SHADES OF RED DEVILS IN BURNLEY FORM
THAT chin is still jutting. Just as at Bolton last week, Burnley were pummelled and pressed, dragged to the limits of their endurance. Yet just as last week, they walked away with three points. Blackburn dominated possession and chances but couldn’t breach an impeccably drilled back four. It begs the question – just how do you beat this Burnley side? Since Hull’s 3-0 victory on Boxing Day, nobody has found the answer.
Like Manchester United in their pomp, the Clarets are mastering the art of powering down the straight. Promotion in 2014 was won on the back of an unbeaten run that stretched from Boxing Day to late March. A repeat this season – and few would bet against it – would surely ensure a place in the top two.
Paul Lambert, meanwhile, is justified in feeling hard done-by. Hope Akpan’s tumble looked a stonewall penalty. But if displays like this can be repeated, the bottom three will be dodged with ease.
STAR MAN TOM HEATO