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Bird's Eye View - Leicester

19 September 2012

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird takes a look at life inside Turf Moor, and beyond.


Charlie Austin will get all the plaudits for his goals against Peterborough United on Saturday but it's very much a team effort. Understandably Austin is claiming a hat-trick. Strikers thrive on goals and his confidence is sky high right now. It was some way to celebrate his 50th league appearance for the Clarets. Including his hat-trick, his Football League record will read 53 goals in just 107 league appearances. That's a fantastic strike rate. It's a Team Game:

 



For a long while Saturday's game was in the balance. We will be disappointed to concede two goals in three minutes. In the end we were deserved winners. Praise needs to be given to the substitutes, Cameron Stewart and Sam Vokes, who played a big part in our spectacular late flourish. Substitutes play a major role in the modern game. We scored a massive 23 goals from the bench in our promotion season. We will be looking to share the goals around this time.

Chris McCann was my man of the match against Peterborough. In a slightly more advanced role we are starting to see the very best of McCann again. He will be amongst the goals again this season and will provide plenty of assists like his fantastic run for our third goal against Peterborough. Credit also goes to Dean Marney for adjusting his own role to allow the Dubliner that little bit more freedom further up the pitch.

 



Leicester City away on Wednesday will be tough. They have bought big and will be amongst the promotion challengers at the end of the season. David Nugent is the dangerman. Stuck on 99 career goals he will be desperate to reach his landmark against his former club. He has already scored five times against the Clarets. We will need to keep him quiet. Apart from one poor result when Sven Goran Eriksson was manager, we have a good record at the new stadium. Indeed we have prevented them scoring in six of our seven fixtures there.

Before Saturday the last Burnley player to score a league hat-trick at Turf Moor was Chris Iwelumo when Burnley came back from the dead to beat Preston North End in September 2010. The manager that day? You've guessed it - Darren Ferguson. Hat-Trick Fever:

 



He won't want to come back anytime soon! I thought Peterborough looked a poor side. You can see why the bookies have them at odds on to go down. However, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing looked impressive he will cause defences some problems this season.

The Swindon Capital One Cup tie will bring back memories of our epic League Cup semi-final in 1968-69. Both sides won the away legs before the Wiltshire side went through 3-2 in the replay at The Hawthorns. Peter Noble got the winner taking the Robins to Wembley where they pulled off a shock win over mighty Arsenal. Of course, Noble became a Turf Moor legend later in his career.
Leicester City, Derby County and Swindon Town all away in seven days is a tough schedule. I think Eddie Howe will spring one or two surprises. He will juggle his squad to meet the demands of games coming thick and fast. Three Games in Seven Days:

Yet again this week we had the Premier League build up. Will Anton Ferdinand shake John Terry's hand? Do we care? Does it matter? No, no and no are the answers. Do away with the stupidity of pre match handshakes it means nothing anyway. Within seconds of the kick off players will be appealing for every throw-in, corner, free-kick and penalty. If they want to exchange pleasantries do it after the game by which time they may have earnt each others respect.Stop the Handshakes:


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