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Bird's Eye View: Cup Tonic!

29 August 2013

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird's weekly look at the beautiful game

Handy Cup Tonic:

We felt hard done by at Brighton, where our unbeaten run was cruelly taken away from us.

The second yellow card awarded to keeper Tom Heaton was a nonsense.

Whatever you thought of the first incident – and the referee believed we had defensive cover - what followed was pure bonkers!

Will Buckley certainly got a touch before Heaton collected the ball again. We were very much in the game at that stage and anything could have happened. 

However, I was impressed how we bounced back with a fantastic Capital One Cup win against old rivals Preston North End on Tuesday. 

That was the Lilywhites first defeat of the season and they gave everything.

They way they partied after their first round win over Blackpool you might have thought they had won the cup!

This time though, a shock was never really on the cards. 


Happy Hunting Ground:

Derbyaway is a massive game. It's really important we go into the international break on the back of a good result.

PrideParkhas been kind to us in recent years. In our last two wins there Charlie Austin got the goals.

To be fair, we've done OK without him so far!


More Crazy Decisions: 

You've got to feel sorry for Doncaster Rovers. They led 3-1 at The Valley on Saturday when the game was abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch… in August!

Midfielder Paul Keegan had an interesting afternoon. He scored, was booked and then sent off.

The first two were chalked off, but the sending off stands! 

Referee Darren Sheldrake hit the headlines again on Tuesday in the Yeovil/Birmingham City tie.

In the last minute City knocked the ball out of play so their defender Dan Burn could get treatment.

Astonishingly, Yeovil played on from the throw-in and scored to take the game into extra time. Chaos followed.

Town only allowed Lee Clark's side to score once they had gone ahead.

Thankfully the Midlands side won in the shoot out.

The game’s gone mad!


Absent Minded Kit Man:

Every kit man in the country was probably muttering ‘There but for the grace of God’ last weekend when Millwall's unfortunate kit man misplaced the Lions’ away strip at Sheffield Wednesday.

The London side duly took to the field red-faced after borrowing a strip from the Hillsborough vaults!

The strip did turn up for the second half though and after a quick change Millwall fought back to grab a point.

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