Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird returns with his look at life at Turf Moor and beyond
Let’s Spoil the Party:
Clarets fans are still trying to digest the gross injustice of the Rovers game.
We are still be struggling to fathom how our fiercest rivals came away with a point with David Dunn’s offside equaliser.
We need to channel that anger and frustration and take it into our Easter programme.
Watford and Nottingham Forest are both very much in the promotion hunt. They will be nervy and we need to exploit that.
Apart from the away game at Cardiff, we can proud of our performances against the top clubs in this division.
I know our last couple of home performances have been disappointing, but I thought we were excellent at Ewood Park.
That performance now needs to be a benchmark.
As for Watford, Gianfranco Zola has done magnicently at Vicarage Road. The Hornets are the surprise packet of the Championship.
Many may query the way they have exploited the loan market, but no rules have been broken.
It’s also not easy getting so many loan players to gel, but Zola has done that in style.
They are the top scorers in the league and Burnley are going to have to defend well to keep them out. But they will be anxious.
The Hertfordshire Based side have lost their last two league games, including a really poor performance at Oakwell last time out.
Their Czech international forward, Matej Vydra, was voted npower Championship player of the season at the Football League awards last Sunday.
To be honest, I was amazed our own Charlie Austin was overlooked on the night.
Maybe his injury problems in January worked against him but the former Swindon Town striker has been magnificent for us this season and he can now prove a point at the weekend.
It’s also, let’s not forget, a big game for Sean Dyche.
He was badly treated at Vicarage Road.
In trying circumstances, and with one of the smallest budgets in the division, he steered them to mid table respectability.
We need to help him get a little bit of revenge on Friday!
Sean Dyche at Watford alongside former Burnley boss Eddie Howe
Rio Not Going to Rio:
England’s Jekyll and Hyde performance in Montenegro mirrored one or two of Burnley’s this season. The Clarets have got a great first half record – we have only trailed seven times at half time this season.
The home side then came back strongly in a torrid second half and nearly grabbed a win that would have made it difficult for Roy Hodgson’s side to qualify.
So where was Rio? That was a farce. Recalled by Hodgson, Ferdinand then refused the invite pointing to a special medical plan to help him manage a back problem.
OK, fair enough but he then made a mockery of that by flying to the Middle East to take up TV summarising duties.
Marks and Sparks:
A few weeks ago we had Hartley and Poole scoring for Hartlepool in their win over Notts County.
Well last week Marks and Sparkes netted for Nuneaton Borough versus Braintree Town.
Sean Marks and Dan Sparkes scored in an exciting 2-2 draw.
These things come in threes!