BURNLEY finally got their season into gear on Saturday, and it’s to be hoped this is a springboard for a decent run when action resumes.
At the very least it has calmed the nerves after a series of games which have shown that once again the Championship will be one of the tightest divisions to get out of, or to stay in.
For example, against Cradiff, a match in which the second half saw both sides perform poorly in a game which just petered out, they were by the far the better side in the first 45.
But they lacked sufficient cutting age to make their dominant play count and Cardiff were allowed to get back into the game with an equaliser.
The good news is that Charlie Austin is looking sharper by the game and is proving he has what it takes to score goals at Championship level. It has taken a while for the real Austin to appear. Rather like Robbie Blake, who tirned out to be one of the best Burnley players of the last decade, we didn’t see much of him after he first signed, injured after just four appearances for his new club.
As Blake eventually benefitted from a return to full fitness, so Austin looks very much sharper.
The new signing, summer 2011 vintage, who is looking impressive is Keith Treacy, shaping up to be supplier in chief. With Jay Rodriguez scoring at will in cup games, if he transfers that form to league matches Clarets fans will have more to cheer about.
There’s time to contemplate in the international break. Burnley must surely relish a return to action.