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10 October 2012

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird talks all things football

We Can Work It Out!

It’s been a frustrating few weeks. There is nobody better than us going forward in the Championship. We’ve got the best striker outside of the Premier League. We just need to stop conceding goals.

At 2-0 up at Palace we should have been in control but we conceded two Wilf Zaha goals from counter attacks. Why?

Maybe that was the time to force Palace to break down a packed defence. I’m told the Eagles haven’t come from 2-0 down to win at home since 1969 and they have now done it twice in the last two home games!

Our games appear too open: 21 league goals scored, 22 league goals conceded tells the story. Map that out for the season and we would score a projected 97 goals and concede 101 in the Championship!

You would struggle to find a similar season in our history. It reminds me of Peterborough United when they were promoted via the League One play offs in 2010-2011. There were 181 league goals in their 46 games.
 
So what’s the missing ingredient? Do we need to bring a defender in on loan? Should we play two holding midfielders?  Is three central defenders the answer? Plenty of questions but it could be one tweak, or one addition, that could make the difference.

I remember October, 1981 when we were struggling near the bottom of the Third Division. Manager Brian Miller switched captain Martin Dobson to a sweeper role and we were transformed, storming up the league.

I think we’ve got some very good Championship players. Right now we cannot protect a lead and kill teams off. We need to resolve that urgently.

Austin - Goal Machine:

It snuck under the radar but Charlie Austin’s late goal at Selhurst Park was the sixth successive league and cup game in which he has scored. Ray Pointer once scored in eight consecutive games for Burnley back in 1958-59.


Who’s to say Austin can’t replicate that? He is in the form of his life and frightening defences to death.
 
Good Luck Jack:

Ahead of the last home game there was some mixed news regarding our young defender Jack Errington. He faces surgery to correct a heart defect. Everybody wishes Jack and his family all the best.

Adam Lallana can act as an inspiration to the former Wallsend Boys Club youngster. Lallana, a former member of Bournemouth’s Centre of Excellence, needed heart corrective surgery himself before going on to star for Southampton. He was called up to the England squad for their recent qualifier against Ukraine.

Pssst Garth – He’s Scottish!

Each week BBC pundit Garth Crooks picks his team of the week. A simple idea and last weekend James Morrison’s performances in a West Brom shirt earned him a selection from the former Stoke and Tottenham striker. Confirming his selection Crooks even added he was surprised he hadn’t been called up by Roy Hodgson for an England cap.

Got a problem with that Garth – Morrison is Scottish, and has 23 caps to his name!

Taxi for Coyle!

All Clarets fans will be aware Owen Coyle left Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday. On his departure from Turf Moor he told us Bolton were ten years ahead of us. Funny that, because they are now two places below us in the npower Championship! The club is over £100m in debt and needs an instant return to the Premier League.


There is no love lost with Millwall skipper Danny Shittu either. The Lions beat Coyle’s team 2-1 on Saturday and Shittu took to Twitter after the game “To beat any team managed by OC is extra special for me. He ignored me for six months, he didn’t want to know me.”

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





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