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Goalscorer Jack Cork delighted to keep European run going

2 August 2018

Jack Cork is hungry for more in Europe after pointing the Clarets on the way to Turkey.

Cork headed the extra-time goal that took Burnley to the brink of the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Ashley Barnes then followed up with the penalty that finally killed off Aberdeen at Turf Moor which means the Clarets can now plan for a two-legged meeting with Istanbul Basaksehir.

And Cork is delighted the club’s first European campaign in more than 50 years is still going strong.  

He said: “The last two games have had a really special atmosphere. The Aberdeen fans and our fans have been brilliant.

“It’s a good feeling, a good atmosphere and a good competition to be involved in.

“It would have been a bit of a let-down if we had gone out tonight.

“We worked so hard to get in this position and the fans have been so excited to experience European football, it would have been a shame to go out in the first round.

“Hopefully we can now put in a good performance and everyone can go away and enjoy Turkey.”

The Clarets face a trip to Istanbul in the first leg next Thursday night before the return at Turf Moor on Thursday, 16 August.

But Sean Dyche’s men had to fight every inch of the way to complete a 3-1 second-leg win and a 4-2 aggregate success against an Aberdeen side that was looking to add another chapter to their rich European history.

The Scottish Premiership side recovered from Chris Wood’s early strike to level the scores with a spectacular equaliser from teenager Lewis Ferguson.

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis then stood firm to take a fantastic cup tie into extra time before Cork scored a trademark header – echoing the one that helped knock Blackburn Rovers out of the League Cup last season – and Barnes converted from the spot after a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross had been handled by defender Scott McKenna.

“It’s been a tough couple of games. They were good opposition and made it tough for us through-out the two legs and we just had that little bit extra stamina to see us through in the end,” Cork told Clarets Player HD.

“But if they had scored another goal to go 2-1 up we would have had to get an extra two and it would have been a really difficult game.

“We’re just thankful we managed to finish with the goals in extra time.

“It did look like it was maybe heading towards penalties, which would have been difficult for us.”

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