Burnley 3 West Brom 1: Thompson sets up Clarets for return to capital

05 February 2009 11:16
Burnley claimed another Premier League scalp last night to move into the fifth round of the FA Cup and leave Arsenal facing the prospect of more 'Capital Punishment'.

Wade Elliott's stylish volley and two second-half goals from Steven Thompson were enough to knock out West Bromwich

despite Gianni Zuiverloon's 60th-minute reply, as Burnley proved their heroics will not necessarily be restricted to the Carling Cup.

Fulham, Arsenal and Chelsea all fell victim to a Championship side who almost singlehandedly took on London's top-flight clubs, coining that cheeky marketing slogan before the adventure ended in glorious defeat to Tottenham.

At the double: Thompson hammers home Burnley's second from close range

Burnley will face the winners of Arsenal's replay with Cardiff, with a distinct possibility that manager Owen Coyle will be pitting his wits against Arsene Wenger once again.

Coyle said: 'I've not been to the Emirates yet so it would be nice to go there. We'd love to have an FA Cup adventure similar to the Carling Cup, and we've showed we can marry a cup run with playing in the Championship games.

'This was probably the best win yet because it's the one that counts now. I thought we deserved it and being underdogs it's always nice to take a Premier League scalp.'

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Robbie Blake, who won a penalty and set up the late equaliser for Martin Paterson when these teams drew 2-2 at the Hawthorns 10 days ago, was outstanding again last night.

Blake had already gone close with two curling efforts before Albion seriously tested Brian Jensen for the first time, Roman Bednar's first-time shot after 35 minutes forcing the goalkeeper to tip acrobatically over the bar.

He produced an even better stop on the stroke of half-time, blocking Ryan Donk's header at point-blank range, and it proved doubly important as Burnley took the lead moments later, with the same two players again involved.

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The goalkeeper launched a kick downfield and Donk's weak clearance header fell straight to Elliott, who sent his volley swerving over Scott Carson from 25 yards.

Donk had a part in Burnley's second after 52 minutes as well when Paterson's header from a Christian Kalvenes cross hit the defender in the back and ran loose for Thompson to hammer home from close range.

Zuiverloon pulled one back on the hour, meeting substitute Chris Brunt's angled pass to side-foot the ball past Jensen and just inside the post, before Thompson wrapped it up in the 88th minute.

Blake was the provider with a wonderful piece of skill to turn two defenders and pull the ball back for the Scot to score his fourth goal in two games with a simple tap-in.

Defeat was not too hard to stomach for Tony Mowbray, who made six changes and understandably places Premier League survival higher in his list of priorities.

The Albion boss said: 'I felt we were the better side but the Burnley strikers showed great desire and quality, and that was probably the difference. I don't think the result will affect our morale the for the League campaign.'

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