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Robins delighted with Tykes win

Barnsley boss Mark Robins
Robins' side proved too strong for their Premier League rivals

Barnsley boss Mark Robins said he hoped his side's dramatic 3-2 Carling Cup win over Burnley would be the start of a good run at home for his side.

The win was Barnsley's first at Oakwell since March, but Robins said his side was better than that record suggested.

"People are still tagging on to that you have not won at home for six months. It's not that long," he said.

"But when you're talking about home form you want to be winning. This is proof we can beat top teams at home."

The Tykes fell behind to a Steven Fletcher strike but hit back 60 seconds later through Jon Macken and then in first-half stoppage time with a spectacular strike from Anderson De Silva.

Burnley fought back with a goal created by Fernando Guerrero and scored by Chris Eagles, but Hugo Colace scored a bullet header with 15 minutes remaining to settle the tie.


After a dismal start to the season, the Tykes' form has shown signs of recovering since former Manchester United striker Robins replaced Simon Davey as manager.

"Burnley paid us a real good compliment because they played the majority of the side that played against Sunderland and beat them at the weekend," added Robins.

"And they made it clear right from the offset that they were going to come and attack us.

"That suited us and I brought Jonathan Macken in tonight and he was fantastic and did everything you need your centre forward to do to enable you to play.

"If you look at the great goals we have scored, there were some great balls into the box, there's a lot to be pleased with."

The last time the Tykes made it to the fourth round was in October 1999 when they also knocked out a Premier League side - Bradford.

Burnley boss Owen Coyle, whose side enjoyed a famous run to the semi-finals of the same competition last season, was clearly disappointed with his side's exit.

After seeing his side beat Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal and compete so valiantly with Tottenham last season, the Clarets boss was looking for his side to embark on another cup run.

"We came here to win," he said. "And I know we made six changes to the team from Saturday and including the substitutes we made nine changes.

"But the team was strong enough to win the game and I think we offered enough to do so.

"You have got to pay credit to Barnsley, any neutral watching it will have seen some good football, end to end, but I'm disappointed to have lost."

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Barnsley 3-2 Burnley
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