West Ham capitalise as Burnley pay the penalty for indiscipline
Championship leaders undone by two goals in the final quarter
Burnley 0 West Ham United 2
Sean Dyche’s first anniversary as Burnley manager was soured as a controversial penalty provided Premier League West Ham safe passage into the quarter-final.
It was harsh on Burnley who started in the mood to mark the year in charge for Dyche with a ninth successive victory.
Dyche’s Burnley history makers, three points clear at the top of the Championship following their best start to a season since 1897, were without their first-choice central-midfield pairing David Jones and Dean Marney because of suspension and injury respectively.
With Junior Stanislas keen to make an impression against his former club, West Ham’s inexperienced defensive unit were stretched. Twice in the 12th minute Stanislas’s direct run at the debutant Pelly Ruddock resulted in a daisycutter being tipped round a post by Adrian. From the resulting corner, Ings saw a fierce half-volley palmed over the top.
It was a different story at the beginning of the second half however. Within a couple of minutes Cole was felled by Kieran Trippier’s challenge as he seized on Maiga’s cute backheel. Then, after Maiga’s deflected volley won a corner, James Tomkins’ downward header from Joe Cole’s delivery was hacked away from inside his six-yard box by Edgar.
Midway through the half Burnley’s Trippier applied a Cristiano Ronaldo-style technique to a free-kick 25 yards out but struck the crossbar.
However, West Ham were able to book their place in the last 16 when Nolan’s volley was stymied by what appeared to be an excellently timed challenge from Shackell.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Mee, Stock, Edgar, Treacy, Ings, Stanislas, Vokes. Subs: Lafferty, Duff, Kightly, Howieson, Hewitt, Noble, Liversedge.
WEST HAM: Adrian, Ruddock, Potts, Tomkins, Chambers, Joe Cole, Diame, Taylor, O’Brien, Maiga, Carlton Cole. Subs: Spiegel, Nolan, Collison, Morrison, Downing, Tombides, Fanimo.
Referee: Robert Madley