The games are coming thick and fast and the squad deficiencies are apparent. However I don't think those can be used to fully
explain or pass over what happened yesterday.
True, we seemed to be up against last season's Burnley rather than this year's (I think the re-introduction of Heaton gave their fans and players a huge lift) but we were beyond woeful. For nearly an hour we were truly as bad as it gets at this level.
The inability to, time and time again, deal with a string of diagonal crosses cannot be all down to tiredness. Every time when one came in you thought they'd score. Every time. If it had been six nil after an hour none of us could have begrudged them that scoreline. Sure, they're a horrible team - the gamesmanship, time wasting, kets call it for what it is - organised, pre-planned cheating besmirches the name of a club I have always had time and respect for. But boy did they show us what team work and effort was all about yesterday.
We then flattered to deceive in the last half hour when we looked a bit better but as much as the introduction of the two subs who did make a difference I think it was also down to the amount of energy Burnley had expended in that first killer hour meaning they just couldn't keep up their incredibly sustained pressing game for any longer than they had done. It allowed the game to feel more even in its last third but by then the damage was done. They had clearly targeted that game and they wanted it umpteen times more than we did.
We most definitely didn't want it. First time I'd seen Anderson in the flesh - was looking forward to it - never get your hopes up Dave
He was appalling. Uninterested. Slapdash. It would be wrong to single him out though - two thirds of the team were dire and displayed awful attitudes. The only ones to emerge with any
credit at all imho were Fab, Cresswell, Antonio and Rice.
Last summer about half of the previous two and a half year's neglect of the squad was put right. More needs to be done in the coming months to continue the renovation because our current good players won't want to be part of days like yesterday too often.
Anyway, football aside, I enjoyed the day. We caught up with a lot of our northern hammer mates and the cricket club is a fun place for a beer or two and Turf Moor is a proper old ground.