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Burnley 3-1 West Brom

By Phil Dawkes

Burnley players celebrate their opener against West Brom
Burnley players celebrate Wade Elliott's opener

Steven Thompson struck twice as Burnley dumped Premier League West Brom out of the FA Cup to set up a fifth round tie against Arsenal or Cardiff.

Wade Elliott volleyed in the first for the Clarets before Thompson lashed in the second after a failed clearance.

Gianni Zuiverloon fired in from the edge of the box on the hour to give the Baggies hope.

Robbie Blake skilfully set up Thompson for a simple tap in for his second and Burnley's third to see them through.

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The victory is Burnley's fourth against top flight opposition this season and goes some small way towards exorcising the ghost of their last-gasp defeat to Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray made six changes to the side that faced Hull in the Premier League last Saturday, indicating where the FA Cup features in his list of priorities.

It was one of those changes, Roman Bednar, who almost gave the visitors the lead four minutes before the interval when Marc-Antoine Fortune beat the offside trap and laid the ball back to the Czech, but his strike was diverted for a corner by keeper Brian Jensen.

Three minutes later, Burnley took the lead when a long punt upfield from Jensen was headed upwards by an Albion defender and Elliott was on hand to strike a superb volley into the left-hand corner from 20 yards.

Burnley grabbed a second seven minutes after the break when Martin Paterson's far-post header from a Christian Kalvenes cross was blocked, but Thompson was on hand to lash the loose ball in from six yards.

Yet the visitors responded impressively and with half an hour to go Zuiverloon was given enough space on the right side of the Burnley penalty area to drill a fine low shot past Jensen into the bottom corner.

Any hopes the Baggies had of forcing extra-time were ended two minutes from time when Blake brilliantly set up Thompson in the six-yard box to tap in his second and seal a deserved victory.


Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Duff, Caldwell, Kalvenes, McDonald (Gudjonsson 80), Elliott, McCann, Blake, Paterson (Rodriguez 90), Thompson (MacDonald 90).

Subs Not Used: Penny, Carlisle, Akinbiyi, Mahon.

Booked: Caldwell.

Goals: Elliott 45, Thompson 52, 88.

West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Donk, Pele, Cech, Kim, Dorrans, Simpson (Brunt 36), Filipe Teixeira (Hoefkens 57), Fortune, Bednar.

Subs Not Used: Kiely, Robinson, Koren, Martis, Morrison.

Goals: Zuiverloon 60.

Att: 6,635

Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).


BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Burnley's Stephen Thompson 7.46 (on 90 minutes).

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West Brom 2-2 Burnley
24 Jan 09 |  FA Cup


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