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Thread: Nothing to suggest that next year will be anything other than a huge challenge

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    Nothing to suggest that next year will be anything other than a huge challenge

    There is no doubt that we have very done well this season. Well exceeding expectations-- so well done all.

    Getting the points we did so early on has given us a breathing space now--just as well.

    A combination of injuries, slightly less talented subs and being sussed out have contributed to 10 games without a win.

    But it is fair to say that our replacement players have done brilliantly well indeed and I speak particularly of Pope; Long; Taylor; Bardsley.

    Good to see Lennon who adds something else but also strangely detracts from the team role that we are so used to seeing in their defensive mode.

    But if we think its roses all the way for next year it doesn't scan that way for me.

    Yes; players and Management now believe. That's a positive. And was for this year until the last 10 games.

    Yes, we are ahead of the next round of promoted teams.

    No; we have not strengthen the squad sufficiently to think we have made any particular inroads into survival.

    Yes; we are still miles away from the top six. I know the top fifteen is still what we seek but you have to have some sort of a goal in life.

    No; we have not demonstrated consistency to this point of the season.

    No; we are miles away from being an attacking team with options and flare.

    Yes; other teams will get closer to us and drag us back into the relegation zone next year unless we do things we never do--recruit really brilliantly or spend real money on real players.

    Of course, holding onto the sides of a bucking bull is what we do so well--since the early 60's--what with us being a little club with local Directors.

    So lets all get ready to enjoy what could be our next roller coaster season.

    Its never dull being a Burnley supporter

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    One season at a time pal, according to some we will be in the second division next season

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    It's funny that fans of other teams view us completely differently.

    "Hard to beat", "well managed on a shoestring", "brilliant manager", "great supporters", "role model for town team clubs", etc. etc.

    This season is not over, we will prevail.

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    Given that most clubs at this level will always be better off financially than us, every season at this level is going to be a huge challenge. Anyone who thinks differently is being wildly over-optimistic. That's not to say we can't survive or have a reasonably successful season, we can, but it's never, ever going to be a given, or easy.

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    Next year will likely bring two clubs that will probably have bigger buying power than us in Wolves and Villa. Will clubs come sniffing around Tarks or Mee. Will we look to buy our survival.
    As Sean says it’s fine margins with us having won only one game by more than one goal (Swansea 2-0 h) and lost only two by more than one (Spurs h 0-3 and city a 0-3)
    So of 27 games we have drawn 9 won 9 (8 by one goal) lost 9 (7 by one goal)
    If only we could score more goals and stop losing goals in the last 10 mins we would be top 6.
    Can Wood regain a scoring streak, will Lennon pay off will Tarks return restore impregnability. We may soon find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bedlington Terrier View Post
    It's funny that fans of other teams view us completely differently.

    "Hard to beat", "well managed on a shoestring", "brilliant manager", "great supporters", "role model for town team clubs", etc. etc.

    This season is not over, we will prevail.
    All of the comments by others are true BT.

    Even my non-Burnley friends talk about Burnley the minute they see me.

    But my nagging feeling always leads me to question our sustainability in the Prem.

    Each year we survive in the Prem is a good year. Each year we improve our squad is a very good year.

    But I don't think we have improved the squad this year. We have got the best out of who we have--for now

    What we have done this year is:-

    1. uncover a very good goalie (Pope);

    2. turn around a player (D4);

    3.seen an improving Gud;

    4. due to injuries seen Long, Taylor and Beadsley rise to the occasion.

    Barnes puts in but what of Wells; Hendrick; Jackson; Walters; Westwood?

    That's why we play the same team as much as we can.

    Our midfield has the numbers but not the quality; same with our forwards.

    Its those two areas that need attention for a more relaxed and enjoyable next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheeler1 View Post
    All of the comments by others are true BT.

    Even my non-Burnley friends talk about Burnley the minute they see me.

    But my nagging feeling always leads me to question our sustainability in the Prem.

    Each year we survive in the Prem is a good year. Each year we improve our squad is a very good year.

    But I don't think we have improved the squad this year. We have got the best out of who we have--for now

    What we have done this year is:-

    1. uncover a very good goalie (Pope);

    2. turn around a player (D4);

    3.seen an improving Gud;

    4. due to injuries seen Long, Taylor and Beadsley rise to the occasion.

    Barnes puts in but what of Wells; Hendrick; Jackson; Walters; Westwood?

    That's why we play the same team as much as we can.

    Our midfield has the numbers but not the quality; same with our forwards.

    Its those two areas that need attention for a more relaxed and enjoyable next season.
    Good post Heeler, similar to what I have been saying

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    Who is this Wood player- have we signed a new player ?

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    ID You got the BT disease?
    Of course some of us call him Woods- familiar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcolner View Post
    ID You got the BT disease?
    Of course some of us call him Woods- familiar!
    A bit like us calling you Oldcolners....

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcolner View Post
    Next year will likely bring two clubs that will probably have bigger buying power than us in Wolves and Villa. Will clubs come sniffing around Tarks or Mee. Will we look to buy our survival.
    As Sean says it’s fine margins with us having won only one game by more than one goal (Swansea 2-0 h) and lost only two by more than one (Spurs h 0-3 and city a 0-3)
    So of 27 games we have drawn 9 won 9 (8 by one goal) lost 9 (7 by one goal)
    If only we could score more goals and stop losing goals in the last 10 mins we would be top 6.
    Can Wood regain a scoring streak, will Lennon pay off will Tarks return restore impregnability. We may soon find out.
    Am I missing something.What scoring streak does Wood need to regain?I cannot remember him having a scoring streak for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaretinBudapest View Post
    Am I missing something.What scoring streak does Wood need to regain?I cannot remember him having a scoring streak for us.
    I was thinking the same Budapest

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    Quote Originally Posted by In Dyche We Trust View Post
    A bit like us calling you Oldcolners....
    Suppose Im big enough to be plural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaretinBudapest View Post
    Am I missing something.What scoring streak does Wood need to regain?I cannot remember him having a scoring streak for us.
    One every three games? 4 from 13.

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    No need for this negativity. We currently have half of our first team out with injuries - and we are still very competitive.

    I reckon we will get a couple more in before next season, but even if we don't then I think our starting line up is very powerful.

    Heaton
    Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward
    Lennon, Cork, Defour, Brady, JBG
    Wood

    Who is the weak link above?

    We need another centre half, perhaps a different kind of striker and another option in attacking midfield.

    I think that it's looking very promising for next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcolner View Post
    One every three games? 4 from 13.
    I suppose you could call that a streak but only compared to our other supposed strikers.

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    i said when we signed him he wouldnt get 20 goals

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    If he could prise himself from his sickbed, Wood will always score goals. His record speaks for itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bedlington Terrier View Post
    If he could prise himself from his sickbed, Wood will always score goals. His record speaks for itself.
    You know what they say about recordsTBT- he hasnt done it at the top level yet- Gray scored a hatfull in the 2nd division-

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