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banner Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK
C Palace 1-1 Burnley (Agg: 3-3)
Andy Linighan
Linighan's late goal was vital
Crystal Palace win on away goals rule

Crystal Palace squeezed into the next round of the Worthington Cup thanks to substitute Andy Linighan's 90th-minute goal.

The Irishman, who had been on the pitch just seven minutes, sent the tie into extra time and Palace then held out for a 1-1 draw to win on the away goals rule.

The two teams had fought out a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor and Burnley stunned Palace right on half-time with Andy Cooke's powerful header but Linighan struck just seconds before the end of normal time to deny the visitors.

Palace started the stronger side and Tommy Black clipped the outside of the post after just 10 minutes. Palace had most of the possession but Burnley were solid with Steve Davis and former Selhurst Park defender Ian Cox holding firm.

Burnley were happy to hit Palace with counter attacks and Cooke squandered a clean chance after good approach work outside the Palace box. But the Burnley hitman smashed his shot too close to goalkeeper Alexanders Kolinko, who tipped over the bar in spectacular fashion.

Finnish striker Mikael Forssell had a glancing header wide and Simon Rodger also missed the target for the home side before Burnley hit Palace with the inevitable sucker punch on the stroke of half time.

Micky Mellon's inswinging corner was brilliantly met by Cooke who rose above the Palace defence and headed past Latvian international Kolinko.

After the break Palace forced the Burnley onto the defensive. Hayden Mullins headed wide and Rodger headed over Greek keeper Nik Michopoulos only for Davis to clear off the line.

At the other end Glen Little hit the post from just 10 yards out and Davis forced Kolinko into a diving save.

The last 15 minutes of normal time saw Palace throwing everything forward but without success until deep into injury time.

Substitute Julian Gray's cross eluded Michopoulos and Linighan couldn't miss from two yards out.

Palace entered the first period in less frantic mood but even so Forssell and Black had shots saved by Michopoulos.

But with the away goals rule in Palace's favour, the Eagles were now in the driving seat and were less cavalier in going forward.

It was Burnley's turn to apply the pressure and Gordon Armstrong looked all set to hit a dramatic winner until Kolinko made a breathtaking save to send Palace into the next round.


Crystal Palace: Kolinko, Austin, Zhiyi, Ruddock, Harrison, Rodger, Pollock, Mullins, Black, Forssell, Harris. Subs: Morrison, Gray, Thomson, Linighan, Carlisle.

Burnley: Mihopoulos, Thomas, Armstrong, Davis, Cox, Little, Ball, Cooke, Mellon, Payton, Branch. Subs: Crichton, Cook, Jepson, Gray, Maylett.

Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)

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