SHADES OF RED DEVILS IN BURN­LEY FORM

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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

N Burn­ley

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