Welcome to do or die.
You don’t need me to tell you how important Burnley’s next game is. Everton at home, probably the only team outside the relegation places that can be caught at this stage. The Toffees are currently four points ahead of us and have played the same number of games, a win gives us a real fighting chance. And when you look at Everton’s remaining fixtures – which include Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal – you realize how damaging a defeat would be for Frank Lampard’s men as well.
But we’ve been here before this season, haven’t we? Newcastle away, Leeds away, Brantford away – all touted as must-wins – Burnley haven’t been in any of these games let alone come close to winning them. When Burnley in recent seasons had a game to win, you could hang your hat on them.
You just knew they would fly out of blocks, get in front of their opponents, and more than often win the game. At the very least, the fans could be 100% sure that the guys would leave everything on the pitch and take a chance even if they didn’t win the game. I don’t approach games this season with the same confidence.
We’ve talked at length in this column over the past few weeks about Sean Dyche’s stubbornness and the system he seems to be sticking to despite not being right for some gamers, but the fire seems to have gone out of gamers’ bellies as well. too. Yes it was City at the weekend and everyone was expecting a defeat but the lack of desire and intensity from the players was once again the biggest concern – but that’s nothing new – that seems to be a theme for the season.
Does the system limit players or have they lost their appetite? Either way, Dyche and the guys need to find something to get him back, and fast, or we can start planning for life in the Championship despite there being so much of the season left.
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