Late goals end Clarets' FA Youth Cup dream
Boss Terry Pashley admitted that his Burnley braves had to bow to a touch of class as Manchester City ended the Clarets’ FA Youth Cup dream at the Etihad Stadium.
After knocking Manchester United out in round three there was to be no further giant-killing for Pashley’s youngsters as City eased through 2-0.
But it took until the 76th-minute for the Manchester giants to break down Burnley’s stubborn resistance as former Benfica starlet Marcos Lopes followed up his FA Cup goal for City’s first team last weekend with a clinical strike on the break.
“We knew we were playing against a good side and I think everybody that watched that will agree they have seen a very good side there, a side that was very expensively put together from all corners of Europe,” admitted Pashley
“The boys worked extremely hard but when they have got someone like the little number ten Lopes it’s going to have an impact at some stage in the game.
“I thought we kept him quiet in the first half and he was going deeper and deeper but all it takes is that one little lapse of concentration and quality players hurt you, and he certainly did.
“Eventually a little bit class showed. But if am being honest I enjoyed watching the lad play. He has a lovely left foot, good balance and great composure. I like to give people credit.”
A late goal from former Real Madrid youngster Jose Pozo confirmed the Clarets’ exit as they were left to rue a couple of missed early chances for Jason Gilchrist and Jamie Frost and their inability to build on a promising first-half performance.
But with Burnley’s preparation disrupted by exams on Thursday morning for wingers Frost and the eye-catching Brad Jackson, they could be proud of their fighting spirit - epitomised by outstanding Irish full-back Cameron Dummigan - in mixing it with another of English football’s big guns.
“The one thing that was a little disappointing is that we know we are better in possession. We gave the ball away easily and cheaply and I know they are better than that,” Pashley added.
“But in the first half Brad caused their left-back some problems and for a 15-year-old that will do him the world of good.
“The one disappointment is that we only come against these teams in the cups.
“It would be nice to test the boys against this type of opposition week-in, week-out. I am sure the boys would improve so much quicker.”