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On This Day - 3rd February

3 February 2016

2009

Burnley 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Seven years ago today the Clarets came out on top against yet another Premier League side, amazingly the fifth occasion during that memorable 2008-09 campaign that Burnley had got the better of a team from the top flight.

Following League Cup victories against Fulham, Chelsea (on penalties), Arsenal and Tottenham in the second leg of the semi-final, this time it was West Brom in an FA Cup fourth round replay.

Just on half time a clearance by Brian Jensen was mis-headed by an Albion defender, straight to Wade Elliott, who crashed in a volley from 20 yards.

Seven minutes after the break it was 2-0 when Christian Kalvenes looped in a cross from the left.

Martin Paterson’s header was blocked but there was Steven Thompson hammer home the loose ball from close in.

On the hour the visitors were back in it when lapses in the home defence let in Zuiverloon who made it 2-1 with a low volley.

With Albion pressing for an equaliser to force extra time, the Clarets broke away to seal the tie with two minutes left.

Robbie Blake twisted and turned in the West Brom box then laid the ball off for Thompson to score his second and Burnley’s third to set up a fifth round tie with Arsenal, who had already been one of the victims of that seasons’s “Capital Punishment”.

The real aim though was to finish in the top six and, with a quarter of the Premier League teams already having been beaten, who knew what lay ahead.

Burnley team (442):
Brian Jensen, Graham Alexander, Michael Duff, Steven Caldwell, Christian Kalvenes,
Wade Elliott, Kevin McDonald (Joey Gudjonsson), Chris McCann, Robbie Blake,
Steven Thompson (Alex MacDonald), Martin Paterson (Jay Rodriguez).



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