Clarets on the brink

Michael Kightly celebrates the winner at Blackpool

Michael Kightly celebrates the winner at Blackpool

First published in Sport

MATCHWINNER Michael Kightly believes Sean Dyche should be named as English football’s manager of the year – as Burnley moved to the very brink of promotion with victory at Blackpool.

Derby County’s 2-0 win at Doncaster Rovers ensured that the Clarets could not quite seal their place in the Premier League last night.

But their 1-0 triumph at Bloomfield Road means they will go up if they beat Wigan Athletic at Turf Moor on Monday, or if Derby slip up at home to Barnsley on the same afternoon.

They lead Derby by eight points with only three games left to play and Kightly heaped praise on manager Dyche, who has defied all the odds by guiding the little-fancied Clarets to the verge of the top flight.

Not since Reading’s Steve Coppell won the award in 2006 has the manager of the year prize gone to a boss from outside the Premier League, but Kightly believes there is a genuine case for Dyche taking home the honour if Burnley do confirm promotion.

“Definitely, what he’s done is not far from remarkable. It’s unbelievable,” said the winger, who joined Burnley on loan from Stoke in August having previously worked with Dyche at Watford.

“We just want to see it out now as a squad and a club. When I came in the boys said that we were fourth favourites to go down, so it’s just testament to the squad and the manager, not just him but his staff as well.

“He’s been different class but I knew that from my time at Watford. He deserves every plaudit he gets.”

Burnley would have been able to celebrate promotion last night had Derby failed to beat Doncaster in a 7.30pm kick-off, but goals from George Thorne and Chris Martin gave them a 2-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Kightly says the focus will now turn to finishing the job against Wigan.

“We’ve got a big game on Monday and we’ll be preparing for that now,” he said.

“It’s a step closer but there are still more points to play for. It will be an unbelievable achievement, but we’re not there yet.

“We haven’t got carried away all season, we’ve kept our heads down and worked hard and we need to do the same.

“It’s always nice to score and when it’s the winning goal it’s even better.

“I just played the ball into Deano (Marney) and it was a great touch back to me. It just opened up for me, I can’t really remember it to be honest!

“There was pressure on both sides and I think that showed, it was more of a scrap than a nice game but we dug in and it was good to get a clean sheet. It was a great win.”

Victory took Burnley to 86 points from 43 matches – only one point short of Malky Mackay’s Cardiff City’s final total when they won the league last season.

And it left boss Dyche understandably pleased with the position the Clarets find themselves in.

“It’s another part of the business we’ve taken care of, it was a big result, I think that’s 11 unbeaten now away from home and we had to work hard for it,” said Dyche.

“It was only in the last 15 minutes when they started putting the ball in from everywhere.

“Other than that we delivered a very controlled display. It was a sublime finish from Michael Kightly and I thought the two centre halves were outstanding again.

“We’ve got another game on Monday now, our focus is the same as ever, I’ve told the players it’s important that we recover now and get our minds on that.”

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11:54am Sat 19 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

Great report. But we need to keep this report grounded and how much it, and the Claret's mean to this paper.

The report on us is listed AFTER Rovers' manager being unhappy with the boo boys, in the headlines list. And if you are a Rovers' fan you have a quick-link thumbnail that allows you fast access. Burnley fans STILL don't have one.

How on earth I they going to handle us in this paper when we are in the Premiership and there precious Rovers' are working like hell to stay out of the third tier?

I'm sure they'll find a way.
Great report. But we need to keep this report grounded and how much it, and the Claret's mean to this paper. The report on us is listed AFTER Rovers' manager being unhappy with the boo boys, in the headlines list. And if you are a Rovers' fan you have a quick-link thumbnail that allows you fast access. Burnley fans STILL don't have one. How on earth I they going to handle us in this paper when we are in the Premiership and there precious Rovers' are working like hell to stay out of the third tier? I'm sure they'll find a way. RobH2O
  • Score: 20

1:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

RobH2O wrote:
Great report. But we need to keep this report grounded and how much it, and the Claret's mean to this paper.

The report on us is listed AFTER Rovers' manager being unhappy with the boo boys, in the headlines list. And if you are a Rovers' fan you have a quick-link thumbnail that allows you fast access. Burnley fans STILL don't have one.

How on earth I they going to handle us in this paper when we are in the Premiership and there precious Rovers' are working like hell to stay out of the third tier?

I'm sure they'll find a way.
Totally agree Rob. I dont think the LT even send a reporter to some Burnley games. It was interesting to read ex LT Rover reporters Andy Cryers comments on BBC yesterday. He used to be mega biased when he was at LT but yesterday he was less than complimentary to Rovers and the fans. Said the game was awful. If we get promoted I hope we ban the LT from Turf Moor. It wouldnt be the first time.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Great report. But we need to keep this report grounded and how much it, and the Claret's mean to this paper. The report on us is listed AFTER Rovers' manager being unhappy with the boo boys, in the headlines list. And if you are a Rovers' fan you have a quick-link thumbnail that allows you fast access. Burnley fans STILL don't have one. How on earth I they going to handle us in this paper when we are in the Premiership and there precious Rovers' are working like hell to stay out of the third tier? I'm sure they'll find a way.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Rob. I dont think the LT even send a reporter to some Burnley games. It was interesting to read ex LT Rover reporters Andy Cryers comments on BBC yesterday. He used to be mega biased when he was at LT but yesterday he was less than complimentary to Rovers and the fans. Said the game was awful. If we get promoted I hope we ban the LT from Turf Moor. It wouldnt be the first time. FCBurnley
  • Score: 12

2:07pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Colneclaret says...

No they sent the reporter to bb11s and walkabout in burnley when the clarets was playing in Blackpool come on LET I think we deserve some good press do you not ????
No they sent the reporter to bb11s and walkabout in burnley when the clarets was playing in Blackpool come on LET I think we deserve some good press do you not ???? Colneclaret
  • Score: 14

2:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

FCBurnley wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Great report. But we need to keep this report grounded and how much it, and the Claret's mean to this paper.

The report on us is listed AFTER Rovers' manager being unhappy with the boo boys, in the headlines list. And if you are a Rovers' fan you have a quick-link thumbnail that allows you fast access. Burnley fans STILL don't have one.

How on earth I they going to handle us in this paper when we are in the Premiership and there precious Rovers' are working like hell to stay out of the third tier?

I'm sure they'll find a way.
Totally agree Rob. I dont think the LT even send a reporter to some Burnley games. It was interesting to read ex LT Rover reporters Andy Cryers comments on BBC yesterday. He used to be mega biased when he was at LT but yesterday he was less than complimentary to Rovers and the fans. Said the game was awful. If we get promoted I hope we ban the LT from Turf Moor. It wouldnt be the first time.
Trust me Bob Lord would have done it a long time ago !!!!
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Great report. But we need to keep this report grounded and how much it, and the Claret's mean to this paper. The report on us is listed AFTER Rovers' manager being unhappy with the boo boys, in the headlines list. And if you are a Rovers' fan you have a quick-link thumbnail that allows you fast access. Burnley fans STILL don't have one. How on earth I they going to handle us in this paper when we are in the Premiership and there precious Rovers' are working like hell to stay out of the third tier? I'm sure they'll find a way.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Rob. I dont think the LT even send a reporter to some Burnley games. It was interesting to read ex LT Rover reporters Andy Cryers comments on BBC yesterday. He used to be mega biased when he was at LT but yesterday he was less than complimentary to Rovers and the fans. Said the game was awful. If we get promoted I hope we ban the LT from Turf Moor. It wouldnt be the first time.[/p][/quote]Trust me Bob Lord would have done it a long time ago !!!! Burnley59/60
  • Score: 80

5:04pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair. Ewood_Mark
  • Score: -38

5:16pm Sat 19 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

Ewood_Mark wrote:
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Brilliant !
[quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ! FCBurnley
  • Score: 10

6:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

TurfMoorTom says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Ewood_Mark wrote:
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Brilliant !
It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ![/p][/quote]It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -100

9:05pm Sat 19 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Ewood_Mark wrote:
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Brilliant !
It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.
Turf Moor Mammery, you need to stay away from predictions. You have got every single one wrong for 8 months in a row - not a single success.

Hang on, wait a minute. TTM you're our success totem! Every time you wish us harm and ill will, it goes straight up your backend! What you wish for always fails you. You've just pronounced that we'll have a crap Prem season - thank god! We are going to get into Europe!

Keep posting lad, don't let us down now.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ![/p][/quote]It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.[/p][/quote]Turf Moor Mammery, you need to stay away from predictions. You have got every single one wrong for 8 months in a row - not a single success. Hang on, wait a minute. TTM you're our success totem! Every time you wish us harm and ill will, it goes straight up your backend! What you wish for always fails you. You've just pronounced that we'll have a crap Prem season - thank god! We are going to get into Europe! Keep posting lad, don't let us down now. RobH2O
  • Score: 11

9:30pm Sat 19 Apr 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Ewood_Mark wrote:
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Brilliant !
It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.
That settles it then Mungo, taking your historical predictions into account we're not only up but Sean Dyche will soon sign a new ten year contract followed by all our top players extending their contracts, we'll then sign some top European talent and surprise the football world yet again by finishing in the top six.

While your at it please give us one or two predictions on Blackburn's future...


Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley
5 years
Burnley going up
Venky's forever
Don't cry
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ![/p][/quote]It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.[/p][/quote]That settles it then Mungo, taking your historical predictions into account we're not only up but Sean Dyche will soon sign a new ten year contract followed by all our top players extending their contracts, we'll then sign some top European talent and surprise the football world yet again by finishing in the top six. While your at it please give us one or two predictions on Blackburn's future... Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley 5 years Burnley going up Venky's forever Don't cry look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 10

10:32pm Sat 19 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Ewood_Mark wrote:
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Brilliant !
It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.
Sad ****
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ![/p][/quote]It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.[/p][/quote]Sad **** FCBurnley
  • Score: 4

11:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

burnleyglentoran says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Ewood_Mark wrote:
Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.
Brilliant !
It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.
Turmoil beckons?




£100m beckons......




BURNLEY FC - EAST LANCS TOP DOGS
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Its not fair, I want to be celebrating the brink of promotion at the seaside in the sunshine with thousands of fellow fans but instead we can't muster a goal at home against the divisions bottom side. Its just not fair.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ![/p][/quote]It's not fair - we have a threadbare squad and no chance in the Premier League. I've got myself all excited about nothing but a season of drubbings in a league where we know we don't belong. We'll lose our best players and manager and come back down lumbered with a bunch of lazy European non entities on fat salaries. Turmoil beckons. It's just not fair.[/p][/quote]Turmoil beckons? £100m beckons...... BURNLEY FC - EAST LANCS TOP DOGS burnleyglentoran
  • Score: 9

9:22am Sun 20 Apr 14

TurfMoorTom says...

The only prediction I have made is that Leicester would give us a lesson in football. They did.

I said we were lucky with injuries. Then it showed we had been.

Yes £100M beckons, but then you have to spend £99M in the Prem and have a cash flow hangover once back where a town club like Burnley belongs.

Keep the blinkers on you muppets.
The only prediction I have made is that Leicester would give us a lesson in football. They did. I said we were lucky with injuries. Then it showed we had been. Yes £100M beckons, but then you have to spend £99M in the Prem and have a cash flow hangover once back where a town club like Burnley belongs. Keep the blinkers on you muppets. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -106

9:35am Sun 20 Apr 14

no ney never says...

Sean Dyche and his team continue to do a fabulous job at developing the footballing side of Burnley fc throughout. What most supporters see on match day is the pinnacle of success achieved by all that work. What goes into sustaining it and the future development of every aspect which supports it isn't as widely appreciated. Fitness, nutrition, physio, psychology, team development, individual development, football philosophy with a framework within which to apply it applied to all stages providing a clear career path. Scouting network improvement, transfers into the club, quite frankly the list goes on and on.
The club as a business may well be better prepared for the prem should we manage to achieve target, but the footballing side are better prepared because of Sean Dyche. Top man.
☆VDT ☆

Vorsprung Dyche Technic.
Sean Dyche and his team continue to do a fabulous job at developing the footballing side of Burnley fc throughout. What most supporters see on match day is the pinnacle of success achieved by all that work. What goes into sustaining it and the future development of every aspect which supports it isn't as widely appreciated. Fitness, nutrition, physio, psychology, team development, individual development, football philosophy with a framework within which to apply it applied to all stages providing a clear career path. Scouting network improvement, transfers into the club, quite frankly the list goes on and on. The club as a business may well be better prepared for the prem should we manage to achieve target, but the footballing side are better prepared because of Sean Dyche. Top man. ☆VDT ☆ Vorsprung Dyche Technic. no ney never
  • Score: 8

12:51pm Sun 20 Apr 14

spudpaul61 says...

So funny on here with all the mad loony roverrrrrs retards keep dragging up past historical claptrap but that's all it is !! Way way long ago, we are where we are 2014 the clarets are kings and pride of lancs ! we deserve all the plaudits 3 points or maybe just 1 will do as for the cretins down the road suck it up BFC are kings UTC
So funny on here with all the mad loony roverrrrrs retards keep dragging up past historical claptrap but that's all it is !! Way way long ago, we are where we are 2014 the clarets are kings and pride of lancs ! we deserve all the plaudits 3 points or maybe just 1 will do as for the cretins down the road suck it up BFC are kings UTC spudpaul61
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Sun 20 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
The only prediction I have made is that Leicester would give us a lesson in football. They did.

I said we were lucky with injuries. Then it showed we had been.

Yes £100M beckons, but then you have to spend £99M in the Prem and have a cash flow hangover once back where a town club like Burnley belongs.

Keep the blinkers on you muppets.
Liar. You've made predictions every week. You've got them all wrong. What sort of person gets off on pretending to be the fan of of one club and is actually the fan of another. And then spends hours of his time dreaming up horse manure entries predicated on the negative. You've got a sack full of issues for your next check-up rom the neck-up.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: The only prediction I have made is that Leicester would give us a lesson in football. They did. I said we were lucky with injuries. Then it showed we had been. Yes £100M beckons, but then you have to spend £99M in the Prem and have a cash flow hangover once back where a town club like Burnley belongs. Keep the blinkers on you muppets.[/p][/quote]Liar. You've made predictions every week. You've got them all wrong. What sort of person gets off on pretending to be the fan of of one club and is actually the fan of another. And then spends hours of his time dreaming up horse manure entries predicated on the negative. You've got a sack full of issues for your next check-up rom the neck-up. RobH2O
  • Score: 34

8:11pm Sun 20 Apr 14

stevieclaret says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
The only prediction I have made is that Leicester would give us a lesson in football. They did.

I said we were lucky with injuries. Then it showed we had been.

Yes £100M beckons, but then you have to spend £99M in the Prem and have a cash flow hangover once back where a town club like Burnley belongs.

Keep the blinkers on you muppets.
Ur the only muppet around here. U lead a really sad existence...
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: The only prediction I have made is that Leicester would give us a lesson in football. They did. I said we were lucky with injuries. Then it showed we had been. Yes £100M beckons, but then you have to spend £99M in the Prem and have a cash flow hangover once back where a town club like Burnley belongs. Keep the blinkers on you muppets.[/p][/quote]Ur the only muppet around here. U lead a really sad existence... stevieclaret
  • Score: 3

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