Soar­ing Clarets no need to fear

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -


WELL aren’t we just off to a fly­ing, rock­et­ing start to a sea­son in the Premier League?

Fine, the game was flat but a win is a win and come next April we’ll be thank­ful we started so well.

Two wins, a draw and a loss sees Burn­ley 7th in the ta­ble, just three points be­low City and United, and just above Liver­pool, West Brom, Ar­se­nal, Stoke etc.

Yes I’d say we’re off to a soar­ing start.

I think we could re­ally have a chance against Liver­pool on Satur­day. It may be at An­field, but they’ve just lost ar­guably their best player for boot­ing some­one in the head and we were in a much worse po­si­tion this time last sea­son when they played us at home, so why not? There is ab­so­lutely noth­ing stop­ping us from ruf­fling a few feath­ers over in Mersey­side, and some feat that would be for us too.

So it wasn’t the dra­matic dis­play of our last meet­ing at home with Palace, but it was cer­tainly the best re­sult we could have hoped for.

A hor­ri­ble mis­take from them led to a lovely fin­ish from Chris Wood, who has def­i­nitely shut everyone up com­plain­ing about his price. Two in two for him now and he only look ready to score more. He’ll prob­a­bly face a fair bit of stick from trav­el­ling Leeds fans next week in our cup tie with them, but if he’s been play­ing like he has for us (and we win), does any­one re­ally care?

Our prob­lem still is just lack­ing that lit­tle bit of qual­ity in the fi­nal third.

Palace were truly aw­ful un­for­tu­nately, how­ever they still had a very scrappy, nervy chance at the end that had us pan­icked. From what was ap­par­ent be­fore that though, it’s un­der­stand­able how they haven’t scored any goals this sea­son.

True Burn­ley style leav­ing us to panic un­til that fi­nal whis­tle, but all that mat­ters is that we got three points. We can go to An­field this weekend with a sense of ‘we can win this’, rather than pure fear - also some­thing that’s im­por­tant in the growth of this club, look­ing for­ward to play­ing ‘gi­ants’, not run­ning scared from them.

Lau­rence Grif­fiths

An­dros Townsend of Palace looks de­jected as Burn­ley play­ers cel­e­brate their vic­tory at Turf Moor

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