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Burnley FC Blog: Cup howler shouldn’t hinder Beast’s legacy

SO far as this writer is aware, there is no collective noun for a set of disappointments.

Shame really, as such a word could be put to good use when describing the series of frustrations and vexations felt by Burnley supporters as they trudged away from Oakwell on Saturday evening.

First and foremost, it was annoying that Burnley exited the FA Cup in a perfectly winnable tie at Barnsley.

Prior to the Clarets’ visit, the managerless Tykes had tasted victory just once in their last 15 outings and were there for the taking. Or at least would have been had Burnley bothered to turn up.

A cup run is good for the coffers, works wonders for the confidence of players and excites supporters. But not this season.

It was also irritating that referee Paul Tierney showed Brian Stock the yellow card when Michael Duff should have been the one having his name taken. But that wasn’t nearly as irritating as Stock committing a needless and stupid foul a quarter of an hour later that reduced the Clarets’ numbers.

But the low-point of the afternoon was Brian Jensen’s inability to deal with Scott Goldbourne’s hopeful and seemingly hopeless punt into the box which led to the home side’s first win since October last year.

It was the kind of gaffe you can see every Sunday morning at Towneley Park, but not something you expect of a goalkeeper with the thick end of two decades experience.

It’s legitimate to wonder if Saturday was the last time we’ll see the Beast in a Burnley shirt. Lee Grant has established himself as first choice at Turf Moor, restricting the Dane to just one other appearance this season against Plymouth in the Capital One Cup.

But if this was the 37 year-old’s swansong for the club, don’t let his Oakwell howler be the presiding memory of him.

Recall instead his better moments; his heroics in the penalty shoot-out that famous night at Stamford Bridge, the unbreachable barrier that was the bedrock for Burnley’s superb cup win against Arsenal and his man of the match performance against Manchester United (including saving Michael Carrick’s penalty) that helped us to our very first Premier League win.

If that makes Jensen sound like a man of brilliant moments rather than a model of consistency, then cast your mind back to our most recent promotion season when he was the undisputed number one.

Oakwell may have proved a game too far, but thanks for the memories, Beast.

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9:39am Tue 8 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

An absolute liability - had more bad games than good for Burnley and was completely awful in the Premier League.

Should have been binned years ago.
An absolute liability - had more bad games than good for Burnley and was completely awful in the Premier League. Should have been binned years ago. Blackburn fans love horses
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10:32am Tue 8 Jan 13

Lord_Lucan says...

Jensen looked like an over stuffed sack of potatoes at Oawell. Stop blaming the ref for Burnley losing the game - Jensen lost the game for us with his howler. Stop accepting nonsense excuses from Stock. The first yellow may have been a case of mistaken identity but he knew he was booked so he shouldn't have been so stupid as to pick up a second one.
Jensen looked like an over stuffed sack of potatoes at Oawell. Stop blaming the ref for Burnley losing the game - Jensen lost the game for us with his howler. Stop accepting nonsense excuses from Stock. The first yellow may have been a case of mistaken identity but he knew he was booked so he shouldn't have been so stupid as to pick up a second one. Lord_Lucan
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12:12pm Tue 8 Jan 13

The Chicken Lover says...

What legacy is this Stephen?

The fact is, apart from an excellent run of form in promotion season, in which a number of our squad equalled more than the sum of their parts, Jensen has always looked like one of our weaker links.

It's often noted with a more than a hint of backslapping that many have tried and failed to have disodged the great dane.

The truth is that we have attempted to replace him numerous times with Goalkeepers that are considerably worse, or more injury prone than he. Rather than it a case of being "the cream rises to the top" its more the case that for so long he has been the best of a bad bunch.

For a man of his size, he should have far more command of his area and flaps like a canary at any corner/high ball - notable examples of this happening was the 2 goals he was responsbile for conceding in the PL match away to Blackburn. He is slow off his line and does not get down quickly to shots. He has sulked when replaced due to bad form, has demanded new contracts at inappropriate times and angled for a move when his stock was at his highest.(whether this was a ploy to get more money out of us who knows?)

That said, he had a remarkable knack for Penalty Saves, making himself big in one on ones, and he excelled on the big occasion. He has a been a servant for us for many years and i would like to thank him for what he's done.

Lets just not carried away with the legacy spiel ey?
What legacy is this Stephen? The fact is, apart from an excellent run of form in promotion season, in which a number of our squad equalled more than the sum of their parts, Jensen has always looked like one of our weaker links. It's often noted with a more than a hint of backslapping that many have tried and failed to have disodged the great dane. The truth is that we have attempted to replace him numerous times with Goalkeepers that are considerably worse, or more injury prone than he. Rather than it a case of being "the cream rises to the top" its more the case that for so long he has been the best of a bad bunch. For a man of his size, he should have far more command of his area and flaps like a canary at any corner/high ball - notable examples of this happening was the 2 goals he was responsbile for conceding in the PL match away to Blackburn. He is slow off his line and does not get down quickly to shots. He has sulked when replaced due to bad form, has demanded new contracts at inappropriate times and angled for a move when his stock was at his highest.(whether this was a ploy to get more money out of us who knows?) That said, he had a remarkable knack for Penalty Saves, making himself big in one on ones, and he excelled on the big occasion. He has a been a servant for us for many years and i would like to thank him for what he's done. Lets just not carried away with the legacy spiel ey? The Chicken Lover
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12:42pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

Oh and by the way - a collective noun for a series of footballing disappointments is now known as:

A Blackburn
Oh and by the way - a collective noun for a series of footballing disappointments is now known as: A Blackburn Blackburn fans love horses
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3:28pm Tue 8 Jan 13

To.guy says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Oh and by the way - a collective noun for a series of footballing disappointments is now known as:

A Blackburn
You are going to be using Blackburn even more than you already do then. You cant even write about your own club without referring to our town. Go on, admit it. Youve got the Rovers bug.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Oh and by the way - a collective noun for a series of footballing disappointments is now known as: A Blackburn[/p][/quote]You are going to be using Blackburn even more than you already do then. You cant even write about your own club without referring to our town. Go on, admit it. Youve got the Rovers bug. To.guy
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3:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

To.guy wrote:
Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Oh and by the way - a collective noun for a series of footballing disappointments is now known as:

A Blackburn
You are going to be using Blackburn even more than you already do then. You cant even write about your own club without referring to our town. Go on, admit it. Youve got the Rovers bug.
Look up the word irony in the dictionary sunshine - you have posted this on a Burnley article.

Ha ha ha ha what a numb fuckwit
[quote][p][bold]To.guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Oh and by the way - a collective noun for a series of footballing disappointments is now known as: A Blackburn[/p][/quote]You are going to be using Blackburn even more than you already do then. You cant even write about your own club without referring to our town. Go on, admit it. Youve got the Rovers bug.[/p][/quote]Look up the word irony in the dictionary sunshine - you have posted this on a Burnley article. Ha ha ha ha what a numb fuckwit Blackburn fans love horses
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6:01pm Tue 8 Jan 13

bobinspain says...

Perhaps a 'lamentation' might be appropriate?

Usually applied collectively to swans.
Perhaps a 'lamentation' might be appropriate? Usually applied collectively to swans. bobinspain
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1:22pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

all u bitter bunlee fans ,, we are both two badly run clubs now, but we will never be as bitter as a bunlee fans as long as we kick a futball xx
all u bitter bunlee fans ,, we are both two badly run clubs now, but we will never be as bitter as a bunlee fans as long as we kick a futball xx Keen O to Get Kean Out
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4:18pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
all u bitter bunlee fans ,, we are both two badly run clubs now, but we will never be as bitter as a bunlee fans as long as we kick a futball xx
What a good advert for Blackburn's education system you are.
[quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: all u bitter bunlee fans ,, we are both two badly run clubs now, but we will never be as bitter as a bunlee fans as long as we kick a futball xx[/p][/quote]What a good advert for Blackburn's education system you are. Blackburn fans love horses
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