The glory’s on ice as we go into Easter, thanks to defeat against Middlesbrough in last Saturday’s Championship match.
How Clarets lost one of the most one-sided games I’ve seen, I’ll never know, but I do know I’m glad its out of the way.
I think the last time I enjoyed watching Burnley play Boro was almost 40 years ago.
Peter Noble got a hat-trick as Burnley won 4-1 (he also got all Clarets’ four in the next match against Norwich, and Burnley still only drew, but that’s another story).
Although we have beaten them on occasion since, Burnley usually haven’t and they have usually been ultra-frustrating affairs.
A bogey team if ever there was one, really, and one the Turf Moor outfit still find hard to shake off.
That means five points are still required and the focus switches (courtesy of Sky television) to 5.15pm on Good Friday, when Burnley make the short trip to Blackpool.
It does take on bigger significance because the remaining games certainly aren’t easy, against Wigan at Turf Moor on Easter Monday afternoon, Ipswich there on the following Saturday (where Burnley will wear replica 1914 shirts in homage to Tommy Boyle’s FA Cup winning side of a century ago) and a trip to Reading on the final weekend.
One thing gave good reason not to panic last Saturday.
Burnley played very well and especially in the first half passed the ball very well indeed.
On another day it could have been 3 or 4-1, with a bit more luck and the occasional decision.
And Boro’s keeper. He was in truly awesome form!