CLARETS reporter Tyrone Marshall discusses the talking points from Burnley's Europa League win over Aberdeen.


Almost all of the home fans on Thursday were experiencing a European night at Turf Moor for the first time. They surely left wanting more of it.

It was a disappointment that Turf Moor wasn’t full, but those who were in attendance made up for it with the noise created. It was a fantastic atmosphere throughout.

And this is what European ties are all about, especially knockout games. At 1-1 this game really was on a knife-edge. It was Burnley doing the attacking, but a goal on the break from Aberdeen would have been a hammer blow, giving the Dons the advantage on away goals and leaving the Clarets needing to score twice.

You could sense the tension in the second half, the fear that coursed through the ground every time Aberdeen broke, and the hope every time the Clarets went close.

It was impossible not to feel involved in the game, to live and breathe every minute of it. It had been worth the wait.


Perhaps the atmosphere inside Turf Moor, which began before kick-off and carried on as the teams made their way out, was a knock-on effect of the feelgood factor that had spread through the day.

After a summer of transfer frustration appeared to reach a head on Wednesday, when Sean Dyche hinted that the board needed to ‘stretch’ their approach to the market to get deals done.

The 24 hours that followed were a whirlwind of activity, perhaps coincidental, perhaps not. In the hours leading up to kick-off news broke of renewed interest in former Claret Jay Rodriguez, as well as bids for Sam Clucas at Swansea and Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson.

Those stories encouraged the fans and they made plenty of noise on the night, helping Burnley past Aberdeen to keep the momentum going.


You can see why more bodies are required by looking at the bench last night, the squad still lacks a little depth, especially with injuries.

Ashley Barnes and Charlie Taylor came off the bench to make an impact, but there were three defenders on the bench as well as a teenager making just his second competitive appearance.

If the Europa League journey continues then more bodies are needed, and the clock is ticking down to deadline day.


Anyone still wondering if Burnley wanted the Europa League journey to continue would have been dissuaded of that notion last night.

It was most noticeable on the touchline, where Dyche was a jack in the box. He was furious at the soft defensive header from Chris Wood that led to Aberdeen’s equaliser, then even more angry at Massimiliano Iratti’s remarkable decision to penalise Wood when he was hauled down by Scott McKenna when through on goal.

The celebrations that greeted Jack Cork’s goal in extra-time also highlighted just what this meant to Burnley.


Cork just can’t stop scoring with his head. This was his ninth goal for Burnley across his two spells at Turf Moor and eight of them have been with his head.

He has a habit of making these late, unmarked runs into the box, in the perfect position to glance home any cross that finds him.

This goal had real similarities to his header against Swansea last November. He was involved in the build-up, saw the ball move wide and then drifted into the box ready to meet the cross.

Cork puts the ability with his head down to the gene pool and something he’s inherited from dad Alan. Burnley are certainly grateful for it.