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Bird's Eye View - Bolton

15 August 2012


Only just turned 20, Ings has a fabulous career ahead of him. He is an amazing prospect, a real star of the future.
It was sad to see Danny Ings hobble off at Rochdale last week. Knee surgery means he will be absent for some time. It's not the same knee he injured in 2011 and he will come back stronger.
Sam Vokes did well on loan last season. His arrival coincided with a significant change in our fortunes. In the 11 games he was with us we accumulated an impressive 21 points, allowing us to shoot up the table. He was with Wolves when they won this division in 2009.
Our policy is to invest in youth and improve players. Luke O'Neill and George Porter are promising players and have big careers ahead of them.
He was unfortunate to lose his place at Reading. Our full-backs will get forward and that should make for entertaining football.
Brian Stock is a cultured midfielder. An accomplished passer he will fit easily into our style of play. I've also been impressed with Joseph Mills at left-back in pre-season.
Derby County certainly missed him on Tuesday when Scunthorpe knocked them out of the League Cup. Including penalties there were an incredible 23 goals at Pride Park. Shrewsbury won 7-6 on penalties after a 5-5 thriller. The Rams led 3-0, 4-1 and 5-3.
I think we have traded well this summer. Captain Jason Shackell (above right) has been a long-term target. He's an organiser and a leader and will prove to be a fantastic acquisition.
Bolton have kept a very strong squad and are paying Premier League wages. It will feel like a cup tie on the opening day of the season and the underdogs will need every encouragement.
It's imperative we give our team every ounce of support possible. It needs to be all about Burnley. We are the underdogs.
Understandably Clarets fans were angered by the circumstances of his departure. The timing was poor. There is bad feeling amongst Turf Moor regulars but we need to make sure we get right behind Eddie Howe and his team.
I've said before that Owen Coyle was successful at Burnley and Burnley helped him establish his managerial career. We were good for each other.
After our 3-1 Capital One Cup win at Port Vale all eyes will be on our npower Championship clash with Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. What a curtain raiser, it's some start to the season.

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Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird is back with his weekly look at all things claret, blue and beyond.



A Press Association journalist reports the news that Jo Kuffour has left Gillingham.
"Go on now Jo, walk out Kuffour!"

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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily Burnley FC.

Interesting times at Leeds!
Diouf's response? "Who is Warnock? He's nothing to me. He's not Alex Ferguson, he's not Arsene Wenger, he's not Sam Allardyce or an important manager. I know he doesn't like me, but it's the same for me too - I don't like him."
Warnock later claimed Diouf abused Mackie and likened him to a "sewer rat."
Cast your minds back to January, 2011. Jamie Mackie, of Queens Park Rangers, broke his leg in a FA Cup tie at Ewood Park and Diouf, then of Blackburn appeared to stand over him in an aggressive manner.
I did just that when El Hadji Diouf joined Neil Warnock's Leeds United on a non-contract basis last week.
On occasions you have to rub your eyes and make sure what you are hearing is actually happening.

Never Say Never in Football:


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