Cup Exit as Burnley Twice Pay the Penalty!
Tuesday 29th October 2013 @7:45pm Kick-Off
The Wembley dream is over following our Capital One Cup exit last night at Turf Moor against West Ham. The visitors secured a quarter final place after inflicting a 2-0 defeat on the Clarets but there was certainly no disgrace in our performance. For long periods of this game, the Clarets dominated play especially in the first half. The game remained goalless at the break but effective substitutions in the second half by Sam Allardyce gave the Hammers the edge. It still needed two penalties though, one of them pretty controversial to give West Ham victory. In the 76th minute, Jason Shackell looked to have fairly blocked an attempt by Nolan in the area but instead the referee thought it was an unfair challenge and awarded a penalty. Shackell earned a yellow card and perhaps he was lucky not to get his marching orders. The booking though means he is now on four yellows and will now have to sweat it out until the end of the year when the amnesty kicks if he is to avoid a fifth yellow and an automatic one match suspension. Matt Taylor scored from the spot to give the Hammers the breakthrough. It was all over for the Clarets in added time when Treacy committed a professional foul on Jack Collinson in the area. Treacy received a red card and will now miss the next three games .Collinson took the penalty himself and slotted home to make the final score 2-0 to the visitors. The Clarets can be proud though that they held their own for long periods of this game against Premier League opposition but it seems we simply can`t beat the Hammers in the Cup competitions. It is now played six, lost six! Clarets fans have not been used to defeat recently with the team having notched up eight straight wins but I guess all good runs come to an end at some point. Oh well time to put this one to bed now and forget it! We can now concentrate on getting automatic promotion starting with victory away to Millwall this Saturday. Let`s hope the defeat has not affected morale and motivation, it shouldn`t do, the Clarets can be proud of their performance last night despite missing out on a last eight place.
The Clarets made four changes to the side that beat QPR at Turf Moor on Saturday. Two of the changes were forced through injury and suspension. David Jones picked up a fifth yellow in the QPR clash and sat the cup game out due to an automatic one match ban. Dean Marney also picked up a thigh injury late on during Saturday`s game and was not risked against the Hammers. Winger, Scott Arfield also injured his thigh during training last Friday and missed the Championship game against QPR at Turf Moor on Saturday. He is thought to be close to a return but once again he missed out last night and but now looks to be in contention for the Lions game in the New Den on Saturday. David Edgar and Brian Stock were drafted in to replace the two centre midfielders. Treacy continued to deputise for the injured Arfield and on the opposite flank, Dyche also decided to give Stanislas a run out against his former club with Kightly having to be content with a place on the bench. Kevin Long was also given a start replacing Duff who was named on the bench. We therefore lined up in the usual 4-4-2 formation as follows:
Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Long, Mee, Treacy, Edgar, Stock, Stanislas, Vokes, Ings
Subs: Liversedge, Lafferty, Duff, Howieson, Hewitt, Kightly, Noble
Full Match Report
Both managers made significant changes to their side with West Ham opting to rotate the squad. Sam Allardyce made nine changes in all. The Clarets four changes were mainly forced due to injury and suspension (see Team Sheet above) but the scene was still set for an intriguing cup tie. Burnley lined-up in their usual 4-4-2 formation with West Ham opting to play three centre backs and two wing backs. Bertie Bee too was back in action following his dismissal on Saturday. The mascot now awaits his fate to see if will get a ban following his prank with the specs that backfired! West Yorkshire referee, Robert Madley got the game underway on a dark, wet, windy night in Burnley and it was the Clarets who made the brighter start dominating play in the first 15 minutes. The Hammers and former Real Betis keeper, Adrian was certainly seeing a lot of action in this opening spell and he had to make two stunning saves to deny the Clarets an opening goal. After turning a daisy cutter from Stanislas around the post he then had to deal with a Danny Ings shot from the resulting corner. Ings had thumped the ball on the turn only to see the keeper turn the ball over. The West Ham defence also looked to panic following a cross from Treacy on the right but the danger passed. The Clarets continued to press with the Hammers only having one real chance in the first 35 minutes. It was their skipper, James Tomkins who came the closest, one of only two players who survived the team changes along with Mohamed Diame. His far post header though took a bounce and fell kindly into the arms of Heaton. The Clarets though stormed back in the last ten minutes of the half. Sam Vokes was just offside after latching onto a well-taken cross from Trippier. His header was flicked against the post with the keeper beaten but it wouldn`t have counted anyway. Burnley were looking confident at this stage and a 30 yard screamer from Stanislas nearly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time but the keeper saved-well. The whistle went for the end of the half with the Clarets knowing they had had the upperhand so far.
Sean Dyche made no changes for the start of the second-half but Big Sam made what would prove an inspired substitution. He brought on Collison to replace Diame and the Hammers started to exert some influence taking the game to the Clarets and putting our back four under considerable pressure. Burnley though still had their moments in the opening fifteen minute spell of the second-half. A Stanislas free-kick was curled just over the bar and the West Ham defence had to keep their wits about them on a few occasions. After the hour mark though, West Ham stepped up a gear with Collison playing just in front of the back four causing the Clarets quite a few problems. Joe Cole thought he had scored following a scramble in the Burnley box but thankfully he was adjudged to be offside. A cross from Taylor could have been dangerous if any of the West Ham players advancing on goal could have got a touch but they didn`t! West Ham could now sense that the tide was turning though and a second substitution by the Hammers only brought more frustration for the Clarets. Stewart Downing replaced a tiring Carlton Cole on the hour mark and he too began to exert his influence with Burnley at times on the back foot. Both teams would not have relished the match going into extra time and possibly a penalty shoot out but with the game now a much more even contest that looked more-and-more like a distinct possibility. The opening goal would be crucial if only someone could score. Trippier nearly broke the stalemate from a direct free-kick with about a quarter of the game remaining. The ball dipped with the keeper well-beaten but it stubbornly hit the crossbar and away to safety. Disaster struck for the Clarets though in the 76th minute thanks to a controversial penalty decision. Shackell at full stretch in the area appeared to make contact with the ball to deny substitute Kevin Nolan but the referee adjudged that Nolan had been bundled to the ground and amazingly pointed to the spot! Despite the Clarets protesting, it was all to no avail and Shackell also went into the book. Taylor made no mistake with the spot-kick thumping the ball into the top corner of the net to make the score 1-0 to West Ham; only the third time this season we had gone behind. Burnley tried to get back into the game and Vokes almost got the equaliser with a header in the dying minutes but the ball flew straight into the arms of the keeper. Three minutes of added time were announced by the fourth official but that too went in West Ham`s favour when Treacy brought down Collison from behind with Heaton stranded outside his area after storming out to try and clear the danger. The referee had no option but to send Treacy off and award a penalty. Collison made it a miserable night for the Clarets scoring from the spot to make the final score 2-0 to West Ham. That was our first home defeat in seven months and our first defeat of any sort in two months! Oh well, put it behind us and come storming back against Millwall on Saturday!
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Long, Mee, Treacy, Edgar (Noble-90+2), Stock, Stanislas (Kightly-84), Vokes, Ings
Subs Not Used: Liversedge, Lafferty, Duff, Howieson, Hewitt
Booked: Yellow Card for Shackell (76 mins), Red Card for Treacy (90 + 3 mins)
West Ham: Adrian, Tomkins (Nolan-71), Maiga, Taylor, O'Brien, Diame (Collison-46), C.Cole (Downing-60), J.Cole, Potts, Ruddock, Chambers
Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Morrison, Tombides, Fanimo
Goals: Taylor 76 (pen), Collinson 90+3 (pen)
Possession: 50% Burnley, 50% West Ham (Source: BBC Sport)
Ref: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)