DEFENCE, defence, defence.
Three words that should be hammered Tony Blair “education, education, education” style into the Burnley management team.
You could argue all day over whether former PM Blair reached his education goal, and many do. But it’s crystal clear that there can bo no room for argument in the case of Burnley’s shaky defence which has gone two more matches without a clean sheet.
It isn’t yet time to panic yet but, with Burnley hovering just a place above the Championship drop zone, it will soon be time to, if improvements aren’t made when the transfer window re-opens in January.
It is now clear that whatever permutation Eddie Howe is able to pick at the moment, collectively the Burnley back four are unable to cut outn the errors which are costing point after point.
As an aside, Burnley’s front line need to be converting more of the chances that are being created in periods of dominance.
If Burnley have a bogey team of late it is Leeds United as the match pretty much unfolded in line with Clarets’ supporters fears.
Having a chat with Leeds fan Craig in Tod on Friday night, he wasn’t convinced the Whites’ defence was anything to shout about, but I was convinced ours would be worse.
Burnley dominated the game for more than 70 minutes, didn’t take all the chances that came their way and paid the price at the death, a similar story away at Birmingham, new home of Wade Elliott, on Tuesday night, although losing at St Andrews is no shame in itself.
More late goals conceded, further slippage down the table.
What Burnley need is a letter day Jimmy Adamson to sort them out at the back, but I fear it will also require better players, it isn’t just a question of organisation.
Many former playing colleagues, or those he had managed, were there to join a minute’s applause in appreciation of the late, great man’s contribution to football before the kick-off last Saturday.