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Burnley vs. Blackburn Rovers

Turf Moor

Sunday 28th March 2010

12 noon

On Sky

And It`s No Nay Never 2009-10 (Part 2)

Yep it`s the big derby game again for the second time this season on Sunday with Blackburn Rovers this time travelling the short distance down the M65. The Clarets will be keen to get back the East Lancs bragging rights in this home game at Turf Moor which kicks off at the early time of 12 noon. It will feel like 11 am though bearing in mind the clocks will have been put forward the night before!

Most Clarets fans would probably have preferred this match to be played under different circumstances since not only is this the usual grudge game but is also one we need to win to give us some hope of avoiding the drop. At the moment we are third from bottom, three points behind West Ham and ahead of Hull on goal difference having played a game more than the Tigers. The pressure could be on the Clarets even more depending on the outcome of the Saturday games between West Ham and Stoke at Upton Park and Hull and Fulham at the KC Stadium.

Brian Laws could be under significant pressure if we lose this one and I just hope the fans keep behind him in this match even if things start to look like they are going 'tits-up`. If we are to win only one more match this season and lose our battle to survive the drop, please let it be this game! We have had very little to cheer about since Coyle jumped ship and 2010 is turning out to be pretty grim so far. A win especially against this lot would really boost morale and could kick-start a recovery so come on you Clarets we can do this!

Predicted Team Sheet

The Clarets put in their best performance for sometime against Wigan at the DW Stadium last Saturday. They looked both confident and effective and were unlucky not to come away with a well-earned point following the late goal in added time by Rodallega. It is difficult to know how much that 1-0 defeat will have taken out of the players after such misfortune but there is an argument for keeping with the same line-up. Having some consistency in the team and showing confidence in a side that played well might be something that Brian Laws should consider.

With both Fox and Carlisle back in contention, it will be interesting to see which back-four line up against Rovers. It would be very cruel on Michael Duff if he had to give way. He was man of the match against Wigan and really should keep his place. Stephen Jordan too was given a busy time at the DW Stadium but generally did well.

I would start with Jordan and indeed the same starting eleven and have Fox on the bench

My eighteen would be as below; although I am not sure Brian Laws will see it that way. He has the habit of always making some changes that surprise you but I do think if a team is playing well we need to start adding the word 'consistency` to our armoury in terms of team selection unless of course injuries or suspensions dictate some changes will have to be made.

Jensen, Mears, Duff, Cort, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, McDonald, Paterson, Nugent, Fletcher

Subs: Weaver, Fox, Bikey, Cork, Blake, Eagles, Thompson

Burnley Team News:

There are no fresh injury concerns for the Clarets with news that Clarke Carlisle and Danny Fox are back in contention after missing the 1-0 defeat at Wigan last weekend through injury. Caldwell (persistent groin strain) and McCann (knee) remain sidelined.

David Edgar went out on loan to Swansea this week so obviously won`t be in contention despite being in the eighteen last Saturday.

Player to watch: Graham Alexander

The onus is really on the acting captain to raise the morale of his team and whip them into shape against the old enemy. This will also have to be a captain`s performance and there will be no room for individual error. Come on Grezza! You are right; we are in this together so let`s all pull together fans, manager and players alike and make this a victory to remember!

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

David Dunn who was supposedly doubtful after picking up a leg injury in Rovers 2-1 win against Birmingham City in midweek has made a miraculous recovery and now looks set to play. Nice bit of psychology there Big Sam except it fooled nobody!

Rovers` captain, Ryan Nelsen plus Gael Givet, Lars Jacobsen, and Vince Grella are all available too after recovering from their injuries

Keeper, Paul Robinson is still sidelined with a calf injury, while January signing Yildiray Basturk is out with a hamstring problem

Player to watch: Christopher Samba

Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba seems to be trying to scare the Clarets so let`s give him a hard time on Sunday. I will certainly be watching him hopefully fall flat on his face.

He says:

"There is no way Burnley will be more motivated than us. Because it is an important local derby it is a good place for us to play next. The pressure is on them because they need wins to get out of trouble.'

Yeah right! I do think the Clarets will be more motivated trying to avoid the drop than Rovers will be going for a yawn-bending midtable finish again so come on lads prove me right!

The 25 year old Republic of Congo international completed a transfer from Hertha BSC in January 2007 signing a three and a half year deal for 45,000 and is also capable of playing as a striker

Back to the Future

One grim reading for Clarets fans is that it is almost 31 years since Burnley last beat Blackburn. This was a 2-1 victory at Ewood Park on 14 April 1979 in an old Division Two match. You have to go back to Boxing Day 1978 for the last time we beat them at Turf Moor also by 2 goals to one.

The last time the Clarets played in the top flight back in Season 1975-76 we did not have to worry about Rovers. They were in those days a struggling side and the seventies was not their era with Blackburn spending most of the decade yo-yoing between the old second and third divisions. They had won the old third division title in the 1974-5 season but finished 15th in Division 2 in 1975-6, the season Burnley were relegated from the top flight never to return for another 33 years.

In 1976-77, with both clubs now in the old Division 2, the Clarets got a creditable 2-2 draw at Ewood Park coming back from 2-0 down to score two goals in the last ten minutes, Noble and Brennan were the heroes that day. It was even better at Turf Moor a few months later with the Clarets securing a 3-1 victory.

Clarets fans will want to forget the last time we played Rovers back in October at Ewood Park. A stunning goal by Robbie Blake from 25 yards out after just 5 minutes of play had Clarets fans going wild with jubilation but the joy was not to last long. Four minutes later Dunn equalised for Rovers and the Clarets seemed to go to sleep for the rest of the game. Di Santo gave them the lead after 21 minutes and two minutes before half-time it was 3-1 after Pedersen headed into the path of Chimbonda who cut inside Steven Fletcher to slot into the far corner. Eagles reduced the arrears in second half added time but Rovers held on to win 3-2.

The last time we played Blackburn in the top flight before this season was back in the sixties, in the 1965-66 season in fact. That season the Clarets finished third with Rovers relegated in bottom spot but we had mixed fortunes in our two games against them. The home game at Turf Moor was played on the 9th October 1965 in front of a 23,198 crowd and we were 2-0 down to them within the first 20 minutes. Andy Lochhead got a goal back on 28 minutes but 2 minutes later Blackburn got their third. Rovers completed a grim day for Harry Potts men getting a fourth goal in the 69th minute to win 4-1. The Clarets though got revenge in the return game at Ewood Park on the 24th January 1966 winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Willie Irvine after 19 minutes and Gordon Harris in the 69th minute.

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean (Wirral) is the referee for this one and Clarets fans will remember him as the man in charge of our play-offs final at Wembley last May. This season he has also been in charge of our league games against Spurs at White Hart Lane and against Arsenal at Turf Moor. He was appointed to the FIFA International Referees list in 2002

Match Prediction:

Burnley have not won a match now in seven league games with six defeats and one draw. Indeed our only win in 20 games was the home victory against West Ham back last month and that remains Brian Laws only win since taking over in January. The only encouragement for the Clarets is that they played really well in their last game against Wigan at the DW Stadium last Saturday before cruelly being denied a point in the last minute of added time when a Rodallega header gave the Latics a 1-0 victory. The away from though of Blackburn is abysmal. They have won only one of their last 20 league games away from home and have the third worst record in the League. Sadly for the Clarets we have the worst away form with Hull not too far in front. Rovers have failed to score 12 times this season and only Wolves have a worse record. There is probably very little point however in considering the form book of these two sides. This is after all a grudge derby of the highest order but one in which certainly Burnley have most to lose and most to gain. Three points and our hopes of survival remain, a defeat or even a draw would realistically dash those hopes to the extent we would almost need a miracle to stay up. Blackburn`s season is effectively over as they once more confirm they are nothing more than the usual mid-table mediocrity but they will certainly be up for beating the Clarets and will be keen to get the double over their East Lancashire rivals. Nothing other than a win will do in this one. The thought of Blackburn getting a win and their gloating Rovers fans congratulating themselves that they had just put the final nail in Burnley`s coffin is just too unbearable to think of so let`s be positive. A tense 2-1 Clarets victory and the East Lancs bragging rights return to Turf Moor and kicks start our survival march.

Next Match

A tricky game at home to Manchester City is next up on Saturday 3rd April. This will also be a televised match and will be a late kick-off at 5:30pm

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 27 2010

Time: 7:06AM

Your Comments

Let's tan their hides and make their journey back down the M65 as uncomfortable as possible! Up the Clarets!
Injury update: Caldwell is available again following a serious groin injury but his inclusion would be a big call considering he has not played for three months. Chris McCann (knee) is definitely out.
The build up to this one seems to be remarkably low key compared with the eagerly anticipated match at Ewood. That suits me just fine, I don't want to think about it too much until the morning of the match. I agree we should probably play the same team, but I'd like Blake to play, possibly for Paterson. Elliott to go man on man on Dunn, at least he should have the energy, someone to track Dunn's runs. Incredible how he has timed his fitness this season, why don't we get luck like that?
Agree with everything everbody has said, but knowing Laws he will change the team he carn't keep the same team for two games in a row. Thats a big reason why the fans get on his back including me, good performance last week against Wigan but you can bet your house that fox will be in for Jordon. All teams on a good run try and keep the same eleven but I can see at least two changers for tomorrow's game I hope I'm wrong. For me last chance saloon for Laws
I wouldn't drop Paterson cuban he has played well recentley. I'd personally drop Elliott but thats me. To me I just want to win this game no matter what. It would be brilliant!!
Think it is vital that the players play the game and don't get carried away by the occasion. The key to important games is just to prepare as normal so that when the heat is on you can keep calm and concentrate. Mind you, as we have lost 10 out of 12 perhaps a completely different preparation wouldn't be such a bad idea after all !
Kevin Ball is my hero!!! Hahaha! Seriously that was a truly shocking tackle that one. I'd like to see the team get wound up a bit, not as much as Kevin Ball but a bit. Turf is going to be rocking, surely this is why you play football. Games like these.
I'd like to see Blake start in this one as well, with maybe Elliott on the bench, At some point it'd be good to see Eagles play on the right with instructions to get as many crosses as possible in for Nugent and Fletcher. But what the hell, I'll go with whatever team Laws decides on 'cos I'm sure they're going to give their all for this one.
Yes bring it on!! a bit disappointed we wasn't playing today now but I will be keep a close eye on our rivals and hope the scores go our way UTC
i wouldn't drop paterson or elliot and i'd keep nugent out as all three of these where fireing shot at the gol against wigan they do this tomorrow and we have a decent chance of winning! =]
Front 6 for me after great debates with minivr.....Nugent, McDonald, Grezza, Wade, Patterson and Fletcher
Drop Paterson, NO WAY, but I would always like Blake and Eagles to start because they can create havoc with any defence. BUT agreed the team performance against Wigan was 1st class and could not argue against the same team starting. Just hope it does not degenerate into a kicking match, but we should be prepared for it. I have always thought that we are too nice and could do with a Vidic style spoiler attitude. I am sure that our fans vocal support will be worth an extra man in the renewed fortress Turf Moor. 3-1 Burnley.
Fulham played a second string side against Hull today thereby gifting them 3 points. Something's got to be done about this sort of thing because it can cost others, and possibly us, millions. We faced Dunn, Zamora and the other one whose name eludes me , in other words their strongest side, this just isn't right and makes a mockery of the premier league. I hope Fulham get slaughtered in the inter-cities fairs cup, or whatever they call it these days.
I meant Duff, of course. Dunn comes tomorrow. UTC
All's well so far. I have managed to remember to move my clocks forward. Or was it back? Oh dear... when's kick off? Time to walk the dog. He's following the advice on this thread to prepare in the usual fashion, and like the fans he's making a lot of noise. Bit concerned though that he may get a bit excited and do a Kevin Ball on some dog from down the road.
Couch Potato
I know F ulham have had some tough games lately and playing twice a week but surely the rules are there to be enforced. They say that you must play your strongest team. If the powers that be want our clubs to put out any team they feel like or our leagues to solely be feeders for the european competitions they should say so. Until they do they should punish clubs that flout the rules where it hurts and deduct points.
Burnley name an unchanged side Team line-ups:Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Jordan, Duff, Cort, Alexander, McDonald, Paterson, Nugent, Fletcher, Elliott. Subs: Blake, Eagles, Carlisle, Fox, Thompson, Cork, Weaver. Blackburn: Brown,Samba, Givet, Dunn, Roberts, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Diouf, Olsson, Salgado, Jones. Subs: Emerton, Grella, Kalinic, Hoilett, Di Santo, Chimbonda, Bunn.
Agree with Cornwall about Fulham, especially after the PL gave Wolves a suspended 25,000 fine, advised that they were writing to clubs about the issue and informing them that they had tougher sanctions that they were prepared to use. Anyway, more of this another time, I suspect. There's a small matter of a game of football to be played...
Couch Potato
Very lucky then kido's - i think Olsson was clearly played onside by Leon Cort... Come on Burnley!
Oh my days - Penalty - Dived completely ... Unbelievable ...
Goal Blackburn - David Dunne - 20th Minute Penalty. Unlucky.
Blackburn get a penalty dunn scores :-(
Sorry but this is why I don't like Laws - again leaves our most creative players on the bench.
For the first time this season the game is not been shown live on TV here as it clashes with the start of the Aussie Rules football season (boring). We get a full replay at 9.30 pm (Perth time), by which time i will know our fate. It already seems to be a travesty from the BBC site as they say the penalty was an outrageous dive. They do say however that B****rds are the better side and had a goal disallowed when it shouldn't have been. We are due a shed loadf of luck however. Come on you Clarets!
Fox on for Jordan
Half-time Burnley 0-1 Blackburn Come on the Clarets you can take then in the second-half
Second-half underway Come on Burnley!!
Blake on for Paterson
Eagles on for Alexander
The Guardian live blog sums us up : "Burnley are bereft of flair or ideas when it comes to the final third." "Olsson given acres of room by Burnleys 'defence'". Again Blake and Eagles are brought on far too late when our goose is cooked.
BBC: "Burnley going down without much of a fight". Oh Dear. C'mon you Clarets - Pompey got 2 in a few minutes against Hull. Get stuck in!
I'm watching the game. I have to say - i still think you will score. Your in their half which is imperative... It's just getting the shot on target now. Keep the faith!
Full-time: Burnley 0-1 Blackburn GUTTED!!!
BBC: After just watching that miserable capitulation with so much ay stake and against their supposedly fiercest rival, I think we have just seen Burnley relegated. Mike Dean wasn't much better either." My Burnley mate here in Perth flew over for the game. Glad I didn't!
Thanks for your kind words PW. Well done Wolves. Peace.
Couch Potato
Just listening to Andy Gray after the game, it does look a lot harder for Burnley to survive now. But, it's not over... All you need to do is look at what Fulham did a couple of seasons ago... now look at them! They are flying... Your luck will change. Nobody is safe yet. From Wolves down to yourselves, there are 2 spots still available and there are still 18-21 points available. Realistically i see you needing 2 more wins and 2 draws... It's very possible! See you all again next weekend :)
Listened with Phil Bird while at work, and it sounded as though we didn't create enough chances, shame Blake and Eagles didn't get on earlier. The officials had a mare as well by the sound of it , with them getting a penalty that wasn't, and us not getting one that was. Forget what I said about Fulham above, it doesn't look as though it matters now . Gutted, totally deflated and thinking of the Stones song . . 'It's all over now'
I'm watching with and Ars fan. After Phillips's late equaliser yesterday he was 'it's all over now'. I suggested to him that it wasn't. It's his turn to say the same to me - and us - today.
Couch Potato
ITN NEWS JUST EXPOSED ROVERS AS CHEATS TO THE WHOLE NATION what a cheating dive hang down your heads in shame rovers.
grimsby claret
We were looking for Burnley hero,s against the cheats of east lanc,s Sad to say we did not have any.
grimsby claret
We huffed and we puffed but could not find away past the shameful cheats.
grimsby claret
Hi been on mars for a couple of months how you all getting along with Brian? has he got you in the top ten yet ? lol
Has probably taken you 2 months to come up with that brilliant piece of comedy Duds, now back off under the rock where you belong. It is surely time for video referals now, can't buy that it slows the game down too much or anything like that, either that or maybe an extra ref on the ground????
At the risk of driving everyone nuts I am going to keep saying it - without Blake and Eagles we have no craft, no guile and no attacking options. Why are we playing Paterson, Nugent and Fletcher when they never get the ball? The only real chance we had was when Blake cleverly held the ball and then released Fox on the left, he crossed well and Fletcher and Elliott just missed it. Until Blake and Eagles came on we didn't threaten anything. Blake might not be quick (he never was) but he twists out of trouble, holds the ball (which no-one else does) and passes well. Just because Paterson scored a late goal (which meant nothing) and had a shot that clipped the crossbar doesn't mean he should start in a wing-midfield- forward role. We played much better before with just Fletcher up front and then midfield and wingers coming up in quick support. Now we have three front men but nobody to get the ball to them. Drop Paterson and McDonald to the bench. Play Eagles and Blake from the start and move Elliott into midfield. I really don't think Laws has much of a clue personally. We should have got Cotterill back - he's doing great at Notts County!
Not driving me nuts ozjean, without Blake and Eagles we are like a car with no engine - never going to get anywhere. As far as the officials are concerned OK we were badly treated but we have to be good enough to cope with that and it certainly is not the main reason we are where we are. Are there any miracles out there, we surely need one now. West Ham to commit suicide and an increasingly unlikely win at Hull, can I still dream?
Grimsby Claret
If I made decisions like those officals did in my job I would be put on capability.
Thats not gonna happen now is it Grimsby, you're sounding rather bitter. Every team in the league has had a player who has dived, just because it was in the box doesn't make it any more of a crime. AussieClaret I would be in favour of technology too, as it would prove that there was no penalty for the your lot and we would have had a goal that was incorrectly ruled out for offside. Anywho I'm off to gloat, enjoy championship football next year.
The problem with starting with both Eagles and Blake is that you must have two midfield players capable of getting everywhere, up and down and helping out wide too. I don't believe we have two players experienced enough to do that role justice. Coyle solved the problem by playing a midfield 3 of Wade, Grezza and McCann and thus it is either Nugent OR Fletcher up top. Good teams will push on and test the defensive qualities of Eagles and Blake. Its a difficult job fitting round pegs in square holes and Coyle realising the problems.........history. Before you slate me, Grezza is not the experienced midfield general the PL requires imo. Our midfield is lacking and I have said this time and time again McCann is a big miss for us.
We (and Brian Laws) are missing the point in blaming the referee yesterday; we lacked the creativity and confidence to out play Rovers and it was a depressing display. We didnt deserve anything from the match and since the spirited Man U display, we have descended into a mediocre Championship side. I am very greateful to Messers Kilby and Flood for all they have done for the Club and appreciate Brendan likes to give Managers 12mths in the job. However it is obvious to all that the job is beyond Brian Laws capabilities and worry that if a change is not made in the summer, preseason will be a shambles, we will make a poor start to the Championship season and looking for a new Manager at Christmas (again). Something is clearly not right at the Club; Eagles, Blake, Patterson and Elliott are pale shadows of the players they were. We can't lay all the blame at the door at He Who Must Not Be Named as I'm sure there are other Managers out there who could have got us contesting at this level.
Eyresy's Left Peg
There were better managers imo that went for the job, and i hate slating the board, but they took the cheapest option so ended up with a poundland manager that nobody else wanted anyway.
I am told that Mr Laws was not appointed because he was the cheapest option but was highly recommended by a reputable firm of accountants. Perhaps nobody gave them an accurate job description.
Brendan Flood was after Laws when Steve Cotterell left, according to his book (the Peter Reid interview is a funny read, by the way). I bet the figures in the report from Deloitte's was even more impressive then! Laws seems a nice chap, but take the cliches out of his interviews and there seems precious little of any substance left. Makes me think the players probably feel the same. Perhaps the whole episode will be a chapter in Flood's next book, under the Chapter heading "2010 - OK, OK, It seemed a good idea at the time."
Eyresy's Left Peg
Just gobsmacked at that abject performance by the Clarets against Rovers. Where was all that passion & determination? They look a beaten team these days before they even kick a ball and the crowd sense that. It is clear Laws can't motivate a team just as he couldn't when the Owls were in the bottom three so why risk him here Barry?.Some of the players left their heart&soul behind the day Coyle left and are simply not playing for Laws. It is now shambolic in all areas of the pitch. Just seven shots during the whole game with three on target is simply not good enough. I spent more time looking at Kilby's face during this match than the game and it told a thousand stories! It had 'I may have just got this wrong' written all over it and in my opinion he has bigtime! Disgusted
As ever there are lots of comments I agree with here and I certainly share Vin's view that starting with Blake and Eagles just doesn't give us enough defensive cover down their relative flanks. That's not being negative but both players are attack minded and a stick of rhubarb could tackle better than young Chris. Tactically we were poor yesterday and Jason Roberts had far too much time on the ball at times - one throw in for Rovers went straight into the area with no screening defender. Basic defending and you would have thought our manager and his phalanx of coaches would know how to defend set pieces at least. But I suppose when the manager says he doesn't blame Olsson for cheating / diving but castigates the referee for getting a decision wrong it says it all - about football today and the clown that we now have in charge. When results aren't going well EVERYONE at the club has to look at what they are doing - are the players training properly, is the tea-lady making tea strong enough, are enough pies being made - but, for me, I don't see us progressing with Brian Laws at the helm.
For me yesterday was Duffs day, he put his heart and sole into it and me and 2 of the minivrs' have spent the day on a golf course getting our frustration out on balls but all 3 agree give him the bloody armband next season....he is the only player at the moment who is putting his body on the line.
Defensive cover? What's the point of that when we can't seem to create chances any more, so that at least someone can score? Look at the position we're in for pity's sake, there's only one way that we're going to miraculously escape from it, and that's with someone with creative flair actually creating something ! And Robbie Blake is the man who certainly creates chances and opens up defences with his intelligent distribution of the ball. Likewise Eagles on his day can give defences a real nightmare particularly when working down the right wing. The main problem with our defence is still giving players too much space, allowing them to turn and spread the ball about as they please, and constantly getting in behind us. We've got to get back to the attacking football where at least chances are being created, and the more we create, the more the chance of a few going in. Or do we want to lose all the remaining matches 1-0 ? Myself, I hope we go for it, and go out in a blaze of glory if nothing else.
To be honest Welsh I would settle for winning every game 1-0 between now and the end of the season but, as you have said yourself, one problem we've had this year is allowing too much space. That's not just the back four - it's the whole of the team. I agree about Blake who I think is probably our best player but in the same team as Eagles it would put too much strain on the team and we'd never get past the halfway line.
Hey Rickers, I'll settle for that scenario as well ! You're right about it being the whole team , but have you noticed how everyone close us down straight away ? Unfortunately, it didn't take teams long to realise that they could close our free flowing football down by simulating close body contact at every available opportunity. And we haven't picked up on that ourselves so that we give them the same back. That's why I still say we need to play the wizards, because they can turn and lose defenders and spread defence-breaking balls into the box. And the more we do that, the more of a chance there is for Nugent, Fletcher, Patto or Thomo to get that ball where we all want to see it.
Completely agree with WelshClaret - defensive cover? Don't make me laugh. The reason that our defense is under so much pressure is that we are not holding onto the ball in midfield or attack and not creating any opportunities to score and not occupying their defence. Our main attacking delivery is from Mears who happens to be a defender and is therefore often completely out of position when an attack breaks down. Play Blake and Eagles and let Mears and Fox concentrate on defending. If not playing Blake and Eagles is shoring up our defence then wny do we keep losing? I too would like some 1-0 wins but I think with Eagles and Blake we would have at least a chance of a 2-1 win or a 1-1 draw. What's the point of being defensive and only losing 1-0? We are desperate - play our best most creative players and at least have a go and if we do go down we will go down fighting - not that poor pathetic performance we saw on Sunday.
This range of views in this debate certainly illustrates the complex problems that Brian Laws inherited, and has not yet solved, and may never solve.
Couch Potato
Laws is now saying we have to blame him not the players. He puts it all down to their nerves! What was Wembley then? Surely the tension should be channeled positively and the adrenaline used to fight. There was no fight and no adrenaline, they looked beaten before they even kicked off. Alright Ill blame Laws then
At least I agree with your latest post Welsh and, as CP says, none of us really have the pressure of having to provide a solution. Guess every one of us would pick a different side for each game as we all have our ideas of what we think is the best team. Still don't agree about Blake and Eagles starting but we may both be wrong. Or right ! Certainly agree about other teams being a bit quicker and closing down space and that, for me, has been a big learning curve for us this season. Other teams just seem to be market-trader sharp at getting sorted at set pieces and at times we have been a little off the pace.
Yes, it's great being a football manager without any pressure whatsoever. And yes, fair enough, we could both be wrong, the point being our necks aren't on the block. I think Laws was on a hiding to nothing from the start for a host of reasons , but the main one being time, or lack of it. He has started turning the defensive situation around, but as you say it's one hell of a learning curve for both players and managers in the premiership. We'll have to agree to disagree on the Blake/Eagles combo then, but we all want the same thing in the end. I'm sure you won't hear a whisper of discontent from ozjean, cornwall or myself if he doesn't play Blake or Eagles and we beat Man city 1-0 . But if we loose and he hasn't played them . . . . . . :-)
Blaze of glory? Or learn everything we can about getting better?
Couch Potato
Why can't they both run together? Playing them doesn't mean we stop working on sharpening the defence at the same time. We learn as we play every game, and we might learn that this is the way to get better .
i say have both blaze of glory and get better!!

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