REPORT: Burnley 2 Yeovil Town 0
Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone endured a Sky Bet Championship debut to forget as his second half error set Yeovil Town on their way to back-to-back defeats at Burnley.
The keeper – signed on loan today from the Premier League giants – was found napping at the far post when substitute Keith Treacy sent a cross swirling beneath the crossbar.
Sam Vokes doubled the lead moments later as the hosts finally displayed their class and dealt the Glovers a stern lesson in finishing at Turf Moor.
Gary Johnson made two changes to the side defeated 1-0 by Birmingham City seven days earlier. Johnstone deputised for the injured Marek Stech (hand) and Liam Davis made his Yeovil Championship debut ahead of Sam Foley.
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England under-20 ace Johnstone received an early taste of the action after seven minutes when Ross Wallace found space 20 yards from goal. The midfielder's shot was on target but the stopper was up to the task, diving to his left and palming away.
A minute later Vokes turned and volleyed to make the most of an inch given to him by Byron Webster. The effort was nothing more than speculative, sailing over.
On 16 minutes Joe Edwards' cross bounced across the box only for Burnley winger Junior Stanislas to inexplicably scuff a clearance. The ball fell for James Hayter who suffered a similarly poor connection, failing to test Tom Heaton with a tame strike.
A Clarets' through-ball in the 19th minute stretched the Glovers defence as it found Vokes. With just Johnstone to beat, the Welsh international striker bent around the advancing gloveman and beyond the far post when the home fans expected better.
But Davis was to be guilty of the worst miss of the period on 36 minutes. Kevin Dawson's fizzing delivery at the byline was palmed as far as the Yeovil wide man, who, with the goal at his mercy, somehow skied over from five yards with his weaker right foot.
As the game entered injury time Vokes again had the better of the visiting defence, climbing highest to meet a delivery from the right and wastefully heading over.
With rain now lashing down, the second half started in similar fashion to that of the first, both sides limited to half chances. Paddy Madden's 59th minute chance was deflected behind and David Jones' long range shot bounced through to Johnstone.
The Glovers nearly bamboozled Burnley with a neat free kick routine after 66 minutes. Ed Upson rolled to Davis who crossed for Danny Seaborne to nod just wide.
However, the hosts went one better on 75 minutes largely thanks to Johnstone's poor positioning. Substitute Michael Ngoo headed only as far as Clarets' replacement Keith Treacy when defending a corner. The winger's attempted shot caught out the keeper stood closer to the far stick, creeping under the crossbar.
With the Glovers' rocking, Burnley doubled their advantage three minutes later. Davis gave away a wide free kick and Scott Arfield's rasping shot from the subsequent delivery cannoned off Vokes and beyond Johnstone.
Two should have become three on 87 minutes as the hosts carved through their visitors. Treacy cut back for Vokes who confidently sidefooted goal-wards only to be denied by Luke Ayling's fine goal-line block.
Burnley (4-4-2) – Heaton; Trippier, Long, Shackell, Lafferty; Stanislas (Treacy, 66), Marney, Jones, Wallace (Arfield, 66); Vokes, Ings (Noble, 90). Unused subs: Cisak, Mee, Edgar, Stock.
Goals: Treacy 75, Vokes 78.
Bookings: Marney (foul), Wallace (foul).
Yeovil Town (4-4-2) – Stech; Ayling, Webster, Seaborne, Tate (Hoskins, 64); Dawson (Ralls, 81), Edwards, Upson, Davis; Madden, Hayter (Ngoo, 64). Unused subs: Dunn, McAllister, Foley, Grant.
Bookings: Davis (foul), Webster (foul).
Ref: Mr S Duncan