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Bird's Eye View: It's A Heartache

20 March 2013

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird takes a sideways look at life at Turf Moor and beyond

It's a Heartache!
And so we were robbed. David Dunn's equaliser was miles offside.
How has the assistant referee missed that?
To be frank, there is no excuse. It looks a simple, routine decision that he's got so, so wrong.

Things need to change and clubs need more accountability.
Big mistakes like that are not acceptable and officials should be stood down as a consequence.
If the flag had been raised, Burnley's free-kick would have brought the game to a close and a whole town would have received a huge lift.
To compound matters, Charlie Austin looked onside earlier in the half when his header crossed the line before keeper Jake Kean could retrieve it.

Perhaps we can’t have too many complaints with Ben Mee's sending off but I'm also convinced Grant Hanley should have walked when he caught Kieran Trippier in the face when he was already on a yellow card. It also looked like he kicked out at Martin Paterson when he was on the floor in the first half.

It's not only going to be us who is left kicking the cat. Barnsley, Peterborough United, Wolves and Bristol City will not be happy either and who knows, that could be a vital point that keeps troubled Rovers in the npower Championship.
However, our wait goes on. Its 34 years since we beat our fiercest rivals (note: it’s only eight League games, mind!). We've not been closer and we can take real solace from the fact that we were the better side in both games. With Michael Appleton the latest casualty at Ewood Park, there are clearly some serious problems there and we look in a much healthier state.
That leaves just one little goal; to finish above Rovers at the end of the season. 

Davids is Top Class:
36 hardy Barnet fans made the journey to the Crown Ground last Saturday to see their side lose 2-0 to Accrington Stanley in a relegation tussle. To make matters worse player boss Edgar Davids was also sent off late in the game. Just when they thought nothing else could go wrong, it did … the supporters' coach broke down!
Davids, however, spotted the stranded coach, promptly ordered the team bus to pull over at the next services, turfed the players out and went back to take the stranded fans to the services whilst they waiting for a replacement bus. That’s class!

Injury of the Week:
Wolves trailed Bristol City at half time in their Championship game last Saturday. In a heated dressing room confrontation, keeper Carl Ikeme took his anger out on the tactics board with his fist and promptly broke his hand! 

Quote of the Week: 
"I hope that feels like the biggest defeat Burnley have ever had because we have to be selfish in the way we think".
Michael Appleton, after an offside David Dunn had given Rovers an undeserved point in Sunday's derby.
Just 48 hours later, the ex-Pompey boss got his marching orders by letter from Shebby Singh.

Tweet of the Week:
Comes from the Mario Balotelli fake account @MarioBaloltelli - "By the year 2018 it's estimated that you will be no more than 50 metres away from an ex Blackburn manager at any given time". 

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