Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America 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
Video Pick: Bend it like Uesato    
Our favorite free kick goal of the week comes from J-League 2, where Consadole Sapporo's Kazumasa ...
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
The Messi files: Eight amazing scoring records    
Lionel Messi holds all the single-season scoring records. Now, he is cleaning up on the all-time ...
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
The six faces of American soccer    
Soccer has been a serious endeavor in the United States since the late 1960s and the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives