Saturday 22nd December 2018
Anything other than a victory today would have been extremely frustrating. Not just because we would see it as important points dropped but three matches without a win would look increasingly like the wheels have well and truly fallen off. And in a game where we always looked in control, there was a spell in the second half where we were in danger of throwing away a two goal lead. There was a 4th goal of course, and Alex Iwobi’s strike makes sure we go into Christmas Day on the back of a good victory.
In a week that has seen us paired with Blackpool and Bate Borisov (again) I decided to spend an afternoon at Ally Pally for the darts on Friday and a good few jars afterwards meant getting out of my pit for an early kick-off was a tad uncomfortable. But a full English and a couple of liveners had me back on the straight and narrow as I made my way along an unseasonably warm and sunny Gillespie Road.
Two bad results doesn’t help the mood with the majority of football fans and the stadium wasn’t exactly rocking but after a number of chances went begging we were happy to be treated to something that is as rare as rocking horse shite this season, a half time lead!
Burnley play the percentage game. Lumping balls into the channels or into fifty fifty areas and backing themselves to win those battles. So, at times it was a bruising encounter. And after Auba had smashed home his and our second, the Clarets’ goal was a perfect example. The ball pinged about our box as the challenges went in and ended up in the back of our net.
Game management when you have a lead is hugely important and by and large I felt we did that pretty well this afternoon and I’m saying knowing we were not at our best.
And in the end I felt winning by a two goal margin was just about right. Three points, that will do nicely. With bells on in fact.
Merry Christmas everybody, see you down in Brighton on Boxing Day.