Andrew Greaves: Home record was always going to go for the Clarets

Andrew Greaves: Home record was always going to go for the Clarets

Andrew Greaves: Home record was always going to go for the Clarets

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Well it was always going to happen at some point.

And, you know what, when it did I didn’t feel as bad as I thought it would.

We were outplayed by the league leaders Leicester City and there is no shame in that, especially with three of our most important players missing before kick-off and another joining them on the sidelines just a few minute in.

Losing Sam Vokes so early meant any game plan we had against Nigel Pearson’s side went out of the window early doors and, to be honest, from there on in we were on the back foot. David Nugent (who else?) got his customary goal against us before Chris Wood unleashed another worldie to condemn us to our first home defeat in over a year.

There was a lot of negativity on certain online forums after the game but really it was just a bad day at the office.

Too many players were under par but let’s have a bit of perspective – it was only our fourth defeat all season and when you look at the size of the squad we have, we have been asking this group of players to go out and perform miracles week in, week out.

Any defeat is disappointing but the Foxes are the stand out side I have seen this season.

We were given a bit of a boost by Blackpool who held QPR to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road and that gives us a real chance to finish what we started and claim that all-important second spot.

We have earned our place at the top table and one defeat certainly won’t convince me otherwise.

The lack of activity in the loan market might now come back to bite us squarely on the bum but what fans need to realise is that it isn’t quite as easy as going out and getting any player you want.

I am sure Sean was trying to bring in reinforcements and he’ll be as disappointed as anyone.

But, as we have come to discover, he’ll get on with the job with no bellyaching and maybe we should take a leaf out of his book.

A trip to Watford is no easy task but if we can get one or two of the lads back then you never know.

We keep battling against the odds and next week will be no different.

We all need to hold our nerve because good times lie ahead.

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3:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Definitely Maybe says...

Absolutely spot on. Some of the negative views on Saturdays game from some fans was quite laughable. We had four of our most influential players missing in Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier. We had to change to a formation we have never even played this season when Vokes went off injured about 10 minutes into the game - a four-five-one, and for all his effort and running, Barnes was always going to be isolated up front on his own. Football fans in general, and especially a few Burnley fans I know are unbelievably fickle. We were beaten by the best side in the league, and may I add, for the first time at Turf Moor for a full YEAR!? I'm surprised the 'Dyche Out' chants haven't started! Get a bloody grip...
Absolutely spot on. Some of the negative views on Saturdays game from some fans was quite laughable. We had four of our most influential players missing in Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier. We had to change to a formation we have never even played this season when Vokes went off injured about 10 minutes into the game - a four-five-one, and for all his effort and running, Barnes was always going to be isolated up front on his own. Football fans in general, and especially a few Burnley fans I know are unbelievably fickle. We were beaten by the best side in the league, and may I add, for the first time at Turf Moor for a full YEAR!? I'm surprised the 'Dyche Out' chants haven't started! Get a bloody grip... Definitely Maybe
  • Score: 6

3:49pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Definitely Maybe wrote:
Absolutely spot on. Some of the negative views on Saturdays game from some fans was quite laughable. We had four of our most influential players missing in Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier. We had to change to a formation we have never even played this season when Vokes went off injured about 10 minutes into the game - a four-five-one, and for all his effort and running, Barnes was always going to be isolated up front on his own. Football fans in general, and especially a few Burnley fans I know are unbelievably fickle. We were beaten by the best side in the league, and may I add, for the first time at Turf Moor for a full YEAR!? I'm surprised the 'Dyche Out' chants haven't started! Get a bloody grip...
Agree with that. There has been a slight overreaction to a rare defeat and when you consider it in the context of the season as a whole and particularly our recent form then it makes even less sense. Perhaps this is because we have been spoiled this season, it's easy to forget that we are by far the stand out side in the division, all things considered. We have no right to be where we are looking down on clubs who have splashed millions upon millions, but here we are, in an automatic promotion spot after 39 games. We are in this position because every player has given his all.

Since the loss to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day we have gone on an amazing run with 10 wins, 6 draws and just the 1 defeat to top of the league Leicester, during this period we have achieved 36 points.

Time for people to get over it and move on to the next game.
[quote][p][bold]Definitely Maybe[/bold] wrote: Absolutely spot on. Some of the negative views on Saturdays game from some fans was quite laughable. We had four of our most influential players missing in Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier. We had to change to a formation we have never even played this season when Vokes went off injured about 10 minutes into the game - a four-five-one, and for all his effort and running, Barnes was always going to be isolated up front on his own. Football fans in general, and especially a few Burnley fans I know are unbelievably fickle. We were beaten by the best side in the league, and may I add, for the first time at Turf Moor for a full YEAR!? I'm surprised the 'Dyche Out' chants haven't started! Get a bloody grip...[/p][/quote]Agree with that. There has been a slight overreaction to a rare defeat and when you consider it in the context of the season as a whole and particularly our recent form then it makes even less sense. Perhaps this is because we have been spoiled this season, it's easy to forget that we are by far the stand out side in the division, all things considered. We have no right to be where we are looking down on clubs who have splashed millions upon millions, but here we are, in an automatic promotion spot after 39 games. We are in this position because every player has given his all. Since the loss to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day we have gone on an amazing run with 10 wins, 6 draws and just the 1 defeat to top of the league Leicester, during this period we have achieved 36 points. Time for people to get over it and move on to the next game. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Mon 31 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

My own feelings and from what I read, the views of others. Was not negativity at the loss to Leicester but more the loss of Vokes and the possible repercussions for the rest of the season. Without doubt, we should have brought in a striker on loan. I do not accept that no one was available. Leeds are desperate for cash and have nothing to play for. Phillips went to Leicester as about 4th or 5th choice striker. The truth is probably more that we were not prepared to pay what was being asked. Injuries were always going to happen and we should have been prepared. As for Watford on Saturday, it looks like we might have Trippier back but neither Ings or Vokes. Watford seem to be hitting a bit of form and we will do well to get even a point. As for the remaining games, it is totally dependent on the injuries to Ings and Barnes. If we can get either back we should be ok but if they are out for the season then it will be an almighty struggle. At least we have Marney back for Barnsley.
My own feelings and from what I read, the views of others. Was not negativity at the loss to Leicester but more the loss of Vokes and the possible repercussions for the rest of the season. Without doubt, we should have brought in a striker on loan. I do not accept that no one was available. Leeds are desperate for cash and have nothing to play for. Phillips went to Leicester as about 4th or 5th choice striker. The truth is probably more that we were not prepared to pay what was being asked. Injuries were always going to happen and we should have been prepared. As for Watford on Saturday, it looks like we might have Trippier back but neither Ings or Vokes. Watford seem to be hitting a bit of form and we will do well to get even a point. As for the remaining games, it is totally dependent on the injuries to Ings and Barnes. If we can get either back we should be ok but if they are out for the season then it will be an almighty struggle. At least we have Marney back for Barnsley. FCBurnley
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

So thats Sam out for the season and beyond. Now we have Barnes and possibly Ings plus Gilchrist ! God help us if we get another injury.
So thats Sam out for the season and beyond. Now we have Barnes and possibly Ings plus Gilchrist ! God help us if we get another injury. FCBurnley
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