Clarets' play-off hopes almost over after crashing to Birmingham City

Lancashire Telegraph: Danny Ings fights for the ball in last night’s defeat to Birmingham at Turf Moor Danny Ings fights for the ball in last night’s defeat to Birmingham at Turf Moor

EDDIE Howe admitted to more frustration as Burnley’s hopes of clinching a late play-off spot are all but over following last night’s 3-1 defeat to Birmingham City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets have now gone four Championship matches without a victory at home after crashing to the Blues.

Marlon King gave the visitors an 11th minute lead when converted Nicola Zigic’s headed flick-on past goalkeeper Lee Grant.

The Clarets failed to get going in the first half, but they rallied after the interval and grabbed an equaliser on 73 minutes when Ross Wallace’s free-kick was headed home by Danny Ings.

However, the home side’s celebrations were cut short just two minutes later when Birmingham re-took the lead through Jordon Mutch.

David Murphy then killed off the match with just two minutes left.

“It was frustrating,” said Clarets manager Eddie Howe. “I thought we were by far the better side in the second half. They probably shaded the first half.

“But there wasn’t really that much difference between the two sides.

“We created some great chances in the second half. We got the goal, but we conceded three and we can’t afford to do that.

“That is an area of concern for us. We have conceded too many goals, especially at home. That’s something we have to look at.

Howe added: “I thought when we equalised we could go on and win the game. I've said that a few times this season.

“Momentum was with us but we conceded a very poor second goal.

“It's very tough when you work so hard to get back in a game and you concede straight away.”

It is still mathematically possible for Burnley to reach the Championship’s play-offs.

But 10 points adrift of sixth-placed Brighton, they would almost certainly require to win each of their remaining six league matches and hope for several teams in and around the play-off zone to suffer a poor run of form.

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10:29am Wed 4 Apr 12

warnock3 says...

Ha Ha another Turd Moor master class.Staying down for ever !! enjoy your trip to Torquay next season.You dingles are used to that you will always be inferior !
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Ha Ha another Turd Moor master class.Staying down for ever !! enjoy your trip to Torquay next season.You dingles are used to that you will always be inferior ! . warnock3

11:00am Wed 4 Apr 12

claretmeandyou says...

The Clarets play-off chances were over before even a ball was kicked this season due to players being off-loaded to reduce the wage bill. As much as it hurts me to say this it could be more than 33yrs before we get back into the Premiership with this board and manager in charge. Wallace at full back you are having a laugh. We've done nothing this season and we will do nothing next season except SELL J-Rod and other high wage earners. Funny isn't it Mr Paul Fletcher and the University of Football have gone quiet all of a sudden. Remind me didn't he say that the Clarets would be in the top six this season. Nice one Paul!
The Clarets play-off chances were over before even a ball was kicked this season due to players being off-loaded to reduce the wage bill. As much as it hurts me to say this it could be more than 33yrs before we get back into the Premiership with this board and manager in charge. Wallace at full back you are having a laugh. We've done nothing this season and we will do nothing next season except SELL J-Rod and other high wage earners. Funny isn't it Mr Paul Fletcher and the University of Football have gone quiet all of a sudden. Remind me didn't he say that the Clarets would be in the top six this season. Nice one Paul! claretmeandyou

12:06pm Wed 4 Apr 12

makaveli96 says...

A 38-year-old Burnley fan has admitted throwing a coin on to the playing area during the Ewood Park leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

Blackburn magistrates heard that father-of-two Daniel Hockett had never been in trouble before and described the incident as a “moment of madness.”

And Imran Hussain, defending, revealed his client had resigned as a coach with Huncoat United Junior Football Club as a direct result of the incident. Hockett, of Aysgarth Drive, Accrington, pleaded guilty to throwing a coin at the derby match between the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers and Burnley.

He was fined £210 with £100. The magistrates declined to make a football banning order.

Scott Ainge, prosecuting, said a police inspector had seen Hockett throw something in the general direction of another officer who was on the pitch surround.

A coin was recovered and Hockett arrested.

Mr Hussain said his client was thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour.

“It was a moment of madness which resulted in an act that was extraordinary for him,” said Mr Hussain.

He said Hockett, a HGV driver, was a Burnley season ticket holder and regularly took his two sons to games.

“He has been supporting the club since he was six years old when his grandma first took him and there have been no previous incidents,” said Mr Hussain.
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WHY NO BAN?
A 38-year-old Burnley fan has admitted throwing a coin on to the playing area during the Ewood Park leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final. Blackburn magistrates heard that father-of-two Daniel Hockett had never been in trouble before and described the incident as a “moment of madness.” And Imran Hussain, defending, revealed his client had resigned as a coach with Huncoat United Junior Football Club as a direct result of the incident. Hockett, of Aysgarth Drive, Accrington, pleaded guilty to throwing a coin at the derby match between the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers and Burnley. He was fined £210 with £100. The magistrates declined to make a football banning order. Scott Ainge, prosecuting, said a police inspector had seen Hockett throw something in the general direction of another officer who was on the pitch surround. A coin was recovered and Hockett arrested. Mr Hussain said his client was thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour. “It was a moment of madness which resulted in an act that was extraordinary for him,” said Mr Hussain. He said Hockett, a HGV driver, was a Burnley season ticket holder and regularly took his two sons to games. “He has been supporting the club since he was six years old when his grandma first took him and there have been no previous incidents,” said Mr Hussain. =============== WHY NO BAN? makaveli96

12:24pm Wed 4 Apr 12

juanbbien says...

Blackburn and Burnley two clubs in a bloody mess,and it's going to get worse.
Blackburn and Burnley two clubs in a bloody mess,and it's going to get worse. juanbbien

2:11pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Hovis1945 says...

juanbbien wrote:
Blackburn and Burnley two clubs in a bloody mess,and it's going to get worse.
That is the real sadness!
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: Blackburn and Burnley two clubs in a bloody mess,and it's going to get worse.[/p][/quote]That is the real sadness! Hovis1945

2:11pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Hovis1945 says...

juanbbien wrote:
Blackburn and Burnley two clubs in a bloody mess,and it's going to get worse.
That is the real sadness!
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: Blackburn and Burnley two clubs in a bloody mess,and it's going to get worse.[/p][/quote]That is the real sadness! Hovis1945

2:44pm Wed 4 Apr 12

carlmc says...

I'm not a Burnley fan, but for what it's worth, you have a young lad on loan at Barrow who has never been given a fair crack of the whip. Get him back and give him a few games. With nothing to lose now, he might just surprise a few people.
I'm not a Burnley fan, but for what it's worth, you have a young lad on loan at Barrow who has never been given a fair crack of the whip. Get him back and give him a few games. With nothing to lose now, he might just surprise a few people. carlmc

4:01pm Wed 4 Apr 12

midas says...

claretmeandyou wrote:
The Clarets play-off chances were over before even a ball was kicked this season due to players being off-loaded to reduce the wage bill. As much as it hurts me to say this it could be more than 33yrs before we get back into the Premiership with this board and manager in charge. Wallace at full back you are having a laugh. We've done nothing this season and we will do nothing next season except SELL J-Rod and other high wage earners. Funny isn't it Mr Paul Fletcher and the University of Football have gone quiet all of a sudden. Remind me didn't he say that the Clarets would be in the top six this season. Nice one Paul!
off loaded players? - the ones (Eagles, Mears, Fox, Elliot) that wanted to leave or can you name some that were forced to leave?
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Wallace at full back because Mee, Easton and Lafferty were all injured. Or do you think we should have 4 players covering left back?
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Fletcher doesn't work at Burnley anymore!
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What made you think that we would be in the play offs? We are one of the smallest clubs in the Championship and do well to avoid relegation, unlike Preston Sheffield Wednesday and United!
[quote][p][bold]claretmeandyou[/bold] wrote: The Clarets play-off chances were over before even a ball was kicked this season due to players being off-loaded to reduce the wage bill. As much as it hurts me to say this it could be more than 33yrs before we get back into the Premiership with this board and manager in charge. Wallace at full back you are having a laugh. We've done nothing this season and we will do nothing next season except SELL J-Rod and other high wage earners. Funny isn't it Mr Paul Fletcher and the University of Football have gone quiet all of a sudden. Remind me didn't he say that the Clarets would be in the top six this season. Nice one Paul![/p][/quote]off loaded players? - the ones (Eagles, Mears, Fox, Elliot) that wanted to leave or can you name some that were forced to leave? . Wallace at full back because Mee, Easton and Lafferty were all injured. Or do you think we should have 4 players covering left back? . Fletcher doesn't work at Burnley anymore! . What made you think that we would be in the play offs? We are one of the smallest clubs in the Championship and do well to avoid relegation, unlike Preston Sheffield Wednesday and United! midas

5:12pm Wed 4 Apr 12

bobinspain says...

Midas,

Don't know about you, but to me the overall tenor of EH's comments of late, (if correctly reported), following losses smack of "we was robbed!"
Is he delusional, or are the side genuinely enduring a spell of apparently unremitting bad luck?
Midas, Don't know about you, but to me the overall tenor of EH's comments of late, (if correctly reported), following losses smack of "we was robbed!" Is he delusional, or are the side genuinely enduring a spell of apparently unremitting bad luck? bobinspain

5:13pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Lancs - pensioner says...

makaveli96 wrote:
A 38-year-old Burnley fan has admitted throwing a coin on to the playing area during the Ewood Park leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

Blackburn magistrates heard that father-of-two Daniel Hockett had never been in trouble before and described the incident as a “moment of madness.”

And Imran Hussain, defending, revealed his client had resigned as a coach with Huncoat United Junior Football Club as a direct result of the incident. Hockett, of Aysgarth Drive, Accrington, pleaded guilty to throwing a coin at the derby match between the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers and Burnley.

He was fined £210 with £100. The magistrates declined to make a football banning order.

Scott Ainge, prosecuting, said a police inspector had seen Hockett throw something in the general direction of another officer who was on the pitch surround.

A coin was recovered and Hockett arrested.

Mr Hussain said his client was thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour.

“It was a moment of madness which resulted in an act that was extraordinary for him,” said Mr Hussain.

He said Hockett, a HGV driver, was a Burnley season ticket holder and regularly took his two sons to games.

“He has been supporting the club since he was six years old when his grandma first took him and there have been no previous incidents,” said Mr Hussain.
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WHY NO BAN?
Maka, it's obvious, the punishment for this crime is he has to continue to go down and watch the dingles!!! Poor b-stard
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: A 38-year-old Burnley fan has admitted throwing a coin on to the playing area during the Ewood Park leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final. Blackburn magistrates heard that father-of-two Daniel Hockett had never been in trouble before and described the incident as a “moment of madness.” And Imran Hussain, defending, revealed his client had resigned as a coach with Huncoat United Junior Football Club as a direct result of the incident. Hockett, of Aysgarth Drive, Accrington, pleaded guilty to throwing a coin at the derby match between the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers and Burnley. He was fined £210 with £100. The magistrates declined to make a football banning order. Scott Ainge, prosecuting, said a police inspector had seen Hockett throw something in the general direction of another officer who was on the pitch surround. A coin was recovered and Hockett arrested. Mr Hussain said his client was thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour. “It was a moment of madness which resulted in an act that was extraordinary for him,” said Mr Hussain. He said Hockett, a HGV driver, was a Burnley season ticket holder and regularly took his two sons to games. “He has been supporting the club since he was six years old when his grandma first took him and there have been no previous incidents,” said Mr Hussain. =============== WHY NO BAN?[/p][/quote]Maka, it's obvious, the punishment for this crime is he has to continue to go down and watch the dingles!!! Poor b-stard Lancs - pensioner

7:51pm Wed 4 Apr 12

burnleyglentoran says...

claretmeandyou wrote:
The Clarets play-off chances were over before even a ball was kicked this season due to players being off-loaded to reduce the wage bill. As much as it hurts me to say this it could be more than 33yrs before we get back into the Premiership with this board and manager in charge. Wallace at full back you are having a laugh. We've done nothing this season and we will do nothing next season except SELL J-Rod and other high wage earners. Funny isn't it Mr Paul Fletcher and the University of Football have gone quiet all of a sudden. Remind me didn't he say that the Clarets would be in the top six this season. Nice one Paul!
hello tetley/jack01 or whatever name you call yourself!!!

up to your usual, pretending to be a claret, tricks again!

Rumbled!
[quote][p][bold]claretmeandyou[/bold] wrote: The Clarets play-off chances were over before even a ball was kicked this season due to players being off-loaded to reduce the wage bill. As much as it hurts me to say this it could be more than 33yrs before we get back into the Premiership with this board and manager in charge. Wallace at full back you are having a laugh. We've done nothing this season and we will do nothing next season except SELL J-Rod and other high wage earners. Funny isn't it Mr Paul Fletcher and the University of Football have gone quiet all of a sudden. Remind me didn't he say that the Clarets would be in the top six this season. Nice one Paul![/p][/quote]hello tetley/jack01 or whatever name you call yourself!!! up to your usual, pretending to be a claret, tricks again! Rumbled! burnleyglentoran

10:21pm Wed 4 Apr 12

FCBurnley says...

Didnt read any comments from Lahore after our 5-1 win at Pompey !!!!!
Didnt read any comments from Lahore after our 5-1 win at Pompey !!!!! FCBurnley

10:37pm Wed 4 Apr 12

claretmeandyou says...

Midas wrote; Mee, Easton and Lafferty injured. Are you sure Easton is injured? Regarding your comments about play-offs and relegation it could be relegation next season if the club continues to ship experiences players and replace them with inexperienced players who have not played in the Championship. Incidently do you know how many "early-bird season tickets" have been sold? You might have to change your name from Midas to Skint (where has all the money gone?)
Midas wrote; Mee, Easton and Lafferty injured. Are you sure Easton is injured? Regarding your comments about play-offs and relegation it could be relegation next season if the club continues to ship experiences players and replace them with inexperienced players who have not played in the Championship. Incidently do you know how many "early-bird season tickets" have been sold? You might have to change your name from Midas to Skint (where has all the money gone?) claretmeandyou

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