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Saturday 5th January 2013 @3pm Kick-Off

Attendance: 5,091


In a dire game at Oakwell, Burnley went down 1-0 to a less than impressive Barnsley team who now progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Tykes might have found things more difficult had Burnley not been reduced to ten men following the sending-off of Brain Stock for a second yellow offence in the 36th minute and indeed the Clarets held on until the 85th minute before an error by Brian Jensen allowed substitute Barnsley youngster, Danny Rose to snatch the winner . This was certainly a game to forget, and despite being down to ten men better things would have been expected of the Clarets in a match which had very little action. The truth is Burnley had virtually no attempts on goal in a niggly match that did little to raise the spirits of Clarets fans. This was such a disappointing performance after the highs of Hillsborough on New Year`s Day and once again the result raised doubts regarding consistency and the ability to string two back-to-back wins together even against a side struggling at the foot of the Championship table. We can make excuses that through injury we missed a number of players such as Austin. Mee, Paterson and McCann but then the Tykes too put together a makeshift team having lost the on-loan services of Marcus Tudgay (also injured) and Jonathan Greening who have now both returned to their parent club, Nottingham Forest. Leading goal-scorer, Craig Davies too was also absent from the eighteen amidst rumours he is about to join Championship rivals, Bolton Wanderers. The only bright spot for the Clarets seemed to be the introduction of debutant Dane Richards from the bench in the 68th minute; for a time the Clarets looked a lot livelier but that soon evaporated. We simply have to quickly forget this game, take Stock (except we won`t have him for the next game) and move on, hoping we can get back to winning ways in the Championship when we face Crystal Palace in a tricky home game against the third-placed club next Saturday.

Team Sheet

It was obvious that we would be without Charlie Austin (gluteal/hamstring) and Ben Mee (medial knee ligament) for this clash and in the end Martin Paterson (thigh)and Chris McCann (hamstring) also remained sidelined following their injuries picked up in the previous game at Hillsborough. There was however better news for Dean Marney who returned to the starting eleven after missing out altogether against Sheffield Wednesday due to a thigh injury and Junior Stanislas also made a return after being named on the bench. He had missed the last three games due to a hamstring problem. Brian Jensen was also given out a run out in goal for the first time since the Carling Cup defeat away to Swindon last September. New winger, Dane Richards who only officially signed for the club on the 1st January and who had only just received international clearance was also drafted into the eighteen being one of the seven substitutes. In the end then we lined up 4-1-4-1 with Brian Stock in the holding role. Ings played on the right flank, Treacy out left with Wallace and Marney in the middle supporting Sam Vokes alone up front. The full line-up was as follows :

Jensen, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Stock, Treacy, Wallace, Marney, Ings, Vokes

Subs: Grant, Edgar, O'Neill, Stanislas, Bartley, Fletcher, Richards

Full Match Report

It was perhaps surprisingly a warm, balmy day in Barnsley more reminiscent of spring than winter as Jason Shackell led his team onto the pitch in their blue away strip. The sun though would have little effect in raising the spirits of either team. Wigan referee, Paul Tierney got the game underway, the match soon deteriorating into a pretty scrappy affair with little action at either end. Even comeback kid, Keith Treacy, the hero at Hillsborough could do little to get the Clarets moving into fourth gear. The first 20 minutes passed with few attempts on goal at either end and a dire, stalemate looked to be on the cards for most of the first-half. The game deteriorated into a niggly game and was quickly becoming a massive yawn. Burnley had a chance in the eighth minute when Ings snook in from the right and charged down the middle through the heart of the Tykes defence before setting up Sam Vokes. Vokes though on the left side of the area got his angles all wrong and his shot curled past the keeper, Luke Steele only to fly just wide of the far post. A Wallace free kick from the left flank led to Duff heading over the bar before Wallace himself forced the Tykes keeper into saving his deflected cross underneath the crossbar. If Burnley were creating few chances, Barnsley were creating even fewer! Harewood had been quiet for most of the first-half but he was then involved in a controversial booking. The incident involved Brian Stock off-the-ball and both finished up with a yellow card. Both players appeared to fall out as the home side lined up a free-kick and in the end the referee decided to penalise both players even though Sean Dyche seemed pretty sure, Stock had been the innocent party. In isolation, it was just one of those bookings but for Stock the significance became clear when he picked up a second-yellow card for a blatant foul and was sent off with eight minutes to go after tugging O`Brien`s shirt just as he was about to line up a shot. With Burnley now down to ten men the home side sensed blood. David Perkins hit a shot from distance that curled just over the bar and then with seconds of the first-half remaining Scott Golbourne was ideally placed on the left side of the box but made a hash of his shot blazing it over the bar much to the relief of the Clarets!

Burnley now had to regroup and Dyche made the decision to replace Treacy with Edgar for the start of the second-half. The Clarets though continued to huff and puff without creating any chances and it was Barnsley who looked the most likely to score. Just 90 seconds from the restart, Stephen Dawson had a glorious opportunity to give the Tykes the lead. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box following a half-cleared corner but he miscued his effort and it bobbled away off-target. Dawson then had another chance which he fluffed 10 minutes later following some methodical Tykes build-up play down the left flank. Burnley attacks were few and far between with Sam Vokes now looking extremely isolated alone up front. On the hour mark though Vokes flicked on an Ings kick to find Wallace who cut the ball back to the Welshman. His shot though from just inside the area flew wide of target and the deadlock remained. It was now time for Dyche to introduce a fresh pair of legs so on came pacy winger, Dane Richards to make his debut with Wallace being the man replaced after 68 minutes. The Jamaican international was soon in the action too immediately winning a corner after sprinting down the right flank to liven up a Burnley contingent of over 1300 fans almost asleep with boredom! The winger was ready to impress again a few minutes later after this time charging through the middle before being tackled as he was about to line up a shot. It was the Oakwell curse that struck four minutes from time though just as it looked like a replay at Turf Moor might be on the cards. Brian Jensen was sadly to blame after misjudging a Scott Golbourne attempt that was more hopeful than accurate. The hapless keeper could only tip the ball onto the face of the crossbar before it fell nicely for substitute, Danny Rose to thump the ball into the roof of the net from six yards out to send the Clarets crashing out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for the second season running. A game to quickly forget and one I already have! Let`s return to the more serious aim of trying to get promotion! Bring on the Palace at home next Saturday and consign this mess of a cup tie to the dustbin of history!

Match Stats

Barnsley: Steele, Dawson, Cranie, McNulty, Perkins, Golbourne, Kennedy (Cywka-67), O`Brien, Stones, Harewood (Noble-Lazarus-85), Dagnall (Rose-82)

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Foster, Etuhu, Hassell

Goals: Rose 85

Booked: Yellow Cards for Harewood (24 mins) and McNulty (87 minutes)

Burnley: Jensen, Trippier, Duff (Bartley-83), Shackell, Lafferty, Stock, Treacy (Edgar-46), Wallace (Richards-68), Marney, Ings, Vokes

Subs Not Used: Grant, O'Neill, Stanislas, Fletcher

Booked: Yellow Card for Stock (24 mins) and then sent off for second yellow on 36 minutes. Yellow card for Marney (84 mins)

Possession: 49% Barnsley, 51% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)

Ref: Paul Tierney (Wigan)

Star Player

This was a torrid performance with the team struggling to string together any meaningful attacks all afternoon including the first 36 minutes of the game when they still had eleven men! Brian Jensen blotted his copybook late on with a mistake that gave the Tykes their winning goal. The defence after losing Stock did pretty well to hold on for so long without conceding but the midfield was ineffective. Sam Vokes tried his best but got little service. The loss of Stock effectively killed off our chances and we had to batten down the hatches to survive. Not a pretty site! Only debutant Dane Richards seemed to liven up proceedings when he came on from the bench with just over 20 minutes to play and even that soon fizzled out and all the effort was virtually killed off when the Tykes got their goal with five minutes to go. There is really nobody who would warrant the 'Star Player` award so I won`t give one! It would be hard to find anybody who would rate more than 5 out of 10 in this match!

Date:Saturday January 5 2013
Time: 9:46PM


When you see the goal you will realise what a howler it was, ten man Burnley away from home defended well for 59 minutes. 1400 of us gave it a good shout at cheering on the team. It would have been a good team clean sheet given the sending off and Lafferty played well too. Sad end to the Beasts Burnley career?
05/01/2013 22:20:00
It does look like it Vin. The Beast has been a great servant and I suspect that he will be hailed as a modern day Turf Moor legend. However, every player moves on at some stage and that time surely cannot be too far away now for Jensen. It can't be much fun sitting on the bench every week - though it is probably easier when your backside is as big as his!
05/01/2013 23:19:00
A sad end to the Beasts last game for Burnley. Hopefully. a complete howler that cost us a replay after a good defensive though poor attacking performance.
06/01/2013 00:28:00
I'll try again. Having nearly completed this post 15 mins ago, Vital Server froze my entire browser graphics for the second time in 24 hours... Poor old goalies. Their mistakes are so massively magnified. Was was Beast's howler the only mistake that cost us the game? Set aside the fact that refs can never be perfect and their decisions are final. But why on earth did Stock pulla shirt when on a yellow, however bizarre the first one was? That was, like Beast's, a very very bad error of judgement. Anywy, thanks, tmp, for responding to my earlier expression of concern (on a thread now frozen) about complex new ads seeming to occasionally overpower the Vital sever, and for sharing the advice that Vital HQ says we have to live with them to keep the site going. Is it fair to ask if Vital publish accounts? Can we see whether it's indeed a matter of 'keeping going' and not a matter of underinvestment? I'd also like to comment on the bet365 ad that's particulalry irritating in the way that it forces you to look at it by opening its own page and blocking all else till you shut it. I don't want to be puritanical about gambling, but interacting with bookies should be something you choose to do, not are forced to do. That said all credit to bookie Denise Coates who has become Britain's most sucessful self-made businesswoman in building bet365 up, and who has brought 1,900 jobs to a derelict area of Stoke, and who puts 6million a year of bet365 profits into the Potters, who I used to watch a fair bit as a kid and have a soft spot for. Finally, sorry you don't like Cup games tmp. Like many others, I still enjoy how, unlike the league, they pitch us all in it together and involve such an overt element of luck... like life, you may not like it what luck throws at you, but my advice is to get on and embrace it.
Couch Potato
06/01/2013 09:16:00
Further to the above post, comparing Beast's error of judgement with Stocky's, I forgot to say about bet365 that I have heard that they pay their corporaton tax in the UK, whereas Ladbroke's and William Hill do the usual legal (but according to our PM 'immoral') things that Amazon, Google and Stabucks get up to, and send their profits to some other nation's tax coffers.
Couch Potato
06/01/2013 09:45:00
I have read a match report on another site and it is much closer to the game I watched than this report on what was heard on Clarets Player. Sure, it wasn't great but neither was Leicester at home etc etc etc and but for a total howler we would have kept a clean sheet with ten men.
06/01/2013 10:08:00
I thought we did OK under the circumstances, but were let down by a keeper who dropped an absolute clanger. We would have cruised the replay. They will go down, in my opinion. Let's hope Zaha has gone before Saturday, as we will struggle....let's also hope Pato and McCann are in the squad!
06/01/2013 10:09:00
Have to agree, Vin. The match report here bears little relation to the match I saw (see above.)
06/01/2013 10:11:00
Clutching at straws? The report was based on texted comments I received from folk at the game and comments by similar fans who posted on twitterclarets after getting back from the game. I have to say they mirror the feeling I got from listening to Clarets Player. They have to put on a postive spin as much as they can being representatives of the club and even they admitted this was a dire game and a poor performance from the Clarets. Losing to Barnsley even with ten men; a side decimated further by the loss of three key players is not good let's face it. Barnsley have not had a victory at home since September and their last point was against, yes you guessed it Burnley! You can blame the Oakwell curse for some of it, but come on this was a shocking display! Bit of sour grapes going on here methinks because I am anti-Cup games, especially this sort. We needed a replay like a hole in the head whether we went on to win it or not [Edited by turfmanphil]
06/01/2013 11:16:00
Some fans comments from #twitterclarets: 'Well that was predictably *****. Poor game, decided by an appropriately ***** goal. ' 'My thoughts on the defeat to Barnsley??? Standard. Don't win there. We were down to 10 men. That's how it goes.' 'Dire showing by Burnley today but no worse than Huddersfield away under Howe. We blow hot and cold and will do all season ' 'Oh well, at least Burnley can concentrate on the League now ' 'Today has cost me 35 altogether, travel, ticket, food. I didn't see one burnley shot on goal. Not happy ' 'So we lose to Barnsley in last 5 mins after having ten men since 36th min. we played poorly. Time to focus on league' 'Absolutely abysmal performance overall, pure disappointment ' 'No shots on target is unforgivable,no matter how poor a side you r or who you're playing.What happened to being entertained?' 'Not a single shot on target today. Garbage. ' 'That's just awful, i have to say.. Miserable performance today against the worst team in the Championship' Oh dear,oh dear!!
06/01/2013 11:32:00
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