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David Eyres column: Promotion is Burnley's to lose now

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THE gap could have been even more imposing come Wednesday night, but even an eight-point advantage still makes second spot Burnley’s to lose.

We have got ourselves into a very healthy position and it would take something monumental to upset the applecart now in my eyes.

I don’t think even a short-term absence for Danny Ings could rock us, not with Ashley Barnes waiting in the wings for his first start.

No-one wants to see a team-mate get injured, but Barnes has bided his time since coming in, waiting for an opportunity to open up to get his chance.

He will have understood why, given the performance levels of Ings and Sam Vokes.

But Sean Dyche brought him in to add to those qualities and enhance the Clarets’ attacking options, and this could be an opportunity for another partnership to develop.

Barnes has had an impact off the bench in games since making his January move from Brighton to either help see games out or, as was the case at Ewood Park, a hand in turning the game around.

We will miss Ings if that proves to be the case against Leeds United today, but it’s not the be all and end all. Undoubtedly when he is fit and healthy he is a big asset to the team, which is why he is up for the Championship player of the year prize.

After scoring such an important goal in the derby last weekend he would want the opportunity to kick on from there.

He won’t want to miss any game.

But it would be better for the striker to miss one or two if necessary, after limping off against Birmingham City, than to risk a longer term problem.

The most important thing is that he is fit for the games coming up, especially over the busy Easter period, to hopefully finish the job and get the Clarets up.

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Ings’ exit proved to be one half of a double blow at St Andrew’s, where we led three times but conceded a stoppage time equaliser.

It could prove to be a very good point, though.

The gap is getting wider and it’s getting more difficult for teams to catch us, so the next three or four games could show us exactly where we are going to be come the end of the season.

All we can do is carry on taking it a game at a time, with Leeds next up at Turf Moor.

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1:26am Sun 16 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

This is so very like 1960,I accept its not the top Flight but This is the Finest The Clarets have played since those long ago days I saw them so I remember very well.yes it seems a lifetime ago,but to see Burnley mighty once more is something i never thought I would see again.i wonder what Ray Deakin,RIP would have said had he known back in 1987 that this would happen,ok The team Judas built beat Man Utd,but it was no way like this lets face it we were lucky to get up,this team and manager are very different,Turfmoor is impregnable once again,Harry Potts and all of the great players no longer with us would be so proud,and Bob Lord who for all of his faults loved The Town and the ciub with a fierce pride and passion would be ecstatic.UTC LONG LIVE TURFMOOR
This is so very like 1960,I accept its not the top Flight but This is the Finest The Clarets have played since those long ago days I saw them so I remember very well.yes it seems a lifetime ago,but to see Burnley mighty once more is something i never thought I would see again.i wonder what Ray Deakin,RIP would have said had he known back in 1987 that this would happen,ok The team Judas built beat Man Utd,but it was no way like this lets face it we were lucky to get up,this team and manager are very different,Turfmoor is impregnable once again,Harry Potts and all of the great players no longer with us would be so proud,and Bob Lord who for all of his faults loved The Town and the ciub with a fierce pride and passion would be ecstatic.UTC LONG LIVE TURFMOOR Burnley59/60
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9:09pm Sun 16 Mar 14

twquick says...

Given Burnley has 22 points from the past 10 matches, I see an easy 90 point season. Promotion isn't theirs to lose, it's theirs to win. GO CLARETS!!
Given Burnley has 22 points from the past 10 matches, I see an easy 90 point season. Promotion isn't theirs to lose, it's theirs to win. GO CLARETS!! twquick
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