Never has the need to poop a party been greater

If there is anyone hoping that Saturday’s lunchtime televised match is a case of “After the Lord Mayor’s Show”, you will find plenty of them around Turf Moor.

As the Clarets prepare to take on Cardiff City (Sky Sports, 12.45pm), Champions-elect and promoted to the Premier League on Tuesday night, you will find them in the stands, you will find them in the dugout and you will find them on the pitch, all dressed in claret and blue.

Another two matches have gone by without a point and just when you think the Championship can’t get any tighter, it does. The relegation fight is going down to the wire and an alarming number of teams will be involved to the end.

Only five points separates Huddersfield, currently in the top of the three relegation places, from Ipswich in 13th place, half way on 56 points.

Burnley have 54 - three clear - but cannot grind out a result of late.

I was working on Tesday night and so wasn’t at Elland Road, but a Leeds supporting colleague with a balanced view of proceedings thought we looked toothless and a tweet from rugby great and Clarets fan Stuart Fielden, who was there, seemed to bear it out. The Old Town bred RL star thought all Leeds were missing in the second half was a tent, a fire and some marshmallows such was the extent they were camped in Burnley’s half.

Never has the need to poop Cardiff’s party been greater.