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Andrew Greaves: Sky is the limit for the Clarets
FORGET the X-Factor Does Britain’s Got Strictly Talent, there is only one Christmas number one that I’m interested in.
The Clarets are sitting proudly at the top of the Championship for Christmas and that is a more remarkable achievement than any of the sob stories you get on the tedious bear-baiting talent shows we seem obsessed with in this country.
Sean Dyche, with one of the thinest squads in the whole of the Football League, has crafted a side for whom the sky is the limit.
There is nothing complicated about Dyche’s approach to football and I thought it was telling to hear him describe each game as having three phases in his post-match press conference.
Those phases are quite simple – when we have the ball, when the opposition have the ball and the bit in the middle.
Being able to control all three of those stages – or as much of them as we can – is the only way to win football matches and we seem to be pretty good at that this season.
The second half against Blackpool on Saturday was another masterclass in how to control a game and ensure that the three points did not head back to the seaside.
To be fair to Paul Ince's side they settled into the game well and caused us one or two problems, Tom Heaton having to be alert to turn away efforts from Dan Gosling and Steven Davies. They did draw themselves level through a Craig Cathcart header but it wasn't without controversy.
Ben Mee was wrestled into the back of the net while waiting for the corner to be taken and perhaps ref Roger Easter should have blown for a Clarets' free kick.
He didn't and when the corner was swung in, Cathcart nodded home.
The game was eventually won by a goal worthy of winning any game.
Scott Arfield picked the ball up on the left of the area and curling a superb effort into the far top corner.
It was a stunning strike and I'd be surprised if it didn't feature highly in the goal of the season polls come May.
We have a tough week coming up but whatever happens, we can look back on a superb half season...and maybe dream about an even better 2014.
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