Burnley 1 Barnsley 0
By Burnley FC
January 5 2019
Chris Wood continued his scoring streak to spare the Clarets a trip to Oakwell and an FA Cup third-round replay on an afternoon of penalty drama.
Burnley were denied one spot-kick by the intervention of VAR but then in stoppage time were awarded another which Wood coolly converted to make it three goals in as many games and six for the season.
The striker came off the bench to bag the winner after Burnley boss Sean Dyche had made eight changes to his starting line-up following back-to-back Premier League wins.
There were welcome returns from injury for Nick Pope, Steven Defour and Stephen Ward and valuable game time for others.
But despite an experienced line-up, captained by James Tarkowski who impressed in an unfamiliar right-back role, it was still a testing tie for the Clarets as they eased players back and looked to get past round three for only the third time in eight seasons.
The League One visitors rarely looked like scoring against Burnley's re-shaped back four, but were far from out-classed and were only minutes away from earning a replay when Liam Lindsay needlessly brought down Matej Vydra and Wood sent them out.
With Turf Moor hosting the VAR (video assistant referee) system for the first time, it was perhaps inevitable it would play a part.
And it took just 20 minutes for the technology to have its say as Burnley were denied a penalty.
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Well this game really showed up our need for someone who can put the ball away and also someone who can pass to our own players.
McNeil good again, he is going to be a shining light for us is that lad.
VAR is a step backwards. Mark my words there is going to be on-going debate about its benefits.
Good to see Pope back. Good to see Defour back, Good to see Vydra getting a run. I honestly think given a run in the team he is one of the answers that we are looking for. Good to se McNeil doing well again.
Bring on the @#$%& in the 4th Round
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Cotterill would be well featured and not forgetting a Dyche game when we lost 1-0 away at Leeds int championship