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A real champagne moment for Burnley winger Wallace

Lancashire Telegraph: Ross Wallace Ross Wallace

ROSS Wallace signed for Burnley to help them bounce back to the Premier League – he just didn’t expect it to take four years!

Wallace arrived at Turf Moor immediately after their relegation in 2010, moving from Preston North End because he believed the Clarets were real candidates to make an instant return to the top flight.

That did not happen and there were some lean times ahead, but the Scot is delighted that now he has achieved the goal he set when he signed for the club.

“It probably came a little bit later than I imagined!” the winger laughed. “But the boys have been fantastic this year and have thoroughly deserved it.

“Everyone is buzzing. In the last few weeks we’ve just been blowing teams away defensively and going forward.

“It’s not really sunk in yet but once we get back for pre-season we’ll be ready to go.”

Burnley players had avoided talking about promotion in recent weeks for fear of tempting fate.

For Wallace it is his second career promotion to the Premier League, after helping Roy Keane’s Sunderland win the league in 2007.

Burnley’s promotion has undoubtedly come as a greater surprise to those around the country.

“I think because of maybe the size of the club and the restraints, it’s a brilliant achievement,” Wallace said.

“It’s been hard not to talk about promotion, but you couldn’t because you need to get over the line first.

“But we got there eventually. I’m sure it’s going to be even harder next season but hopefully we can keep this kind of atmosphere for next season.”

Wallace has faced a real battle for a place since his return from a knee operation, with Scott Arfield and Michael Kightly already established in the wide positions.

The 28-year-old admits he expects competition for places will be even fiercer next season, with manager Sean Dyche likely to add to his squad in the summer.

“It’s going to be tough next year, even tougher than this year,” Wallace said.

“We’ve got a good squad of players, and we’ve got ability and a lot of energy in that team.

“I’m sure the gaffer has got a few things in mind for next season, but we’ll all be ready to come in for pre-season and go hard again next season.

“The gaffer has been absolutely magnificent since he came in.

“The players are playing with good organisation but he has told them to express themselves, and that’s what they’ve done.”

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9:56pm Wed 23 Apr 14

stevieclaret says...

Mr chairman - please give Ross Wallace and dean marney a new contract to replace the o we they signed on lower terms. Reward the players for wanting to play for our club!
Mr chairman - please give Ross Wallace and dean marney a new contract to replace the o we they signed on lower terms. Reward the players for wanting to play for our club! stevieclaret
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10:20am Thu 24 Apr 14

burnleyfan4life says...

I agree ref Marney - a premier league player!! - Wallace alas is not - A good championship player - And no doubt bonus will have been built into their contracts for promotion. Marney and Vokes should be offered better terms - Wallace will not get near the starting 11 next year - Harsh but Dyche will have to be!! Stanislas, Treacy, Edgar etc should be released - \duff a player/coach role - but as a player his lack of pace will become an issue in the premiership. We do have a good spine of the team capable of premier league football - Heaton - I am on the fence with as our defense will get a lot more pressure on them - but should be ok, tripps (hope we can keep him), Mee - controversial but I do not think he is good enough, Shackell deffo ok, Duff (pace will be an issue), Jones and Marney will obviously find it har der but are ok but we may need to switch formations as they may be overun in midfield - we may need 1 5th midfielder, Arfield as good as he has been for us - to me he will struggle, Kightly - last few games then yes but overall has been hit and miss - His delivery is poor and if he was to be honest that 2nd goal was a cross really that got lucky, Ings and Vokes (especially vokes) is ready - I do worry for Ings when the big man is not laying off for him - poor in the air Ingsy needs a big hold up man to play off. I would like to see a Goalkeeper (Johnstone - man u reserves been on loan donny) , a couple of centre backs(though not to replace Shackell), a right back, keep Baird as utility cover especially left back, we need at least 3 midfielders and also attacking options need improving - Barnes unfortunately in my opinion will not be good enough for the premier league. I would love to be proven wrong on some of these and its easy to be swayed by emotion and attachment - but the facts are hat the team we have now would not survive and we must evolve!!.
I agree ref Marney - a premier league player!! - Wallace alas is not - A good championship player - And no doubt bonus will have been built into their contracts for promotion. Marney and Vokes should be offered better terms - Wallace will not get near the starting 11 next year - Harsh but Dyche will have to be!! Stanislas, Treacy, Edgar etc should be released - \duff a player/coach role - but as a player his lack of pace will become an issue in the premiership. We do have a good spine of the team capable of premier league football - Heaton - I am on the fence with as our defense will get a lot more pressure on them - but should be ok, tripps (hope we can keep him), Mee - controversial but I do not think he is good enough, Shackell deffo ok, Duff (pace will be an issue), Jones and Marney will obviously find it har der but are ok but we may need to switch formations as they may be overun in midfield - we may need 1 5th midfielder, Arfield as good as he has been for us - to me he will struggle, Kightly - last few games then yes but overall has been hit and miss - His delivery is poor and if he was to be honest that 2nd goal was a cross really that got lucky, Ings and Vokes (especially vokes) is ready - I do worry for Ings when the big man is not laying off for him - poor in the air Ingsy needs a big hold up man to play off. I would like to see a Goalkeeper (Johnstone - man u reserves been on loan donny) , a couple of centre backs(though not to replace Shackell), a right back, keep Baird as utility cover especially left back, we need at least 3 midfielders and also attacking options need improving - Barnes unfortunately in my opinion will not be good enough for the premier league. I would love to be proven wrong on some of these and its easy to be swayed by emotion and attachment - but the facts are hat the team we have now would not survive and we must evolve!!. burnleyfan4life
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12:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

burnleyfan4life wrote:
I agree ref Marney - a premier league player!! - Wallace alas is not - A good championship player - And no doubt bonus will have been built into their contracts for promotion. Marney and Vokes should be offered better terms - Wallace will not get near the starting 11 next year - Harsh but Dyche will have to be!! Stanislas, Treacy, Edgar etc should be released - \duff a player/coach role - but as a player his lack of pace will become an issue in the premiership. We do have a good spine of the team capable of premier league football - Heaton - I am on the fence with as our defense will get a lot more pressure on them - but should be ok, tripps (hope we can keep him), Mee - controversial but I do not think he is good enough, Shackell deffo ok, Duff (pace will be an issue), Jones and Marney will obviously find it har der but are ok but we may need to switch formations as they may be overun in midfield - we may need 1 5th midfielder, Arfield as good as he has been for us - to me he will struggle, Kightly - last few games then yes but overall has been hit and miss - His delivery is poor and if he was to be honest that 2nd goal was a cross really that got lucky, Ings and Vokes (especially vokes) is ready - I do worry for Ings when the big man is not laying off for him - poor in the air Ingsy needs a big hold up man to play off. I would like to see a Goalkeeper (Johnstone - man u reserves been on loan donny) , a couple of centre backs(though not to replace Shackell), a right back, keep Baird as utility cover especially left back, we need at least 3 midfielders and also attacking options need improving - Barnes unfortunately in my opinion will not be good enough for the premier league. I would love to be proven wrong on some of these and its easy to be swayed by emotion and attachment - but the facts are hat the team we have now would not survive and we must evolve!!.
Don't agree with a lot of what you say as this team has wiped the floor with the Championship this season, the performances against Nottingham Forest and Derby in particular would have been more than a match for a lot of the Premier League sides.

I agree we need to tweak several areas and Duff will certainly struggle against the pace of attacking players in the Premier League but on the whole with a few clever additions and some decent cover I don't think the team needs to be dismantled to such an extent. Remember this team to date has the best defensive record in the league, has conceded the fewest goals and has looked for the most part like playing the best attacking football of any side in the Championship. In my opinion we are a far stronger side than the 2009 Burnley and have without a doubt far more belief in our ability.

There is also a lot to be said for the team spirit that Dyche has instilled and its this that could help us to surprise a few teams next season. Agree that the team we have now would not survive but it would certainly have a good go at it.

I'd love to see one or two big signings and for Dyche to make good use of the loan system to bring in a couple talented players who would otherwise play bit parts for the bigger teams. We have the basis of a capable team already in Heaton, Shackell, Trippier, Marney, Jones, Ings, Vokes; and I think we have a manager who can be trusted to spend wisely.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyfan4life[/bold] wrote: I agree ref Marney - a premier league player!! - Wallace alas is not - A good championship player - And no doubt bonus will have been built into their contracts for promotion. Marney and Vokes should be offered better terms - Wallace will not get near the starting 11 next year - Harsh but Dyche will have to be!! Stanislas, Treacy, Edgar etc should be released - \duff a player/coach role - but as a player his lack of pace will become an issue in the premiership. We do have a good spine of the team capable of premier league football - Heaton - I am on the fence with as our defense will get a lot more pressure on them - but should be ok, tripps (hope we can keep him), Mee - controversial but I do not think he is good enough, Shackell deffo ok, Duff (pace will be an issue), Jones and Marney will obviously find it har der but are ok but we may need to switch formations as they may be overun in midfield - we may need 1 5th midfielder, Arfield as good as he has been for us - to me he will struggle, Kightly - last few games then yes but overall has been hit and miss - His delivery is poor and if he was to be honest that 2nd goal was a cross really that got lucky, Ings and Vokes (especially vokes) is ready - I do worry for Ings when the big man is not laying off for him - poor in the air Ingsy needs a big hold up man to play off. I would like to see a Goalkeeper (Johnstone - man u reserves been on loan donny) , a couple of centre backs(though not to replace Shackell), a right back, keep Baird as utility cover especially left back, we need at least 3 midfielders and also attacking options need improving - Barnes unfortunately in my opinion will not be good enough for the premier league. I would love to be proven wrong on some of these and its easy to be swayed by emotion and attachment - but the facts are hat the team we have now would not survive and we must evolve!!.[/p][/quote]Don't agree with a lot of what you say as this team has wiped the floor with the Championship this season, the performances against Nottingham Forest and Derby in particular would have been more than a match for a lot of the Premier League sides. I agree we need to tweak several areas and Duff will certainly struggle against the pace of attacking players in the Premier League but on the whole with a few clever additions and some decent cover I don't think the team needs to be dismantled to such an extent. Remember this team to date has the best defensive record in the league, has conceded the fewest goals and has looked for the most part like playing the best attacking football of any side in the Championship. In my opinion we are a far stronger side than the 2009 Burnley and have without a doubt far more belief in our ability. There is also a lot to be said for the team spirit that Dyche has instilled and its this that could help us to surprise a few teams next season. Agree that the team we have now would not survive but it would certainly have a good go at it. I'd love to see one or two big signings and for Dyche to make good use of the loan system to bring in a couple talented players who would otherwise play bit parts for the bigger teams. We have the basis of a capable team already in Heaton, Shackell, Trippier, Marney, Jones, Ings, Vokes; and I think we have a manager who can be trusted to spend wisely. Super_Clarets
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