Vital Football

Latest Burnley FC News

No Pain, No Game!

No Pain, No Game!

The Clarets were not in action yesterday after their scheduled game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park was postponed in midweek due to the inclement weather. Some Championship games though did go ahead so we review what this meant for our standing in the League table.

With snow and icy conditions across the country, a number of Championship games over the weekend were postponed in addition to our clash down in Hampshire.

The other games that did not go ahead were as follows:

Doncaster v Barnsley

Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

Hull City v QPR

Sheffield United v Reading

So with league leaders, QPR not in action, all eyes were on second-place, Cardiff City. On paper they seemed to have an easy game ahead playing bottom club Preston at home. A win would have seen the Bluebirds move to within two points of QPR whilst opening up a 10 point gap over the Clarets. Burnley fans therefore might have been forgiven for hoping our Lancashire rivals would do us a favour down in Cardiff and blow me they nearly did. With 90 minutes on the clock at 1-0 up, Preston thought they had done enough to secure their first away win of the season .On-loan striker Michael Tonge had thumped home a free kick on 26 minutes but in the end they could not hold on. Andy Keogh rescued an unlikely point for Cardiff City in injury time to make the final score 1-1.

The rest of the chasing pack in the play-offs positions had mixed fortunes. The other Welsh club in this league, Swansea enjoyed a 3-1 victory against Ipswich at Portman Road. Roy Keane`s men appear to be in freefall and they have gone five games on the bounce now without picking up a single point. The win for Swansea though ensures they keep in touch with their Welsh rivals and they remain third on 36 points, seven more that Burnley but having played a game more.

Coventry beat relegation-threatened Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena to move into fifth spot on 33 points just behind Norwich on goal difference. The Canaries too continued their good run of form with a 2-1 away victory over Derby County at Pride Park. The defeat saw the Rams slip to 7th spot on 30 points.

The Clarets are scheduled to play Leeds United at Turf Moor next Saturday and until yesterday`s games they were just ahead of them in 7th spot on goal difference. Leeds were at home to lowly Crystal Palace yesterday and they looked to be heading towards a shock home defeat with just ten minutes of the game remaining. Neil Danns had side-footed home just before half-time to put the visitors ahead but Luciano Becchio then got a late brace of goals in the 81st and 83rd minute to delight the home crowd and stretch Leeds unbeaten run to seven matches.

The victory saw them move into sixth spot 3 points ahead of the Clarets. Burnley will clearly have to stop them in their tracks next Saturday and a victory would see us go ahead of them on goal difference with a game in hand.

All-in-all then, it was a mixed day for Clarets fortunes but one that did not cause too much damage. We slipped just one place to 8th, 3 points off the play-offs with a game in hand over all the clubs above us except QPR. It could have been worse; we might have failed to win away yet again if the Pompey match had gone ahead and been in the same place without the game advantage.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday December 5 2010
Time: 8:59AM

Comments

0
All getting very tight up there! We simply have to go on a run to keep in strong contention. Just too many clubs at the same level and we need something special to break the mould
turfmanphil
05/12/2010 09:03:00
0
That's right tmp, we've got to start winning rather than drawing not only to keep in with the pack but to overtake them. Here's hoping for a stunning performance against Leeds next Saturday, although a mediocre performance and 3 points will do.
WelshClaret
05/12/2010 15:59:00
0
27 games left at an average of two points a game = 83 points. Long way to go yet.
vinrogue
06/12/2010 07:52:00
0
Average so far 1.5 (29 points from 19 games) so no improvement we finish on 69 points?
turfmanphil
07/12/2010 10:07:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Burnley Articles

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

Robinson Pens 12 Month Burnley Extension

Burnley have today confirmed that experienced goalkeeper Paul Robinson has penned a 12 month extension to his time at Turf Moor.

Clarets Training Camp Confirmed

Burnley are heading off to the border of Switzerland and France, for a pre-season training camp once again.

Ward's Euro Journey - Gilks Completes Rangers Move

Gilks had been a teammate of Ward's at Burnley but he was released by Dyche after failing to make a first-team appearance in the league. He's now signed for Rangers.

Archived Vital Burnley Articles

Vital Burnley articles from

Site Journalists

turfmanphil
Editor email
Profile
Paul 8c8
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Charlton MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Heaton57%
Lowton1%
Keane1%
Mee2%
Ward4%
Boyd5%
Marney2%
Barton3%
Arfield1%
Vokes2%
Gray6%
Sub - Barnes1%
Sub - Dyer1%
Sub - Duff14%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Burnley Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Turfy Topper35
2.In Dyche We Trust14
3.8clarets812
4.WelshClaret7
5.DavidT441
6.cornwallclaret1