The Clarets enjoyed ‘One Night in York’ as four different goalscorers earned the Championship side a passage through to the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Bootham Crescent was the scene of delirium 21 years ago when John Deary and John Francis scored against York City in a 2-1 triumph which crowned the Clarets Fourth Division champions.
That fateful day on April 28th, 1992, may have proved the catalyst to the club’s rise from the basement tiers of English football but on this occasion it prompted progression to the next round of the cup with goals coming from David Jones, Junior Stanislas, Danny Ings and substitute Scott Arfield.
Sean Dyche’s men began dominantly, immediately showing the gulf in class against their League Two opponents. And within minutes of kick-off the visitors went close to breaking the deadlock when Ings and Kieran Trippier combined on the right to provide a cross for Sam Vokes who watched his header come back off the underside of the crossbar with Michael Ingham beaten.
Soon after the Clarets launched another assault on the Minstermen rearguard when Stanislas slipped a pass to Danny Lafferty on the left and the full-back squared for Ings inside the area but the striker pulled his shot wide of the target via a deflection.
By this stage the away side were becoming relentless and Vokes was denied his first of the season by a superb, reflex save from Ingham after the striker had pulled Trippier’s cross down inside the box and swivelled instinctively to create the space for a shot.
Even defender Kevin Long was eager to get in on the action as he fired a low drive wide of the post from distance. And the Irishman went close moments later, racing to the near post to meet a Stanislas corner only to flash his effort wide of the opposite upright.
Then, after a flurry of corners, the breakthrough arrived as City cracked under the pressure. Ross Wallace provided the set-piece, setting it neatly to the near post where midfielder Jones applied the touch to guide the ball past Ingham in the 12th minute.
However, the opener kicked the hosts in to action and they began to influence the game. A neat piece of skill from Ryan Jarvis to negotiate a route past Jones and Dean Marney raised the crowd and his pass to Sander Puri saw the winger cut inside and lash an effort narrowly wide of Tom Heaton’s near post as the keeper plunged to his right in desperation in front of the David Longhurst Stand.
Unfortunately for Puri that would be his last action as he pulled up and replaced by Michael Coulson after limping off. City started pressing high up the field and their tenacity almost paid dividends when Ashley Chambers pounced on a mis-placed Ings pass and drove in to the area only to be denied by a spectacular last ditch challenge from skipper Jason Shackell.
As the half grew the home side built the pressure with percentage balls in to the box, hoping to gamble on the bits. From one such instance the ball broke for Ryan Bowman on the edge of the penalty area whose half-volley whistled over the bar. At the other end a crisp Ings effort across Ingham from Trippier’s threaded pass agonisingly crept past the post.
City’s desire to peg the Clarets back towards the end of the half certainly wasn’t pretty, but it was effective and as the clock ticked down on the opening period Craig Clay forced Heaton in to a low save while Lanre Oyebanjo drilled a free-kick just over the angle.
In the second half Nigel Worthington’s weren’t as effective, leaving the Clarets to coast to victory without having to step up in gear or intensity. The hosts did however go close to an equaliser when a dangerous inswinging free-kick from Chambers was glanced on unintentionally by Shackell who was aved the embarassment of an own goal courtesy of a sensational save from Heaton who clawed the ball back off the line.
Just after the hour though the fixture was effectively over as a contest. The Clarets broke unopposed down the right and from Trippier’s precise pull back, Stanislas was well-placed to nonchalantly sweep the ball past Ingham to double the advantage.
After the goal, Arfield was introduced at the expense of the jaded Wallace and David Edgar replaced Jones. The Minstermen also made changes with Lewis Montrose handed his debut in place of Tom Platt and former Claret Wes Fletcher came on for Jarvis.
As the away side pressed again, Ings took the ball in his stride, stepped past defender David McGurk but sliced wide. But it didn’t take long for the striker to extend his purple patch to seven goals in six games when beating the offside trap from Stanislas’s perfectly executed pass over the top, unselfishly attempted to set up Marney from close range but tapped home the rebound after the midfielder’s effort was blocked.
Brian Stock was then given some game time when stepping on in place of Vokes and not longer after the Clarets made it 4-0. The visitors broke at pace from their own area through Stanislas and the ball was eventually worked through to Arfield via Ings and the former Terrier cooly slotted the ball beneath Ingham to round off the scoring. Just before the finish Fletcher - with a point to prove - went within inches of grabbing a consolation but Heaton got his fingertips to the low effort to turn the ball around the post. However, it was Fletcher’s former employers that advanced to the next stage and will enter the draw which takes place on Thursday at 12-30 p.m.