Burnley hit THREE at Fulham in all-Premier League clash to progress to FA Cup fifth round and cap a fine week for Sean Dyche’s side after win at Liverpool
- Jay Rodriguez scored two of Burnley’s three goals in their FA Cup tie with Fulham
- Rodriguez’s first goal came in the 31st minute, while his second came in the 71st
- Kevin Long closed the game out with an 81st minute goal, ending the game 3-0
Fulham were left to focus on what promises to be a dour struggle to maintain Premier League status after being outplayed by Burnley on a bleak midwinter afternoon at Craven Cottage.
Two goals from Jay Rodriguez sealed a fifth round home tie against Bournemouth or Crawley, meaning that the Clarets could have a deep run in the FA Cup to distract them from their own focus to stay in the top flight.
They were well worth their 3-0 victory on an awkward playing surface, showing no hangover after their triumph against Liverpool.
Jay Rodriguez provided the two of the goals that will see Burnley progress to the fifth round
Both sides came in off the back of midweek games against big opposition, with Burnley making nine changes from their last gasp win at Anfield.
Fulham had eight different starters from their loss to Manchester United as they attempted to make good the two places deficit in league positions.
The snow from the morning’s blizzard in west London was cleared before kick off, leaving heavy conditions behind as the Clarets performed before their new American owners for the first time.
The treacherous conditions were all too evident when Michael Hector lost his footing in the fourth minute, leading to Matej Vydra getting the ball in the net for the visitors, only for it to be ruled offside.
Rodriguez headed home Jack Cork’s cross, to take the lead in the 31st minute of the game
Rodriguez’s second goal from the penalty spot as he played it down the middle to beat Rodak
Fulham: Rodak, Hector, Mitrovic, Ream, De Cordova-Reid, Adarabioyo, Lemina, Bryan, Onomah, Angussia. Kamara
Subs: Areola, Tete, Odoi, Loftus-CHeek, Reed, Cavaleiro, Kebano, Lookman, Carvalho
Burnley: Peacock-Farrell, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Cork, Stephens, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra
Subs: Norris, Mee, Dunne, Lowton, Benson, Brownhill, Westwood, Wood, Mumbongo
Goals: Rodriguez (31, 81), Long
Both sets of players were struggling to keep their feet but Burnley were the more assured with Vydra looking threatening if ultimately wasteful. He had the best early chance when Marek Rodak could only palm away Phil Bardsley’s dipping shot but the Czech could only screw the ball wide when it presented itself to him on the edge of the six yard box.
He should have put them ahead on the half hour when clean through by Dwight McNeil but just a minute later Jay Rodriguez showed how it should be done when he glanced in a low header from a precision cross delivered by Jack Cork.
Fulham were enjoying more possession but too often found themselves understaffed in midfield and Burnley were certainly not flattered by leading 1-0 at the break.
While Mitrovic had headed in after threat being adjudged offside there had been little direct from them in the face of their opposition’s solid 4-4-2, although Joe Bryan had been probing down the left to good effect.
Bryan brought a superb save from Bailey Peacock-Farrell five minutes after the restart, and then managed to block the follow up from Mitrovic.
It was a more purposeful period from the home side who were having more success in the 50-50 challenges on the increasingly muddy expanses. Kamara’s pace was beginning to cause problems.
Burnley were still a threat and Stephens had a clear shot blocked from inside the box blocked after Vydra set him up.
Kevin Long scored the final goal of the game in the 81st minute – to see Burnley win 0-3
Sean Dyche’s men will go on to play the winner of Bournemouth vs Crawley on Tuesday
The Czech striker was in the thick of it again when he won the decisive penalty after being needlessly shoved over by Hector. Rodriguez made no mistake to give them a two goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining.
A double substitution failed to change the momentum and with nine minutes left the outcome was put beyond doubt when Kevin Long scrambled in from close range after John Gudmundsson’s cross had been knocked back.
As had been the case for much of the afternoon, it was Burnley who reacted quicker to the ricochets. They cantered home, with their fringe players making their case impressively for more regular starts.