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Bird's Eye View: Cardiff Here We Come!

24 October 2012

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird returns with his look at life in and beyond Turf Moor

Nobody Said It Was Easy!
Following Burnley can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride.
Nobody Said It Was Easy!
There are so many ups and downs and Tuesday night epitomised those emotions.
Inside 96 minutes there was a real delicate mix of sadness and euphoria.  
However, it was the right result in the end.
It would have been criminal if Burnley hadn’t got all three points.
I thought we were on the wrong end of some marginal decisions, but justice was done when Chris McCann headed home deep into injury time.
Is that the latest Clarets goal of recent years?
It was fitting that Terry Pashley protégé McCann got the winner – he had one of his best Burnley games for months.

Champagne Charlie
Congratulations go to Charlie Austin for equalling Ray Pointer’s 53-year-old record of scoring in eight successive league and cup games. 
It’s an incredible achievement and a record that we probably thought would never be matched.
It’s 18 for the season now for Austin and it would be great if he made it nine games on the spin at Cardiff on Saturday. 

No Rush to Appoint
I’ve been very impressed with the team spirit over the last two games.
They are two massive wins that have catapulted us up the table and put us just three points away from the play offs.
Terry Pashley has done fantastically well as Caretaker Manager.
The players have responded well and I’ve been particularly impressed with his substitutions. He has nailed them in both games. Having won two out of two, I don’t think there is any need to rush an appointment right now.
It allows the Board to undertake the interview process in an orderly manner.

Bubble to Burst
Saturday’s trip to Cardiff is a massive test. They have won their first six home league games for the first time in their 113 year history.
It must be their lucky red shirts!
However, we can score goals against anybody and that gives us a chance in any game.
The beauty of the Championship is its’ unpredictability.
We will go to Wales as underdogs, but that just might help us burst a bubble.

Reflex Action
I thought Lee Grant’s double save against Blackpool from Alex Baptiste and Gary Taylor-Fletcher was simply out of this world.
He tipped Baptiste’s header onto the post and somehow got to Taylor-Fletcher’s follow up.
If there is a save of the season competition Grant as just won it.

Immediately it was compared to Gordon Banks’ save v Brazil in 1970.
It reminded me a little bit more of Jim Montgomery’s double save for Sunderland v Leeds at the 1973 FA Cup final.
Those comparisons are not outlandish. 

Goodbye Ceefax
It almost went unnoticed but BBC’s Ceefax came to the end of its existence on Tuesday night when Dame Mary Peters pulled the plug on the last analogue signal.
It was the original 24-hour sports channel. 
Ipswich Town will now always be bottom of the Championship table!
Chris McCann’s header will also be the last Clarets goal featured on Ceefax. 
Before the internet age how many Clarets games have you followed on there?
How many times have you waited an eternity for the page to update?
I’m told it was 25 seconds – it seemed like a lifetime!
Managers were fired back then because their teams were on the second page of the league tables!
A teletext page was limited to 11 lines.
That meant during our 1991-92 Fourth Division Championship season at times if we were page 1 of 4 we were waiting almost two minutes for our relevant page. I wasn’t at the Racecourse Ground in 1991 when we won 6-2, but I remember the first three goals coming up all at once in one big flurry of goalscoring activity. 
Happy days!

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