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The opposition view... Burnley

Filed: Sunday, 25th March 2012
By: Staff Writer

Yet another draw for Sam Allardyce's men - and two points dropped in the race for promotion - but a fair result, accoring to the majority of Clarets fans...

"A fair score. They could have had three more by full time. We were good 'til 2-0 and then fell away as they came into it more and more. The stats tell the story well - 54% possession to them and 16 shots, I think; Lady Luck (and Grant) saved us two or three times. Their first goal was a horror story of indecision by Duff and Grant, and Grant not calling to Duff that someone was behind him. Their second, a criminal lack of basic marking that gave the scorer all the time in the world to pass the ball home. For any neutral, a damned good game with lots of edge to it."
- Dave Thomas

"A very strange game, they overran us for the first 30 minutes but just couldn't put the ball in the net. We scored two right out of the blue and almost got a third. The guy behind me summed it up perfectly as they went off at half-time: "A load of garbage and we're winning 2-0". We were comfortable in the second-half and they weren't looking particularly dangerous until Grant and Duff commenced a cosy little chat about who should clear the ball, very unsporting of Nolan to interrupt them. How a fairly innocuous free-kick was allowed to travel across a crowded goalmouth to Tomkins for their equaliser I'll never know, but we had been two up so I suppose it was inevitable. I don't agree that it was a fair score, I thought West Ham should have won comfortably, 1-4 even. But they didn't take their chances so that's their problem."
- bordeauxclaret

"With promotion out of the question and relegation unlikely our main objectives from this game were pride and a win. We achieved the first to a fair degree. The second half was massively disappointing in how we conceded possession so needlessly too frequently. We were stretched and had to battle. To our credit we did but we should NEVER have let that lead slip, the three points were ours for the taking. Duff’s error was horrendous but we also defended badly for the second shortly after. From then on I didn’t think we’d hold out as their attacks became more frequent and dangerous."

"To some degree we played well, though we've played much better this season. We deserve credit for getting into the position we were in, but deserve criticism for how we through it away. Overall though it's a very good point against a side who have genuine Premier League quality players in their team and that should not be forgotten."
- KebabBoiler

"For an hour I thought this was a very good performance. We just about deserved our half time lead, as West Ham's chances were largely self-inflicted, and were relatively comfortable at 2-0 until defensive weakness again cost us dearly. Thereafter, we desperately needed someone to put their foot on the ball in midfield, and I would guess that's why we dropped McCann deeper. But by then West Ham had control of the game. Nonetheless, it was pleasing to see us show the resiliance to keep going to the end and a draw, from a very good game of football, was a fair result."
- claretspice

"We looked solid enough until a silly mistake gave them momentum and completely changed the game. West Ham are a typical fat Sam outfit - horrible to watch. If you'd said we'd take four points off them this season last August, most would have taken that."
- Luppy

"It was all a bit messy and West Ham were running riot in the last ten minutes. From the JHU, Nolan's goal seemed to happen in slow motion and either Grant or Duff could have sorted it. On the replays it looks to me like Duff should have dealt with it but didn't."
- bordeauxclaret

"I thought we rode our luck a couple of times in the first half. A neutral would probably say a draw was a fair result. Just a shame that we gave them the vital third goal of the game, and they seized the initiative, as we lacked a little resilience. However, I would probably have thought before the game a point would be a decent result, it was an enjoyable game in a decent atmosphere, and the crowd generally got fully behind the players, which hasn't always been the case recently."
- Jase_H

"I thought West Ham started the better, but we weren't bad, and for most of the first half I thought we were the better side of a game played at a very decent standard. I thought we were comfortable in the second half without ever hitting the heights we reached in the first half, but weren't in any real danger until the opening goal. Thereafter, we had a rocky 20 minutes, but actually the last 10 minutes of play we were pretty well back on parity."
- claretspice

"Gutted about the result today, we should have won being 2-0 up. Totally my fault for the first goal but important that we didn't lose at 2-2!"
- Michael Duff (Burnley FC)

*Comments originally posted on thefootballnetwork.net, .footymad.net and Twitter.

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