Supper spoiled, but hotpot in store

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SUPPER may have been spoiled by Burnley’s second half collapse in the FA Cup at West Ham on Monday night, but at least they have some Lancashire hotpot to look forward to on Saturday.

Hammered 5-1 by the Hammers in the second period, the defensive frailties (and that includes the midfield backwards) that have worried Clarets supporters all season were all too evident.

Against fierce rivals Preston North End on Saturday afternoon, that must’t be the case.

Ever since Burnley mugged them at Turf Moor in the autumn, North End have struggled badly and with the play-off places tantilisingly close the Claerts have to look for maximum points.

It won’t be easy - derby matches never are - and Burnley haven’t come away with all three points from Deepdale in nearly a decade when King Arthur Gnohere was in his pomp.

The terrible timing of the FA Cup tie knocked two home league matches out of the equation but thankfully Burnley have not lost much ground and lie seven pioints behind Leeds, in the last of the play-off spots, but with two games in hand over most teams.

It still boils down to keeping winning, often, until the points, rather than in-hand matches, are in the bag.