West Brom 2 Burnley 2: Alexander the Great's Clarets live to fight another day

Martin Paterson inadvertently provided an explanation why Burnley have become the scourge of so many Premier League sides in knockout football this season.

The man whose dramatic 89th minute goal at The Hawthorns ensured the Championship side a replay, which they are very capable of winning, made no attempt to glorify his own contribution.

Instead, he opted selflessly to praise the tireless and influential midfield contribution of 37-year-old Graham Alexander, the man he believes is stitched on to become Burnley's player of the season whatever occurs between now and May.

Graham Alexander scores his sides first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the

Graham Alexander scores his side's first goal as Burnley claim an FA Cup draw at West Brom

As it happens, Paterson was a valid contender for man of this particular match against West Bromwich. But it was a close call between any one of the men manager Owen Coyle selected so soon after the stamina-sapping and potentially confidence-wrecking Carling Cup semi-final defeat by Tottenham.

It only underlined Burnley's quality of character, equally as important as the skill factor, of a team fighting for success on the twin front of League and cups.

As Paterson observed: 'Everyone thought we would be gone, tired, after Tottenham but we came and showed we have a bit of steel. We got a result and fully deserved it after being smacked in the mouth by the midweek result.

WEST BROMWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 24:  Clark Carlisle (L) of Burnley challenges Filipe Teixeira (R) of West Bromwich Albion during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th Round m

Burnley's Clark Carlisle challenges Filipe Teixeira in the Cup clash

'It was one of the worst moments of my career, but you cannot sit down and cry when it goes against you. You have to puff out your chest, get out there and play again. 'I just cried all Thursday and stayed in bed. No, I'm only joking.

We had a day off to rest and I spent it with my family. It was a day of mixed feelings, proud of how far we got in the League Cup but disappointed because we had been knocked out.

'The gaffer spoke to us individually and collectively after that semifinal and said he was proud of us and how hard we had worked.

WEST BROMWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 24:  Do-Heon Kim (C) of West Bromwich Albion celebrates with team mates Roman Bedner (L) and Borja Valero

West Brom's Do-Heon Kim (centre) celebrates his goal with his Baggies team-mates

'People keep harping on about how close we were to the final, but it has gone now and we have to focus on the League and the FA Cup.'

The player for whom Paterson felt most sympathy was veteran Alexander. He added: 'I've missed only three or four games so far this season but Graham has played in every single one. He's 37 and for him to have done that is terrific.

'He will be our player of the season, no doubt about it. He has been fantastic, outstanding. He is the best pro I have worked with and ever will work with. So fit and he really looks after himself.

WEST BROMWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 24:  Steven Thompson (R) of Burnley rises above Do-Heon Kim (L) of West Bromwich Albion during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Burnley at The Hawthorns

Steven Thompson wins the header for the visitors

'Because of his age, to have come so close to the final, and failed, will have hit him more than anyone, but you would never have noticed when we reported back for training on Friday. He was getting everyone up for the West Bromwich game and he never stopped running in it.'

Alexander calmly scored the 25thminute penalty which gave Burnley the lead but was cancelled out by a superb long-range shot by Robert Koren after 31 minutes and Do-heon Kim's deflected free-kick right on half-time.

Albion seemed to believe they had the game under control early in the second half, but that was when they actually lost control. A Burnley equaliser was on the cards and home keeper Scott Carson had to make a terrific reflex save to deny Chris Eagles.

But the goal duly came late on as Paterson was unmarked to accept a right-wing cross from Wade Elliott, driving the ball into the net to add to the fixture lists of both clubs.

Paterson said: 'I'm not worried about the FA Cup impacting on the League fixtures. It would be nice to concentrate on the League because that's more important than anything else, our bread and butter, but it's still great to be involved in other competitions.'

Burnley manager Owen Coyle acknolwedges the travelling support at the end of the game during the FA Cup, Fourth

Burnley manager Owen Coyle salutes the fans - now the teams must play again

Ditto West Bromwich, who desperately want to protect their newly-won place in a Premier League where so many are fighting against relegation.

Paterson added: 'I don't think West Bromwich will fancy coming to our place. No one does. It's a difficult place to visit, and we will use that to our advantage.'

Having accounted for Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Carling Cup this season, Burnley really do have no reason to fear West Bromwich who will, no doubt, reflect positively on how they travelled successfully to repair the shortcomings of their home tie against Peterborough in the previous round of the much older competition.

Albion manager Tony Mowbray said: 'It was hugely frustrating to miss out so late on when we appeared to have the tie sewn up, but it happened and we just have to get on with it in the replay.'

Of more immediate concern to Mowbray is Albion's growing injury list, which he described as 'critical'.

Influential skipper Jonathan Greening became the latest casualty when he damaged knee ligaments in the first half, and he will miss tomorrow's home match against Manchester United.

WEST BROMWICH (4-4-2): Carson 7; Hoefkens 6, Pele 6, Donk 6 (Zuiverloon 72min, 5), Robinson 6; Koren 7, Teixeira 6 (Brunt 71, 5), Kim 7, Greening 6 (Valero (40, 6); Bednar 6, Simpson 7.

BURNLEY (4-5-1): Jensen 6; Duff 6 (Thompson 66, 5), Caldwell 6, Carlisle 6, Kalvenes 6 (Rodriguez 86); Eagles 6 (Gudjonsson 60, 5), Alexander 7, McCann 7, Blake 7, Elliott 7; Paterson 8.

Man of the match: Martin Paterson.

Referee: Mike Dean.

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