Clarets Corner by John Greenwood: I’m still fretting, but the team isn’t

Scott Arfield fires home the winner against Leeds
Scott Arfield fires home the winner against Leeds

Like most football supporters, I am superstitious, fretful, a worrier and watch-that-half-full-glass-getting-emptier type.

Thank goodness, Sean Dyche nor his team are, and this week there is a clear sense of Burnley being in charge of their own destiny. On Saturday they made it six points out of six following a draw away at Birmingham.

Despite not playing at all well in the first half, they proved too strong for a much-improved (but, that first 20 minutes aside) largely unthreatening Leeds.

And on Tuesday, it felt like a Clarets victory without the team even playing, as ‘Arry’s small QPR squad were thrashed 3-0 at Sheffield Wednesday and, in the last minute, what about Yeovil? The league’s strugglers went toe to toe with Wigan and kept the Latics down to a point.

Dyche resolutely refuses to take things more than one game a5t a time, and he has drummed this into his squad too. Burnley were without Danny Ings - crowned the division’s Player of the Season this week - but proved they cojuld win without him thanks to an own goal and one from Scott Arfield.

What a great signing the former Huddersfield midfielder, who came to Burnley on a free, is proving to be.

He has been one of my players of the season, not only chipping in with (so far) half a dozen goals but being a tireless worker, in turn creative and solid.

Burnley next head for Charlton on Saturday, a side who are fighting for their lives, so at this stage of the season they are not easy games. The Londoners pulled themselves out of the drop zone with a home win on Tuesday but we hope they will find Burnley a different proposition, with Danny or without him.

Ten points clear of their nearest rivals for the second automatic promotion place, Burnley’s destiny is in their own hands. I’m sure more nights spent staring at the ceiling working out points targets will follow for me, but it beats counting sheep!