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Alan Biggs reports
"This upset was strangely easy to predict"
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Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 18:14 GMT
Derby dumped by battling Burnley

Burnley try to keep out Spurs' Jimmy Greaves in a match at White Hart Lane 1963 Burnley were once a top English side

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Derby 0-1 Burnley

Burnley belied their second division status as they inflicted a thoroughly deserved FA Cup upset on troubled Derby

Andrew Cooke scored with a 62nd minute header after the former powerhouse of English football had largely dominated their so-called superiors.

On paper, Derby County should have won the match but paper teams win nothing
Derby assistant boss Billy McEwan
They showed purpose and poise as they embarrassed Jim Smith's Premiership strugglers and avenged their 1992 FA Cup defeat by the East Midlands club.

When it came, the goal was not as pretty as some of the Burnley moves, but it gave them a thoroughly deserved place in the fourth round.

Derby had already lost eight games at home this season and Burnley always looked likely to increase that miserable Pride Park run.

Rattling start

They were were clearly rattled by Burnley's commitment and pace which took them surging down both flanks at will, urged on by 5,000 travelling fans who often drowned out the 20,000 home support.

Match facts
First half sees Crichton deny Sturridge
62 mins: Cooke heads home after Derby double change
75: Jim Smith leaves ground for foreign scouting trip
Micky Mellon flashed a fourth minute drive into the side netting and right back Dean West's thundering 25-yard shot flew just high.

Smith's players conceded possession with disturbing regularity until Israeli international Adi Nimni helped their midfield gain the upper hand.

He inspired Derby to a brief first-half purple patch, almost putting them in front with a diving header which brought out the best from keeper Paul Crichton.

If we perform to our full capability and potential we are capable of beating anyone and that's what happened today
Burnley's Stan Ternent
Nimni's raking crossfield pass picked out Dean Sturridge and the striker cut inside before unleashing a left-foot shot which Crichton saved at full stretch to his right.

And he provided Horatio Carbonari with an even easier chance but the striker miss-hit his shot from 12 yards.

One miss too many

But Derby were to get little else from this hard-working Burnley side.

Jim would never have left a game before the end under normal circumstances
Billy McEwan on Smith's exit
Smith tried to kick start his team with a double substitution on the hour mark but within 60 seconds, the threatened upset arrived.

Gordon Armstrong surged down the left and delivered a deep cross which Cooke met with a stooping header to beat Mart Poom.

From then on, Burnley never gave desperate Derby a sniff with former Spurs defender Mitchell Thomas and the experienced Armstrong marshalling the defence superbly.

Paul Cook could have ended any lingering doubts about the result in the 84th minute when he was put clear but he dragged his right-foot shot well wide.

Smith's foreign trip

After the match Smith's assistant Billy McEwan was left to answer for the defeat, revealing that the manager had left 15 minutes before the end to catch a plane.

The assistant boss said the manager was on a scouting mission to watch a player in an unknown foreign location, possibly Spain..

"It's important Jim sees a player to make a final decision on whether we sign him and he had to go and see that player tonight," said McEwan.


Derby: Poom, Borbokis, Carbonari, Elliott, Dorigo, Burley, Powell, Nimni, Kinkladze, Delap, Sturridge.
Subs: Hoult, Johnson, Burton, Bohinen, Beck.

Burnley: Crichton, West, Davis, Thomas, Armstrong, Mellon, Cook, Little, Mullin, Cooke, Payton.
Subs: Jepson, Johnrose, Weller, Brass, Branch.
Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

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