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Bird's Eye View: No Hiding Place

28 February 2013

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird returns with his weekly look at life at Turf Moor and beyond.

No Hiding Place: 
No gloss or PR has ben offered to disguise the fact that we were way below our best against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night. 
Against a side that had conceded a whopping 19 goals in their last four away Championship games, we struggled to impose ourselves on the match.
New manager Mark Robins has made a difference.
That was their second successive clean sheet, but it's still a game we should have won.

Sam Vokes' header against the bar was a whisker away from an equaliser, but that apart we struggled to test Alex Smithies in the Terriers goal.
We've missed Ross Wallace!
The Dundee born wideman has played really well under new manager Sean Dyche and his injury came at the wrong time.
We lacked his composure on the ball, his interplay with Kieran Trippier and his accurate crossing from the wing.

Capital Bound:
Now we need to bounce back quickly.
Our trip to the Valley on Saturday gives us a chance to show what we can do.
Six weeks ago, the London press were really impressed with our win at Millwall. Dean Marney's sending off in the next match against Birmingham City may prove to be a turning point.
But since our commanding display at the Den we have been a million miles away from our best.
It's puzzling.
The Addicks have struggled at home on a poor pitch. They have the worst home record in the division with just four wins.
I thought we were unfortunate against them at Turf Moor - the Kieran Trippier sending off was a joke - we need to put that right on Saturday.

Kieran Tripper sees red v Charlton

In the Dark of the Night:
Bizarrely Paolo Di Canio has been accused of conducting a midnight raid on the Swindon Town offices! The Italian, and three members of his staff, were allegedly caught on CCTV entering his office in an attempt to remove mementoes of his 21 months in charge!

Quote of the Week:
Goes to Rafa Benitez after Chelsea's Wednesday night FA Cup win at the Riverside: "They are wasting time with their banners & songs. They don't need to worry about me. I leave at the end of the season". 
What now for Chelsea?

They Think It's All Over!
Motherwell pulled off a major shock on Wednesday night.
By beating leaders Celtic 2-1 they narrowed the gap to just 19 points at the top of the Scottish Premier League!
Queen of the South are 18 points clear in the Scottish Second Division, and somewhat inevitably, Rangers are a massive 20 points clear in the uncompetitive Third Division.
At the end of February everything is just about decided north of the border.
Why would English players want to ply their trade up there? 

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