans were back on the terrace where John Francis’s late goal sparked mayhem.
And after seeing David Jones open his account for the Clarets with a sublime early finish into the same net, the travelling supporters were treated to a second half goal spree as Sean Dyche’s men secured a deserved place in Thursday’s draw.
Junior Stanislas doubled the Clarets’ lead in the 61st minute before man-of-the-moment Danny Ings’ seventh goal in six games and a late strike from substitute Scott Arfield wrapped things up.
The Clarets were unchanged from the side that drew the opening Championship game of the season with Bolton at the weekend.
And the visitors almost had the perfect start inside three minutes. Kieran Trippier rampaged down the right flank and delivered a wicked cross that Sam Vokes smashed against the crossbar with a towering header.
Within minutes Vokes again found himself in the perfect spot, but this time his fierce volley from 12 yards was parried clear by City keeper Michael Ingham,
But the opener finally arrived in the 12th minute as Jones made the early dominance count. Ross Wallace provided the assist with a low right wing corner and the midfielder lost his marker at the near post to find the bottom corner.
York had been shell-shocked by Burnley’s blistering start, but they were inches away from levelling with their first attempt of the night midway through the half.
Sander Puri tore into a shooting position 30 yards out and fired a low drive that had Tom Heaton scrambling, but flew just wide.
And as City enjoyed a good spell, Ashley Chambers took advantage of Danny Ings’ misplaced cross-field pass and shaped to shoot, only for Shackell to make a superb tackle and save the day.
Ryan Bowman saw his shot fly just over the bar as the hosts continued to threaten an equaliser.
But Burnley were always a threat going forward and following a sweet move involving Vokes and Dean Marney, Trippier eventually fed Ings in the right channel and his first time shot across the keeper was just wide.
And with half time fast approaching, Shackell was inches wide as he rose highest to meet Wallace’s inswinging corner.
The second half saw York again begin by pressing, with Burnley defending magnificently. And as balls continued to pepper the Clarets area, Heaton was forced to dive full length and grab a flick header on his goalline.
But cometh the hour, cometh the crucial second goal. Dean Marney made amends for losing possession by toe-poking the ball to Trippier on the right.
The defender looked up and picked out his man with a low cut-back to the edge of the box and Stanislas did the rest with a sublime first time finish to finally knock the stuffing out of York.
Ings then got his name on the scoresheet, grabbing an obligatory goal for the sixth successive game – including a prolific pre-season - after his attempted cross to Stanislas was deflected back into his path.
And sub Arfield wrapped up proceedings with a cool side-footed finish in the closing stages to grab his first competitive goal for the Clarets.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Arfield 61), Marney, Jones (Edgar 71), Stanislas, Ings, Vokes (Stock 80).
Subs: Cisak, Treacy, O’Neill, Noble
YORK: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Smith, McGurk, Clay, Chambers, Jarvis (Fletcher 70), Fyfield, Platt (Montrose 67), Bowman, Puri (Coulson 23)
Subs: Kettings, Parslow, Platt, Coates
Ref: T Harrington