CHRISTMAS and Burnley Football Club don’t often go together well, so 2011’s has been a cracker!
The festive season has often signalled the start of a Burnley decline, but holding on for the max points against Brighton followed by a clinical if scrappy victory over a noticeably poorer Doncaster side on Boxing Day leaves Burnley approaching New Year’s Eve with five wins from six games and eyeing up the play-off places.
Supporters will also have a wary eye on the January transfer, wondering if some extra defensive strength may be coming in and hoping that Jay Rodriguez will not be going.
Jay Rod, still learning the game at 22, doesn’t have many faults - if he converted more of the chances which do fall his way, there is no doubt Burnley wouldn’t be able to hang on to him in the transfer window and it still might be a case of how long as he is improving in all departments all the time.
Against Donny he was paired up with Martin Paterson, getting back to his bull terrier best and being quick off the mark to score his first goal after a lengthy injury lay-off, netting the rebound after Rodriguez’s shot had hit the bar.
Having Pato back is grade one ammunition for Eddie Howe to hurl at any opposition. I was delighted to see him on the scoresheet, but less delighted with his celebration.
Off came the shirt and the inevitable yellow card soon followed. Why do players do this when they know they’ll be booked and may ultimately be suspended because of it?
That it’s all I can find to moan about shows how merry Christmas has been!