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Bird's Eye View - Brighton

29 August 2012

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

Points Make Prizes:

Three points are vital on Saturday. After consecutive defeats at Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town it's imperative we collect a league win before the international break.
We were magnificent against Bolton but we struggled at the John Smith's Stadium. We never recovered from Joel Lynch's early goal and they deserved their first Championship win in 11 years. The week on week contrast was baffling.
Bright and effervescent in the lively grudge match against Owen Coyle's team we lacked spark and looked flat in the Roses battle with the Terries.
Martin Paterson was in top form on the opening day. He tormented the Bolton defence only for his bad luck with injuries to continue with a minor hamstring injury.
Still only 25 his last few seasons have been plagued by setback after setback. It would be great if he could return against Brighton but it may be tempting to leave it until Peterborough visit us in mid-September.
The two games against Albion were feisty encounters last season. We did the double over them but both games were really tight. I think we can expect more of the same this time. We need to keep our cool and keep 11 players on the pitch.
Apparently Brighton were fantastic against Barnsley last Saturday. They won 5-1 but it could have been more. They also beat Champions League winners Chelsea in pre-season. With Gus Poyet's team expected to challenge at the top end of the table it should be a Turf Moor thriller.

The Beast is Back!

Another penalty shoot-out, another Brian Jensen masterclass! The list goes on and on. In this competition we have won shoot outs against Chesterfield, Wolves, Grimsby, Chelsea and now Plymouth at Turf Moor with Jensen in goal. Forget Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, we have the original Beast!
Late on, with Alex MacDonald injured, we had to settle for penalties knowing Jensen is imperious in those tense shoot-outs.
At one point though we were missing penalties as quickly as Jensen was saving them!
It wasn't a great game. We will be concerned that we didn't create many chances against a League Two side but we are through. There are "bigger clubs", Bolton and Blackburn included, that can't say that!

Don't Panic Mr Mainwaring:

I can't believe we are talking about managerial sackings in August. Andy Thorn (Coventry) and John Sheridan (Chesterfield) have left their clubs in the last few days. It's ridiculous.
Managers need time. Thorn (above) plays football the right way. Coventry are even unbeaten in the league after drawing their first three league games. Thorn deserved the chance to get them back into the Championship.

Due to Unforeseen Circumstances:

It's only August and we've already had a postponement or two. Sunderland v Reading was a surprise last Saturday. It seems the pitch has been damaged by Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen gigs in the summer and couldn't withstand the type of deluge that we have seen so regularly in recent months.
Leyton Orient v Hartlepool also fell victim in tragic circumstances. The Pool team had stopped in a hotel just 20 miles from Brisbane Road but got held up by a serious accident on the M11 that caused a gridlock. Neale Cooper's team were still in London at 6pm with game understandably called off.

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