It was three goals to be precise and the Conference side were never really in it once we’d gone two up in the first twenty five minutes but there was much to admire after this performance from the Clarets.
The news we brought you this morning was confirmed when Macedonian Artim Sakiri was named in a side that showed three changes from the starting line up at
Sakiri was involved in much of the good work early in the game and in the opening minute he played in Wade Elliott whose cross was finally pushed out for a corner but the Clarets didn’t have to wait too long to get the first goal.
It was Sakiri who crossed the ball after it was played to him by Elliott from the corner. It was headed back across goal for John McGreal to head home from close range.
There really was only one team in it and Elliott hit a cross shot against the inside of the far post. It was unlucky for the former
Another goal looked certain and when it came it was no surprise that Elliott was involved in it. His cross from the right was met by Akinbiyi whose shot was blocked and it fell for Branchy to volley home.
For the rest of the first half the Clarets remained on top and could well have gone in at half time with a bigger lead – but 2-0 it was and the fans looked more than happy with what they had seen.
Steve Cotterill had received a superb reception from the
Danny Coyne and Garreth O’Connor were both introduced and it brought about a reshuffle with John McGreal going off with Graham Branch moving to left back as Frank Sinclair moved into the centre.
Garreth was soon into the action with a good shot and then Elliott again came close. He’d been so unlucky not to get onto the scoresheet but twenty minutes into the second half he did get his first Burnley goal, and what a goal.
Again Sakiri was involved as he played the ball to him but after that it was all Elliott as he run at the Accy defence before hitting home a left foot shot from about fifteen yards. You can put this one down as a goal of the season contender.
It was all over as a contest and Accy did come at us in the closing minutes and twice probably should have scored. There was time too for further substitutions that saw the two youngsters Kyle Lafferty and Chris McCann get another run out as well as the familiar figure of Paul Cook coming on for the home side, and receiving a good reception from the Burnley fans.
All in all it was another good work out, and it was definitely the name of Wade Elliott on everyone’s lips at the end of the game. I suggested after Saturday that he might prove to be a popular player with the
So Steve has got his clean sheet (two of them now), a win and certainly some goals as we build up towards
The teams were,