Burnley into the FA Cup Fourth Round after MK Dons penalty shootout win

The Clarets needed a 94th minute strike from Matej Vydra before the steadiness from the spot secured a place in the last 32.

Sean Dyche’s side were comfortably the better team in the first 45, but despite carving out chance after chance, Dons keeper Lee Nicholls proved a one-man barrier.

And with Burnley banging on the door with no luck before the break, the visitors took full advantage as Cameron Jerome nodded past Will Norris.

That setback seemed to dent Burnley’s confidence after the restart with Robbie Brady’s drive their best effort.

But despite looking set for an FA Cup giant killing, the cup gods were shine on Dyche for once, as substitute Vydra tapped in Joel Mumbongo’s free kick.

However, the Czech international almost reversed his good work in extra time as he wasted two brilliant chances and missed in the shoot out.

But Burnley keeper Norris got him out of jail with two crucial penalty stops to send Dyche’s team through.

Full Time at Turf Moor after 90 minutes it was Burnley 1 MK Dons 1 with the Clarets edging out a 4-3 win on penalties.

Premier League: Burnley vs Sheffield United

The blades have endured a record-breaking-ly poor start to the season, becoming the first team to ever reach boxing day without a win.

If Chris Wilder’s side needed proof that a fast turn-around was possible, he’ll only have to look across the dugout.

Sean Dyche’s men have propelled their season in to gear and jumped out of relegation places after picking up 8 of their 13 points this season in their last 5 games.

The Burnley boss does have injury problems, however, with Matej Vydra, Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson all expected to remain sidelined for Tuesday’s home game against Sheffield United.

Dwight McNeil (groin) and Robbie Brady (hamstring) also missed out at Elland Road, but both wingers could return to contention.

The visitors also have some availability issues, with three forwards all potentially missing the tie.

Oliver Burke departed midway through their Boxing Day match against Everton, while neither Lys Mousett or Oli McBurnie are at full fitness, claims Wilder.

The game is a 18:00 pm kick-off on Tuesdsay 29th December.

Premier League: Burnley vs Sheffield United

The blades have endured a record-breaking-ly poor start to the season, becoming the first team to ever reach boxing day without a win.

If Chris Wilder’s side needed proof that a fast turn-around was possible, he’ll only have to look across the dugout.

Sean Dyche’s men have propelled their season in to gear and jumped out of relegation places after picking up 8 of their 13 points this season in their last 5 games.

The Burnley boss does have injury problems, however, with Matej Vydra, Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson all expected to remain sidelined for Tuesday’s home game against Sheffield United.

Dwight McNeil (groin) and Robbie Brady (hamstring) also missed out at Elland Road, but both wingers could return to contention.

The visitors also have some availability issues, with three forwards all potentially missing the tie.

Oliver Burke departed midway through their Boxing Day match against Everton, while neither Lys Mousett or Oli McBurnie are at full fitness, claims Wilder.

The game is a 18:00 pm kick-off on Tuesdsay 29th December.

Double contract extensions at Burnley

Clarets academy product Rodriguez, 31, returned to Turf Moor in July 2019 when he moved from West Brom, while 28-year-old Czech Republic international Vydra joined from Derby the previous summer.

Rodriguez, scorer of 11 goals in all competitions last season, said on Burnley’s website: “I’m really pleased. I’ve enjoyed my time here with a great bunch of lads and, obviously, being in my home town with my family and friends is an added bonus.

“On the football side I’m enjoying playing, want to play more and still have a lot to give. I feel fresh, fit and ready to go.”

Vydra, who has netted twice so far this term, said: “It’s really good for my family to be settled and to know that we will be here for another year.

“It’s been a successful time for the club while I’ve been here, playing in Europe and doing well in the Premier League.

“I get on well with all my team-mates here and it’s a good group to be part of. I still want to play my part and that’s something I’m aiming to keep doing.”