At last, Clarets are showing some consistency as Preston are beaten

DOING the double over Preston last Saturday actually meant much more than one-upmanship in terms of Lancashire rivalry.

It also put Burnley on the same points/games ration as they were at the same stage in Owen Coyle’s promotion season in 2008-2009.

A head of steam has finally been built up, but only time will tell whether it has been in time and in the meantime the Clarets need to take three more points on Saturday when Crystal Palace are the visitors to Turf Moor.

As there are winners, someone has to be on the losing side, and former Todmorden Town Councillor Frank McManus, whose loyalty to Preston goes back decades, has been gracious.

Frank, of Longfield Road, Todmorden, wrote to Clarets Corner:

“A word of appreciation of John Greenwood’s Clarets Corner reporting about Burnley FC’s quest to get back into the Premiership after a prolongued spell of unrelieved bad luck led to relegation a year ago.

“Never have my loyalties been so torn as at 4.45pm last Saturday; with the score at 1-1 against my lifelong heroes Preston North End - how I remember Tom Finney moving up the wing, 60 years ago! - I thought both the Lancashire pioneers needed a goal to win, Burnley towards winning promotion, Preston to avoid relegation, but Preston seem doomed, so I wanted Burnley to score, which they did (no, I didn’t pray, God seems not to bother about the results).

“I’m left with twinges of guilt over my first ever disloyalty to the Lilywhites.”