Two goals from Danny Ings saw Burnley defeat Nottingham Forest 2-1 to progress to the last 16 in the Capital One Cup. Jack Wheatley offers a fan’s eye view from Turf Moor…
Heading up the M1 on a surprisingly warm night, it was nice to take the attention from the league, and watch the fringe players battle it out in what was going to be a difficult affair. Two of my last four visits to Turf Moor have resulted in us conceding five goals, so to say I wasn’t over confident was an understatement.
After a good run up the motorway, we parked up in the cricket ground and mingled with the local supporters. Having always been made welcome by the Burnley fans and the locals who run the bar, last night was no exception. After purchasing a pint and tucking into a local pie, I spoke to some older Burnley supporters about their good start to the season, life after Charlie Austin and players to watch during the game. Ironically both supporters pointed out last night’s double-goal scorer Danny Ings, who has bagged nine goals in his last 11 games.
The walk round to the ground went without incident and apart from a little pat down from the local police got into the ground quickly. Not leaving much time to kick-off once I got into the ground, I went straight up to the stands, and was pleasantly shocked to see a good amount of faithful reds there.
Billy opted to play two holding midfielders giving both Gillett and Moussi an opportunity to prove their worth before the eagerly anticipated Derby match on Saturday. Although the side would have been considered ‘second string’, on paper the team was still strong.
Forest started the game brightly and after 24 minutes the deadlock was broken. Jamie Paterson cut a ball in from the left giving Dexter Blackstock an opportunity to score, unfortunately his attempt was saved but the rebound fell to Matt Derbyshire who put the ball into the back of the net.
Burnley’s equaliser came when Danny Collins gave away possession but Ings’ finish was too good for Dorus de Vries, beating him to his left. This inspired the Burnley fans to kick into life and the atmosphere inside the ground finally picked up.
The second-half could have gone either way, and when a fantastic opportunity fell to Derbyshire, he found himself unlucky to just miss the target. This was probably the best chance we had in the half, he attempted to lob the keeper but to no prevail.
Ings then scored from a free-kick, beating his marker in the box and heading the ball over the outstretched de Vries. And that was that.
As Billy Davies said: “We should have then taken the lead at 1-1 but Matt Derbyshire was unfortunate to miss his chance.
“Then they break up the other end, get quite a soft free-kick and take the lead. But that is what happens in cup football and you have to be clinical.”
In summary, Jamaal Lascelles was pretty solid and it is evident that he is definitely one for the future. Gillett played well and, to be honest, apart from the mistake against Derby last season I don’t really think he has done much wrong. If the same mistake had been made in any other fixture it would have been quickly forgotten about.
Matt Derbyshire is not everyone’s cup of tea but I really do rate the lad. He has started to score goals this season, looks composed on the ball and proved last night he has pace as well. I think with more starts he really could do the business. And Jamie Paterson is showing why he keeps getting the plaudits; he’s getting better every game and in a season or two he will be an integral part of the starting XI.
However, Moussi just didn’t look comfortable on the ball. I am not sure if it is an optical illusion down to his size/frame but I am not convinced about him, especially this season. And Ishmael Miller just didn’t look bothered; he had several opportunities to pass to colleagues in better positions but chose to shoot, one just missing the corner flag.
Thankfully, we weren’t convincingly beaten by a better side and, with a completely different team, we held our own against a good, in-form Championship team who are still 199/1 to win the League Cup if you’re betting at www.betfair.com. Hopefully Billy will take into consideration some of the good performances last night when selecting Saturday’s team.
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