Burnley began their 2020/21 season with a Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out triumph over Sheffield United at Turf Moor yesterday evening.
The Clarets fell behind to a David McGoldrick goal after just four minutes and then had Johann Berg Gudmundsson forced off following a reckless challenge from Jack Robinson. However, they recovered from those early setbacks to equalise midway through the second half with a Matej Vydra goal and the match would be decided on penalties, with Nick Pope’s save from Oli McBurnie providing decisive as Burnley triumphed 5-4 in the shootout. [via Lancashire Telegraph]
Vydra’s goal forced penalties and Robbie Brady converted the winning spot kick, yet much of the credit for the home side’s progression to round three must go to Ashley Westwood, who showed just why he is a regular selection to start under Sean Dyche.
Although Burnley didn’t score in the first half, he was at the epicentre of their best efforts to do so, with one corner from the 30-year-old causing havoc in the Sheffield United penalty area and a low cross setting up a decent chance for Jay Rodriguez. He was also involved in the play which led to Vydra’s second half equaliser. [via Burnley Express]
Westwood completed more passes than any of his team-mates yesterday evening, with 58 of his 67 finding a claret shirt to give him the joint-highest accuracy rate (87%) of anyone in the starting line-up. He also recorded eight accurate long passes, won four of his duels and made one interception and one successful tackle in an all-round impressive performance. [via Sofascore]
Some reporters covering the game acknowledged his contribution to the result. Lancashire Live‘s Alex James wrote that the midfielder was “always classy in possession and looked to probe”.
For Burnley Express, Dan Black gave the 30-year-old a seven in his player ratings, with this assessment of his performance: “Makes the game look so easy at times. The midfielder just seems to have a knack of always being in the right place at the right time. Good on and off the ball, breaking up play well, and knitted play together nicely. Unlocked the Blades defence a number of times.”
After coming a cropper against Sunderland at this stage of the Carabao Cup last season, Westwood helped to ensure that Burnley made some progress in the competition this time around and can now await a third round clash against Millwall. They also enter their Premier League opener against Leicester on Sunday night on a winning note.
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