Andrew Greaves: Another test passed for the Clarets

Lancashire Telegraph: Sam Vokes gets a header on target Sam Vokes gets a header on target

Another Saturday has come and gone and another test of our top six credentials has been passed quite comfortably.

I think that we would have all taken a point at Leicester City had we been offered it before kick-off.

I'd have certainly snapped your hand off if I'd have been offered it 20 minutes in.

But in the end I can't help but feel a little disappointed that we didn't leave the King Power Stadium with all three points.

We were really up against it for most of the first half but what we did see was a masterclass in hard work from the lads who, despite having to withstand waves of pressure from the home side, never looked uncomfortable.

The penalty decision, having seen it a few times, does look harsh but I can see why the referee gave it (especially as he hadn't had the benefit of various replays).

David Nugent - who else? - tucked it away nicely and for a while I didn't think it was going to be our day.

But, having finished the first half quite strongly, I had a sneaky feeling that Sean Dyche would be asking his players to up the tempo in the second half.

And we did just that.

Danny Ings - who else? - got us back on level terms just 90 seconds after the restart with a real strikers goal, reacting first to a low Trippier cross to smash past the impressive Kasper Schmeichel.

It could have been even better had the Dane not spread himself to save Sam Vokes' efforts after the striker had been played in by an awful backpass.

There was no doubt that we were on the front foot for most of the second half and I can't really remember Tom Heaton having much to do.

The point - and QPR's win at next week's visitors Blackpool - means we've dropped to second but that is certainly nothing to be upset about.

I don't anyone in their wildest dreams - apart from maybe Sean Dyche - expected us to be anywhere near the top of the Championship having lost Charlie Austin and spent the grand total of zilch during the summer.

But we are and we are there on merit and with Dyche at the helm I genuinely believe anything is possible.

I'm sure the edits won't mind be plugging another paper but if you haven't read Henry Winter's interview with the boss in the Daily a Telegraph then I suggest you do. It's inspiring stuff.

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4:59pm Mon 16 Dec 13

tall in the saddle says...

It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.
It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition. tall in the saddle

5:02pm Mon 16 Dec 13

tall in the saddle says...

Now that Zola has left Watford, I hope SD has a good chuckle.
Now that Zola has left Watford, I hope SD has a good chuckle. tall in the saddle

5:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

MikeMada says...

In this mad, mad world, I'd have thought Pearson would have been looking over his shoulder if Sam had scored and we'd won, especially as the have QPR away next.

So pleased we have a sensible board!
In this mad, mad world, I'd have thought Pearson would have been looking over his shoulder if Sam had scored and we'd won, especially as the have QPR away next. So pleased we have a sensible board! MikeMada

7:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.
So far every top side who have played Burnley have had an off day. Dyche will be off any day soon as more jobs become available, he's bound to jump to a place with toilets.
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.[/p][/quote]So far every top side who have played Burnley have had an off day. Dyche will be off any day soon as more jobs become available, he's bound to jump to a place with toilets. FakeVilla_MTCabinet

9:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

tall in the saddle says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.
So far every top side who have played Burnley have had an off day. Dyche will be off any day soon as more jobs become available, he's bound to jump to a place with toilets.
So far every top team that has played Burnley has been made to look ‘OFF’. This is because, as many opposing managers have said, including Nigel Pearson on Saturday, they are a good side. They are organized, fit and hard to beat.
SD may be in frame at Spurs. He deserves to be.
By the way I understand that M Appleton is in for the job at W Brom. Another decent bloke chopped by the Venky’s. They’re good at chopping, but the biggest chop of all has yet to come. Its on its way.
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.[/p][/quote]So far every top side who have played Burnley have had an off day. Dyche will be off any day soon as more jobs become available, he's bound to jump to a place with toilets.[/p][/quote]So far every top team that has played Burnley has been made to look ‘OFF’. This is because, as many opposing managers have said, including Nigel Pearson on Saturday, they are a good side. They are organized, fit and hard to beat. SD may be in frame at Spurs. He deserves to be. By the way I understand that M Appleton is in for the job at W Brom. Another decent bloke chopped by the Venky’s. They’re good at chopping, but the biggest chop of all has yet to come. Its on its way. tall in the saddle

12:12am Tue 17 Dec 13

RobH2O says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.
So far every top side who have played Burnley have had an off day. Dyche will be off any day soon as more jobs become available, he's bound to jump to a place with toilets.
Loser
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: It’s so at the top, teams are raising their games against Burnley, which explains why they have dropped points against mid-table opposition, Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackburn for example. Still though they maintain their unbeaten run against top six opposition.[/p][/quote]So far every top side who have played Burnley have had an off day. Dyche will be off any day soon as more jobs become available, he's bound to jump to a place with toilets.[/p][/quote]Loser RobH2O

9:21am Tue 17 Dec 13

houseclaret says...

With the managerial merry-go-round the way it is it's not surprising that good managers get linked with any available posts. Strange thing is though, don't recall anyone beating a path to Rover's door seeking the services of Mr Bowyer. Come to think of it, have any of their recent ex-managers (I've lost count how many there are) found employment yet? I think that says a great deal about the selection process at Ewood.
With the managerial merry-go-round the way it is it's not surprising that good managers get linked with any available posts. Strange thing is though, don't recall anyone beating a path to Rover's door seeking the services of Mr Bowyer. Come to think of it, have any of their recent ex-managers (I've lost count how many there are) found employment yet? I think that says a great deal about the selection process at Ewood. houseclaret

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