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Clarets hit perfect 10 - but Howe laments home failings

EDDIE Howe celebrated a ‘top ten’ after Burnley reached double figures for away wins in the Championship this season.

But the Clarets manager remains frustrated that his side have not been more of a hit this year.

The gap to the play-offs has shrunk to six points thanks to a nine-point return from their last four games. Their 10th away win came courtesy of Josh McQuoid’s first for the club – the 100th goal scored under Howe in all competitions – and Charlie Austin’s 75th minute penalty, after Chris Brown equalised 11 minutes into the second half.

But with just four fixtures remaining, Burnley’s positive run seems to have come too late to revive their play-off ambitions.

“Ten away wins is a great achievement for us, we’re pleased but a little bit frustrated. Our home form hasn’t been what it should be,” said Howe.

“We’re still kicking ourselves over certain games that we threw away and lost leads in, and those points are crucial.

“It’s still so tight and we’re a few points off it.

“We’ll give it everything,” added the Burnley boss, who praised his injury-hit troops.

“You can see the lads putting their bodies on the line for the club.

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“They’ve been magnificent.”

After taking a 1-0 lead into the half-time break, Howe admitted he urged his players not to make the same mistakes as last months’ trip to Watford, where they slipped to a 3-2 defeat after leading 2-0 early in the second half.

“I said at half-time - let’s learn from Watford,” said Howe, who gave a late debut to youth team striker Shay McCartan.

“We were cruising to victory and chucked it away.

“Then Doncaster scored out of nothing and it was a big test for us.

“Thankfully we responded really well, got a second wind and deserved the win.

“We worked their goalkeeper and our build-up play was very good, some of the best it’s been all season.

“Junior Stanislas was outstanding in the first half - probably his best performance for us - and Josh McQuoid scored a great goal.

“I’m really pleased for him, he deserved that for his all-round contribution - and I’m pleased to see Charlie score again.”

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10:01am Tue 10 Apr 12

gudari says...

When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!!
When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!! gudari
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11:29am Tue 10 Apr 12

donegal claret says...

again 90% of failure to be in top six is down to grant- get rid of him, cant afford to keep him as mistakes to often made, play beastie for remainder of season then buy a keeper
again 90% of failure to be in top six is down to grant- get rid of him, cant afford to keep him as mistakes to often made, play beastie for remainder of season then buy a keeper donegal claret
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11:34am Tue 10 Apr 12

did you smash it? says...

Did you happen to see the games at Doncaster and at home to Brighton Donegal?
If you had then I doubt you would be calling for the return of the beast - Grant has been outstanding this weekend making at least four point gaining saves for the Clarets.
Did you happen to see the games at Doncaster and at home to Brighton Donegal? If you had then I doubt you would be calling for the return of the beast - Grant has been outstanding this weekend making at least four point gaining saves for the Clarets. did you smash it?
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12:36pm Tue 10 Apr 12

fylde exile says...

I have been watching the Clarets since the glory days of the late 50s early 60s,and I totally agree with Donegal claret.Grant isn't the only reason, but is certainly a major factor;total lack of control of his 6 yard box,which puts central defenders under far more pressure.Some of his mistakes belong in school playgrounds,and having been brought up on McDonald,Blacklaw,Wa
iters Stevenson etc.I think the present incumbant rates very low,and if we are to go forward we certainly need a much better keeper.
I have been watching the Clarets since the glory days of the late 50s early 60s,and I totally agree with Donegal claret.Grant isn't the only reason, but is certainly a major factor;total lack of control of his 6 yard box,which puts central defenders under far more pressure.Some of his mistakes belong in school playgrounds,and having been brought up on McDonald,Blacklaw,Wa iters Stevenson etc.I think the present incumbant rates very low,and if we are to go forward we certainly need a much better keeper. fylde exile
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3:34pm Tue 10 Apr 12

did you smash it? says...

With respect fyldeexile you are comparing apples with oranges. The keepers you mentioned above kept goal at Burnley when we were a relative force in the game - we had a top class team and ergo a top class goalkeeper behind them.
The present Burnley team is noweher near this and we have currently in my view an above average Championship goalkeeper for a (slightly!) above average Championship team.
With respect fyldeexile you are comparing apples with oranges. The keepers you mentioned above kept goal at Burnley when we were a relative force in the game - we had a top class team and ergo a top class goalkeeper behind them. The present Burnley team is noweher near this and we have currently in my view an above average Championship goalkeeper for a (slightly!) above average Championship team. did you smash it?
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5:01pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Blackburn Yoof says...

gudari wrote:
When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!!
Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though...

top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.
[quote][p][bold]gudari[/bold] wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!![/p][/quote]Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade. Blackburn Yoof
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5:52pm Tue 10 Apr 12

FCBurnley says...

See you next season Yoof ( or did you mis spell Hoof) Bring on The B**tards
See you next season Yoof ( or did you mis spell Hoof) Bring on The B**tards FCBurnley
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5:55pm Tue 10 Apr 12

midas says...

Blackburn Yoof wrote:
gudari wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!!
Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.
A top ten finish! - that would be a "wet dream" for you wouldn't it!
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn Yoof[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gudari[/bold] wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!![/p][/quote]Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.[/p][/quote]A top ten finish! - that would be a "wet dream" for you wouldn't it! midas
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8:56pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Heelwalker.1 says...

midas wrote:
Blackburn Yoof wrote:
gudari wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!!
Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.
A top ten finish! - that would be a "wet dream" for you wouldn't it!
When we go down we'll have only sunk to your level..
Somewhere we've never been for 33 yrs but you don't want to talk about that. Do you.
Don't bother replying.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn Yoof[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gudari[/bold] wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!![/p][/quote]Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.[/p][/quote]A top ten finish! - that would be a "wet dream" for you wouldn't it![/p][/quote]When we go down we'll have only sunk to your level.. Somewhere we've never been for 33 yrs but you don't want to talk about that. Do you. Don't bother replying. Heelwalker.1
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11:09pm Tue 10 Apr 12

donegal claret says...

yes i was at the brighton match, was also at birmingham disaster in which 2 of their 3 goals were clearly down to grant,- god i wish we had a blacklaw at present. grant is useless and i noticed he was booed by by many home supporters when he appeared on the pitch in the brighton game
yes i was at the brighton match, was also at birmingham disaster in which 2 of their 3 goals were clearly down to grant,- god i wish we had a blacklaw at present. grant is useless and i noticed he was booed by by many home supporters when he appeared on the pitch in the brighton game donegal claret
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7:16am Wed 11 Apr 12

Ralph Coates' Comb Over says...

Grant isn't useless, but we need to either improve him or replace him if we are going to mount a challenge next season. By the way, all those Rovers fans who come on here scoffing at the Championship may be in for a rude awakening next season, when they discover just how tough a league it is.
Grant isn't useless, but we need to either improve him or replace him if we are going to mount a challenge next season. By the way, all those Rovers fans who come on here scoffing at the Championship may be in for a rude awakening next season, when they discover just how tough a league it is. Ralph Coates' Comb Over
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1:21pm Wed 11 Apr 12

midas says...

Heelwalker.1 wrote:
midas wrote:
Blackburn Yoof wrote:
gudari wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!!
Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.
A top ten finish! - that would be a "wet dream" for you wouldn't it!
When we go down we'll have only sunk to your level.. Somewhere we've never been for 33 yrs but you don't want to talk about that. Do you. Don't bother replying.
Don't you remember getting relegated? part time fan are you?
.
Theres lots of things we want to talk about - how are Rovers going to manage in the Championship? will they put the season ticket and match day prices up? How many players want to leave, will Kean still be in his job - the list goes on and on.
[quote][p][bold]Heelwalker.1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn Yoof[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gudari[/bold] wrote: When we're good, we can beat any team in the division but, as we've seen all too often, we are not consistent enough. Top of the homework list for this summer!![/p][/quote]Beat any team in the division?! That's your funniest comment yet! You're starting from a very low level though... top ten finish? Someone start the bus, this calls for an open-top parade.[/p][/quote]A top ten finish! - that would be a "wet dream" for you wouldn't it![/p][/quote]When we go down we'll have only sunk to your level.. Somewhere we've never been for 33 yrs but you don't want to talk about that. Do you. Don't bother replying.[/p][/quote]Don't you remember getting relegated? part time fan are you? . Theres lots of things we want to talk about - how are Rovers going to manage in the Championship? will they put the season ticket and match day prices up? How many players want to leave, will Kean still be in his job - the list goes on and on. midas
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