THE Clarets passed another test of their collective character in a robust performance at Turf Moor on Saturday.
In atrocious rain-lashed, wind-swept, ice-cold conditions, Burnley somehow managed to play some high quality precision football in their 3-1 victory over Millwall.
There was no better demonstration of this than our third goal when Danny Ings (pictured right) brought down a 50-yard Kieran Trippier pass by killing the pace of the ball with his first touch, before poking it into the net.
Under such disruptive circumstances both the delivery and finishing, from in my eyes the two best players on the pitch, must go down as one of the goals of the season.
Those that braved the wild weather witnessed another bit of history being made as the team extended their unbeaten home run to a post-war record of 19 matches.
What a difference that is to the last four campaigns when our home form has been quite lamentable, and a primary reason for our drop in attendances.
But us veteran supporters have seen this all before.
That was then, this is now. Mark my words, if we continue to sustain our promotion challenge there will be a sea-change of interest from lapsed fans that want to be there and be part of the latest Claret revival.
There will always be a transient remainder waiting in the wings ready to be involved if there’s a chance of glory.
Well let me tell you, if you feel that you may fall into this latter category it might be time to put that bob hat and scarf on a woollens wash. That is because I truly haven’t seen such a togetherness and determination to succeed in everyone – from the players, manager, backroom staff and chairmen, to the tea lady and golden gamble half-time draw sellers – since our promotion year to the top tier of 41 years ago in 1973.
It really does feel that this club could be on the verge of something special.
That’s certainly more than you can say for tonight’s opponents Bolton, who are in a relegation battle.
We have a good chance to affirm their apprehension.