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Corker From Jack Saves Shoot-Out Lottery

Super-sub Cork delighted to get the job done as Clarets march on in Europe

16 August 2018

Jack Cork scored a brilliant winner and was glad it spared him a penalty shoot-out as the Clarets marched on in Europe.

Sean Dyche’s squad practiced penalties in training on Wednesday in case their Europa League third-round qualifier went to spot-kicks.

But thanks to Cork and his never-say-die team-mates they weren’t needed, as the midfielder’s extra-time strike secured a 1-0 aggregate victory over Istanbul Basaksehir and a play-off tie against Greek outfit Olympiakos.

“I was just hoping we avoided penalties and avoided the lottery part of it,” said Cork, who came off the bench to score the only goal of the tie eight minutes into extra-time.

“I’m just really happy we got the win and it was great to score the goal and go through and I think everyone’s looking forward to a little trip to Greece now!”

Basaksehir pushed the Clarets all the way in a nerve-shredding finish after Burnley had missed a couple of chances either side of the break to make it a more comfortable night.

But the Turkish side, needing just an away goal to go through, was unable to score in 210 minutes over the two legs as a re-shaped back four, including new signing Ben Gibson, and inspired goalkeeper Joe Hart kept another clean sheet.

“It was another really enjoyable game, another good atmosphere, the fans were great throughout and it was good to come away with a win and get into the next round,” added Cork, who was given a break from the starting line-up for only the second time since his return to Turf Moor last summer as Dyche made seven changes to the side that drew at Southampton last Sunday and still came up trumps.

“We knew it would be a completely different game and we would be able to get on top of them with the crowd and the way we play here.

“And we did just that and created chances and were probably unlucky not to get one or two more.

“I think throughout the two legs, although they had a lot of possession and a lot of the ball, they didn’t really create too many clear-cut chances.

“I think that’s what we can be pleased about over the two games.

“We have made some changes for the European games and the league and it just shows how strong the players are mentally to come in and do a job.

“We had two lads making their home debuts and Longy who’s not played in the league and Chas who’s come in and done well – a lot of lads who have come in and worked hard and showed they want to play week-in, week-out.”


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