Burnley 1-3 Sunderland: Will Grigg inspires Black Cats to Premier League scalp as they knock Sean Dyche’s side out of Carabao Cup
- The Clarets have been dumped out of the Carabao Cup six seasons in a row
- Jay Rodriguez, who returned to Burnley from West Brom gave his side the lead
- But Sunderland, fourth in League One under Jack Ross, were too powerful
Sean Dyche’s cup ignominy continued as Sunderland became the latest unfancied side to inflict embarrassment on Burnley.
The Clarets have now been dumped out of the Carabao Cup by lower league opposition in each of the manager’s last six seasons and gallingly blew an early lead here.
Jay Rodriguez gave them that after 11 minutes – his first goal for the club in 2,727 days following a summer return to the club from West Brom.
Will Grigg inspired League One Sunderland to a Premier League giant-killing on Wednesday
Burnley: Hart, Bardsley, Long, Gibson, Taylor, Lennon, Hendrick, Drinkwater, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra.
Subs: Lowton, Cork, Wood, Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Dunne, Richardson.
Sunderland: Burge, Conor McLaughlin, Flanagan, Baldwin, Hume, Dobson, McGeouch, O’Nien, Embleton, Gooch, Grigg.
Subs: Ozturk, Wyke, Power, Diamond, Mbunga-Kimpioka, Sammut, Patterson.
Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire)
But Sunderland, fourth in League One under Jack Ross, were too powerful after Will Grigg’s 35th-minute equaliser and then took the tie away from their Premier League hosts straight after half-time.
‘A head-scratcher,’ Dyche rued. ‘We’ve had too many of those and that is probably the biggest one. The first five minutes of the second half were unacceptable.
‘A few worked hard but we didn’t work smart enough. That was a really experienced team we put out there. We should take care of ourselves better.’
Burnley, who 10 changes from the weekend, earlier saw Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon both cannon the woodwork.
The Black Cats were ahead two minutes after the break and Dyche’s side were shell-shocked. Joe Hart could only parry a Lynden Gooch drive back out into his box and captain Tom Flanagan followed up quickest to head beyond the former England goalkeeper.
Burnley were caught cold, flat-footed and devoid of ideas by the time Sunderland ran rings around them from a short corner moments later. Dyche’s side stood still as Gooch’s set piece was cleverly worked back to 21-year-old George Dobson, who calmly passed into Hart’s left-hand corner.
Hart looked like a man who had not played since Boxing Day, Burge showing him how it’s done with a fine double save from Kevin Long to preserve Sunderland’s advantage.
Dyche gave top scorer Ashley Barnes the night off and threw Chris Wood to go three up front in the hope of taking this to penalties. The £15million striker had one penalty appeal turned down and could only lob wide when Burge came haring off his line.
Sunderland looked comfortable for the most part, joining the likes of Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion and Port Vale in knocking out Dyche’s Burnley painfully early of this competition.
‘It’s a good night for us,’ Ross said. ‘It was still a really good Burnley side. We made eight changes and the players should take pride in this.’
Sean Dyche’s cup ignominy continued as Sunderland knocked his side out of the League Cup