Good Friday Gus gripes on my mind

I ENJOYED attending the first Burnley home match on a Good Friday for around 35 years (they beat Blackburn Rovers on Good Friday 1977 and I saw that one too).

I much preferred it to Easter Monday matches (usually working) and with the weekend still to come it felt like a real treat.

Except for the antics of Gus Poyet’s Brighton, that is.

A couple of teams have arrived at Turf Moor this season (and indeed, one or two do every season) ticking all the boxes of throwing themselves to the ground every time a claret shirt went near them while putting in crunching challenges themselves and moaning to referee and other officials at every opportunity.

They were shocking in my opinion, and that of the rest of the Burnley fans, and with officials, having let it all go early on in the game, signally failing to get a grip of matters until it was too late.

Brighton’s play-off challenge seems to be faltering, which will be a blessing for Premiership clubs if this unedifying spectacle was anything to go by, though it means the Championship will be stuck with them.

It riled the Burnley crowd to such an extent that when Gus Poyet marched off the pitch he did so to the accompanyment of a repeated “Gus Poyet, your team’s a disgrace.” And it’s a while since a team’s methods have annoyed the Turf Moor crowd to that extent.

Entertaining it wasn’t.

But the three points settled Burnley’s season and chalking up another win at Doncaster on Easter Monday made it full points from the holiday programme, taking the Clarets to six points off the play-offs but, with only four games left, starting on Saturday at home to Coventry, too much to do I think to sneak in there.

It would be nice to make it three wins from three games in just over a week although it won’t be an easy task as Coventry are fighting for their Championship surivival and three points are essential for them really.

With an early finish to this campaign, that just leaves three games left after that, one at home on the final day.

They include a derby at Blackpool which could certainly have a bearing on who does finish in the top six.

In another very tight campaign Burnley can enjoy what’s left of the season and Eddie Howe can even experiment a bit if he wants to.