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Bird's Eye View - Peterborough

12 September 2012


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

Seven Games in 22 Days Will Shape Our Season:

It's been a magnificent summer of sport. I never thought I would see a home Olympics, a British Tour de France winner or a British male Grand Slam winner, but it's happened and I've enjoyed every single minute. However, for me the top sporting priority, as always, is Burnley FC.
Normally I hate international breaks but this one came at the right time. We needed to re-group after a poor start to our league campaign. We've got to find the magic that we showed in our fantastic opening day win against Bolton Wanderers.
We haven't hit those heights since. It's only four games though. In our promotion season we only had two points at this stage before our fortunes changed with a win at Nottingham Forest.
Last year Reading lost four of their first six fixtures and were second bottom of the Championship before going on to win the title. So there is no need to panic at this stage. The priority is to find our form for Saturday's visit of Peterborough United. Three points and things will look a lot different.
A run of seven games in 22 days will shape our season. We will have a better idea of our prospects after this little batch of games. Fixtures come thick and fast in this division. It's full on. Consistent sides are successful sides.
I don't see manager Eddie Howe making drastic changes. He will tweak rather than have a major reshuffle. The loan market has re-opened and that will attract interest from Championship clubs.


Premier League sides will make players available for temporary moves. With Danny Ings recovering from surgery and Dane Richards not joining us until January, I would expect us to try and strengthen our attacking options. Lift the Tension:

Both sides will be nervy ahead of Saturday's crucial Championship fixture. Peterborough have lost their first four fixtures and are without a win in ten Championship games stretching back to last season.
Last time out they were unfortunate to lose at St Andrew's to an absurd free-kick from Wade Elliott.
Apparently it's the first time they've lost their first four since 1972. Included in that run was an 8-2 loss at Chester. There's been nothing like that this time and the Posh, under Darren Ferguson, will be very competitive.
The dangerman will be ex-Crawley Town striker Tyrone Barnett. He cost them over £1 million after being close to joining Ian Holloway at Blackpool. He scored on his United debut at Doncaster back in February.


It's imperative we start well and don't let their young side settle. On the field our tempo has to be right to lift the team and the crowd.Turf Moor needs to get behind the lads from the off. Manager v Squirrel:

One battle that caught my eye during the break involved troubled Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill. The former Bury boss was out on his bicycle when a pesky squirrel got caught up in the wheel spokes and sent him flying over the handlebars.

Thankfully he is OK but luck is still not on his side. Just as it appeared the Irons would get their first points of the season last Saturday nine-man Sheffield United equalised late on at Glanford Park.

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