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Bird's Eye View: This is the Time!

11 September 2013

This is the one everybody has been looking forward.
Burnley versus Blackburn Rovers.
It's the 100th competitive derby between these two founder members of the Football League and the oldest proper derby game in English football.

 A lot has been made of the statistic - 34 years without a Burnley win.
That's deceptive.
There have only been eight league games in that time.
And don’t forget we were robbed at Ewood Park in March. David Dunn's goal was a mile offside and that ending still hurts.

We can put that right on Saturday.
I saw a change in momentum last season. I thought Burnley played really well in both games, and of course, we finished above our rivals in the table for the first time since 1979-80.

We go into the game full of confidence. I thought we were superb at Pride Park and it was close to the complete away performance. 
Danny Ings’ goal was sensational, reminding me of Michael Owen’s strike against Argentina in 1998. In addition, skipper Jason Shackell’s volley was almost Marco van Basten-esque!
It was a result that turned some heads in the Championship.

As for Saturday, it’s bound to be tense. 
I’m not a big fan of early kick offs. Lunchtime games can be a little stale and quiet.
This won’t be, we can be sure of that! 
We may even see a new hero in loan signing Michael Kightly, who is a fantastic acquisition.
He was a key player, along with David Jones, Jason Shackell and Sam Vokes, in Wolves’ 2008-09 Championship winning team.
Whatever the weekend brings, Kightly will be a big player for us in the months to come. 

A Tanker that Needs Turning!
There were some interesting quotes from Greg Dyke, the new FA Chairman in the international break. I particularly noted his comments on the ever-decreasing number of English players in the top flight. 
150 players were signed by Premier League clubs in the recent transfer window at of a value of over £630m, of which just 34 were English. 
Dyke talks about “a tanker that needs turning”.
While he his right, I do see some double standards.
Whilst chairman of Brentford he appointed Uwe Rosler as boss!
And when he was on the Board at Manchester United I didn’t see a ‘buy English’ campaign, did you?

Funniest Moment of the Week:
It has to be Peter Crouch’s reaction when his wife, Abbey Clancy was selected to dance with hunk Aljaz Skorjanec in the current series of Strictly Come Dancing.
If looks could kill!

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