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Bird's Eye View - Boro / Huddersfield

22 August 2012


She's from Leeds! Was it another PR stunt in their attempt to secure tenancy of the Olympic Stadium?
However, I was a little surprised to see Nicola Adams, Britain's first ever female boxing Olympic gold medallist, paraded in front of the Upton Park crowd where West Ham played Aston Villa.
Steven Burke (cycling), Jon Schofield (canoeing) and Sophie Hitchon (athletics) got a great reception from a very enthusiastic Turf Moor crowd.
We've had a marvellous summer of sport. London 2012 was a big success. So it was great to see some of our local Olympians at Turf Moor before Saturday's fantastic win over Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers.

Grab an Olympian

I've seen enough already to suggest we can be competitive this season.
The departure of our former manager still hurts. However, once the whistle blew the Turf Moor faithful were 100% behind our team. The James Hargreaves Stand shook when Martin Paterson scored it was reminiscent of the noise generated when Robbie Blake scored against Manchester United three years ago.
Burnley fans expressed their anger before kick off.
That was probably our best performance since Eddie Howe was appointed manager. Our tempo was excellent and we took the game to a Wanderers side full of Premier League stars.
I thought we were superb against Bolton last Saturday.

Bolton Battered

Thankfully he went back for him when he became Burnley boss. That's our gain. Saturday might yet be seen as Rhodes v Austin. Fascinating!
Eddie Howe spotted his potential whilst he was playing part time for Poole, but because of transfer restrictions at Bournemouth he couldn't sign him at that stage.
Austin's goal was his 50th league goal in just 104 league games and he has now scored nine times in the last 11 league and cup games. Those are fabulous statistics!
Charlie Austin's first half header was unfortunately overshadowed by the second half events.

Charlie's On Fire

It's taken some exceptional goals to beat us. I thought we started the game well but we will be disappointed that we have allowed Middlesbrough to score so soon after we found the net. At least the next game, Huddersfield Town away, comes quickly. We have a point to prove.
There are positives though. Middlesbrough were the better side in the second half, but at no stage did they get behind the Burnley defence.
Not sure how many Burnley games I've seen now, but Reach and Williams' goals must be in the all time top ten scored by the opposition.
It's no consolation that we are going to play a big part in Middlesbrough's Goal of the Season competition.
It's hard to take. If they play as long as Graham Alexander they won't score better goals. Somebody said we now know how Reading felt after the 2009 play off semi-final. I've seen the goals again and there is very little we could have done to stop them.
This time teenagers Adam Reach and Luke Williams hit late wonder strikes.
Two years ago, Estonian Tarmo Kink came on and scored two wonder goals to deny Burnley.
There's something about the Riverside too.
Three strikes and you're out!
It took three long range special goals to inflict our first defeat of the season.

Heartache at the Riverside

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird's weekly look at life at Turf Moor ... and beyond.

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