Burnley 3 Gillingham 1

Last updated : 24 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Robbie Blake took his season's goal tally to 17 with a brace as Burnley brushed aside Gillingham to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Assisted by Ian Moore's tenth goal in 12 Cup outings for Burnley, Blake's brilliance was too much for a Gillingham outfit missing several key players.

Indeed, with a little steadier finishing Burnley's margin of victory could well have been even more emphatic.

Tommy Johnson missed a couple of early chances for the visitors and then saw Burnley sweep into the lead with their first attempt at goal on the half-hour mark.

A left-wing cross from Mo Camara confused the hesitant Gillingham keeper Bertrand Bossu and Moore's header was clinical.

The Clarets followed it up with a crucial second just 90 seconds later thanks to the quick-thinking of star man Blake.

With the visiting defence awaiting a cross Blake chose to shoot when a free-kick opportunity presented itself, and his 25-yard effort fizzed past Bossu at the near post.

Brian Jensen made a timely save to deny Darius Henderson before Burnley made the game safe in the 64th minute thanks to Blake, as a flowing five-man move ended with the striker sliding in to guide his shot beyond Bossu.

A mistake by Jensen enabled Henderson to reduce the arrears late on with a shot on the turn. But the chance of Gillingham pulling off a revival never materialised in what was a fairly straightforward afternoon for a Burnley side desperately in need of a good Cup run to boost finances.