Steven Thompson’s two goals for Burnley in a 3-1 FA Cup victory over Premiership side West Bromwich Albion on a wintry Tuesday night kept up their giantkilling efforts in the cups.
Wade Elliot’s long-range volley on the stroke of half-time started things off and Thompson fired home Burnley’s second in the 52nd minute.
Under-strength Albion were given hope by Gianni Zuiverloon’s sweet 60th-minute strike, but in-form Thompson netted again late on for his fourth goal in two games to seal Burnley’s fourth Premier League scalp of the season.
Robbie Blake was again impressive for Burnley putting a first-half free-kick just over before Brian Jensen, Burnley’s huge Danish goalkeeper, made an excellent save from Roman Bednar five minutes before the break.
West Brom seemed dominant at that stage, but on the stroke of half-time a half-cleared ball fell for Elliott at the edge of the box, and he lashed a superb volley past Scott Carson.
Seven minutes into the second half, Burnley doubled their lead. Christian Kalvenes’ cross was superb, and, although Martin Paterson’s header hit the back of Ryan Donk, Thompson swept in the rebound.
That was perhaps unrepresentative of the balance of play, and West Brom pulled one back eight minutes later.
Full-back Zuiverloon, pushed into midfield as West Brom chased the game, calmly stroked in his first for the club.
But Burnley dug in and, as West Brom committed men forward, looked increasingly dangerous on the break.
The decisive third came on 87 minutes, with Blake cutting the ball back for Thompson.
Owen Coyle’s impressive Championship outfit, England’s second flight, bundled Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal out of the League Cup and came agonizingly close to overcoming Tottenham in an epic semi-final encounter.
Burnley play the winner of the Arsenal versus Cardiff fixture which was called off because of the impressive snow falls in Britain, also prompting many fixture postponements in the English League on Tuesday night.