AND after the Lord Mayor’s Show...
Burnley are back at square one, still in the play-off and promotion hunt but with too many points dropped from two home games.
Disappointingly, the way other results other than Norwich’s fell over the weekend and midweek period, it can’t be considered anything other than a lost opportunity.
It only goes to show that when it comes to the “ifs” and “buts” of football, you can cheer yourself up with the “ifs” but be continually frustrated by the “buts”.
Burnley’s performance against a well-organised Millwall was lacklustre at best, one of those games in which you couldn’t say anyone really had a good game.
At least Jay Rodriguez rediscovered his goalscoring touch on Tuesday, but the result was another one which fell short of expectations as just one point from a possible six was in the bag.
Millwall typified the kind of opposition Burnley have struggled against so often.
They were very well organised and had done their homework to snuff out Chris Eagles’ threat.
With neither Ross Wallace nor, when appearing as sub, Wade Elliott, being able to supply much ammunition, Burnley goals looked to be thin on the ground after a promising 20-minute first half spell.
And the Lions were clinical from their set pieces, as Burnley conceded goals too easily.
The manager knows he has to turn form round quickly after two poor shows and make changes if necessary.
For their part, the support has to avoid getting on the players’ backs too vociferously as the added pressure has sometimes negated home advantage (at least Bristol on Saturday is a long way away).
This blip can be remedied, although it makes the task harder - keeping confidence is crucial.