Late mugging’s a sore sight for our eyes

THERE are teams that for spells at least you get sick of the sight of.

For Burnley, following Monday afternoon’s deja vu as their opponents came back at the death to turn three points for the Turf Moor outfit into none for the second time this season, it is Leeds United.

However, every ying has a yang and Hull City must be well and truly fed up the sight of Burnley shirts as the Clarets wrapped up another brace of victories over them on New Year’s Eve, the earlier win at the KC Stadium, where Burnley knocked in three goals of their own late on to overhaul Hull’s two goal lead, being reminiscent of both Leeds games when the boot has been on the other foot late on.

The Elland Road misery was compounded by Kieran Trippier’s sending off, the second yellow card of which has been described as soft by manager Eddie Howe.

The defeat brought to an end a good run, which saw Burnley win six from seven, and kept them short of the play-off places. With teams at the very top dropping points over the festive period, it’s a shame the momentum has been stopped.

At least Trippier will only miss the one game, at Norwich in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

The important thing is get another run together when Burnley return to league action against Middlesbrough on January 14, when there couldn’t be a much sterner test.

l BANNED for a game or not, it’s good that Burnley have got Kieran Trippier signed up, for an undisclosed fee, as a Clarets player early in the transfer window.

The Norwich game will be the first he has missed at right back this season and while there are still defensive elements of his game to learn, it’s good to have him on board.

He is one of a generation of young players who would find it almost impossible to break through at a big money Premiership side likelier to buy rather than put their trust in youth, the position Manchester City find themselves in.

Trippier has been sensible to realise this and, starting with Burnley, could end up with a longer first class career than peers who stay, a similar decision to that Chris Eagles made.