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Andrew Greaves: Burnley’s display warms up fans at a cold Turf Moor
THE weather may have been cold, wet and miserable but there was plenty to keep fans warm from the Clarets’ performance.
We always knew conditions were going to play a big part and it can certainly act as a bit of a leveller, especially when a side struggling at the wrong end of the table come to town.
Millwall, to be fair to them, settled into the game a lot quicker than we did and had a couple of decent efforts before they took an early lead.
But, from that moment on, it was all Burnley as we really took the game to Ian Holloway’s side.
It was less than two minutes later that Danny Ings had the ball in the back of the net.
Ingsy then went and won – and missed – a penalty before Dean Marney of all people gave us a deserved half-time lead with a superb left-foot volley from 25 yards.
The penalty is best forgotten about but I am sure Danny will be kicking himself after placing it at a good height for Bywater who did appear to be a bit too quick off his line.
We expected Millwall to be more attacking after the break and that allowed us to exploit the space and create even more.
Sam Vokes, Arfield and Ings all went close before Ingsy sealed the game with another excellent goal.
Kieran Trippier floated a magnificent 50-yard ball over the top and Ings took it down with aplomb, inviting Bywater off his line before slotting calmly under him for his second.
Millwall huffed and puffed and Holloway kept throwing on atttackers but the Clarets were very professional in their approach and the three points were never in doubt.
With two tough, but winnable, away games coming up this week – tomorrow night at Bolton Wanderers and Saturday at Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth – it was important to get all three points.
It also means we leap-frogged QPR into second place and it will be interesting to see how Harry Redknapp’s side get on at Derby County tonight in the TV game.
Regardless of what happens elsewhere we have to concentrate on our own game, starting tomorrow night and then down on the south coast next weekend!