Robbo's View: Our away form
WHAT would be your inspiration to write a blog? Something inspiring obviously.
So why do I suddenly want to spend my time writing about a 5-0 defeat for my team? I am baffled.
I must admit, it was a blog written by Alastair Campbell that did it for me suprisingly. In this article he brought to my attention that Burnley's last four away games have ended in first a 2-0 defeat at Stoke, then a 3-0 loss at Chelsea, followed by a 4-0 drumming at Liverpool and today a 5-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane.
We seem to be in a trend, so with our next away game being against our old rivals from down the road, it is rather worrying.
That is until you look at it all properly.
All I see on the TV is the commentators stating how Burnley are the only side to be goalless on their travels, in the Premier League and that we should be worried by that form.
But when you have to travel to the likes of Stamford Bridge, Anfield and White Hart Lane in your first group of games, it is hard. More so added the fact that we are just finding our feet in this league.
Today was a massacre at Tottenham, the team that cruely denied us a Carling Cup Final at Wembley in the dying minutes at Turf Moor last season, and there was some worrying signs.
For me Brian Jensen should not have been playing today, to me it was clear to see that he was unfit, as he hobbled around and looked genuinely uncomfortable. There was talk of a half time substitution, but Jensen battled on and kept his understudy Diego Penny glued to the bench.
The 'Beast' did make a number of outstanding stops as well, saving well at the feet and blocking well as usual. But there was something missing from his game today.
Now I am not a fan of Penny I will say that now, so I would have panicked if he did make the starting eleven today, but Jensen should have been rested.
This for me underlines the need for a stronger number two stopper, as the Big Dane Jensen isn't going to be able to complete every game if knocks are picked up.
Also a big miss for the Clarets today was Martin Paterson and Chris McCann who are both ruled out for over three months with knee ligament injuries.
Joey Gudjonsson was McCann's replacement, and with that I will end or we could be here for days whilst I write what is wrong with that.
Oh, one more point just pinged into my head.
Nine minutes on the field today. I don't want to knock our God like manager Owen Coyle, but surely if your side is losing by some margain, you have to throw on your quickest, most skillful player into the mix sooner.
He and Chris Eagles both offer something different on the wings, but to me Guerrero looks a fantastic talent, and I don't think it will be long until he is knocking on the door for a starting place.
Just give him more time to show what he can do! Please, Owen!
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