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Dan Clough: A point gained - but order needs to be restored quickly
I HAVEN’T been as nervous going into a football match since I made my debut as a substitute for Hoddlesden side Oggy Hotspurs against Blue Star at Lower Darwen Primary School when I was about 10.
And to be honest, I’m just glad it’s over and we can happily add another year to the ‘time since Burnley last won a derby’ statistic.
We didn’t make it easy for ourselves. Far from it. But we got there in the end to collective sighs of relief across the Blackburn half of East Lancashire.
The game itself was a little unusual. A poor first half that Burnley had the better of, we came back in the second and the final 25 to 30 minutes were completely explosive.
But for me, it was just a further depressing reminder of how far our stock has fallen in a short space of time.
It isn’t too long since our Premier League journey to Turf Moor ended in a 1-0 win and confirmation of our total dominance over East Lancashire football.
Now, we are pretty much equal, and in consecutive games Burnley have come dangerously close to finally getting that victory they have waited so long for.
The return game at Ewood in March will be so important.
We must win to get that psychological edge back over our most bitter of rivals.
As for the supporters, the Rovers fans did themselves proud in the stadium, making plenty of noise despite the match not quite fulfilling the derby atmosphere expectations, particularly in the first half.
There was one moron running on to the pitch in only his boxers, dropping his pants in front of the Rover fans, in the aftermath of Junior Stanislas’s opening goal.
I would love to have seen his reaction to the equaliser.
Back to the game, though and substitute Lee Williamson had to be man of the match for Rovers.
Yes, he only lasted three minutes before being sent off (shades of Garry Flitcroft) for a professional foul, but his actions, however cycnical, were completely justified. Had he allowed Danny Ings to continue you know he would have scored, and Todd Kane, who made a couple of potentially dangerous mistakes, owes him at least a pint.
Rhodes found himself very isolated but did well to capitalise on Burnley’s mistakes to get the equaliser.
By the time we meet Burnley at Ewood on March 9, it will be 12,492 days since their last win.
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