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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.

Fernando Guerrero.

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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Date:Saturday September 26 2009

Time: 10:25PM

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Another one no faith in Owen Coyle? got us in the Premier League what more do you want? no wonderer OC gets *****ed off!
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26/09/2009 23:33:00

My view anyhow!
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26/09/2009 23:34:00

Your opinions always welcome MR and nice write up! you have got to have more faith though!
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27/09/2009 00:14:00

8 not a question of no faith in OC, but the starting XI has struggled, and I would have liked to see the XI that turned it around vs Spurs given a bit of a go, but with SF up front instead of DN, who looks short of match fitness. Am still enjoying it, though, although it isn't nice losing 5-0 in any game!
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27/09/2009 00:33:00

As I have said elswhere, For me that is 4 of the hardest 8 away games completed. Although we have no points from them - this can only improve!
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27/09/2009 14:38:00

I will agree with one point in particular. Guerrero is chomping at the bit and if you are going to bring him on from the bench do so on the hour mark or before. No point 10 mins or so before end!
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27/09/2009 18:43:00

Personally I'd like to see Kevin McDonald in Midfield instead of Gudjonsson. hes a big strong lad who can score goals and has a lot of skill. I like him alot. I believe in Coyle though. Agree with Gurrerro perhaps time to give him half and hour then if he does well give him more.
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27/09/2009 22:40:00

The great thing about all these posts is "That we all care so much" supporting and having opinions based on the simple truth WE ALL WANT THE BOYS TO WIN and are gutted when we don't. We then apply hindsight logic and try and reapply it to the future! SIMPLES
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28/09/2009 08:43:00

Skutter, I agree with your point Re: Big Kev, but have been disapointed when i have seen him in recent games ie. Hartlepool. I also find it mildy strange, last season also - that it was always Joey brought off the bench first???
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28/09/2009 11:58:00

8clarets8 - Not about not having faith with OC, I think he is a fantastic gaffer, and one of the best around. He has been loyal to some players which is fair enough, but I think now is time to see some changes. I know we have been to some of the biggest sides in the league in the last few away games. But thats no excuse for the number of goals we're shipping. They've mostly been through our own mistakes aswel. But I am firmly behind OC if anyone read it differently.
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29/09/2009 12:48:00

Its an OC trait isnt it? If the side play well enough or all play average he sticks with them! How many times have players got in the side simply because someone else is injured or suspended? I can't remember last time someone was dropped for playing badly. Was it Carlisle?
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29/09/2009 14:44:00

Goes away for a few days and all hell breaks lose ha ;-) it's all about having faith in OC sure he will make mistakes! but let's not get on his back about tactics away from home or whatever! he was clearly peed off at the weekend with the media telling him to change it! why should he? mid-table in the Prem guys come on!!!
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