Grant in FA Cup team

Last updated : 08 January 2004 By Tony Scholes

And Burnley midfielder Tony Grant is in the first team since the week before Christmas and how much he has deserved this award after turning in some excellent performances in recent weeks.

He was awarded the Sponsors Man of the Match in the last home game which did not go down well with some supporters despite him playing well but there can be no arguments about him getting into this team.

He lines up alongside a former Claret in Ian Cox despite the fact that Coxy scored the quickest FA Cup goal after just 38 seconds, and in his own goal too. He is one of three Gillingham players in the team after their win over Premiership club Charlton.

On Tony Grant’s inclusion the Football League said: "The former Everton midfielder was the dominant performer as Burnley brushed aside the challenge of Mansfield in an incident packed third round tie at Field Mill.

"The home team had two players sent off, while Burnley were reduced to ten men late on, but 29 year-old Grant’s quality shone through as Ian Moore grabbed both goals in the Clarets’ 2-0 win."

The full team was: Bertrand Bossu (Gillingham), Des Walker (Nottm Forest), Ian Cox (Gillingham), Chris Morgan (Sheffield United), Clive Clarke (Stoke), Tony Grant (Burnley), Kevin Muscat (Millwall), Chris Hope (Gillingham), Julio Arca (Sunderland), Carl Asaba (Stoke), David Healy (Preston).