The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Burnley

I only caught the last 20 minutes or so on a dodgy internet stream, but my god the First Division playoff final was tense there at the end! I didn’t see Burnley’s goal…in fact, I didn’t see Sheffield United’s red card either (a sub came on in the 58th, and handballed in the 72nd and 78th to get two yellows…what a dork).

But, I did see Burnley’s defense stand up magnificently to the bombardment of hopeful long balls that Sheffield fired into their penalty area in hopes of a lucky bounce (or for one of their mob to actually win a 50-50 header, something that never did happen). Of course, the problem for Burnley is that very few Premiership sides are going to opt for that tactic, even down a goal late on. In the 70th and 80th minute, most Premiership sides are still going to try and play their way into attacking positions, so it remains to be seen if they can cope with the higher level of technical skill.

Still, manager Owen Coyle has done a praiseworthy job leading a club from a city of 70,000 people into the top flight of the English game. With little in the way of resources, Burnley had that shocking run in the FA Cup last year, well and truly beat Arsenal’s kids in the League Cup this year, and made a great run this season to get into the playoff positions.

Well done to them, and I wish them well next season.

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May 25, 2009 - Posted by | Other Soccer

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