Date: 26th September 2012 at 10:12am
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Burnley were taught a lesson by Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup last night after going down 3-1 to the League One side at the County Ground. The Clarets could have no complaints after being beaten by the better team and putting in in a generally poor, depressing lacklustre performance. The Robins reputation for being giant-killers continued following their victory over Premier League Stoke City in the previous round although based on last night`s performance describing the Clarets as ‘giants` could be somewhat of a joke.

Eddie Howe was forced into a number of changes for this clash with Stewart cup tied plus both Shackell and Stanislas out injured. Martin Paterson was also noticeably missing from the eighteen with the official site stating the reason has ‘being given a breather`. Brian Jensen made a return to the starting eleven and Michael Duff was deemed fit enough to start after being recently sidelined with an Achilles problem. All in all, Howe made five changes to the team that beat Derby County last Saturday at Pride Park with Dean Marney being given a rest on the bench and Bartley and Stock given the chance to shine in the starting eleven. Mills also made a return to the starting eleven in a side that contained five recognised defenders with three playing in the centre of defence.

Our line up in summary was as follows:

Jensen, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mills, Mee, McCann, Wallace, Bartley, Stock, Austin

Subs: Grant, Lafferty, O’Neill, Long, Marney, Porter, Vokes

Charlie Austin of course was making a return to the ground for the first time since January 2011; the month when Burnley signed him from Swindon. He was always going to receive a pretty hostile reception from the Robins fans and there were soon scoffing in the third minute when their former striker just failed to give the Clarets an early lead. It was from the old corner routine too with Edgar dummying the Wallace corner setting up Austin. His drive though flew just wide of target.

Burnley were looking quite impressive in the opening few minutes with Austin in particular looking keen to prove a point against his former club. From another corner taken by Wallace, Austin got up to head towards goal only to see his effort blocked on the line by former Stanley winger, Gary Roberts. Austin also should have done better after latching onto a pull-back from Bartley. He scuffed his shot though and although the ball fell to McCann, he was deemed offside despite putting the ball in the net. Burnley were certainly the better of the two teams in the first eighteen minutes but things were about to change when the Robins took the lead in the 19th minute in virtually their first meaningful attempt on goal.

Once again, the defence have to be held to account for failing to deal with the danger. This time they looked like statues from a short corner as a low cross from former loan, Jay McEveley was allowed to reach Bensen. The striker turned and shot past Jensen into the bottom corner of the net to put the Robins 1-0 up. Burnley tried to respond and came close to an equaliser when McCann latched onto an Austin cross but could only head straight at the keeper.

The Clarets were now getting more-and-more frustrated with Austin in particular seeing less- and -less of the ball. Even when he did, the close attention of defender, Archibald-Henville gave the former Swindon man limited opportunities to get on the score sheet. Three minutes before the end of the first half things got far worse for the Clarets when Swindon increased their lead. Once again it was down to a shaky defence after Edgar`s attempt to pass to Wallace was intercepted by Tommy Miller. In a clinical finish, Miller found Williams who slid the ball past Jensen giving Burnley a mountain to climb against the so-called underdogs.

Austin continued to huff-and-puff but his only real chance came in first half added time when a testing cross from Stock could have given the Clarets a lifeline if only the frustrated striker had managed to get the better of Archibald-Henville with a better first touch. He didn`t so 2-0 Robins at extra time!

Howe had to try something to get back into this game and for the start of the second half, Mills made way for Vokes giving the side a more attacking feel with two recognised strikers up front and a change in formation to 4-4-2.

It made no odds though and if anything Swindon looked the most likely to score. They came close to making it 3-0 when a flick-on from Benson found Williams. His shot though flew inches wide saving Burnley`s blushes.

The Clarets found it more-and-more difficult to string together any meaningful attacking moves although a long throw from Mee gave McCann a chance to shoot but his volley flew over the bar. After 30 minutes of the second half, Burnley were awarded a free kick. Taken by Trippier, the ball flew over into the danger area where Vokes was ideally placed to attempt a header. His effort though was blocked on the line and the score remained a depressing 2-0 to the Robins!

Swindon were not going to surrender their lead easily and began to frustrate the Clarets even more tackling hard and forcing the away side into making mistakes. An error by Wallace let in Roberts allowing him to cross for Williams to head on target. Jensen though was equal to the danger beating the shot away.

Out-of-the-blue though in the 74th minute, Burnley suddenly got a chance to get back in the game, thanks to a goal by Charlie Austin. It was a superb cross by Vokes on the right wing into the penalty area that caused problems for Swindon`s defence. Austin was there to pounce in typical fashion getting the better of Foderingham to roll the ball over the line and clock up his tenth goal of the season in all competitions.

Any hope that Burnley would now make a fight of it was short-lived though with Swindon regaining their two goals lead just nine minutes later with the Clarets defence yet again making a hash of things from a set-piece.

McEverley`s free kick was once again allowed to fly across the penalty area with the defence unable to deal with it. Archibald-Henville got down to head home at the far post.

Swindon were now cock-a-hoop determined to try and punish the Clarets even more. If Jensen had not been on top form, Burnley could have been licking their wounds even more. Williams came close to scoring but was denied by Jensen and Trippier also came to the Clarets rescue clearing a Robert`s attempt off the line. Paolo Di Canio`s men were giving the Clarets a lesson on how to play football and Burnley only had themselves to blame.

The final score then 3-1 to the Robins with Swindon progressing to the fourth round completing a miserable night for the Clarets. Burnley are finding it increasingly difficult to string two back-to-back wins together and that will have to change if we are to make any progress this season.

Match Stats

Swindon Town: Foderingham, Archibald-Henville (Flint – 84), McEveley, Thompson, Navarro (Ferry – 81), Ritchie, Roberts, McCormack, Miller, Benson (Collins – 87), Williams

Subs Not Used: Bedwell, Bessone, Bostock, De Vita

Goals: Benson 19, Williams 42, Archibald-Henville 83

Booked: Yellow Cards for Archibald-Henville, McEveley, Miller and McCormack

Burnley: Jensen, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mills (Vokes – 46), Mee, McCann, Wallace, Bartley, Stock (Marney – 56), Austin

Subs Not Used: Grant, Lafferty, O’Neill, Long, Porter
Goal: Austin 74

Booked: Yellow Cards for Mee and Austin

Possession: 54% Swindon Town, 46% Burnley

Ref: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)


11 Replies to “Cup Exit at County Ground”

  • Really enjoyed last nights game. Without sounding arrogant, we looked to be the team in the higher position. Burnley also sort of reminded me of Swindon 2 seasons ago. We soley relied on Austin for goals. Austin will et found out and have 2 or 3 defenders on him. Town played with 2 defenders on Austin most of the game and it worked. Great night to be a Town fan and hopefully we will be playing you next season in the Championship.

  • Dire from our point of view and we can’t make excuses even with the injuries! We should not be losing in this fashion to more ambitious League 1 clubs!

  • I was mocked when I mentioned that this squad was not impressive, last season I stated that our best cental defenders in order of priority were Bikey, Mee, Duff and Edgar. Why the hell did Howe buy Mee as a central defender if he thinks he is too short and has now decided to teach him to be a great left back. Why are we not in the loan market for a striker? Because Howe said we would need to loan someone better than what we have if we were to go into the loan market!!!!! Well ffs we have Austin and Vokes fit, although Charlie has been rested once. Is he asking the board? Are the board attending games and looking at what we can see, if ever I thought we need a run of 4 games unbeaten it is now, Palace away, Millwall, Sheff Wed and Lashers at home are very crucial to our future. For those that say we can’t look back ok,just look at Eddies stats then and ask are we on course for play-offs?

  • The Board only have themselves to blame if Howe doesn’t deliver. We are clearly not prepared to pay the going rate for proven managers. He is now I agree on borrowed time. The back four should be delivering and on paper Trippier & Shackell are excellent defenders, Mills good going forward, and Edgar..well is Edgar! You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear though, so it all boils down to the right financing to get the right quality of players we need. All credit to Swindon, yet another League 1 club with ambition that far outweighs our own! Please don’t tell me a club in Wiltshire is a bigger club than Burnley because they ain’t but their soul and guts are in the right place!

  • I dont think Swindons squad will have cost as much to put together as ours , it’s not the fact that we lost that annoys , so much as that we were second best again , I did’nt expect this squad to storm the league but I expected better performances than we are getting , how long do we keep building a sqaud for the future , can we keep excusing the squad as being young and for the future , if we are playing with inept tactics , this is the managers team now , so he has no excuse to play with systems that dont suit their capabiltys in my opinion.

  • I agree with your article TMP and agree with your comments Bernie Lee. I thought the first half was OK and if it wasnt for a soft goal and a very soft goal I think we would have been fairly satisfied at 0-0 and unlucky not to be in front. The second half was pathetic and the third goal summed it up for me. I thought it was excellent play from Vokes to set up Charlie for his goal, but he also should have scored with the backpost header mentioned in the article. Performances MUST improve. We MUST stop literally giving goals to the opposition. The majority of this team has now been playing together for over 12 months – but to me they are not playing as a team. Come on Eddie – Get it sorted!

  • ‘I dont think Swindons squad will have cost as much to put together as ours’? Probably not but they are showing the level of ambition and spend relative to League 1 to get a promotion for the second season running. 5th in League 1 and beating Stoke & Burnley suggests they are on their way. In my opinion we are not showing the level of spend required to get us out of the Championship and if we are not careful could be in more danger of joining Preston! The JayRod money and the sell-on Fletcher money? Paying off the Board’s debts created by not showing enough ambition in the first place. Falling revenues, parachute mony running out, average to dire football, poor home gates.This for a club in the Premier a few seasons ago! It might as well never have happened!!

  • Eddie still has to prove he is a good championship manager, hasent shown it yet. Cant see us extending his contract and we dont need to worry he will jump ship Judas style it aint going to happen, he aint catching any chairman’s eye.

  • Dale makes an important point – at times last night we looked a little disjointed. The change in formation didn’t help but professional players should be able to adapt to different situations. Big Charlie scored again but we need to start finding goals from elsewhere and with the exception of Trippier who is usually a decent performer, the rest of the team were below par. Swindon looked to be fired up as a result of their manager’s hot tempered approach. Ok when things are going well but not so good when results are going against you. Still, Swindon deserved their win on the night without question.

  • Some of us remember 1969. League Cup – SWINDON!!!!!!!!! (especially the Turf Moor leg.) Good luck Swindon – I hope you go all the way this time.

  • From our half empty stats of last season Scores out of 20 for the manager were:- Barnsley 2/20, Pompey 2/20, 3/20, Boro 2/20, 4/20, Posh 3/20, Reading 4/20, Leicester 3/20, Bristol City 2/20, 4/20, Birmingham 2/20, 4/20 and Millwall 5/20. These were scores from tmp, minivr, gc and me. I have dropped scoring the manager this season and perhaps given, Huddersfield, Plymouth, BHA, Leicester and Swindon it was one of my wiser moves……

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