Burnley v Barnsley

Burnley 1 v 0 Barnsley (FA Cup – 3rd Round)

Following two back-to-back Premier League wins the Clarets returned to FA Cup action this afternoon against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley Football Club, Sean Dyche made eight chances from the side that won at Huddersfield Town on Wednesday evening with the return of Nick Pope, Stephen Ward and Steven Defour all from injury.

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There was little evidence on show at Turf Moor of the Magic of the Cup in an uneventful opening quarter of the game. The first real effort was a long range shot from Mamadou Thiam on seventeen minutes, which was deflected wide off Kevin Long for a corner.

On twenty minutes, the games big talking point happened when Dimi Cavare brought down Matej Vydra in the area, referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot to give the Clarets their first penalty in sixty-one games.  However, VAR was in operation for the first time at Turf Moor and the VAR official reversed the decision for off-side, just as Vydra stepped up to take the penalty kick.

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Just five minutes later and the officials had another difficult decision to make as Matej Vydra was again denied when he looked to lift the ball past keeper Adam Davies, who looked to handle the ball outside the area, however replays show he was just about on the line and therefore inside the box.

A couple of minutes before the interval the visitors had the ball in the net as McGeehan headed home Ben Williams corner, VAR was not required with the Tykes man well off-side.  This lead to a number of Clarets opportunities in injury time as Dwight McNeil dragged a shot wide, then from a corner taken by Defour, the former Barnsley loan man Kevin Long had a header tipped over by Davies to leave the half-time score 0-0.

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The Clarets should have opened the scoring within thirty seconds of the restart when Taylor sent in a fine cross to the back as Dwight McNeil showed great desire to get a header on goal, but his effort went just wide of Davies right-hand post.

On fifty-four minutes, Sam Vokes was close to opening the scoring when he met a Charlie Taylor cross but his header went just over the visitors crossbar with Davies beaten.  Just a minute later Steven Defour sent an excellent forty yard ball across field, which found Vydra in the area but he scuffed his shot into the ground and wide of the near post.

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Clarets Man of the Match, Dwight McNeil had a right foot shot blocked after surging onto a Defour pass, with sixteen minutes to play Dyche introduced Chris Wood for Vokes and Jack Cork replaced Defour shortly after. But still the breakthrough wouldn’t come  and when Long was late on McGeehan on the edge of box, receiving a booking,

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Alex Mowatt went close with the free kick, only to pull it wide. Barnsley had a second free kick in a similar position moments later, but Cauley Woodrow got the nod ahead of Mowatt, and scooped it hopelessly over.

As the game entered the final minute, a replay at Oakwell looked to be on the cards until Matej Vydra was brought down in the area by defender Liam Lindsay, striker Chris Wood slammed the ball home past visiting goalkeeper Davies for his third goal in three games.

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Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “We have managed to piece together a side today so pleased with the result, because that is a good Barnsley side. As you know am a big advocate of VAR, but referee’s needs to speed up the decision-making to avoid what happen in the first-half, however I do think these things will get ironed out.”

Match Details

Burnley – Pope, Tarkowski, Long, Gibson, Ward, Taylor, Hendrick, Defour, McNeil, Vydra, Vokes (Subs) Hart, Cork, Mee, Barnes, Wood, Westwood, Gudmundsson

Barnsley – Davies, Cavare, Pinnock, Lindsay, Williams, Hedges, McGeehan, Mowatt, Bahre, Thiam, Woodrow (Subs) Greatorex, Dougall, Moncur, Jackson, Moore, Brown, Adeboyejo

Goals(Burnley) Wood (90 pen)

Attendance – 11,053

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