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Bird's Eye View: Still Work To Do

24 April 2013

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird with his take on life at Turf Moor and beyond

Still Work To Do:
How massive was that point against Championship winners Cardiff City?
David Edgar's first Turf Moor goal could make a big difference.
But we can't take anything for granted and incredibly 55 points still might not be enough.

Barnsley, Wolves and Peterborough all have 51 points (albeit with an inferior goal difference).
As things stand, two of those three would probably have to win both of their last two games to get above us.
There is a caveat though, and one we need to be aware of, if we were to lose heavily at Molineux it would give Wolves the chance to get past us with a win and a draw.
There is a ten-goal difference between the two teams… but let’s not go there!

Wolves then go to play-off chasing Brighton on the last day.
Elsewhere, Darren Ferguson's Peterborough are at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday before going to promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace on the last day. 
Barnsley face high-flying Hull on Saturday before travelling to struggling Huddersfield Town a week on Saturday. 
The Terriers have 54 points and go to already relegated Bristol City on Saturday.
Wednesday have 55 points and entertain Middlesbrough on the final day. 
Even Paul Ince's Blackpool (55) came back into the equation after a disastrous 6-1 defeat at Brighton.
Their remaining games are Derby (H) and Bolton (A).
Blackburn Rovers probably ensured safety on Tuesday with a somewhat fortunate win at Millwall. They have 56 points and play Palace (H) and Birmingham City (a).
Millwall, on 55 points, having lost to Rovers still have three games left: Forest (H), Palace (H) and Derby (a). 

All of the above permutations show there can be no room for complacency and there is still work to do. 
However, I thought we showed some real character against Cardiff. 
They are the best side in the division and were excellent in the first half, but we took the game to them in the latter stages and Martin Paterson and Edgar both made a big difference as we finished the game on top. 

Dean Saunders' Wolves now have to force the pace on Saturday. 
Only a win will do for them. 
However, we have to take the game to them.
If we start well and score first, the home crowd will get very restless.
It's in our own hands. 

Cherries Reaching for the Top:
I was pleased to see Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall steer AFC Bournemouth to promotion from League One.
Considering they were 21st in the table when they rejoined the club in October, it’s a fantastic achievement. 

The Cherries have spent money and have a billionaire Russian backer, but that shouldn’t detract from an amazing transformation.  
Hopefully, we will welcome the former management team back to Turf Moor next season…  but with the Clarets taking the points!

One Rule for One:
Wrexham beat Kidderminster 2-1 in Tuesday night’s Conference play-off first leg.
Ex-Morecambe Dave Artell was able to play, despite being sent off late on in their last league game against Mansfield. 
It seems the Football Association of Wales deemed the sending off “sufficient punishment” with the defender not needing to serve a ban. 
Looks like they’re again making the rules up as they go along!

Two Nibbles:
Just as Luis Suarez was trying to take a chunk out of Branislav Ivanovic’s arm at Anfield, Mister Nibbles was winning the 5.20 at Newcastle.
Some things were meant to be! 

Tweet of the Week: 
Luis Suarez’s unsavoury actions certainly got some attention on Twitter. 
Hampshire cricketer James Vince even got in on the act with this: “Players on the Suarez menu: Bakary Lasagne, Paul Mince, Benteke Fried Chicken, pepperRooney pizza, Thomas Muller corner and  Kieron Ribbs.”

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