The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHERE did that come from? For­est have been the Cham­pi­onship’s most for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents since the turn of the year, their last league de­feat com­ing way back in Novem­ber.

But af­ter Wed­nes­day’s late de­feat to Sh­effield United in the FA Cup, it seems their con­fi­dence has been well and truly shat­tered.

Dis­or­gan­ised, slug­gish, hap­haz­ard – there sim­ply aren’t enough ad­jec­tives to de­scribe their aw­ful first half per­for­mance, though Billy Davies will have found some, prob­a­bly pep­pered with a few Glaswe­gian niceties.

The Scot will point to in­juries, es­pe­cially the lack of play­maker Andy Reid, but he will have a job lift­ing spir­its af­ter this. Sea­sons have col­lapsed over far less.

As for Burn­ley, they just keep con­found­ing the crit­ics. They look the com­plete side and in Kieran Trip­pier have a star in the mak­ing.

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