Andy Lochhead column: Sheffield Wednesday revival will be test for Burnley

Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray

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FOOTBALL’S a funny old game. It’s a well-worn saying, but it’s true.

You only need to look at Sheffield Wednesday’s result and scoreline against Leeds United last week.

It’s not too long ago that Wednesday were struggling around the bottom and Leeds looking favourable for a promotion challenge.

But the Owls, Burnley’s opponents tomorrow, turned them over last Saturday. I don’t think anyone could have predicted that. Certainly not the 6-0 drubbing.

But that’s the beauty of the game, and especially this division – it’s just so unpredictable, and that result will serve as a timely reminder.

Sean Dyche will be well aware of Wednesday’s upturn in form, under a familiar face to Burnley in Stuart Gray.

As he did for a time at Turf Moor, following the departure of Brian Laws, the former Northampton Town boss has stepped into the breach during the search for David Jones’ successor at Hillsborough.

And they have got some good results under him.

In theory it might be a bad time to play them.

But Burnley will want to protect their unbeaten home run in the league this season, and will not worry too much about the opposition.

As ever, they will just concentrate on themselves.

It is a tactic they have used all season and it is one that has worked, so why change good habits?

Of course the Clarets will do their necessary homework on the opposition – that’s common sense.

But really all we have to do is keep doing what we’re doing; try to improve it, but without making radical changes.

With that in mind I am looking forward to seeing Ashley Barnes for the first time as a Burnley player.

His arrival certainly had a positive knock-on for the front two last week, with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes getting on the scoresheet to beat Yeovil.

We’d certainly take the same outcome again tomorrow.

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