Date: 5th January 2013 at 9:46pm
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In a dire game at Oakwell, Burnley went down 1-0 to a less than impressive Barnsley team who now progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Tykes might have found things more difficult had Burnley not been reduced to ten men following the sending-off of Brain Stock for a second yellow offence in the 36th minute and indeed the Clarets held on until the 85th minute before an error by Brian Jensen allowed substitute Barnsley youngster, Danny Rose to snatch the winner . This was certainly a game to forget, and despite being down to ten men better things would have been expected of the Clarets in a match which had very little action. The truth is Burnley had virtually no attempts on goal in a niggly match that did little to raise the spirits of Clarets fans. This was such a disappointing performance after the highs of Hillsborough on New Year`s Day and once again the result raised doubts regarding consistency and the ability to string two back-to-back wins together even against a side struggling at the foot of the Championship table. We can make excuses that through injury we missed a number of players such as Austin. Mee, Paterson and McCann but then the Tykes too put together a makeshift team having lost the on-loan services of Marcus Tudgay (also injured) and Jonathan Greening who have now both returned to their parent club, Nottingham Forest. Leading goal-scorer, Craig Davies too was also absent from the eighteen amidst rumours he is about to join Championship rivals, Bolton Wanderers. The only bright spot for the Clarets seemed to be the introduction of debutant Dane Richards from the bench in the 68th minute; for a time the Clarets looked a lot livelier but that soon evaporated. We simply have to quickly forget this game, take Stock (except we won`t have him for the next game) and move on, hoping we can get back to winning ways in the Championship when we face Crystal Palace in a tricky home game against the third-placed club next Saturday.

Team Sheet

It was obvious that we would be without Charlie Austin (gluteal/hamstring) and Ben Mee (medial knee ligament) for this clash and in the end Martin Paterson (thigh)and Chris McCann (hamstring) also remained sidelined following their injuries picked up in the previous game at Hillsborough. There was however better news for Dean Marney who returned to the starting eleven after missing out altogether against Sheffield Wednesday due to a thigh injury and Junior Stanislas also made a return after being named on the bench. He had missed the last three games due to a hamstring problem. Brian Jensen was also given out a run out in goal for the first time since the Carling Cup defeat away to Swindon last September. New winger, Dane Richards who only officially signed for the club on the 1st January and who had only just received international clearance was also drafted into the eighteen being one of the seven substitutes. In the end then we lined up 4-1-4-1 with Brian Stock in the holding role. Ings played on the right flank, Treacy out left with Wallace and Marney in the middle supporting Sam Vokes alone up front. The full line-up was as follows :

Jensen, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Stock, Treacy, Wallace, Marney, Ings, Vokes

Subs: Grant, Edgar, O’Neill, Stanislas, Bartley, Fletcher, Richards

Full Match Report

It was perhaps surprisingly a warm, balmy day in Barnsley more reminiscent of spring than winter as Jason Shackell led his team onto the pitch in their blue away strip. The sun though would have little effect in raising the spirits of either team. Wigan referee, Paul Tierney got the game underway, the match soon deteriorating into a pretty scrappy affair with little action at either end. Even comeback kid, Keith Treacy, the hero at Hillsborough could do little to get the Clarets moving into fourth gear. The first 20 minutes passed with few attempts on goal at either end and a dire, stalemate looked to be on the cards for most of the first-half. The game deteriorated into a niggly game and was quickly becoming a massive yawn. Burnley had a chance in the eighth minute when Ings snook in from the right and charged down the middle through the heart of the Tykes defence before setting up Sam Vokes. Vokes though on the left side of the area got his angles all wrong and his shot curled past the keeper, Luke Steele only to fly just wide of the far post. A Wallace free kick from the left flank led to Duff heading over the bar before Wallace himself forced the Tykes keeper into saving his deflected cross underneath the crossbar. If Burnley were creating few chances, Barnsley were creating even fewer! Harewood had been quiet for most of the first-half but he was then involved in a controversial booking. The incident involved Brian Stock off-the-ball and both finished up with a yellow card. Both players appeared to fall out as the home side lined up a free-kick and in the end the referee decided to penalise both players even though Sean Dyche seemed pretty sure, Stock had been the innocent party. In isolation, it was just one of those bookings but for Stock the significance became clear when he picked up a second-yellow card for a blatant foul and was sent off with eight minutes to go after tugging O`Brien`s shirt just as he was about to line up a shot. With Burnley now down to ten men the home side sensed blood. David Perkins hit a shot from distance that curled just over the bar and then with seconds of the first-half remaining Scott Golbourne was ideally placed on the left side of the box but made a hash of his shot blazing it over the bar much to the relief of the Clarets!

Burnley now had to regroup and Dyche made the decision to replace Treacy with Edgar for the start of the second-half. The Clarets though continued to huff and puff without creating any chances and it was Barnsley who looked the most likely to score. Just 90 seconds from the restart, Stephen Dawson had a glorious opportunity to give the Tykes the lead. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box following a half-cleared corner but he miscued his effort and it bobbled away off-target. Dawson then had another chance which he fluffed 10 minutes later following some methodical Tykes build-up play down the left flank. Burnley attacks were few and far between with Sam Vokes now looking extremely isolated alone up front. On the hour mark though Vokes flicked on an Ings kick to find Wallace who cut the ball back to the Welshman. His shot though from just inside the area flew wide of target and the deadlock remained. It was now time for Dyche to introduce a fresh pair of legs so on came pacy winger, Dane Richards to make his debut with Wallace being the man replaced after 68 minutes. The Jamaican international was soon in the action too immediately winning a corner after sprinting down the right flank to liven up a Burnley contingent of over 1300 fans almost asleep with boredom! The winger was ready to impress again a few minutes later after this time charging through the middle before being tackled as he was about to line up a shot. It was the Oakwell curse that struck four minutes from time though just as it looked like a replay at Turf Moor might be on the cards. Brian Jensen was sadly to blame after misjudging a Scott Golbourne attempt that was more hopeful than accurate. The hapless keeper could only tip the ball onto the face of the crossbar before it fell nicely for substitute, Danny Rose to thump the ball into the roof of the net from six yards out to send the Clarets crashing out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for the second season running. A game to quickly forget and one I already have! Let`s return to the more serious aim of trying to get promotion! Bring on the Palace at home next Saturday and consign this mess of a cup tie to the dustbin of history!

Match Stats

Barnsley: Steele, Dawson, Cranie, McNulty, Perkins, Golbourne, Kennedy (Cywka-67), O`Brien, Stones, Harewood (Noble-Lazarus-85), Dagnall (Rose-82)

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Foster, Etuhu, Hassell

Goals: Rose 85

Booked: Yellow Cards for Harewood (24 mins) and McNulty (87 minutes)

Burnley: Jensen, Trippier, Duff (Bartley-83), Shackell, Lafferty, Stock, Treacy (Edgar-46), Wallace (Richards-68), Marney, Ings, Vokes

Subs Not Used: Grant, O’Neill, Stanislas, Fletcher

Booked: Yellow Card for Stock (24 mins) and then sent off for second yellow on 36 minutes. Yellow card for Marney (84 mins)

Possession: 49% Barnsley, 51% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)

Ref: Paul Tierney (Wigan)


60 Replies to “FA Cup Exit in Usual Oakwell Rubbish!”

  • When you see the goal you will realise what a howler it was, ten man Burnley away from home defended well for 59 minutes. 1400 of us gave it a good shout at cheering on the team. It would have been a good team clean sheet given the sending off and Lafferty played well too. Sad end to the Beasts Burnley career?

  • It does look like it Vin. The Beast has been a great servant and I suspect that he will be hailed as a modern day Turf Moor legend. However, every player moves on at some stage and that time surely cannot be too far away now for Jensen. It can’t be much fun sitting on the bench every week – though it is probably easier when your backside is as big as his!

  • A sad end to the Beasts last game for Burnley. Hopefully. a complete howler that cost us a replay after a good defensive though poor attacking performance.

  • I’ll try again. Having nearly completed this post 15 mins ago, Vital Server froze my entire browser graphics for the second time in 24 hours… Poor old goalies. Their mistakes are so massively magnified. Was was Beast’s howler the only mistake that cost us the game? Set aside the fact that refs can never be perfect and their decisions are final. But why on earth did Stock pulla shirt when on a yellow, however bizarre the first one was? That was, like Beast’s, a very very bad error of judgement. Anywy, thanks, tmp, for responding to my earlier expression of concern (on a thread now frozen) about complex new ads seeming to occasionally overpower the Vital sever, and for sharing the advice that Vital HQ says we have to live with them to keep the site going. Is it fair to ask if Vital publish accounts? Can we see whether it’s indeed a matter of ‘keeping going’ and not a matter of underinvestment? I’d also like to comment on the bet365 ad that’s particulalry irritating in the way that it forces you to look at it by opening its own page and blocking all else till you shut it. I don’t want to be puritanical about gambling, but interacting with bookies should be something you choose to do, not are forced to do. That said all credit to bookie Denise Coates who has become Britain’s most sucessful self-made businesswoman in building bet365 up, and who has brought 1,900 jobs to a derelict area of Stoke, and who puts £6million a year of bet365 profits into the Potters, who I used to watch a fair bit as a kid and have a soft spot for. Finally, sorry you don’t like Cup games tmp. Like many others, I still enjoy how, unlike the league, they pitch us all in it together and involve such an overt element of luck… like life, you may not like it what luck throws at you, but my advice is to get on and embrace it.

  • Further to the above post, comparing Beast’s error of judgement with Stocky’s, I forgot to say about bet365 that I have heard that they pay their corporaton tax in the UK, whereas Ladbroke’s and William Hill do the usual legal (but according to our PM ‘immoral’) things that Amazon, Google and Stabucks get up to, and send their profits to some other nation’s tax coffers.

  • I have read a match report on another site and it is much closer to the game I watched than this report on what was heard on Clarets Player. Sure, it wasn’t great but neither was Leicester at home etc etc etc and but for a total howler we would have kept a clean sheet with ten men.

  • I thought we did OK under the circumstances, but were let down by a keeper who dropped an absolute clanger. We would have cruised the replay. They will go down, in my opinion. Let’s hope Zaha has gone before Saturday, as we will struggle….let’s also hope Pato and McCann are in the squad!

  • Have to agree, Vin. The match report here bears little relation to the match I saw (see above.)

  • Clutching at straws? The report was based on texted comments I received from folk at the game and comments by similar fans who posted on twitterclarets after getting back from the game. I have to say they mirror the feeling I got from listening to Clarets Player. They have to put on a postive spin as much as they can being representatives of the club and even they admitted this was a dire game and a poor performance from the Clarets. Losing to Barnsley even with ten men; a side decimated further by the loss of three key players is not good let’s face it. Barnsley have not had a victory at home since September and their last point was against, yes you guessed it Burnley! You can blame the Oakwell curse for some of it, but come on this was a shocking display! Bit of sour grapes going on here methinks because I am anti-Cup games, especially this sort. We needed a replay like a hole in the head whether we went on to win it or not [Edited by turfmanphil]

  • Some fans comments from #twitterclarets:

    ‘Well that was predictably *****. Poor game, decided by an appropriately ***** goal. ‘

    ‘My thoughts on the defeat to Barnsley??? Standard. Don’t win there. We were down to 10 men. That’s how it goes.’

    ‘Dire showing by Burnley today but no worse than Huddersfield away under Howe. We blow hot and cold and will do all season ‘

    ‘Oh well, at least Burnley can concentrate on the League now ‘

    ‘Today has cost me £35 altogether, travel, ticket, food. I didn’t see one burnley shot on goal. Not happy ‘

    ‘So we lose to Barnsley in last 5 mins after having ten men since 36th min. we played poorly. Time to focus on league’

    ‘Absolutely abysmal performance overall, pure disappointment ‘

    ‘No shots on target is unforgivable,no matter how poor a side you r or who you’re playing.What happened to being entertained?’

    ‘Not a single shot on target today. Garbage. ‘

    ‘That’s just awful, i have to say.. Miserable performance today against the worst team in the Championship’

    Oh dear,oh dear!!

  • I think CP might be referring to all the ads that keep popping up! It might have something to do with his PC since I am not affected so much apart from the annoyance of the pop-ups,unders whatever they are! It’s not the first time, I have had complaints of this nature. I fully understand the importance of the advertising revenue and the need to have the ads in order to keep Vital alive financially. I just wonder though if some posters are being affected more than others due to older software, incorrect settings whatever What should we do, contact Vital IT about individual problems?

  • Oh yawn. Come on VFAdmin, don’t blame it all on other people’s PCs when you know nothing about them. My PC is powerful and new and had a comprehensive 6-month health check just before Xmas. I am experiencng no other problems currently though did have some on ClaretsPlayer in the autumn, when others were reporting similar.. and for me that was only when I also had VB open, and they listened, offered advice and I think they also made other changes. Anyway there are 2 issues, sorry make that 3. I’d forgotten about how the cursor has been very slow recently to respond to the mouse, as just happened, and doesn’t happen on any other site. The others are that twice in 24 hours Vital has frozen my entire browser’s graphics until I rebooted. Nothing else has done this, so even though Bband speed is not superfast here, it’s adequate for everything else, and nothing else has had problems in this time. The third problem is other sites opening without me doing anything to request that, specifically a bookie’s site, which raises moral ssues given that children presumably come on here. Advice on techincal issues are welcome. Blanket proclamations of Vital perfection, and which anyway responds to a comment that I did not make, push me further into wondering why, with these irrritating problems, I bother. Whatever happened to listening to customers? Or are we just unpaid workers?

  • Glad Barnsey and I saw the game in a similar fashion. I could list negatives for every positive, its not hard. Lafferty played well, Trips gave his all, Vokes holds the ball well, Wallace was clearly giving his all, Marney is struggling, Treacy needs to keep improving, Richards gave you a smile. Sour Grapes? Why would I have sour grapes? I enoyed seeing Barnsey sell a WTBM to John B ( keep the change!), I enjoyed the singing of new and old songs, if supporting BFC is conditional on entertainment othe pitch its time to look for another club. I will stick with it.

  • You seem to be the only two? Never understand this desire to find positives from a game that sounded truly awful. I suppose if we play like this until the end of the season we can comfort ourselves with the same ‘positives’ can we? [Edited by turfmanphil]

  • I have to confess I haven’t read tmp’s match report yet, but I can back him on his claim that CPlyr more than once said it had been a very poor game.That said (a) I am far from convinced that Twitterers are representative of the total Claret fanbase, though I’ll resist the temptation for now to analyse thier gtoup psychology (b) I agree with VR that most of us go to games for a range of reasons (c) I’d disagree with VR’s view that the cup competetions have had their day. Listening to WHU/MU in a kitchen of Ars fans was compelling last night, especially when VP scored! 3rd Round Day is as much about celebrating the game when the expenditure hierarchies (aka leagues) are cast aside and you take your luck… and if your club’s is bad there’s a lot else going on to get your attention.

  • I think #twitterclarets are more refined than certain other message boards I can mention! Some are calling for the head of Dyche on CM on the basis of that performance. Nobody, and certainly not me are saying that on VB! To me it was just a dreary, miserable cup game and don’t really believe its worth much further discussion. Think we just forget it and move on as article above suggests! Then again we do need the hits..hahaha

  • Hope DT dont mind but I nicked his comments off another forum-Dave Thomas:What a ghastly game it was all round… there were times when we endeavoured to make Barnsley do a passable imitation of Barcelona.From the heights of Sheffield to the pits of this… and what a sad way to remember Jensen for sadly this is what he will be remembered for… not the heroics of 2008/09… such is the life of a goalkeeper…assuming this is his last game a horrible way to bow out… I wondered too if he lost it in the floodlights till the last minute… it was a ball that ballooned up three miles into the air and came down almost vertical…a nightmare to deal with… but he made a total horlicks of it. It had 0 – 0 all over it until his clanger and the back four were excellent… Vokes did his best… apart from that it was all ‘orrible…

    Stock was having a ‘mare of a game before he was sent off

    I kept thinking i wish we had their midfield number 11… the blonde haired lad who ran the show all over midfield

  • I completely disagree with DT that we will remember Brian Jensen for this mistake. I suspect he’ll disagree with himself in something he writes before too long! What we say in the heat of the moment is ofen very diferent from what we say in different contexts. Changing the subject, but also sticking to it… I didn’t say Twitter users were not refined. I said very clearly that I was declining to analyse their psychology. Having thought about it ore, if I am going to analyse anything it would be context and systems. By giving us greater opportunity to speak what first comes to mind, Twitter records something different from what we think later.But I really an’t be bothered with this lousy cursor being half asleep. Meanwhilefabulous FA Cup drama in Swansea!

  • Maybe I am too simple for my own good, I just take folks opinions at face value, and if they overwhelmingly say we played crap(including DT), I will tend to agree with them especially when the Voice of the Club on Clarets Player effectively say the same without the expletives!

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