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Burnley went into this afternoon’s Premier League Cup game against Swansea City knowing that only a win would give the team a chance of making the knockout stage of the competition; the 3-3 draw means Arsenal and Stoke City go through.

The kick off was delayed for almost a quarter of an hour because of an incident involving one of the match officials but eventually it was the Clarets who struck first. Swansea goalkeeper Remy Mitchell couldn’t hold a Ne-Jai Tucker shot and Michael Mellon was in quickly to score from the rebound.

Four minutes later, Mitchell again failed to hold a ball, this time a Tucker cross, and Mellon was on hand again to finish to double our advantage and boost our hopes of going through. The two goal advantage didn’t last long unfortunately. Four minutes later, Swansea pulled one back with a deflected shot and with just a further five minutes gone it was all level when they netted again.

We needed a good second half but Swansea struck again just nine minutes in with our goalkeeper Denis Franchi this time not able to deal with a shot in from the right.

Things weren’t looking good but we all but dominated the remainder of the game; Swansea only sporadically catching us on the break. Both central defenders were denied goals with goal line blocks and the goalkeeper did well to keep out a long range effort from Mellon.

The Burnley striker wasn’t to be denied however. He received a ball played forward and then nicked the ball over the goalkeeper to complete his hat trick. There were twelve minutes to go as we searched for a winner but it just wouldn’t come. Then, in the last of four minutes added on, Mellon got in again but this time his shot went agonisingly wide.

It meant a point each. Swansea had already been eliminated and our remaining game next week at Arsenal is now academic and we can now look forward to our remaining league games.

The teams were;

Burnley: Denis Franchi, Keelan Williams (Kade Ratchford 88), Trialist, Benn Ward, Owen Dodgson, Marcel Lewis, Joe Bauress, Jez Davies, Seb Thompson (Trevon Bryan 80), Ne-Jai Tucker, Michael Mellon. Subs not used: Lewis Thomas, Jack Turner, Dane McCullough.

Swansea: Remy Mitchell, Harry Jones, Ben Blythe (Kai Ludvigsen 65), Azeem Abdulai, Wasiri Williams, Joe Thomas, Trialist, Sam Leverett, Iwan Morgan (Joel Cotterill 76), Tarrelle Whittaker (Corey Hurford 90+1), Lincoln McFayden. Subs not used: Ben Hughes, Kian Jenkins.

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