Hulltimate Draw!-by TMP
The match attracted a crowd of 19926 which is pretty good considering it was the Easter Holiday period and there was nothing at stake in this end of season game.
Although Hull were not mathematically safe from relegation before this match, they were as good as safe and they certainly are now after this 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium.
Meanwhile the Clarets get another useful point and have now gone five games undefeated! One wonders where this club might be now had we not suffered that really bad run following the sale of Ade Akinbiyi. All conjecture and of course we probably would not have been able to bring in the likes of Andy Gray and Alan Mahon if Ade had stayed so lets see what the close season brings.
Congratulations to Sheffield United by the way on their automatic promotion which was confirmed this weekend. Although not an admirer of Neil 'Colin' Warnock, the congratulations are really given based on the fact that we now get another £125,000 from the Ade deal! We get another £125,000 if they stay up so lets hope they do and we join them in the Premiership after next season!
I was unable to go to the Hull match so had to make do with listening to Phil Bird on Clarets World radio. The impression I got was that this match was more lively than the scoreline would suggest although listening to some of the comments from both sets of fans there was still not too much to shout about.
The first partial shock, although something which really pleased me after all my ranting, came with the team announcements. Burnley FC would start with the same line-up and bench as the QPR match with one exception. Kyle Lafferty would replace Michael Ricketts and partner Andy Gray in 4-4-2.
Ricketts would not even be on the bench which started the inevitable speculation as to where he was and whether he had returned to Leeds. Steve Cotterill's match report on the Official site, did not make mention of Ricketts fueling further speculation.
I was not really fussed to be honest, I was more pleased for Kyle Lafferty who at last would be given more opportunity to shine and gain more valuable experience of matches at this level.
The Clarets seemed to start the first half quite brightly with Graham Branch playing well having a few chances in which he might have scored. Hull had a few counter attacks but the defence held solid . Despite all the chances we had we just could not seem to convert any of them into a goal.
Alan Mahon by his own standards appeared to be having a mediocre game and an on-form Mahon could well have changed the course of this match but it was not to be.
Bad news hit the Clarets on 39 minutes with Bardsley hobbling off with a suspected right foot or ankle injury.
McGreal came on with Frank Sinclair taking over the right back position. This I thought was a compliment to Duff, who is more and more making that central position in defence his own.
The second half seemed to follow the pattern of the first with nobody being able to make the breakthough.
Kyle Lafferty had the best chance of the match to break the deadlock on 64 minutes but his right-footed shot hit the legs of the goalkeeper from six yards out! Andy Gray would probably have put it away with ease but the more Kyle plays, the more he might be more assured in front of goal.
One of the problems for the Clarets seemed to be the referee who was a classic 'Homer' in this match booking four of our players and Hull getting away scot free! All the cards were yellow and did not have any really serious consequences but we did seem to be unfairly penalised in a number of these decisions. The players booked were
Branch 23, C McCann 51, F Sinclair 60 and O'Connor 70
The game towards the end fizzled out. Spicer came on for Lafferty after 83 mins as the team changed to a 4-5-1 but by then the match had 0-0 written all over it and so it proved as the final whistle went.
I understand some of the Hull crowd gave their team a hard time with a few boos. Pretty ridiculous when you look at how well their team have done with two promotions and a good consolidation in this division in the last three seasons.
I suppose it was obvious this match was likely to be an ultimate draw but at least we got that point and have continued our run of form. Palace next this Monday and they are reassured of the play-offs so we might have a better chance of getting three points from that game as we continue to make some amends for that bad run.
B,Myhill, A Thelwell, L Cort, D Delaney, A Dawson, R France (81 B Paynter) , S Green, K Andrews, K Ellison (81 S Elliott) , J Parkin, D Duffy (81 C Fagan)
Subs: M Duke, C Fagan, S Elliott, S Wiseman, B Paynter
B.Jensen, P Bardsley (39 J McGreal) , F Sinclair, M Duff, J Harley, A Mahon, J O'Connor, C McCann, G Branch, K Lafferty (83 J Spicer) , A Gray
Subs: J McGreal, M Hyde, W Elliott, G O'Connor, J Spicer