Match Report: Burnley Knock Sunderland Out of the FA Cup

Burnley won 2-0 at Turf Moor to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Sunderland.

Sam Vokes put the Clarets ahead in the first half before Andre Gray scored late in the match to set up a home tie against Bristol City in the next round.

Vito Mannone was busy in the opening period of the game as he reacted to well to deny George Boyd’s effort before moments later he stopped Joey Barton’s deflected shot.

After a lull in the match, the Clarets came close to scoring again but Vokes’ header flew just over the goal.

That chance should have been a warning for the Black Cats, as just a minute later, Vokes broke the deadlock with a glancing header into the bottom corner from Tendayi Darikwa’s fizzing cross.

Sunderland were better after the break and came close through Seb Larsson’s curling effort that went just wide of Nick Pope’s goal.

Vokes had a great chance to double Burnley’s lead when he was played through on goal by Steven Defour but his shot was blocked by the outstretched foot of Papy Djilobodji.

In a throw of the dice, David Moyes brought on Sunderland’s talisman, Jermain Defoe from the bench with just under half an hour to go in order to cause more of a threat to Pope who had a quiet evening between the sticks for Burnley.

But it proved to no avail as the home side continued to dominate the match. They spurned a great two-on-one chance with Hendrick holding onto the ball for too long which meant that Jon Flanagan strayed offside.

In the 83rd minute, Gray scored a deserved second goal when Boyd knocked the ball down to the striker who slotted past Mannone.

In the dying embers of the game, Larsson fired a free-kick into the top corner but Pope was alert to produce a fantastic save to deny Sunderland a consolation goal.

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