Burnley 0-2 AFC Bournemouth: Championship side Bournemouth outclass Burnley in FA Cup tie
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Junior Stanislas of AFC Bournemouth scores their team's second goal from the penalty spot during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Burnley and AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor on February 09, 2021 in Burnley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Burnley were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fifth round by AFC Bournemouth after losing 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Sam Surridge grabbed his fifth goal of the season midway through the first half to put the Championship side ahead. 

Junior Stanislas then confirmed the victory as he converted a penalty five minutes from time. The winger got his 10th goal in 13 games and rounded off a superb performance from the Cherries.

Relegation-threatened Burnley struggled to chase the game and went out in the fifth round for the sixth time. 

  • Story of the game

The first real chance of the game came for Burnley when Dale Stephens blazed over Jimmy Dunne's cutback. However, minutes later against the run of play, Surridge cut through Burnley's defensively line before playing in Billing who scrapped the upright with his effort.

Surridge was at it again and put the visitors ahead after 20 minutes. The striker tapped home a low cross from Jack Stacey who got the better of young full-back Anthony Driscoll-Glennon

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The Clarets came out with their usual game plan of going direct and getting in crosses. In the first half, it was more detrimental than useful the Premier League side who were figured out very quickly by Jonothan Woodgate's men. The ability to catch the two centre-halves on the counter was crucial to the attack of Bournemouth. 

Just like the first, Burnley dominated the early moments of the second half but failed to create anything clear cut, giving the Cherries a way to hold onto their lead. 

Bournemouth looked composed and controlled the tempo of the game in the later stages of the game as Burnley went in search of an equaliser. 

With four minutes to go all hopes of a Burnley comeback were lost when Dunne bought down Surridge in the penalty area. Stanislas converted the penalty to secure Bournemouth progress to the quarter-final. 

  • The league is the first focus for Burnley

It was clear to see from the initial team selection that Sean Dyche had prioritised the league over a cup run. Burnley sit one position and eight points clear of 18th placed Fulham. 

Eight changes were made to the side that faced Brighton and Hove Albion for tonight's fixture with the defensive spine of Nick Pope, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, as well as midfielder mainstay Ashley Westwood, all being rested ahead of a tough clash away at Crystal Palace this Saturday. 

The Clarets have been in the Premier League for five seasons now and after just coming under new ownership the target must be keeping that top tier status. 

Of course, that means relinquishing efforts when it comes to cup fixtures and although tonight was an uninspiring performance. Burnley have been in good form recently and look like they will survive this season. 

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