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Claretacchio's 'Hoots of Derision'

Claretacchio gives his thoughts after Burnley were thumped 4-2 at home by Sheffield Wednesday on a day that the Clarets looked clueless in defence and lacklustre in so many areas.

'Hoots of Derision' after 'Owls of Anguish'

Earlier this week I said elsewhere on the site that Burnley couldn't possibly give a performance as bad again against Sheffield
Wednesday as on the opening day of the season.

I was wrong. We were rank. Out-thought, out-fought and outplayed, the performance was abysmal and just another sign that the wheels have truly come off.

In the article 'Owls of Anguish I suggested that a number of key players had to be rested. I asked whether Owen Coyle would make those decisions and whether the fans would support them. Well we know the answer, the manager kept the exact same team that performed so poorly in the previous two games and we paid the price.

They were already clearly knackered before and the nightmare they served up today just confirmed exactly that situation. Will the fans now demand changes be made even if that means taking a gamble? I know I would because I would rather go out fighting than fade away in a whimper.

The defending today at times was amateurish and truly appalling. I note that Owen Coyle said that the team had let in too many soft goals this season and that he would ring the changes. The problem here is that we don't have enough defenders to choose from and that has been true all
season long. Most of the defence is way off form but what changes there can be rung at the moment? Where oh where are the loan players we so obviously and desperately need?

Yes some changes will need to be made but is it now too late? Confidence must be at a very low ebb and certain players are completely on empty and need a rest. It is absolutely amazing that after suffering such a crushing defeat the damage to our league position wasn't terminal.

However whilst we are still in there the team is in a downward spiral, games are running out and too many rivals have games in hand.

At the moment it is hard to see where another win is going to come from. We cannot expect to get away with it again by hoping our rivals will all continue to lose. Defeat at Blackpool for me will mean the play offs will be gone for another season whatever the other results of the other teams on the night because there will be just too many teams playing better than us and ahead of us.

Yes I know mathmatically it will still be possible and yes people will say you have to believe and not be negative. However you also have to be realistic, we are playing poorly, have a small squad, our best players out on their feet, and confidence shot to pieces.

It will be absolutely heartbreaking given what had been achieved but another second half of the season collapse should never be ruled out because we failed to strengthen the squad in January. Too many games by too few players is undoing all the hard work.

Today was truly a shocker. Come on Burnley make the changes, bring in some fresh blood and give it a go.




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Writer: Claretacchio Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 1 2009

Time: 2:38PM

Your Comments

I do share your frustrations,'Tacchio, I really do but what can you do? If the loans and money are not there, you are ferked and it looks like another same old, same old season at the moment. Half a season wonders followed by that lack of intent to go the final mile. It's almost as though we have to be resigned to our fate season after season and we shall see what alternative to the 'New Dawn' campaign they will come up with when they want to sell new season tickets in the summer. We will still be Clarets fans though and somehow we just have to temper hopes & expectations with financial reality and accept there will be no risk taking from the current board who lets face it have out in tons of their own personal money and not seen any return. We have to be grateful for what they have done and achieved but yes,it is very frustrating. It just seems we are one to two players short every year at this point in the season with no fresh legs to bolster our chances. Why the hell doesnt Coyle bring back Bes and Remco?
turfmanphil
I do share your frustrations,'Tacchio, I really do but what can you do? If the loans and money are not there, you are ferked and it looks like another same old, same old season at the moment. Half a season wonders followed by that lack of intent to go the final mile. It's almost as though we have to be resigned to our fate season after season and we shall see what alternative to the 'New Dawn' campaign they will come up with when they want to sell new season tickets in the summer. We will still be Clarets fans though and somehow we just have to temper hopes & expectations with financial reality and accept there will be no risk taking from the current board who lets face it have out in tons of their own personal money and not seen any return. We have to be grateful for what they have done and achieved but yes,it is very frustrating. It just seems we are one to two players short every year at this point in the season with no fresh legs to bolster our chances. Why the hell doesnt Coyle bring back Bes and Remco?
turfmanphil
With regards to bes and Remco, I just think that Owen must think they simply arent good enough.
Claretdale
With regards to bes and Remco, I just think that Owen must think they simply arent good enough.
Claretdale
Yep, think the same which means our squad size is even more farcical and summat should have been done about it by now
turfmanphil
Yep, think the same which means our squad size is even more farcical and summat should have been done about it by now
turfmanphil
Agree with you, Dale. Think we are what we are: a top 10 side and no more. We don't have the strength in depth or the consistency to get much higher. If we hadn't had the two cup runs, then who knows? I'm still happy with the season, though! :-)
BarnseyWTBM
Agree with you, Dale. Think we are what we are: a top 10 side and no more. We don't have the strength in depth or the consistency to get much higher. If we hadn't had the two cup runs, then who knows? I'm still happy with the season, though! :-)
BarnseyWTBM
I agree that the Board have put in lots of their own money and I am very grateful for what they have done. It is just the frustration of getting so close this season and having battled so hard with superb cup performances to fall at the final hurdle is so especially hard to take. My original article suggested that because our key players were so obviously running on empty and having struggled in the previous games that Owen Coyle should have been prepared to gamble and give them a well earned rest. He didn't and played them all and they had an absolute shocker. What I find baffling is why he didn't substitute those clearly knackered players and instead took off others. Now we have a difficult game at Blackpool followed by the game at the Emirates. My real fear is that with tired players, obvious loss of form and low confidence we could take a fearful hammering against Arsenal. This game could well turn Burnley back to the throw it in the net days for the rest of the season. Whereas I was looking forward to this game I am now just looking to avoid being taken totally apart. With regard to Bes and Remco I still think that the fans should at least be able to judge for themselves through actually seeing them play. They should have had a chance at least and they surely wouldn't have been any worse that what we are serving up at the moment. One final point on Bes and Remco, are fans sure loaning them out wasn't more to do with saving their wages rather than their lack of ability. If Owen Coyle truly believed they weren't good enough why not put them on the transfer list and and try to sell them so at least there might have been enough to fund one loan defender for 3 months! Why wasn't Ade Akinbiyi loaned out and his wages used to loan someone in!
Claretacchio
I agree that the Board have put in lots of their own money and I am very grateful for what they have done. It is just the frustration of getting so close this season and having battled so hard with superb cup performances to fall at the final hurdle is so especially hard to take. My original article suggested that because our key players were so obviously running on empty and having struggled in the previous games that Owen Coyle should have been prepared to gamble and give them a well earned rest. He didn't and played them all and they had an absolute shocker. What I find baffling is why he didn't substitute those clearly knackered players and instead took off others. Now we have a difficult game at Blackpool followed by the game at the Emirates. My real fear is that with tired players, obvious loss of form and low confidence we could take a fearful hammering against Arsenal. This game could well turn Burnley back to the throw it in the net days for the rest of the season. Whereas I was looking forward to this game I am now just looking to avoid being taken totally apart. With regard to Bes and Remco I still think that the fans should at least be able to judge for themselves through actually seeing them play. They should have had a chance at least and they surely wouldn't have been any worse that what we are serving up at the moment. One final point on Bes and Remco, are fans sure loaning them out wasn't more to do with saving their wages rather than their lack of ability. If Owen Coyle truly believed they weren't good enough why not put them on the transfer list and and try to sell them so at least there might have been enough to fund one loan defender for 3 months! Why wasn't Ade Akinbiyi loaned out and his wages used to loan someone in!
Claretacchio
Got to view your situation as a work in progress. Coyle is a good gaffer , you better hope he doesn't get pinched.
quietman
Got to view your situation as a work in progress. Coyle is a good gaffer , you better hope he doesn't get pinched.
quietman
I was trying to work out yesterday why I felt so utterly downhearted. I decided in the end that what made it so bad for us fans, and which may have affected the players, is that we all felt that this last weekend we shouldn't have been playing Wednesday, but at Wembley. I wish I felt thrilled to be going, and instead I too fear a drubbing at the Emirates, but I dare say we'll all stand up and show our pride, whatever happens. My two Ars friends are not exactly brimming with confidence. Have they scored a single goal from open play in their last 5 games? It has almost become the team that cannot score against the team that cannot defend; a cruel twist for both sets of fans on the old conundrum of the irresistable force up gainst the immovable object. Apparently if Ars don't score in 20 mins we can expect their fans to start booing! Let's hope we can at least hold out that long. Meanwhile I will be hiding behind the couch as the Clarets travel to the seaside town of so many broken dreams... and rollercoasters. If you want to cheer yourself up, think of poor Luton. Or cheer at Coyle's talk today of sticking around. Or think about how, even if like me you wanted them to win for 120 minutes, it still somehow felt better when Spurs got to find out what late, late heartbreak feels like. It's not that I don't like Spurs or Spurs fans. I guess it's just that misery loves company. Oh... and I agree with Barnsey about it having been a great season, whatever happens from now on.
Couch Potato
I was trying to work out yesterday why I felt so utterly downhearted. I decided in the end that what made it so bad for us fans, and which may have affected the players, is that we all felt that this last weekend we shouldn't have been playing Wednesday, but at Wembley. I wish I felt thrilled to be going, and instead I too fear a drubbing at the Emirates, but I dare say we'll all stand up and show our pride, whatever happens. My two Ars friends are not exactly brimming with confidence. Have they scored a single goal from open play in their last 5 games? It has almost become the team that cannot score against the team that cannot defend; a cruel twist for both sets of fans on the old conundrum of the irresistable force up gainst the immovable object. Apparently if Ars don't score in 20 mins we can expect their fans to start booing! Let's hope we can at least hold out that long. Meanwhile I will be hiding behind the couch as the Clarets travel to the seaside town of so many broken dreams... and rollercoasters. If you want to cheer yourself up, think of poor Luton. Or cheer at Coyle's talk today of sticking around. Or think about how, even if like me you wanted them to win for 120 minutes, it still somehow felt better when Spurs got to find out what late, late heartbreak feels like. It's not that I don't like Spurs or Spurs fans. I guess it's just that misery loves company. Oh... and I agree with Barnsey about it having been a great season, whatever happens from now on.
Couch Potato
I think we all have our frustrations considering our size of our squad and i have to agree with Taccio's view's Remco was brought in but never got a shout? I can understand Bes not Coyle's man?But desperate times?
8clarets8
I think we all have our frustrations considering our size of our squad and i have to agree with Taccio's view's Remco was brought in but never got a shout? I can understand Bes not Coyle's man?But desperate times?
8clarets8
how the hell did you get beat by that score against that mob???
bluemooner_mcfc
how the hell did you get beat by that score against that mob???
bluemooner_mcfc
 

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