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Things looking bleak after home defeat to Swansea

Burnley
0 - 1
Swansea City

Turf Moor

Saturday 28th February 2015 @3pm Kick-Off

Attendance: 17,388

Referee:

Burnley lost 1-0 at home to Swansea on Saturday thanks to a bizarre own goal from Kieran Trippier in the 64th minute following a corner. It was a devastating blow after the superb performance and point away to Chelsea in the previous game. The Clarets never seemed to get into their stride somehow and they paid for it although some would argue they were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty or two. The defeat leaves the Clarets still precariously placed third from bottom and they remain on 22 points from now 27 games. At least Aston Villa also lost 1-0 away to Newcastle and they remain second-from-bottom on the same number of points as the Clarets with the goal difference remaining the same by 4 goals in Burnley`s favour. Bottom club Leicester and fourth from bottom club QPR though now have a game advantage over the Clarets. They were due to play Spurs and Chelsea in the original fixtures for this weekend but of course both London clubs face each other in Sunday's Capital One Cup final today. Leicester remain four points behind Burnley whilst QPR have the same number of points and are ahead of the Clarets on goal difference only (2 goal advantage) but both could now close the gap should they somehow pick up points against tricky opposition when they play their one game advantage. Life has become very difficult now for the Clarets. There is still a lot to play for of course with 12 games left and 36 points still up for grabs but the worry for the Clarets must be the difficult sequence of games they are currently facing and have faced. Swansea on paper looked the most likely game to pick up points but they too have now evaporated. Three of the eight games in this current sequence of eight matches against top ten clubs have only produced one point so far even if that was at league leaders, Chelsea last week. The next five do not look any easier and it is difficult once again to see where points are going to come from with Liverpool away up next on Wednesday night followed by Manchester City at home, Southampton at St Marys and then two home games against high flying London clubs, Spurs and Arsenal. By the end of that horrendous set of fixtures Burnley could well and truly be scuppered in the bottom three with a mountain to climb to escape. Sean Dyche will have to pull out all the stops now if we are survive in the top flight but if anybody can do it, it will be the gaffer with his motivational style and 'never say die` attitude`. The fact remains though then we have only won one of the last eleven games and that is so depressing considering so many excellent performances without reward. Fortress Turf Moor has just not happened this season and our form is worrying in particular with the gate seemingly falling due to lack of wins.

Team Sheet

Sean Dyche perhaps unsurprisingly showed faith in the eighteen he selected for last week`s Chelsea game so we lined up again as follows:

Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee, Kightly, Arfield, Jones, Boyd, Ings, Barnes

Subs: Gilks, Reid, Duff, Ward, Wallace, Jutkiewicz, Vokes

Full Match Report

It was good to see Ashley Barnes get a tremendous reception from the Turf Moor faithful when his name was announced on the team sheet during the handshakes. It had been a traumatic week for him following all the media nonsense after the Matic sending-off incident at Stamford Bridge last Saturday with accusations flying from the 'No Longer Special One` that his tackle was 'criminal`! The FA didn`t think so and no further action was taken so up yours Jose! Swansea became I think the eighth club to have played Burnley in all four divisions when they lined-up against us on Saturday and Burnley fans might have been hoping for a routine victory considering the Swans had only won three of the previous 19 games at Turf Moor with the Clarets winning nine and drawing seven. It wasn`t to be in the end but as the match got underway Clarets fans had high expectations following the excellent result at Chelsea in the previous game. The hosts were soon into their stride too with George Boyd in particular looking lively and dangerous. After four minutes the former Hull City winger produced Burnley`s first attempt on goal but it was easy meat for Fabianski and he saved in routine fashion. The game now deteriorated into a pretty scrappy affair with few chances created during the first quarter of the match by either side. All of a sudden though things then seemed to liven up. In the 23rd minute Ashley Barnes inside the box latched onto the ball, turned and produced a left footed shot but the keeper was quickly off his line to deny the former Brighton striker. At the other end Swansea then got their best chance so far to get their noses in front. A Shelvey ball over the top set up Routledge on a one-to-one with just Heaton to beat. The Swans winger though saw his attempt finish up wide of target after lobbing the ball over the advancing Clarets keeper. Burnley came charging back and on 30 minutes Kightly did well after dribbling his way into the penalty area only to see his effort blocked. The Swans defence was holding up well and Burnley found it hard to break through. Former Clarets loan midfielder, Jack Cork was playing deep in front of the back four providing extra protection and the tactic appeared to be working. The visitors now looked the most likely to score in the last fifteen minutes leading up to half-time and enjoyed some sustained possession being especially dangerous on the break. It was Shelvey again who provided an inch-perfect pass to this time put Bafétimbi Gomis clear on goal with only Heaton to beat. Gomis had timed his run well and after showing great control just couldn`t keep his shot down much to the relief of Heaton. It was Shelvey who then created his own chance in first half stoppage time. His curling effort though flew just past the post and the score remained goalless at half-time.

Neither manager perhaps unsurprisingly made any changes for the start of the second-half. The Clarets created the first chance of the half. Kightly got the better of Kyle Naughton to power his way into the penalty area close to the by-line but his effort was blocked. The ball fell to Barnes but Fabianski was alert to the danger making himself big enough to deny the striker. A goalmouth scramble then ensued and there were strong claims for a Burnley penalty but the referee was having none of it. It was Barnes again on the hour mark who came close to breaking the deadlock after unleashing a superb shot on the turn following a cross by Trippier into the box. The ball though stubbornly just missed the target by a few inches. Disaster then struck for the hosts five minutes later however when the Swans got their noses in front from a corner in bizarre fashion. The out-swinging corner from Shelvey found Gomis at the near post and he flicked on the ball only for Heaton to produce a stunning save to deny Cork from close range. The ball though hit the crossbar and back into play and there was Cork again to produce another attempt. Confusion between Heaton and Trippier though led to the ball being pushed over the line with Trippier credited with the own goal although even Heaton could have been given the unwanted own goal tag it was that bizarre and indeed difficult to work out who got the final touch. The Clarets really had to try and get something from the game now and it was time to bring on fresh legs up front. On came Sam Vokes to replace Kightly in the 75th minute. The Clarets kept pressing for an equaliser and they came close when Barnes forced yet another save by the keeper following a good strike from outside the box. In the 84th minute, Boyd set up Vokes after the striker got the better of his marker at the near post. Fabianski, though saved the day yet again for the visitors producing a superb reactive save. Jutkiewicz replaced Barnes in the 90th minute but the equaliser was not forthcoming and yet another three points had disappointingly been lost on home soil.

Match Stats

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee, Kightly (Vokes-75), Arfield, Jones, Boyd, Ings, Barnes (Jutkiewicz-90)

Subs Not Used: Gilks, Reid, Duff, Ward, Wallace

Booked: 0

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Williams, Fernandez, Taylor, Shelvey, Cork, Carroll(Montero-61), Ki Sung-yueng, Routledge (Amat-90), Gomis (Castro Oliveira-92)

Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Britton, Emnes, Castro Oliveira, Rangel

Goals: Trippier 64 o.g

Booked: 0

Possession: 46% Burnley, 54% Swansea City (Source: BBC Sport)

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Star Player

This was not a great team performance and few individuals shone brightly in what was a somewhat scrappy game. Nobody played that badly but few rose above average. David Jones looked the best of the bunch in the centre of midfield but we lacked strike power when it mattered and Swansea did a good job trying to keep Danny Ings quiet. Ashley Barnes though had a reasonable game despite failing to score. At least all the hoo-hah over the Matic sending off at Chelsea last week did not appear to affect him. Scott Arfield for some reason picked up the sponsors man of the match award but some would say he had a poor game. Jones gets it just!

Dyche Deliberation

"I don't think there was anything between the two sides, I thought both tried to play to win, particularly us second half, I think we were on the front foot,'

'There was a little bit of flatness to both sides, maybe that was the furore all week for different reasons for both sides.

'Generally the margins are tight and a real soft one, again unfortunately, we`ve got to make sure we eradicate that.

'We`ve worked on the training ground, we did ever so well with set-pieces at Chelsea, who are a big, physical side.

'It`s a tough one because there`s not a lot in that game and the margins are tight.

'We had a big chance early on and as we know goals change games, not just the scoreline but the feel of the game.

'Second half we went for it, we tried to win the game, so I can`t question the lads on that. It was a sloppy moment.

'They`d hardly been in our end of the pitch in the first 20 minutes and then they score from a soft corner.'


Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday March 1 2015
Time: 11:56AM

Comments

0
Yuk! All I can say is I glad I missed this one!!
turfmanphil
01/03/2015 11:57:00
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your fans are funny, only sound you made was moaning to the ref about fouls not given, when you've got a player like Barnes who was lucky not to ruin MMatic's career. But a good thorough report on a poor game, but a need for paragraphs as much as a need for quality in the final third.
eye_nose_hat
01/03/2015 18:12:00
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A game neither team deserved to win or lose...could have done with that point though.Ctr.Midfield is still our main problem due to lack of cover so to talk about Plan B or C is crazy.Vokes,Ward & Wallace are our only viable productive options but are not centre midfielders.We have what we have so lets get on with it.A point against Pool would be a great result and we are capable of getting it.Eye,Nose,Hat...read the FA report & if you want to hear real moaners listen to the Chelsea fans & the Special moan,UTC,
Irishclaret
01/03/2015 21:50:00
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Spot on Irish. I was expecting a cracker of a game between two sides who play attractive football, but it proved anything but that. They didn't deserve to win anymore than we did, and a point each should have been the result. Vokes certainly livened things up once he came on and I think it's time for him to start matches again. He could be crucial in our upcoming matches, providing both strength and height up front, not to mention his neat flicks in Ings' direction.
WelshClaret
02/03/2015 19:00:00
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I agree WC...Vokes to start v Pool.Nothing against Barnsey...hes done very well but i'd like to see Big Sam test Pool in the air & reunite him with Ingsy.They did the job last year & it is goals we need.Ward instead of Mee i am not so sure but I would bring him on if needs be & likewise Wallace with 30 minutes to go.If Sam does not produce in 60 minutes then i would bring on Barnsey.Pool are riding high but maybe Ings has point to prove.
Irishclaret
02/03/2015 23:32:00
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Irishclaret, don't make me laugh about the FA's report, it's useless, they haven't got a clue, only reason they can't punish these players is because the referees have seen the incident at the time but have been too incompetent to see if a red. Just look at our game at Anfield, Sterling slaps Fernandez's face right in front of the assistant who gave nothing. These refs are missing big decisions week in week out.
eye_nose_hat
05/03/2015 11:09:00
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