Tottenham Hotspur have one foot in the Carling Cup Final after an excellent second half performance gave them a 4-1 lead going into the Second Leg.
After unveiling Jermain Defoe before kick off, the first half display showed just why Harry Redknapp had opted to bring the striker back to White Hart Lane, with chances at a premium, as Burnley took a well deserved lead.
Martin Paterson, the hero from the early rounds scored an excellent opener on 15 minutes, converting some good wing play from self confessed Spurs fan Chris Eagles.
The lead was nothing more than the visitors deserved, although Brian Jensen saved well from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Blake could have made it 2-0, heading just wide of the post.
A change at the break made all the difference for the home side, Jamie O'Hara replaced David Bentley at the break and it took just two minutes for him to make an impact.
The midfielder, who spent a spell on loan with League 2 Chesterfield, curled in a corner which Michael Dawson headed home. The youngster then volleyed in a second just five minutes later.
Pavlyuchenko kept up his record of scoring in every round with a third goal on 65 minutes before Michael Duff beat his own keeper three minutes later, to leave Burnley with an uphill task when the two sides meet in a fortnight's time at Turf Moor, as Owen Coyle admits:
"I felt if we had kept it nice and compact, we could have taken it back to Turf Moor and had a reasonable chance.
"As it is, we have given ourselves more than a mountain to climb, and there is a long way back."
Harry Redknapp was understandably pleased with the result but was less than pleased with the first half display:
"We are naive. I look at us at times and some of the young players do things when a bit of knowhow is missing.
"They had us on the rack, and I could certainly not see that end result coming.
"At the break, I told them: 'I am going to find out an awful lot in the second half about a lot of you', because we will show what we are made of now as we were under a lot of pressure.
"It was the first time I have really gone into them, but it did the trick."
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