Vital Football

Latest Burnley FC News

'Inglorious Bastards' put Bee in Burnley's Bonnet

'Inglorious Bastards' put Bee in Burnley's Bonnet
WHILE Sunday's derby day defeat left Burnley fans wounded, the players, in their after match interviews, looked devastated.

Immediate talk of revenge in March reflected their mood. Post-match, Robbie Blake and Steven Caldwell were notably icy, like they had let an opportunity to reward the supporters with the ultimate victory, slip from their grasp. They were being unfair on themselves. While we all know our players might have played better than they did at Ewood, it wasn't down to lack of effort. It was a lack of composure in the heat of the battle that cost us.

Early goals can get teams giddy and our feet hardly touched the ground between Blake's wonder-strike and David Dunn's swift reply. The speed of the recovery, capped by the sickeningly dreadful second goal from a defensive point of view, was most telling towards the final outcome.

It turned out Blake's dismay was deepened by the Blackburn players' apparently classless celebrations. Tales of banging on the changing room walls and inappropriate chanting were reported. One wonders if the Rovers players share their followers' obsession with being 'interrr bred.'

It was universally established that the best team on the day won. The really positive end to it all is that Rovers consider they played very well while we can do much better. There was also the small matter of home advantage which seems to have gone unnoticed in many a post-match analysis.

Burnley's powers of recovery remain an undervalued virtue by the wider watching football world. Owen Coyle goes from being described as 'the best young manager in the Premier League destined for a top four club' to 'naive' from game to game. The latter description is as insulting as the first is hyped.

'Write us off at your peril' was Coyle's post-match reaction to pre-empt the ensuing slating. When we lost 5-0 at Ewood in April 2001, we followed it up with a 3-0 home win against Preston and played like wounded animals. Wigan beware.

The next two games against Wigan and Hull feel like a course of anti-biotics after a really bad infection. We must take our medicine. If we can emerge from Saturday with three points, we'd have got rid of it in one go and still be looking down on Rovers who play four of their next five games away from home.

That's not to say we can or will take anything for granted from Roberto Martinez's Wigan. Conquerors of Aston Villa, Chelsea and West Ham, routed by Manchester United at home and Arsenal away, narrowly defeated at Hull City. The Latics are capable of seemingly anything and Burnley fans will recall Martinez masterminded a comfortable win for his previous side Swansea when last at Turf Moor in January.

For Wigan, goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is rated at 50/50 but given he played on with a dislocated finger against Man City last Sunday, one suspects he will have the determination to pull through. Mike Pollitt deputises. Austrian Paul Scharner, a useful player at both ends of the pitch, is also doubtful.

Despite some wildly irrational team changes called for by supporters in the aftermath of the Ewood defeat, I expect Owen Coyle to disappoint many and pick the same team. Particular consternation seemed to surround Steven Fletcher's display on the right but in his previous game against Birmingham, he was arguably our best player. His scoring record in the biggest games in Scotland, for Hibernian against the Auld Firm, suggests a big match temperament.

That said, one feels for Chris Eagles, who's substitute appearances improve in quality by the week. Comfort for him is that he is almost certain to be the first one thrown on when a change is made.

We seem to keep saying the next one is the biggest one yet, and it feels that way again. Let's stand tall, shoulder to shoulder, and consign that dose of misery to history.

Cuban Claret

Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Friday October 23 2009
Time: 10:37AM

Comments

0
Nice one as usual Cuban. Think you have captured the mood and hopes of Clarets fans quite well there
turfmanphil
23/10/2009 10:40:00
0
Good read that Cuban and agree you have definately caught the mood and hopes of the fans, lets all get behind the lads whether its from the stands or for those who can't make it shouting at the radio at home!!
sheclaret
23/10/2009 11:12:00
0
I missed the post-match interviews my tv seemed to turn-off after 90 minutes,nice read Cuban i just seem to be having trouble consigning this to history :-(
8clarets8
23/10/2009 11:26:00
0
Lots of good points there Cuban. We all need to stay full square behind the lads and keep things in perspective. I'll be one of those shouting at the radio at home on Saturday by the way, living in the south east as I do!
Brompton Claret
23/10/2009 14:25:00
0
Will be in the JH Upper very loud. I would like to see one change from the starting 11 last week. I don't care which one it is.....just one change......please.......
VinRogue
23/10/2009 18:03:00
0
By the way title should read 'Inglorious Basterds" with an e not a (It's a new film by Quentin Tarantino). I couldn't resist!
turfmanphil
25/10/2009 21:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Burnley Articles

Video - Burnley 0-1 Lincoln

Lincoln caused another giant killing act with the non-league side dumping Burnley out of the FA Cup. A last minute winner claiming the Imps the Clarets' scalp.

Vital View - FA Cup, 18th-19th February 2017

A season of upsets continued with non-league Lincoln making it into the last eight along with Millwall - they saw off Burnley and Leicester respectively.

Stats: Burnley v Lincoln City

All the stats from Burnley (0) vs (1) Lincoln City, Turf Moor, 18/2/17 Att: 19,185

Burnley v Lincoln - Follow Live On Twitter

Burnley are at Turf Moor with Lincoln the visitors today, this will be a 12:30pm kick-off.

Archived Vital Burnley Articles

Vital Burnley articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Burnley
Write For Vital Burnley
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

FAC - Lincoln MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Heaton2%
Darikwa25%
Keane0%
Tarkowski12%
Flanagan0%
Berg Gudmundsson12%
Westwood0%
Barton25%
Arfield12%
Gray0%
Vokes0%
Sub - Boyd0%
Sub - Barnes12%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Burnley Results (view all)

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2017 4:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Irishclaret12
2.cornwallclaret8
3.Grimsby Claret6
4.stevewright703
5.WelshClaret3
6.possetclaret1
Write for Vital Football