Clarets Corner by John Greenwood: Sorry Eddie, but we think we’ll have to do it

Clarets Corner
Clarets Corner

It’s fair to say Burnley’s promotion campaign is well back on track following the club’s first two wins on the bounce since October.

Not that results have been bad between then and now - far from it - but after a January in which the Clarets had to settle for draws, there’s no doubt they have their appetites well and truly back.

They did exactly was required in putting Millwall to the sword at Turf Moor in horrendous conditions before doing what they had to against Bolton at the Reebok.

The latter seemed like karma for that horrible night in January 2010, and was a first win there since the mid 80s.

Burnley will have to shatter even more of these taboos over the next few weeks, vsiting such “difficult” places as our near neighbours at Ewood, or welcoming those notorious stumbling blocks Middlesbrough come April.

Clarets are playing good stuff again, look as though they are full of bounce, and if it’s not Danny Ings it is strike partner Sam Vokes getting on the scoresheet.

The mood at the club is definitely tails up, and they will have to try and get one over on Eddie Howe and his Bournemough side at Dean Court on Saturday to really give QPR et al something to think about.

When Eddie’s side arrived at Turf Moor in the autumn they were one of the few to contain Burnley at that time - inside knowledge would have helped.

That cuts both ways though, and if Clarets can outhink the south coast outfit, they could have opened up a six-point gap over third place before QPR play again.

They will have played a game more than ‘Arry’s legions (though tellingly missing former Burnley hero Charlie Austin up front) but psychologically it could do a lot of damage.

Sean Dyche’s team firmly have their feet on the ground . And, crucially, believe they can take it further.