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Andy Devanney: Clarets have proved the doubters wrong
1:00pm Monday 28th April 2014 in Football
Well I can’t be right all the time. At the beginning of the season I said that we would win the Championship.
Oh well, I wasn’t far off. I also said that Danny Ings would score 40 goals. I admit that was a little optimistic however, he has scored 25 league goals and two for the England U21s.
Now seeing as he also missed six games due to injury that makes my prediction around 34 goals pro rata so I was about 80 per cent right.
Ings hasn’t managed to find the back of the net since the game at Ewood but who cares. Strikers have dry patches and he couldn’t have tried any harder on Saturday.
He is the player of the season for me. His touch and awareness is superb and I do think he has the potential to become a full England international and what a joy that would be if it were as a Claret.
The game in the first half resembled a pre-season friendly at times. We were passing and rolling the ball around with supreme confidence. I was sure we were going to get a hat full.
We were written off as having a fluke of a start to the season but then we went on to have our best one since 1897 and the result against Ipswich meant that we have achieved our highest ever points tally, 92, in a season and we still have a game to spare.
Sean Dyche should also receive the manager of the year award and if he doesn’t it would be a complete injustice. I don’t want to harp on about small squads, lack of depth or even ITV Digital, but to be fair he has managed to squeeze talent from a group of players that even they didn’t think they had at times.
It was a great feeling to be watching Burnley without being nervous about the result. I would take automatic promotion over a play-off final any day of the week.
I thought Ings was going to break his drought when he had a great effort saved before Michael Kightly rolled the free ball in to the open net to rapturous applause.
Ings also looked like he would double the lead when substitute Ross Wallace played a delightful through ball to Dean Marney who fired a cross in to the box that Ings connected with to sadly see his thunderous effort ricochet off the cross bar.
With ten minutes to go Tom Heaton made a terrific diving save to his top right hand corner to deny the Tractor Boys an equalizer. He would be a close second for player of the year having kept 19 clean sheets this season.
So it’s onward to the promised land. We are the top club in Lancashire. Lets hope this time next year we are the top club in the country. Let’s be honest with Dyche at the helm anything is possible.
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