Not our best performance by a long shot, but we’re through to the fifth round of the FA Cup nonetheless. Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers ensured we got the 2-1 win over Burnley, but Sean Dyche’s side certainly put up a fight.
A few players really underperformed, and we were lucky not to concede more than we did. A number of players returned from injury though, and this game and the result bodes well for the rest of the season.
Here’s how we rate the players from our 2-1 win over Burnley:
GK) David Ospina – 6.5
Made a great save early on to keep out Andre Gray, although didn’t always look 100% assured. He potentially could have done more for the goal we conceded, and could have generally filled his back line with a little more confidence. One moment when he spilled a relatively tame shot was extremely worrying.
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RB) Calum Chambers – 6.5
This was a difficult one, as his first half super strike obviously played a huge part in the game. He was defensively suspect though, reading the game poorly at times, switching off, and contributing to the Sam Vokes goal we conceded.
LB) Kieran Gibbs – 6.5
His pace was vital with Chambers on the opposite flank, and he matched Andre Gray well at times. He was constantly on offer going forward, but the final ball eluded him.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 6.0
We were arguably lucky not to concede more than we did, as our defence wasn’t at its best. Koscielny slipped once to allow Gray in, handballed it dangerously in the second half, and really looked a little uncertain at times.
CB) Gabriel Paulista – 6.0
A decent performance for the most part, but he was largely to blame for the Sam Vokes goal.
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