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HEAT no doubt played a major part in last night's defeat to the Carolina Railhawks who were clearly used to the sweltering conditions and it was only a friendly, but I am still left bitterly disappointed.

Some will say it is only the first game in Pre-Season against a team who have clearly been playing longer this summer, but there were major faults that need to be picked up on before they grow and carry into the next season.

Now everyone is entitled to an opinion that is the reason of football and it is a main point, but waiting up until after half past 2 in the morning to catch a glimpse of the new look Burnley F.C. only to see a calamity performance in the back four isn't something that will make me happy.

A back four (right to left) of Michael Duff, Steven Caldwell, Clarke Carlisle and Graham Alexander started the game, with new left back Christian Kalvenez sitting the game out because he was feeling a tight chest in the warmup and didn't dare risk anything.

Both RailHawks goals were from defensive errors, the first with all four defenders within a metre of each other, so that when Alexander instinctly put his foot on the ball only to knock it through to the opposition forward who was one on one, there was no defence and the finish was guarenteed.

The second, as much of a fantastic finish that it was, the ball was allowed to move too freely across the area with Michael Duff stood ball watching in his right back position. It was a good finish though against a Brian Jensen who was one of our best players on the night.

Another fault that I saw was communication which was non existant at times, one instance that springs to mind is Joey Gudjonsson who had the ball just inside his own half and advancing with the ball. To his left in space was Robbie Blake who was absolutely screaming for the ball, but instead Joey opted to try and take his man on and lost out.

I know it was the first game of Pre-Season and in a foreign country, so I don't want people emailing to explain it to me, I can see it for myself, I just thought we could have put more in as a team. But then again it is the first time, so we can't really judge.

I did however have a conversation with a chappy last night during the game, who as I was screaming at my computer screen for Burnley to do something, says to me 'We're taking it nice and easy, well done Clarets thats how we should be playing', If that is how we should be playing why have a Pre-Season at all? We may as well baoard the next plane home.

The meaning of the game is to push youself and get into it ahead of next season, and I know they would be tired after their hard opening week in training, but we did lack effort at times, and I think Owen Coyle's reaction on the bench showed it.

'Injuries will come if we play at a normal footballing pace in Pre-Season', again that is the point of Pre-Season, take it easy now, then when you start the season the injuries really will kick in. They've been pushing hard in training nothing is stopping them.

Not having a go, because at times I think we were fantastic and at other times, poor but overall it is a decent start for the Clarets.

Besart Berisha though has to get a mention, he is back yet again and made his second debut effectively after his injury last season so it is a fresh start for him. He did have a good game after he came on, well done Bes.

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Writer: M'R Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 11 2008

Time: 1:34PM

Your Comments

Sorry if it is a bit heavy in parts for an opening game in Pre-Season but that is how I felt and obviously I am just pointing them out not having a go or critisising, but the points I picked up on need to be rectified.
MartynRobboBFC
did van der schaaf play? how did he do?
bluebirdshroom
bluebirdshroom, you can actually watch the game for free if you want, it is now archived on USLLive.com. Van der Schaaf didnt come on until second half. I must admit I didnt think he was very visible but that hour of the morning I might have been asleep! lol
turfmanphil
Schaaf played in the second half and although on other borads he gets some stick, I thought he looked steady and in control. He obviously needs to get to know his team mates more to be able to understand each other. I think Martyn is being a little harsh although I understand his points. Nobody likes to lose a game and I never look at friendly results or even half of the performances to judge how things will go in the season. They are purely games to gain match and general fitness. I don't think you play to avoid injuries or we would not have lost Duff and Berisha last season. What ever happens we don't want that to happen again anyway. A few new players in the squad this year for us and I know you always hear it, but the players will take time to gel and understand each other. Having said that, the defence were together last year except Duff, so they should have done better. Our defence was poor last year and I blame most of that on no confidence with the keeper behind them and no protection from midfield. We have a new keeper to come in and Schaaf will hopefully supply the needed protection. Kalvenes will be a big boost to us due to left back being a huge concern last year. At the end of the day I can only remember Burnley putting in a really good friendly performance and that was at home to Chelsea quite a few years ago.
smitrit
Just to add. We have lost friendlies aganst part time teams such as the Isle Of Man in the past, so losing to a team that is nearing the end of their season and full of energetic youth players is no shame. They deserved the win in the end and I was very impressed with a number of their players. Many of which would not look out of place in the Championship. I hope we take a closer look at the centre half. He was solid, calm and aware of everything. He could become a great player.
smitrit
It did come over a bit harsh, but wasn't really meaning it to be lol, I'm not judging their performance for going into the season like some people did last night, I jsut think that the team could have put more in to it and that every game should be treated with equal importance aslong as they are in Claret & Blue, imo of course.
MartynRobboBFC
Fair enough :) I will blame the lack of effort on jet lag. Its as good as any :)
smitrit
I never read too much into preseason don't want to have too good of one, one of the best pre sesons we've had in the last 15 years was under Waddle we all know how that went!. Stan had one of the worst & got us promoted.
ruane
I didn't think our fans could learn pessimism from anyone - but u taught us a thing or two :D
bluebirdshroom
 

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