Burton Albion's FA Cup adventure for 2010-11 is over after they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Turf Moor. Former Manchester United midfielder Chris Eagles was the main man for the Clarets scoring twice and although Calvin Zola netted on his debut with ten minutes to go, any hopes of another giantkilling were extinguished in stoppage time when substitute Martin Paterson scored a third for the hosts.
After three weeks of inactivity the Brewers returned to action against Championship side Burnley showing just one change to the side that conquered Middlesbrough at the Pirelli Stadium in the previous round. With cup hero Shaun Harrad having departed for League 2 rivals Northampton Town, it opened the door for laon signing Calvin Zola to make his first appearance in a Brewers shirt following his loan move from Crewe Alexandra.
The Clarets were keen to put on a good show for new manager Eddie Howe on his first game in charge at Turf Moor and as expected went with a strong side although leading scorer Chris Iwelumo found himself starting the game on the substitutes bench. Howe defeated Albion twice last season with his promotion winning Bournemouth side so Albion were looking for a first win against the young manager as the Clarets and the Brewers met for the first time.
Burnley went on the attack from the off and Adam Legzdins had to come smartly off his line to save at the feet of Jay Rodriguez within two minutes before forcing the same attacker to put the b all behind at the far post under pressure.
A succession of early free kicks put Albion's defence under pressure and there was a nervy moment for Legzdins when he almost spilled a routine catch from one free kick, dropping on the ball in time before any Burnley players could capitalise. The Albion keeper then had to watch as a Chris Eagles free kick flew not too far wide of his post after a foul by Darren Moore thirty yards from goal.
Albion's first chance to threaten came in the eleventh minute. Calvin Zola made the most of a slip by left back Danny Fox and headed towards the edge of the area. His cross found Aaron Webster but the long serving player had to try and get the ball onto his left foot, just allowing the Burnley defence to close him down. Bouyed by that, Jacques Maghoma cut inside from the left moments later and hit his shot on target but straight at keeper Lee Grant.
Chelsea loanee Jack Cork was already looking like a constant threat to the Albion defence andf another driving run saw the youngster play in Steven Thompson who curled a first time effort beyond Legzdins left hand post.
Burnley skipper Clark Carlisle was the first man to go into referee Jon Moss' notebook in the 20th minute for bringing down Scott Malone outside the box and the Wolves youngster picked himself up to curl the free kick against the top of the crossbar with Lee Grant struggling to get to it.
However it was Burnley who grabbed the opening goal in the 29th minute with their two midfielders again the instigators. Dean Marney played a quick free kick to EAGLES and after a neat one two with Cork on the edge of the penalty area, the former Manchester United starlet slid the ball beyond Legzdins from twelve yards.
Rodriguez almost profited from a poor pass from Andy Corbett which forced Aaron Webster to track back and get his team mate out of trouble. The Albion man was then involved in Albion's next attack curling in a teasing left foot cross that was just too high for Zola as he looked to mark his Brewers debut with a goal.
Albion continued to push for an equaliser and a good move down the left almost paid dividends. Jacques Maghoma made excellent ground to latch onto Malone's ball forward but when Zola laid the ball back into the path of the young full back his attempt to curl the ball with the outside of his foot ended with the ball flying well off target,
Just as the board went up for first half added time Albion almost conceded a second. John McGrath was caught dwelling on the ball allowing Dean Marney to break forwards. He found Steven Thompson on the left of the Albion penalty area but his low shot was comfortable for Adam Legzdins to save.
Half time: Burnley 1-0 Burton Albion
Burton made a promising start to the second period with Adam Bolder immediately trying to set up Zola and Andy Corbett almost carving out a chance for Webster before two minutes of the second half had gone.
The early signs continued with Albion clearly having told to go out in after half time and give it a real go. Jacques Maghoma saw an opportunity to try his luck in the 53rd minute but he disappointingly snatched at hhis shot which flew well wide.
Clark Carlisle almost doubled the home sides lead with a towering back post header but whilst there remained just one goal between the sides Albion still fancied their chances of getting back into the game. Burnley however were determined to put the game to bed and just after the hour mark both home strikers were replaced to give added impetus. Chris Iwelumo and Ross Wallace were introduced in place of Rodriguez and Thompson.
The Brewers also made a double change and with it a change of formation. Aaron Webster had been nursing a knock to the head and he was replaced by winger Lewis Young while skipper John McGrath was withdrawn to be replaced by Greg Pearson as Paul Peschisolido reverted to 4-4-2.
It was Wallace who was the first of the substitutes to make an impact when he let fly from 25 yards in the 69th minute but Legzdins was equal to it to push it round the post. The keeper though was partly at fault as Burnley doubled their advantage with twenty minutes to go. Legzdins clearance hit Darren Moore on the back and the ball fell nicely for Wallace to surge away down the right. His low cross looked to have evaded everyone but Iwelumo pulled the ball back from beyond the far post where EAGLES had the simple task of tapping home his second of the match.
Eagles was inches away from a stunning hat trick in the 75th minute as he brushed past Andy Corbett as if he wasnt there and let fly with a shot that thundered against the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line before Malone cleared his lines.
Burnley suddenly looked a lot more relaxed and they could have increased their lead again as Wallace missed an easy chance to put the hosts three ahead.
With ten minutes to go Albion were back in it. Lewis Young played in Scott Malone and the youngster delivered a perfect cross for ZOLA to get his toe on the ball inside the six yard box and divert it past Grant via the underside of the crossbar.
Burnley thought they had wrapped things up with five minutes to go when substitute Martin Paterson was bundled off the ball and Danny Fox drilled the free kick agonisingly wide of the far post.
Ryan Austin was thrown on in place of Andy Corbett for the closing moments but unlike the Middlesbrough game there was to be no heroic comeback this time around as Burnley wrapped things up with a third goal in stoppage time. Wallace drilled in a free kick from the edge of the area and when Legzdins failed to hang onto the ball PATERSON pounced to bury the rebound from eight yards.
Burnley: Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Fox, Marney, Rodriguez (Wallace, 62), Eagles, Elliott (Paterson, 73), Cork, Thompson (Iwelumo, 62). Substitutes: Jensen, Edgar, Alexander, Bikey.
Legzdins, Corbett (Austin, 88) Stanton, Moore, Malone; Bolder, McGrath (Pearson, 64); Penn, Webster (Young, 64), Maghoma; Zola. Substitutes: Poole, Boertien, James, Austin, Phillips.
Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)
GOALS: Burnley - Eagles (29, 70), Paterson (90+3), Albion - Zola (80)
Attendance: 11,664 (1798 away)