Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Burnley knocks young Arsenal out the League Cup
by Ian Plenderleith, December 3rd, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] In the English League Cup quarterfinals, second-tier Burnley followed up its win in the last round over Chelsea by beating Arsenal, 2-0, on a brace from striker Kevin McDonald. Another Championship team, Derby County, progressed at the expense of the Premier League's Stoke City (1-0).
 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stuck with the formula that had seen his young guns so comprehensively beat Sheffield United (5-1) and Wigan Athletic (3-0) in the previous two rounds, naming eight teenagers to his starting lineup. But although his team, including Mexican forward Carlos Vela, impressed again, they were denied by a series of saves from the home team's veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen. McDonald scored his two goals early in each half.
 
"We played quite well, we had six one-on-ones with the keeper, we lost 2-0 -- that sums it up quite well," said Wenger. "That fraction of superiority and the focus in front of goal that we did not have tonight, that made the difference. But overall, we lost a game we shouldn't have lost."
 
"We are so much more than just Kevin's two goals," said Burnley manager Owen Coyle. "There's the effort, the application, the work ethic, the quality of the passing." He knew that Arsenal would enjoy a lot of possession, "but the pleasing thing was that when we did get the ball...we passed it well and created real goal scoring chances."
 
In Tuesday's other quarterfinal, Derby's Nathan Ellington scored a penalty kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give his side a 1-0 win at Stoke City. Andy Griffin was the culprit who handballed in the box after his teammate Richard Cresswell had had a goal disallowed for the same offense before halftime. "We're on the back end of two bad decisions today," complained Stoke manager Tony Pulis. "I'm sure [referee] Rob [Styles] will ring me when he sees Cressy's [disallowed] goal and apologize. I'm sure he will."
 
While Pulis waits by the phone, his Derby counterpart Paul Jewell will continue to clutch his sprig of lucky heather. "Even if it isn't a penalty," said Jewell, "the way some of the results and refereeing decisions have gone against us this season, we're due a bit of luck."
 
In Wednesday's other two quarterfinals, Manchester United hosts Blackburn Rovers, while Watford welcomes Tottenham Hotspur (live on Setanta Sports, 2:45 pm ET).

 

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
SoccerGrlProbs takes first in venture tournament    
SoccerGrlProbs, started by a trio of Fairfield University's women's player, took first place in the for-profit ...
Garber vs. Klinsmann, different timetables and goals    
Speaking at the annual Associated Press Sports Editors talk, MLS commissioner Don Garber pressed his case ...
USL Weekend: Unbeaten Rhinos don't believe in shortcuts    
Of the five teams still unbeaten in the USL, the most impressive has been Rochester Rhinos, ...
NASL Weekend: Upstarts Atlanta and Indy still unbeaten    
The Atlanta Silverbacks, under first-year coach Gary Smith, host the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks ...
What They're Saying: Hugo Sanchez    
"The recent losses by the Mexican national team and sub-22 are shameful. Is someone doing anything ...
Unbeaten Red Bulls get bicoastal test against Galaxy    
Montreal takes a second consecutive weekend off to play in the Concacaf Champions League finals, which ...
What They're Saying: Nat Borchers    
"Erin, will you go to the prom with Nick?" -- Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers, while ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"We've looked at his performances and said they've been really good ones for us and he ...
Video Pick: The rise and return of Sacha Kljestan     
The latest episode of the excellent MLS Insider mini-doc series, "Sacha Kljestan's Career Comes Full Circle ...
NWSL Thursday: A-Rod hands champs first win    
Amy Rodriguez's goal early in the second half gave FC Kansas City a 1-0 win over ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives