Match Of The Week: Burnley 4-3 Preston North End


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Martyn says:

    A very accurate article (Other than pointing out that most of the empty seats were in the Preston away end) and the notable empty seats in the away and home stands were probably as a result of both the late kick off and the fact it was live on the BBC.
    Brian Laws was certainly never my personal choice for the managerial seat at Turf Moor and on this showing (Coupled with the not so convincing performances both last season and this) my worst fears are already approaching the point of being confirmed.
    In my opionion he is out of his depth and lacks the ability to manage player rotation, motivation and pick the best team.
    Most of the half time talk in the gents were as one in thier disbelief that our 2 most creative palyers were yet again on the bench.
    Players again being asked to play out of position (Paterson & Elliot) were also high on the half time rant list of things the fans felt Laws had yet again got wrong.
    I never expected to leave Turf Moor with a smile on my face after the first 84 minutes, to be absolutlely honest Burnley were woeful in virtually every department.
    The long ball thumped up front to target man Iwellumo is never going to be pretty to watch and especially when we have real footballing tallent in our squad to deliver so much more than route one tactics, but even this as well as most of our other passing game seemed to have completely deserted us as we failed to make pass after pass.
    Lets be honest here, Burnley got out out of jail in a big way, yes the ref was dreadful and the sending off was harsh and probably changed the game in our favour but the changes to bring on 3 better players than the ones they replaced also played a big part.
    I was sure that Laws had 20 games to convince the fans and more importantly the Board that he has the ability to get us back into the top flight, i am afraid that at the moment irrespective of what the table says, he is going to fall well short of everyones expectations.

  2. Jim says:

    Why was the sending-off harsh? Jones was deservedly booked for his part in the little fracas before half-time and some would say was lucky not to have been shown a straight red for his attempt to throttle (?)Treacy. Then Friend warns him for timewasting twice before getting the card out. Serves him – and Preston – right.

    If the upshot of this is that there’s less timewasting in matches then I’m all for it. It’s the same as holding in the penalty area at a corner – all refs have to do is start blowing up and penalising defenders and very quickly it’s a non-issue. I just hope it’s a directive from the FL and that we’ll see more of it.

  3. Sam says:

    Agreed, the red card was well deserved, no complaints at all, it was definitely the catalyst for the 2nd Ferguson based capitulation of the day!

  4. Tom says:

    Burnley fan. I don’t really know about the sending off – possibly harsh but why would you even take the risk if you’d already been booked? Stupid, especially since the officiating was abysmal throughout. Preston’s equaliser should have been disallowed for one of the most obvious handballs imaginable, but they were were on the wrong end of two dreadful offside decisions and Danny Fox should probably have been punished for the tackle that injured King (thought the contact on the ball was minimal, clear intent to follow through and get the man).

    PNE were terribly unlucky, particularly with injuries (I find it hilarious that Coutts managed to hurt himself while trying to do exactly what Fox did), but it goes to show that there’s never a lost cause against a team low on confidence. From Burnley’s point of view, the only positives were three points in a derby, the performance of Iwelumo and some impressive team spirit. Defensively they were a shambles and they were toothless going forward, while every player with some guile and creativity was kept on the bench until, by all logic, it should have been too late.

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