Andrew Greaves: Turf Moor crowd must give their full backing to Clarets

Lancashire Telegraph: Andrew Greaves: Turf Moor crowd must give their full backing to Clarets Andrew Greaves: Turf Moor crowd must give their full backing to Clarets

WELL we’re sitting proudly back at the top of the Championship after a hard-fought but ultimately deserved victory against Barnsley on Saturday.

It wasn’t a vintage performance by any stretch of the imagination.

But neither was it a performance worthy of some of the moans and groans that were present for much of the 90 minutes.

I’m really not sure what the problem is but the lack of atmosphere at Turf Moor is staggering at times.

Every misplaced pass is being seized upon by certain sections of the crowd and it is becoming such an issue that Sean Dyche has felt the need to mention it twice already this week, albeit in a jokey way.

He and the players know how important the Turf Moor crowd is when our backs are against the wall and I think at times they probably want just a little bit more out of some of the fans.

We’ve had a testing few weeks and probably haven’t picked up as many points as any of us would have liked – but we’re still top of the league!

Every team in this league will drop points so it will come down to who drops the least.

We started well on Saturday and had a couple of early efforts but were then forced to sit back and soak up pressure.

In Paddy McCourt they had someone who could run the game and he was a constant source of frustration in the first half.

In the second half, Michael Kightly snatched the all-important goal and it was a cracker, the winger cutting in before unleashing a curling effort beyond Jack Butland.

It was no less than we deserved and with results going our way elsewhere, it was a strike that sent us back to the summit.

Next week’s game doesn’t get much bigger – Leicester City away in front of the TV cameras.

The Foxes are in a dip of their own and now is the time to take advantage and put some daylight between us.

I’m sure we’ll have a big away following making the journey to Leicester.

And those travelling supporters can hopefully roar us on to another victory (and edge us closer to that Christmas number one!)

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4:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

owd nick says...

Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs?

Unbelievable.

OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England.

There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were.

You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.
Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs? Unbelievable. OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England. There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were. You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed. owd nick

8:40pm Mon 9 Dec 13

masher50 says...

owd nick wrote:
Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs?

Unbelievable.

OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England.

There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were.

You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.
I'm certain they're making mountains out of molehills. EVERY crowd will have dissenters, that's the nature of life. Of course people are going to groan when a pass goes astray - show me a football ground where this DOESN'T happen. I haven't missed a home game this season, or for several, as a matter of fact. And I don't detect any "lack of atmosphere". I don't know what games this guy is watching, but it can't be the same ones I've seen. The only conclusion I can come to is that the very tiny minority of "moaners" are all sat close to him.

This is one of the more ridiculous pieces of journalism that the Telegraph seem to periodically produce about either of the two local championship clubs.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs? Unbelievable. OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England. There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were. You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.[/p][/quote]I'm certain they're making mountains out of molehills. EVERY crowd will have dissenters, that's the nature of life. Of course people are going to groan when a pass goes astray - show me a football ground where this DOESN'T happen. I haven't missed a home game this season, or for several, as a matter of fact. And I don't detect any "lack of atmosphere". I don't know what games this guy is watching, but it can't be the same ones I've seen. The only conclusion I can come to is that the very tiny minority of "moaners" are all sat close to him. This is one of the more ridiculous pieces of journalism that the Telegraph seem to periodically produce about either of the two local championship clubs. masher50

11:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

houseclaret says...

owd nick wrote:
Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs?

Unbelievable.

OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England.

There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were.

You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.
Another good point from Nick. I must say though that it's only a minority moaning. The vast majority of us are very content. The test of a good side is to get results when not playing too well. If possession and chances won games Rovers wouldn't have had a point against us in the last three meetings.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs? Unbelievable. OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England. There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were. You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.[/p][/quote]Another good point from Nick. I must say though that it's only a minority moaning. The vast majority of us are very content. The test of a good side is to get results when not playing too well. If possession and chances won games Rovers wouldn't have had a point against us in the last three meetings. houseclaret

12:14am Tue 10 Dec 13

speedie_rovers_legend says...

houseclaret wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs?

Unbelievable.

OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England.

There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were.

You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.
Another good point from Nick. I must say though that it's only a minority moaning. The vast majority of us are very content. The test of a good side is to get results when not playing too well. If possession and chances won games Rovers wouldn't have had a point against us in the last three meetings.
Thks for the name drop you really cannot stop talking about us, love us or hate us.
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Top of the league, and as I have said many times the table never lies, and you are getting on the players backs? Unbelievable. OK, I have extracted the urine about the Barnsley game, poor attendance, 40% possession, etc; but even though you don't appear to be playing well you are grinding out the results in what is possibly the toughest league in England. There are 20 odd other clubs would rather be in your position right now and I don't think their fans would be moaning all that much if they were. You have a **** good manager who is working miracles on a shoestring budget, don't drive him away, because if he goes you are f***ed.[/p][/quote]Another good point from Nick. I must say though that it's only a minority moaning. The vast majority of us are very content. The test of a good side is to get results when not playing too well. If possession and chances won games Rovers wouldn't have had a point against us in the last three meetings.[/p][/quote]Thks for the name drop you really cannot stop talking about us, love us or hate us. speedie_rovers_legend

8:10am Tue 10 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

Its a hard one for the crowd to take. Deep down they know it is another false dawn. A very poor but required result against a very poor team has papered over the cracks which have begun to develop.
If the crowd were seeing a team that was going to win automatic promotion they would return like the plastiques they are. In fact thats them in th photo dressed like chairs. This well run club is the best supported team in the world and regularly take 30000 to all away games disguised as home fans, the little tykes
Its a hard one for the crowd to take. Deep down they know it is another false dawn. A very poor but required result against a very poor team has papered over the cracks which have begun to develop. If the crowd were seeing a team that was going to win automatic promotion they would return like the plastiques they are. In fact thats them in th photo dressed like chairs. This well run club is the best supported team in the world and regularly take 30000 to all away games disguised as home fans, the little tykes FakeVilla_MTCabinet

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