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Bird's Eye View - Derby

26 September 2012

We weren't fancied at Derby but we won for the third successive year. Perhaps it was a little unfair on Nigel Clough's team but we've been on the wrong end of that kind of outcome ourselves already this season. That's five wins for Burnley there now and it's quickly becoming one of our lucky grounds.
One or two bubbles were burst over the last few days. Don't bet on the Championship because you will just end up ripping up your coupon!
Last weekend's results confirm that. Middlesbrough winning at troubled Blackburn. Huddersfield Town winning at much-hyped Blackpool, Palace coming from 2-0 down to beat big spending Cardiff and Barnsley pummelling Birmingham City 5-0 at St Andrew's.
We are seven games into the npower Championship season and it's mapping out to be the most open league in Europe. Just anything can happen.

It's the Most Open League in Europe:

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

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

Barnsley boss Keith Hill's reaction to losing at Ewood Park. Just to disprove the point Barnsley went and won 5-0 at Birmingham City on Saturday, another club receiving parachute payments!
"I've never been rewarded for doing anything wrong or being relegated. Clubs that get relegated get rewarded financially, how does that make sense?"

Quote of the Week:

With Jordan Rhodes moving to Ewood Park from Huddersfield Town for a staggering £8m plus bonuses, that gives you an idea of his current market value. He's going nowhere right now. We just need him to keep scoring for the Clarets.
That's a fantastic achievement. Fifty years ago Ray Pointer reached the mark slightly earlier in the game against Everton on the 23rd of September 1961. Has any other player got anywhere near in recent years? It's one for the statisticians.
One plus point from Tuesday's defeat was yet another goal from Charlie Austin. He is now the leading scorer in the country and he has reached double figures as early as the 25th of September.

Double Bubble:

Was he close to getting it? Did he have a chance? Fletcher gives an insight in Saturday's matchday edition of Claret and You.
There has been a lot of speculation linking Andre Villas Boas with the Burnley job when Owen Coyle left in January 2010. It gets a mention in Paul Fletcher's book 'MAGICAL, A Life in Football' written in collaboration with local author Dave Thomas.


As mentioned earlier, no games are easy in this division. Don't look at the odds, let's treat ourselves as the underdogs and cheer on our team.
The Lions have had the better of things in their last two visits to Turf Moor. The Clarets haven't won this fixture since November 2005 when goals from Wade Elliott and Nathan Dyer (above) allowed us to come from behind to beat the Londoners on a night when four players were sent off.
All are winnable games and it's a chance for us to climb the table before the next international break.
We need to forget our cup exit and concentrate on our next three league games. We play Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday at home, and Palace away, in the space of eight days.

Focus on Millwall:

A constant berating of the officials from the home dugout doesn't help either. On the night we were second best but it's a hostile place and you can see why the Robins have such a good record at home. The bottom line is, it looked like they wanted it more than us.
At 2-1, just four minutes after his goal, Charlie Austin was flattened in the box by the home keeper. That looked a clear penalty to me. Quite why Austin and Ben Mee were booked on the night I don't know, and a poor tackle from Matt Ritchie on Ross Wallace went unpunished.
It was disappointing to go out of the Capital One Cup at the County Ground. It's a difficult place to go and get a result but we should have been able to progress. However, I thought we weren't helped by one or two decisions.
Swindon Town's goals on Tuesday night were from sloppy defensive errors. Indeed Paul Benson's opener was very similar to Jamie Ward's goal at Derby. From what I've seen there are goals in this side but we need to tighten up at the back.
We haven't kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season. Against Bolton we defended so well. In the eight games since we've struggled at times. Earlier in the season we moaned about the quality of goals scored against us. In recent weeks that hasn't been the case.

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