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Andrew Greaves: It’s fast becoming ours to lose after another fine win

Lancashire Telegraph: Andrew Greaves: It’s fast becoming ours to lose after another fine win Andrew Greaves: It’s fast becoming ours to lose after another fine win

WELL we now have a bit of daylight between ourselves and third place after a very professional performance against Derby on Saturday.

As Steve McClaren said after the game, this game was never going to decide who finishes in second but it certainly gives us even more reason to believe this could be our year.

We got a bit of luck with the sending off of Chris Martin before the break, although I still contest the Rams’ striker could have walked before the ref decided his fall in the penalty area was a dive and worthy of a second yellow card. But we’ve had next to no help from refs this season so it was a welcome slice.

A goal in either half David Jones and Dean Marney – both of who were superb throughout – was enough to see of a robust challenge from the visitors.

But aside from the goals, and the first from Jones was an absolute peach of a volley up and over former Claret Lee Grant, the fact we stood up to the rough house tactics and didn’t allow ourselves to get involved was a real sign of class.

Our home form has been fantastic and it was great to see our biggest crowd of the season get behind the lads.

And most of the 17,000-plus inside Turf Moor will have gone home very happy and perhaps even turning one eye towards promotion.

We’re five points ahead of Derby in third and nine ahead of QPR in fourth but we shouldn’t allow ourselves to get too carried away just yet.

There is still a long way to and while I agree that we’re looking extremely difficult to beat at the minute, I am sure that the gaffer and the lads won’t be allowing their minds to wander.

There’s the little matter of the East Lancashire derby next weekend.

As I have said for the last few years, this could be our best chance yet to end the wretched winless run against Rovers.

We’ll certainly be going into the game in high spirits but I think Rovers’ 4-0 defeat in another derby on Saturday at Bolton Wanderers could fire them up.

These are the type of games we live for and I just hope beyond all hope we come away with a win.

If we can then maybe, just maybe, we can begin to dream of the promised land.

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3:25pm Mon 3 Mar 14

look up blackburn says...

13 games to go.

6 at home: Leeds, Doncaster, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Wigan, Ipswich.

7 away: Blackburn, Birmingham, Charlton, Watford, Barnsley, Blackpool, Reading.

19 points from the remaining games would see us on 85 points, likely to be good enough this season for a 2nd place finish and automatic promotion.

5 wins and 4 draws out of those games will give us the 19 points. I believe this is well within our capabilities and that we are not yet out of the title race should Leicester slip up on the run-in, which looking at their remaining fixtures could be a possibility.

Leicester have yet to play Burnley (away), Wigan (away), Reading (away), QPR (home), and interestingly Blackburn (away). How nice it would be for our nearest and dearest to do us the ultimate favour!
13 games to go. 6 at home: Leeds, Doncaster, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Wigan, Ipswich. 7 away: Blackburn, Birmingham, Charlton, Watford, Barnsley, Blackpool, Reading. 19 points from the remaining games would see us on 85 points, likely to be good enough this season for a 2nd place finish and automatic promotion. 5 wins and 4 draws out of those games will give us the 19 points. I believe this is well within our capabilities and that we are not yet out of the title race should Leicester slip up on the run-in, which looking at their remaining fixtures could be a possibility. Leicester have yet to play Burnley (away), Wigan (away), Reading (away), QPR (home), and interestingly Blackburn (away). How nice it would be for our nearest and dearest to do us the ultimate favour! look up blackburn
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7:57pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

look up blackburn wrote:
13 games to go.

6 at home: Leeds, Doncaster, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Wigan, Ipswich.

7 away: Blackburn, Birmingham, Charlton, Watford, Barnsley, Blackpool, Reading.

19 points from the remaining games would see us on 85 points, likely to be good enough this season for a 2nd place finish and automatic promotion.

5 wins and 4 draws out of those games will give us the 19 points. I believe this is well within our capabilities and that we are not yet out of the title race should Leicester slip up on the run-in, which looking at their remaining fixtures could be a possibility.

Leicester have yet to play Burnley (away), Wigan (away), Reading (away), QPR (home), and interestingly Blackburn (away). How nice it would be for our nearest and dearest to do us the ultimate favour!
Funny that the remaining home games are predominantly against top half teams and the away fixtures against predominantly lower half teams.
Quirky!
Up the CLARETS
[quote][p][bold]look up blackburn[/bold] wrote: 13 games to go. 6 at home: Leeds, Doncaster, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Wigan, Ipswich. 7 away: Blackburn, Birmingham, Charlton, Watford, Barnsley, Blackpool, Reading. 19 points from the remaining games would see us on 85 points, likely to be good enough this season for a 2nd place finish and automatic promotion. 5 wins and 4 draws out of those games will give us the 19 points. I believe this is well within our capabilities and that we are not yet out of the title race should Leicester slip up on the run-in, which looking at their remaining fixtures could be a possibility. Leicester have yet to play Burnley (away), Wigan (away), Reading (away), QPR (home), and interestingly Blackburn (away). How nice it would be for our nearest and dearest to do us the ultimate favour![/p][/quote]Funny that the remaining home games are predominantly against top half teams and the away fixtures against predominantly lower half teams. Quirky! Up the CLARETS Scamp Kingsley
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8:49pm Mon 3 Mar 14

stevewhipp says...

Even if we slip up now and don't get promoted, I can honestly say, I've not enjoyed the football from Burnley FC more in any other season. (including the playoff > promotion > relegation seasons.)

Well done to the lads and especially SD himself.
Even if we slip up now and don't get promoted, I can honestly say, I've not enjoyed the football from Burnley FC more in any other season. (including the playoff > promotion > relegation seasons.) Well done to the lads and especially SD himself. stevewhipp
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11:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

look up blackburn says...

stevewhipp wrote:
Even if we slip up now and don't get promoted, I can honestly say, I've not enjoyed the football from Burnley FC more in any other season. (including the playoff > promotion > relegation seasons.)

Well done to the lads and especially SD himself.
The wins against Forest and Derby have given us that bit of breathing space in the event of a slip up. According to the predicted points total to achieve automatic promotion in 2nd place we could afford to lose 4 out of the last 13 games and still finish on 85 points, however this is unlikely given the fact that we have lost ONLY THREE all season. Agree on the football front, we have been spoiled this season, the 2009 promotion side was good but this Burnley team has reached another level. The first half against Forest was the best football I've even seen at Turf Moor. Dyche has done a magnificent job.
[quote][p][bold]stevewhipp[/bold] wrote: Even if we slip up now and don't get promoted, I can honestly say, I've not enjoyed the football from Burnley FC more in any other season. (including the playoff > promotion > relegation seasons.) Well done to the lads and especially SD himself.[/p][/quote]The wins against Forest and Derby have given us that bit of breathing space in the event of a slip up. According to the predicted points total to achieve automatic promotion in 2nd place we could afford to lose 4 out of the last 13 games and still finish on 85 points, however this is unlikely given the fact that we have lost ONLY THREE all season. Agree on the football front, we have been spoiled this season, the 2009 promotion side was good but this Burnley team has reached another level. The first half against Forest was the best football I've even seen at Turf Moor. Dyche has done a magnificent job. look up blackburn
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8:48am Tue 4 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

I'm off to turf next season to watch premier league football Not this carp bowyer puts out week in week out.Also my bet Burnley would go up automatically looks like It's paid off..

UTC
I'm off to turf next season to watch premier league football Not this carp bowyer puts out week in week out.Also my bet Burnley would go up automatically looks like It's paid off.. UTC .Lancs _ Pensioner
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10:04am Tue 4 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
I'm off to turf next season to watch premier league football Not this carp bowyer puts out week in week out.Also my bet Burnley would go up automatically looks like It's paid off..

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Ha ha ha ha ha Brilliant news.

Ladies and gentlemen - THAT'S how fickle and plastic Rovers fans are that this one plans on watching Premier League football at Burnley next season AND has put a bet that we would get automatic promotion.
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: I'm off to turf next season to watch premier league football Not this carp bowyer puts out week in week out.Also my bet Burnley would go up automatically looks like It's paid off.. UTC[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ha ha Brilliant news. Ladies and gentlemen - THAT'S how fickle and plastic Rovers fans are that this one plans on watching Premier League football at Burnley next season AND has put a bet that we would get automatic promotion. Champagne plus charlie
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