Date:Sunday December 19 2010
Widespread snow and ice disrupted the Championship fixtures on Saturday with our own match away to Cardiff City being postponed for safety reasons.
Some games though did go ahead with the result that Burnley slipped three places in the League to 12th spot on 29 points from 20 games.
Although we have up to two games advantage over a number of our rivals fighting for promotion we are now five points adrift of the sixth placed club, Coventry.
It is diffcult to predict what the effect of the postponements will have on the team psychologically but midtable just before Christmas is not the ideal place to be especially when your two postponed games in hand are both away (Portsmouth and now Cardiff)
I suppose Leeds United did us a favour on Saturday beating league leaders QPR 2-0 at Elland Road to go second.
At least it keeps us in contention for automatic promotion but we have a mountain to climb to achieve that despite the 1-2 game advantage over our rivals for promotion.
QPR have 41 points from 21 games, 12 points clear of the Clarets (or 9 if we win our game in hand over them)
Leeds are on 38 points from 22 games, nine more than Burnley. That could be reduced to 3 points if we win our two games in hand.
It is all 'ifs and buts' though now at this stage and most Clarets fans will feel we should be doing much better at this stage.
Far too many clubs are competing for a play-offs place now and with Burnley not really standing out or being able to put a run together it now looks like a lottery whether we can finish in the top six.
Of the other teams in the top six, Swansea lost away 1-0 to Sheffield United and are now in 4th spot on the same number of points (37) as third-place Welsh rivals,Cardiff having now played a game more.
Norwich City also won their six pointer away to Coventry City beating the Sky Blues 2-1 to leapfrog them and go one place above them into 5th on 36 points.
We have a crucial period coming up now, weather-permitting, and the games over the festive period will be crucial to making or breaking our season. Not usually a good time for the Clarets we have to avoid any slump this time round or it will be curtains,probably most likely for Brian Laws too.
Barry Kilby has already intimated anything less than reaching the play-offs will be seen as failure. We have to quite simply release the purse strings in the January window and show we mean business by freshening up the squad. The club have promised as much so let's now bring in some high-profile players and go for it!
Date:Sunday December 19 2010
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