Clarets beat Accy 4-0 in Taxing Friendly
Burnley FC staged a friendly against cash-strickened club, Accrington Stanley at Turf Moor last night with all the receipts going towards the League 2 club's SOS 'Save our Stanley' campaign. The match was billed as the SoS Cup and it was the Clarets who lifted it.
The club have now announced they raised £35,000 after 5,301 fans turned up to watch the friendly despite the inclement weather.
In an entertaining match, the Clarets came out eventual winners 4-0 with goals from Guerrero, Eagles and a brace from Rodriguez
Accrington Stanley had been given less than eight weeks to find £308,000 by the Inland Revenue and if the cash could not be found the club would face being wound up.
They were served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes, with the club understanding they had 12 months to raise the cash and pay the taxman. The latest news therefore was a bitter blow to the club's survival chances.
Stanley therefore this week launched their 'Save our Stanley' campaign to help the League Two club's fight for survival and almost immediately Owen Coyle stepped in with the offer of the friendly.
The Clarets put out a strong team last night with striker David Nugent, our new loan signing from Portsmouth given his debut.
Micheal Duff was also making a welcome return following his ankle injury.
Chris Eagles and Fernando Guerrero were also named in the starting eleven together with a number of other new summer signings on the fringes of making it to the first team. Rodriguez took up a central midfield role with Thompson and Nugent up front.
Coyle also gave his young guns a chance to feature by naming a subs bench comprising of our third-string goalkeeper(Danny MacDonald) and those players in their first year of a professional contract. In summary we lined up as follows:
Penny, Duff, Edgar, Eckersley, K.McDonald, Easton, Eagles, Thompson, Rodriguez, Nugent, Guerrero.
Subs: D.MacDonald, Anderson, Ray-Harvey, Fletcher, Hoskin,
Fernando Guerrero, who was having an impressive game gave the Clarets the lead after just 15 minutes. A great pass by McDonald set him up and Guerrero's low shot beat Stanley keeper Alan Martin to put the Clarets 1-0 up.
Burnley then doubled their lead just 11 minutes later. David Nugent was brought down for a free-kick which was taken quickly with Guerrero finding Eagles. Eagles let rip from 22 yards out and it was 2-0 Clarets.
Chris Eagles was also impressing in this match and could easily have scored another two goals in the first half. Martin first of all saved his point blank header and then later could only stand and stare as an Eagles shot skidded just past the far post.
The Clarets went into the break 2-0 up and made no changes for the start of the second half.
It did not take long either for the Clarets to make sure their complete dominance in this match was made to count again. Burnley found themselves 3-0 up within three minutes of the second half.
Eagles put Rodriguez clear and his shot slammed into the roof of the net.
A sequence of substitutions saw the introduction of a number of young guns after the hour mark with Alex Ray-Harvey, Chris Anderson, Wes Fletcher and Ben Hoskin all coming on.
It was Hoskin too who crossed for Rodriguez to head home and get his second goal of the night with one minute to play.
This was a convincing Clarets win with lots of positives. David Nugent although not scoring looked lively and could be in contention for a place in the eigtheen against Liverpool this Saturday. Guerrero, Eagles and Rodriguez were also impressive in a game where Accrington Stanley only really tested Diego Penny once all night.
He saved a shot from Symes late on to deny a consolation for the vocal Stanley fans but this match was all about fund-raising rather than the score.
The Accy fans were clearly appreciative of our efforts and sang their hearts out in support of Owen Coyle for his initiative all night.
So mission accomplished and we wish Accrington Stanley all the best for the future and hope they can raise the money they need.
Burnley: Penny, Duff, Edgar, Eckersley, K.McDonald (Ray-Harvey 69mins), Easton, Eagles, Thompson (Anderson 69mins), Rodriguez, Nugent (Fletcher 75mins), Guerrero (Hoskin 79mins).
Subs not played: D.MacDonald.
Accrington: Martin, Lloyd, Kempson, Murphy, Ami, Proctor, Miles, Turner, Melo, King, McConville.
Subs: Symes, Black, Riley, Joyce, Grant, Richardson, Dunbavin.