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Surridge & Stanislas seal Cherries Cup history


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the second time in the history after they upset Premier League side Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Unphased against top-flight opposition, Sam Surridge gave the away side the lead as he finished off some smart Cherries build-up play midway through the first half of a cold night in the north west.

Holding their advantage to the break, the visitors came under increased pressure following the restart though were able to weather the storm, on and off the pitch.

In the closing minutes Junior Stanislas put the visitors' second foot into the quarter-finals when he calmly tucked home a penalty after Surridge had been felled, the side seeing out their win and place in the final eight.

There was a debut for January signing Ben Pearson as Jonathan Woodgate named a strong team for the 5.30pm kick-off. Elsewhere in the caretaker manager's 11, Surridge made a start up front while Stanislas was fit to begin.

With the sun setting in Lancashire and leaving increasingly cold temperatures and specks of snow in the air, the Cherries kicked the match off.

As both sides looked to suss one another out, former Clarets man Stanislas had the game's first shot when he connected with a half volley from the edge of the area, his skidding effort going wide.

A careering run from Jack Stacey led to a blocked cross, at the other end Dale Stephens swiping a shot well over with the home side's first sight of goal.

In the 16th minute Philip Billing went closest yet as he rustled the netting just the wrong side of the near post after he strode onto a cutback and fired in first time.

Surridge went to ground in the Burnley box with VAR, in place for the tie with it being played at a Premier League ground, not interfering with the referee's decision to play on, though the young striker would soon make a goalscoring impact.

The Cherries played the ball quickly, David Brooks feeding a ball for Stacey to centre, with Surridge on hand to turn the ball home in front of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand from close range.

Surridge soon had another shot blocked in the area, while the Clarets made inroads into visiting territory but were unable to craft an opening.

A flurry of Cherries corners almost led to a second, Stephens forcing his own 'keeper into a good save as he miscued a clearing header eight yards from his own goal.

After one minute of additional time the sides headed back to the changing rooms, the visitors holding onto their one-goal advantage.

Woodgate made a switch at half time, Chris Mepham coming on to replace Stacey, the change meaning that Cameron Carter-Vickers moved across into the right-back role.

Stanislas looked to bend home an early shot, but a deflection off his own man sent the ball over the Bailey Peacock-Farrell's bar. 

Home striker Matej Vydra scampered onto a through ball and struck a near-post effort that Asmir Begovic was down sharply to put behind. From the corner Josh Benson flashed a header over the bar.

Billing placed a header too high and Brooks soon did similarly when he drifted into shooting range at the edge of the area.

The tie more open after the resumption, both sides were finding joy in the attacking third, Begovic next needing to stand up and punch a powerful Dwight McNeil shot behind.

The Clarets should have been level in the 56th minute when Vydra was played into space towards the byline, pulling back a mis-hit shot to the open Jay Rodriguez who blazed over with the goal at his mercy.

Phil Bardsley went close as he hit a 20-yard shot from a cleared corner through the bodies, but to Begovic's relief it passed a foot the safe side of the Bournemouth upright.

Lewis Cook was introduced for Brooks with the away side's second change, and it was the midfielder who soon led a breakaway and fed to Stanislas whose flick towards Surridge in the danger zone was cut out.

Carter-Vickers headed wide as the Cherries threatened from a corner, the substitution settling the visitors who were largely stemming the flow of Burnley attacks moving into the final 15 minutes at Turf Moor.

Surridge was in the thick of the action again in the closing stages as he was brought down following a delightful flick from Billing, the referee decisively pointing to the spot.

Stepping up as coolly as ever, Stanislas made no mistake from 12 yards, finding the net to take any hope out of the hosts.

The Cherries comfortably saw out the few remaining minutes to book their place in Thursday's draw for the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals, their first time at that stage since 1956/57.

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