Burnley FC column

THE first question in Ian Holloway’s post match, post defeat, press conference at Turf Moor on Saturday was met with derision.

“Do you think that was a fair result?” asked the journalist.

“Are you drunk?” came the reply.

“Have you been drinking my friend? What do you think?

“I thought we were fantastic in the second half and that goal came against the run of play.

“How we haven’t got at least a point I do not know to be perfectly blunt with you.

“It’s a good start and it’s a good question. I’ve tried to answer it fairly.”

Anyone who saw that evening’s Football League Show would think Holloway had a point.

In under two minutes of ‘highlights’ – the first five seconds of which focused on the Crystal Palace boss shaking hands with a fan while having their photograph taken – it focused on first-half chances for the Eagles.

Glenn Murray’s shot from the edge of the box, which went wide, a rare Wilfried Zaha effort that Lee Grant saved before an unfortunate deflection off Jason Shackell called the keeper into action again.

In showing Junior Stanislas’ winner, the commentator (who had not been at the game and had only the prepared highlights package to go off) said: “The game would eventually be decided by a rare flash of quality on an otherwise dull afternoon at Turf Moor.”

On paper, it was a tight affair. On this ‘evidence’, it was a drab one too.

The reality, however, was that Saturday’s game was a great advert for Championship football. Against the division’s top scorers, Burnley had fashioned 16 shots at goal to Palace’s eight, seven of which were on target, compared to just three for the visitors – one of which was off an opposition defender.

But why let the facts get in the way of a story, or rather a non-story in this case?

Manchester United target Zaha was meant to be the star of the show. He drew journalists from national newspapers, some of who have not been seen since the Premier League season. The fact that he didn’t show up should be to Burnley’s credit, particularly full backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Lafferty.

But perhaps that is not fashionable enough for the national spotlight.

The Clarets have been used to that, it has happened before.

They practically slipped under the radar the last time they reached the play-offs.

What a story it would be if they could do it again.

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9:40am Thu 17 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue.
This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend.
Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley
Chim Chiminee
No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue. This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend. Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley Chim Chiminee 8 Ball Deluxe

9:49am Thu 17 Jan 13

fanny_tickler. says...

8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue.
This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend.
Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley
Chim Chiminee
Look up.
[quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue. This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend. Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley Chim Chiminee[/p][/quote]Look up. fanny_tickler.

10:17am Thu 17 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue.
This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend.
Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley
Chim Chiminee
3 Years
[quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue. This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend. Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley Chim Chiminee[/p][/quote]3 Years Blackburn fans love horses

1:02pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Fan@clared says...

You are right things up North are just ot fashionable. It boils down to this. Southeners, particulaly Londoners or the 45% living there that were born there, know absolutely nothing about anyhere north of the M25. Over Christmas they had a University Challenge for alumni.(a programme enjoyed by large numbers of Burnley fans due to the requirement for mental stimulation after havng to endure 8 balls' pathetic postings) The winning team - yes winning team - all authors - were asked which Lancashire town on the river Irwell is famous for making Black Puddings - Their Answer - Carlisle.
You are right things up North are just ot fashionable. It boils down to this. Southeners, particulaly Londoners or the 45% living there that were born there, know absolutely nothing about anyhere north of the M25. Over Christmas they had a University Challenge for alumni.(a programme enjoyed by large numbers of Burnley fans due to the requirement for mental stimulation after havng to endure 8 balls' pathetic postings) The winning team - yes winning team - all authors - were asked which Lancashire town on the river Irwell is famous for making Black Puddings - Their Answer - Carlisle. Fan@clared

1:07pm Thu 17 Jan 13

claret pheonix says...

fanny_tickler. wrote:
8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue.
This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend.
Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley
Chim Chiminee
Look up.
8 ball you are truly the biggest keyboard **** I've come across. But suppose that's what turns you on , that and channel 4 racing.
[quote][p][bold]fanny_tickler.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: No, it was DULL, just like the guy said and everyone in the world agreed with Holloway. One fluke goal and Burnleys second cup final result of the season just papered over the cracks of a dull amd lifeless display from the turd.wearing dirty purple and blue. This really was the coupon buster and should have been 5-0 to palace. Back to your normal drubbing this weekend. Flash in the pan gone in Jan and red beard left scratcing his head and wondering if he too can do an Eddie Howe and move to a bigger club like Chorley Chim Chiminee[/p][/quote]Look up.[/p][/quote]8 ball you are truly the biggest keyboard **** I've come across. But suppose that's what turns you on , that and channel 4 racing. claret pheonix

6:12pm Thu 17 Jan 13

jonsta says...

thats football sometimesyou play well & lose othertime the opposite happens & you play bad & win but one thing you can depend on is managers on the whole are bad losers & a bad influence on the players
thats football sometimesyou play well & lose othertime the opposite happens & you play bad & win but one thing you can depend on is managers on the whole are bad losers & a bad influence on the players jonsta

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