Burnley handed Cup reality check

Accrington players celebrating their giant-killing feat after Matty Pearson's (No. 2) winner late in extra time gave the League Two side a 1-0 win over their Premier League opponents Burnley.
Accrington players celebrating their giant-killing feat after Matty Pearson's (No. 2) winner late in extra time gave the League Two side a 1-0 win over their Premier League opponents Burnley.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Burnley suffered an embarrassing League Cup exit against fourth-tier Accrington Stanley on Wednesday, while another English football club Fulham claimed a Premier League scalp with their second-round win over Middlesbrough.

Sean Dyche's Burnley had enjoyed a surprise 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Premier League last Saturday, but were brought down to earth in a 0-1 loss to their unheralded Lancashire neighbours.

Accrington are currently 18th in League Two, but they proved stubborn opposition for Burnley and claimed a memorable victory when Matty Pearson swept home after a goalmouth scramble in the last minute of extra-time.

"The performance was decent enough but we didn't take the chances we created," Dyche said. "Accrington take credit of course but we had a strong enough side out to win that."

John Coleman's team were not the only giant-killers of the evening as second-tier promotion chasers Fulham advanced to the third round with an impressive 2-1 win against Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage.

David Nugent glanced Middlesbrough into the lead with an eighth-minute header, but an own goal from Belgian midfielder Julien de Sart, deflecting in Scott Malone's shot, gave Fulham an equaliser in the 54th minute.

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their first two Premier League matches following their promotion, yet Aitor Karanka's side bowed out of the Cup after Danish midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen struck with seven minutes left in extra-time.

At the Stadium of Light, Adnan Januzaj's maiden goal for Sunderland secured the first win of David Moyes' reign as the Black Cats beat third tier Shrewsbury 1-0.

Shrewsbury inflicted one of the most embarrassing defeats of Moyes' career in the 2003 FA Cup when he was in charge at Everton.

Having overseen two consecutive defeats since succeeding Sam Allardyce, former Manchester United manager Moyes had to wait until the 83rd minute before he could relax as Shrewsbury, 20th in League One, frustrated his side.

The breakthrough was provided by on-loan United forward Januzaj, who struck with a fine finish from 20 metres.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2016, with the headline 'Burnley handed Cup reality check'. Print Edition | Subscribe