I’m pleased I haven’t got a young player with a broken leg
Accrington boss John Coleman saw his team come out on top in extra time and he was a happy man after the game with his side set to play West Ham in the next round.
He said: “I’m delighted for the fans. For once they can have their moment in the sun having beat the top team in Lancashire and that’s fantastic for them, and for the players as well.
“I know they have changed all their players but there’s been no reduction in quality and effort, well maybe a reduction in quality but no reduction in effort, and the one thing that is noticeable is the physical strength of all their players.
“To give our players their due, they stuck to the task and dug in and worked ever so hard. Sometimes getting rewarded for your hard work is better than getting rewarded for your skill.
“It was probably a bit harsh on Burnley really. I think even the most ardent Stanley fan could say that we deserved to win the game but I don’t think we deserved to lose it and probably in extra time we were the better team.
“I expected them to tire because a lot of their players wouldn’t have played a lot of football and so that might have caught up with them, and I think it did in big parts of the extra time.”
Sean Dyche offered his congratulations to Accrington but he was far from happy with the performance of referee Tony Harrington, in particular with his inability to deal with some of the challenges our players were on the end of.
He said: “I was really pleased with the performance in general, we created enough chances to win the game. In cup games, you always get a team who find a chance, and they found probably two, Popey made a good save, and they scored from a scramble at the end. That sometimes happens.
“We had enough chances to finish the game but the main thing I’m pleased with is I haven’t got a young player with a broken leg. It was an absolutely ridiculous challenge, a red card immediately (early challenge by Shay McCartan on Aiden O’Neill).
“It’s impossible, and one on Tarky two minutes later. I saw a two-footed tackle in the second half let go . I don’t know where that lives in the modern game, I keep going on courses and getting told that’s not allowed.
“I was amazed by the refereeing, but that’s part and parcel of the game. That’s the only thing I’m aggrieved with though, congratulations to Accrington, they rode their luck, which you have to do against teams like us, and managed to nick a goal.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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