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Burnley 1 - Fulham 0

Turf Moor

23rd September 2008 @ 7:45pm

Attendance: 7119

Eagles&Jay give Fulham Bird

The last time Fulham beat the Clarets at Turf Moor was in April 1951 and the jinx continued for the Cottagers last night with the proud Clarets defeating the Premier League side 1-0. A late goal by substitute, Jay Rodriguez three minutes before the end of the match avoided the threat of extra time and possible penalties in this Carling Cup Third Round encounter..

Fulham got the bird in no uncertain terms, with Eagles putting in a great pass for Jay to score and propel the Clarets into the Carling Cup fourth round where there is the potential for a juicy draw against a top big name, Premier League side.

Let`s not underestimate the Clarets performance though last night and the task they faced. Fulham are no slouches this season in the top flight and are currently in 11th place. Burnley`s task may have been made easier with Fulham putting out an under strength team but let`s not forget we are 13th in the Championship some distance away from the dizzy heights that Fulham are normally used to.

Fulham retained only three of the side defeated by local rivals Blackburn on Saturday but one of these was the dangerous striker Andy Johnson, a recent 10.5 million signing from Everton, eagerly looking for his first goal with Fulham.

The Cottagers also strangely named only six or their allocated seven substitutes for this match which makes you wonder how seriously they took this game. A debut was also handed out to keeper Pascal Zuberbuhler.

The Clarets sixteen saw the return of Chris Eagles who was named on the bench with Coyle showing faith in Jordan who retained his place in the back four with Kalvenes one of our seven substitutes.

Steve Thompson it turns out was cup tied having played in an earlier round for Cardiff. Ade Akinbiyi and Kevin McDonald were unavailable for selection due to injury

The Clarets therefore lined up as follows:

Jensen, Anderson, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, Gudjonsson, McCann, Paterson, Blake

Subs: Penny, Duff, Mahon, Eagles, Rodriguez, Kalvenes, van der Schaaf

Michael Jones was the referee as the match got underway with the Clarets adopting their now familiar 4-1-4-1 formation with Alexander in the holding role in front of the back four and Paterson the lone striker.

Roy Hodgson's side started the brightest though.

Jensen came for a corner after four minutes and appeared to get bundled off the ball but he gathered at the second attempt.

After 11 minutes though an innocent challenge by Fulham`s Dempsey led to Russell Anderson falling awkwardly and injuring his knee. He had to be stretchered off and Clarets fans face an anxious wait while the swelling goes down on his twisted knee ligaments and a scan can proceed later this week. He left the ground on crutches though so we have to hope for the best.

Coyle was not tempted to move Alexander into the right back position and instead brought on Michael Duff to fill the role.

Chris McCann had the first of many chances two minutes later. He shot wide though after being put through by Blake

Steven Jordan turned the ball away for a corner on 19 minutes after Johnson had hit a low ball across the box. Johnson, still looking for his first Fulham goal then beat the offside trap after being put through by Gera but he fluffed his shot and hit it weakly towards Jensen.

McCann came close again with 31 minutes on the clock but his deflected shot was just wide of the Fulham goal.

The Clarets at this stage looked the most likely to score although Konchesky`s shot was deflected wide with two minutes to go in a rare Fulham attack.

As the half-time whistle went, the Clarets could have been proud of their performance having had the greater number of chances to score and Owen Coyle would have been the happier of the two managers.

No changes were made for the start of the second half as Fulham began to raise their game and put the Clarets under some pressure with 60 minutes on the clock.

However, the Clarets were equal to the pressure and by the end of the match had had more of the possession.

With 15 minutes left, Coyle decided to change things round a bit and brought on Chris Eagles for Blake.

Chris McCann was by now on fire had raised the Clarets fans hopes after twice coming close within a few seconds of each other.

His first a header was cleared in the six-yard box and then from a Blake cross, he shot wide of the post. On 78 minutes it was the lively McCann who came close again after a superb cross by Jordan. He should really have done better with his header though.

Young Jay Rodriguez came on for his first match of the season replacing Paterson after 85 minutes.

Eagles on 86 minutes tested the keeper with a long range shot but a few moments later and the Clarets were one nil up with Eagles the prime architect of the goal. He put in a delightful through ball to Rodriguez who skirted round the keeper and slotted home into the empty net to score his first senior goal for the Clarets.

The Clarets had done it and had thoroughly deserved their victory over Premier League opposition, even it was against a weakened side.

Let`s hope we get an attractive money-spinning tie in the fourth round draw.

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Burnley: Jensen, Anderson (Duff 12), Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, Gudjonsson, McCann, Paterson (Rodriguez 85), Blake (Eagles 75).

Subs Not Used: Penny, Kalvenes, Mahon, Van der Schaaf.

Goals: Rodriguez 88.

Fulham: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Stoor, Andreasen, Konchesky, Teymourian, Ki-Hyeon (Milsom 90), Gera (Pantsil 73), Dempsey, Kallio, Johnson (Nevland 72).

Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Leijer, Brown.

Booked: Kallio.

Ref: M Jones (Mansfield).

Star Player

Chris McCann ran his socks off and could have scored two or more goals. He deserved the Sponsor's Man of the Match award. However we give our Star Player award to Stephen Jordan who probably put in his best performance for the Clarets in defence since arriving at the club. He fully deserves this after some of the stick he has taken and what a way to answer the faith that Coyle showed in him after arguably being at fault in the last match leading to Swansea's equaliser in the last minute on Saturday.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 24 2008

Time: 8:32AM

Your Comments

Cant wait for the draw now, lets hope its a juicy one! Hope Anderson will be OK though, doesnt sound good. Please no more flipping cruciates!!
turfmanphil
Best wishes to Anderson and good to see you giving Jordan the award. I'm not convinced he was really at fault for the goal at Swansea though. A great pass left him with 2 choices and a split second to make the decision. Go for the header or turn and chase. Don't think he would have caught him, so did right and tried to head it. Unfortunate rather than at fault for me. Anyway another positive result and good cup scalp. Onwards and upwards in the league and cup :)
smitrit
good end to quiet a boring game to be honest, nice to see a burnley lad scoring for us again. lets hope for a juicy cup fixture (b*****ds at home?).
tomlaw
Was talking to him after the game in the palyers lounge, hobbling about on crutches, said he just twisted his knee and felt it go, didn't look very hopeful ahead of his scan
MartynRobboBFC
Out for the season now.
smitrit
 

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