Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Bournemouth reach sixth round of FA Cup beating Burnley 0-2

Match Report
Burnley 0 v 2 AFCB
9 February 2021
FA CUP Fifth round

Billing excels in Bournemouth's 0-2 win away at Burnley

The Cherries reached the sixth round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history (the first time was 1956-57, even I'm not old enough to have seen that game) with a 0-2 win at Turf Moor. Jonathan Woodgate had little to be disappointed about, as Bournemouth kept a clean sheet and forged ahead in the first half with a beautifully crafted move with an overlap from Stacey who found Sturridge for the finish. The Cherries had to soak up lots of pressure in the second half but Billing and Pearson were great at snuffing out Burnley's chances and when Stanislas was brought down with just a couple of minutes to go, Stanislas made sure from the spot that Bournemouth would progress t the quarter-finals in the FA Cup.

Bournemouth made lots of changes with Stacey replacing Adam Smith, Rico came in for Kelly, Pearson made his debut replacing Lewis Cook, Billing was picked ahead of Wilshere, while Stanislas came in for Danjuma and Surridge took Shane Long's starting spot. Long was cup-tied. There was also a debut on the bench for Christian Saydee.

Burnley made eight changes from their last game.
Match Description
Burnley played their usual 4-4-2, while Bournemouth set up in a 4-3-3 formation, that was a 4-5-1 when they didn't have the ball. Both teams had trouble keeping the ball early on. Vydra is caught offside.

Carter-Vickers is having to do some defending. Stanislas into Brooks, and Stanislas drives a shot wide of goal on nine minutes.

Burnley win a free kick on half-way. Stacey is looking dangerous on the overlap. Gudmundsson makes a pass back to Dale Stephens who shoots well over.

Bardsley shoots from rage but Lerm blocks it. Stanislas down the side to Surridge and Billing who has put it wide! 

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Chances at both ends. McNeil plays it into the area and Stephens shoots well wide. Rico goes long. Surridge in the area goes down from Long's challenge but there is nothing given. VAR is checking. It remains 0-0.

Billing puts it into Stanislas who turns and drifts the ball up to Brooks. He is away and Stacey overlaps and it's Surridge who puts it away 0-1 to Bournemouth just six yards out. 20 minutes gone. It's a slick and silky Bournemouth goal, great movement pulling Burnley apart.

Bournemouth are pushing forward. Pearson getting well involved. Options ahead of him. It's wide to Brooks and Stanislas back to Brooks, but he's lost it. Stanislas and Brooks are running the show.

McNeil wins a corner for Burnley off Pearson. Begovic punches away and the danger is cleared. 

Gudmundsson is the player Bournemouth need to look out for. Surridge again. Bournemouth look much better. Rico into the box but he loses out.


The flag is up for Burnley who have a player offside. Long ball and Dale Stevens' header is almost an own goal but it's saved by Peacock-Farrell. Is it a penalty? Billing went down. No. Why not? Billing was flattened.

Gudmundsson crosses but Glennon is beaten by Rico. Burnley are pressing here. Steve Cook gets the ball away. A minute to be added on.

Benson comes forward. Dunne pumps it forward, Vydra and McNeil and Carte-Vickers gets in and Pearson is fouled.

AFCB Possession 46%, Shots 4, Shots on target 1, Corners 4
Burnley Possession 54%, Shots 4, Shots on target 0, Corners 1

Second half
Bournemouth are slow coming out for the second half. Mepham is on for Jack Stacey. Carter-Vickers has gone to right-back. An awful cross from Rico goes out of play. Vydra is away and gets a shot off, but Begovic turns it around the post for a corner. Benson heads over at the near post.

Billing has a free header and puts it over from 12 yards. Bournemouth found the ball breaking to Brooks, he shoots from teh edge of teh box but it's driven over.

McNeil shoots from distance and Begovic makes a great save to his left, corner. Rodriguez misses from six yards. Dunne gets down the left, Vydra misses the ball and Rodriguez got right underneath Burnley's best chance.

Carter-Vickers concedes a corner. Bardsley shoots just inches wide. Begovic looked beaten. Another Burnley corner, but Bournemouth clear. Lewis Cook replaces David Brooks on 63 minutes.
Westwood replaces Benson on 65 minutes. Cook runs well and Stanislas can't quite find Surridge. Pearson gets an important foot in. Lerma into Stanislas who chests it down but Surridge can't keep it down, corner. Carter-Vickers free header but puts it wide.

Billing concedes a free kick. Gudmundsson is off for Lowton,  Barnes is on for Rodrigiuz and Mumbongo is coming on for Vydra. Stanislas gets around Long and wins a corner.

Just 10 minutes to hold out. Surridge is offside. McNeil is booked for pushing Lewis Cook. The ball goes in for Billing who lets it roll of his back and Surridge edges down - penalty! Junior makes it 0-2 on 88 minutes.

Bardsley is booked for a late challenge on Pearson. Three minutes of added time. Lerma takes a booking.

Bournemouth have found their new manager. If Woodgate isn't announced by the weekend, I'd be shocked. The pleasing fact about the game for me is that the players were not daunted by the task in front of them and they handled Burnley at arm's length. Begovic had a very quiet night and Billing's newfound confidence was a pleasure to watch. We are in the hat for the next round which is all you can ask for, quarter-finalists. Bournemouth now need to carry this form into the league campaign. The only disappointment was to see Jack Stacey injured.

AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: 40 Dennis, 33 Zemura, 5 Kelly, 6 Mepham,
10 Danjuma, 16 L Cook, 26 Kilkenny, 32 Anthony, 65 Saydee.

15 Peacock-Farrell, 26 Bardsley, 28 Long, 34 Dunne, 45 Glennon, 7 Gudmundsson (Lowton 74), 16 Stephens, 41 Benson (Westwood 65), 11 McNeil, 19 Rodriguez (Barnes 74), 27 Vydra (Mumbongo 74).  

Burnley subs
2 Lowton, 5 Tarkowski, 6 Mee, 10 Barnes, 18 Westwood, 25 Norris, 31 Nartey, 45 Driscoll-Glennon, 46 Mumbongo.

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