Burnley suffered a cup embarrassment as Championship Bournemouth progressed to the FA Cup last eight
Championship side Bournemouth sprung a cup upset as they knocked out Premier League Burnley to make it to the quarter finals.
The Cherries have now won both games under caretaker manager Jonathan Woodgate, thanks to involvements in both halves from striker Sam Surridge. The 22-year-old converted Jack Stacey’s cross in the first half to give Bournemouth the lead, before being winning a penalty ten minutes from time, which Junior Stanislas duly dispatched.
Sean Dyche made eight changes to the side that drew with Brighton on Saturday, and was nearly left in serious trouble as left-back Erik Pieters was initially named in the starting lineup, despite being suspended for picking up bookings in the previous two rounds.
It was only Bournemouth’s Head of Media that alerted Burnley to the mistake, leading to Anthony Driscoll-Glennon replacing the Dutchman in the side. Had Pieters taken to the field, Burnley could have been disqualified from the cup had they progressed.
In fairness, the changes affected the Clarets’ significantly, and recently-relegated Bournemouth were soon able to take the lead as Surridge found enough space to convert Stacey’s cross past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Jay Rodriguez spurned a huge chance to equalise for the Premier League side, but fluffed his lines from six yards out, and it was at that moment that a cup upset was expected, rather than hoped for.
Sean Dyche has always been clear that he is prioritising the league, but it’s hard to think of another time where Burnley will have the chance to reach a cup quarter final for the first time since 2003.
Their elimination was sealed after 81 minutes, when Stanislas confidently scored from the spot after Surridge was fouled by Jimmy Dunne, ensuring it was the Cherries who progressed to the last eight for the first time in 64 years.