A PLEASANT evening was spent with a front room full of Clarets and Sky’s coverage of Friday night’s match at Reading.
Except for the result, of course, and didn’t it just have to be Jason Roberts scoring after receiving the traditional anti-Blackburn reception from those who had travelled down to the game.
But there were positives to conentrate on, aside from the second half spell when the Clarets spent around 20 minutes under the cosh and we realised a comeback for a point was looking less and less likely.
For a good part of the first half and the beginning of the second half, Burnley looked very good indeed with some fluent passing and taking the game as a whole they were unlucky not to come away with anything, the woodwork having come to Reading’s rescue twice and Charlie Austin probably should have done better in a one-on-one.
Reading are no slouches. That’s why they are in the play-offs. Yet Burnley looked comfortable, and if they can live with the best teams the division has to offer and challenge them on their own turf it bodes well for next season if not this.
Since the times of real struggle, when nothing seemed to gell, from last November form has been good, even if we haven’t always seen the best of it at home (if home form had matches away form Burnley would be at the top end of the top six). It is a young side and well coached they can only get better.
One thing which was on top form was the local Little Valley Brewery beer and pizza served up by our hosts - many thanks for a cracking night!
Several guests showed their age, being draped in various replica shirts from the Martin Dobson era. Life On Mars and Leighton James...
l PRINCE Charles has now openly professed his love of Burnley Football Club.
The club linked up with HRH to do some community work with him some while ago, and while Burnley don’t play in Royal purple (although the 1991-92 division four promotion shirt with the sky blue pigeon-droppings Jackson-Pollock pattern on it was closer to purple than claret - replicas now on sale in the club shop) they have done him a special season ticket.
Bob Lord would have been as pleased as punch.