Step up second half spirit

David Edgar celebrates with Jason Shackell. Picture by Andrew Smith
David Edgar celebrates with Jason Shackell. Picture by Andrew Smith

A good point against the league leaders should ease Burnley’s fears of the drop this time out, though things are still far from certain.

David Edgar’s timely goal topped off a second half comeback, but that, and the Dean Marney penalty decision (he didn’t get it) should not disguise the general feeling of those who were there that this was a point pinched from the - by the full time whistle - champions.

Burnley were abject in the first half which, taken with the last 45 against Leeds may make up the worst 90 minutes they have played all season.

Of late the players seem to have forgotten how to do the basic things - trapping and passing the ball. Clarets have been squandering possession far too easily and with the midfield over-run, Sean Dyche rightly made some half time adjustments.

It did the trick, as Cardiff took the foot of their gas a little and, likely inspired by the appearance of the fiery Martin Paterson from the subs bench, suddenly there was some fight.

But these are uneasy times, and with bogey team Wolves to play on Saturday and Ipswich to entertain on the final weekend, the level of last week’s second half performance must not only be kept but stepped up.

A Burnley victory might well consign fellow Football League founder members and old foes Wolves to the drop. The teams have clashed many times over the years, most notably as they tussled at the very top to decide the destination of the 1960 Football League title.

Wolves have been a thorn in Burnley’s side, more often than not, over the last half century, never a happy hunting ground at home or away, hence my caution.

At Turf Moor in the autumn they looked the most abject Wolves side I have seen at Burnley in 40 years.

But they have been baring their teeth more of late.