JUST as I was all set to praise a 3-1 Clarets victory, along comes another to spoil it.
On Tuesday night Burnley were on the wrong end of the same scoreline and brings straight back into focus the issue of consistency.
In front of the television cameras, Burnley were majestic at times against Blackpool on their way to Saturday’s victory but were overcome by Leicester, a team more expensively assembled but not exactly pulling up any trees, just three days later.
A Nugent-Gallagher combination for the opposition was always likely to haunt the Clarets, and so it proved as Leicester looked at last like a team bought to do something.
Unfortunately, the turnaround for a now Sven-less Midlands outfit had to come against Burnley!
It’s worth repeating that this is the Championship in a nutshell, and any team which manages a modicum of consistency will have a decent chance of making it to the Premiership and any side just falling the wrong side of it will face a relegation battle.
Prior to the match the four games won out of six looked very good indeed, even if the Clarets haven’t always convinced in those games, and having won two, lost two, won two, lost one, it’s to be hoped another in the sequence isn’t forthcoming.
It is small margins that make the difference in the Championship, said Eddie Howe after the Leicester game, and he’s right.
Having pledged his immediate future to Burnley following weeks of speculation he might be Portsmouth-bound, he must work at getting the balance tilting in Burnley’s favour.
That may mean strengthening some areas when the transfer window opens up again in two months’ time. It’s to be hoped at least some funds are made available and some targets identified, because it’s clear Burnley need some strengthening, not least to force a fight for places in some positions.