Andrew Greaves: Sky is the limit for the Clarets

This Is Lancashire: Andrew Greaves: Sky is the limit for the Clarets Andrew Greaves: Sky is the limit for the Clarets

FORGET the X-Factor Does Britain’s Got Strictly Talent, there is only one Christmas number one that I’m interested in.

The Clarets are sitting proudly at the top of the Championship for Christmas and that is a more remarkable achievement than any of the sob stories you get on the tedious bear-baiting talent shows we seem obsessed with in this country.

Sean Dyche, with one of the thinest squads in the whole of the Football League, has crafted a side for whom the sky is the limit.

There is nothing complicated about Dyche’s approach to football and I thought it was telling to hear him describe each game as having three phases in his post-match press conference.

Those phases are quite simple – when we have the ball, when the opposition have the ball and the bit in the middle.

Being able to control all three of those stages – or as much of them as we can – is the only way to win football matches and we seem to be pretty good at that this season.

The second half against Blackpool on Saturday was another masterclass in how to control a game and ensure that the three points did not head back to the seaside.

To be fair to Paul Ince's side they settled into the game well and caused us one or two problems, Tom Heaton having to be alert to turn away efforts from Dan Gosling and Steven Davies. They did draw themselves level through a Craig Cathcart header but it wasn't without controversy.

Ben Mee was wrestled into the back of the net while waiting for the corner to be taken and perhaps ref Roger Easter should have blown for a Clarets' free kick.

He didn't and when the corner was swung in, Cathcart nodded home.

The game was eventually won by a goal worthy of winning any game.

Scott Arfield picked the ball up on the left of the area and curling a superb effort into the far top corner.

It was a stunning strike and I'd be surprised if it didn't feature highly in the goal of the season polls come May.

We have a tough week coming up but whatever happens, we can look back on a superb half season...and maybe dream about an even better 2014.

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6:15pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Mr.J.Jambone says...

'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game.

In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once.

I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.
'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game. In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once. I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago. Mr.J.Jambone

11:40pm Mon 23 Dec 13

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Mr.J.Jambone wrote:
'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game.

In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once.

I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.
Can you hear that? It's the sound of a death knell tolling and tumble weed blowing through the forum.

Boring B*rnley gimp.
[quote][p][bold]Mr.J.Jambone[/bold] wrote: 'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game. In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once. I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.[/p][/quote]Can you hear that? It's the sound of a death knell tolling and tumble weed blowing through the forum. Boring B*rnley gimp. BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions

7:25am Tue 24 Dec 13

Chris P Bacon says...

Mr.J.Jambone wrote:
'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game.

In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once.

I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.
Very interesting. It takes some 'thinking outside the box' to maximise limited resources and exploit your potential and in doing so, he's surprised his competitors. He's a page ahead of his rivals and that has given him the headway he and his team have benefitted from.

A very well reasoned point you make there, Mr. J.
[quote][p][bold]Mr.J.Jambone[/bold] wrote: 'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game. In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once. I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.[/p][/quote]Very interesting. It takes some 'thinking outside the box' to maximise limited resources and exploit your potential and in doing so, he's surprised his competitors. He's a page ahead of his rivals and that has given him the headway he and his team have benefitted from. A very well reasoned point you make there, Mr. J. Chris P Bacon

8:39am Tue 24 Dec 13

Harwoodstblue says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Mr.J.Jambone wrote:
'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game.

In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once.

I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.
Very interesting. It takes some 'thinking outside the box' to maximise limited resources and exploit your potential and in doing so, he's surprised his competitors. He's a page ahead of his rivals and that has given him the headway he and his team have benefitted from.

A very well reasoned point you make there, Mr. J.
"He's a page ahead of his rivals"...Good manager, but unfortunately the rest football world will have noticed as well.
When you have managers that good and players that good they will quickly move on and sensible clarets will understand this ......beware.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr.J.Jambone[/bold] wrote: 'The bit in the middle' is the key. In basketball, the notion of 'transition game' is key and readily discussed. I remember my old man as a basketball coach in the 80s talking about transition game. In football transition game is rarely mentioned. I am not saying it's never mentioned, so let's not have a big argument about that, but it's something I've seen good sides do and bad sides not do and rarely heard in mentioned. How many times do they discuss it on Match of the Day? In the last 20 years I've heard it mentioned once. I remember at the very beginning of the season watching Burnley play and recognising they'd sorted this out. Dyche also mentioned it explicitly in an interview a few months ago.[/p][/quote]Very interesting. It takes some 'thinking outside the box' to maximise limited resources and exploit your potential and in doing so, he's surprised his competitors. He's a page ahead of his rivals and that has given him the headway he and his team have benefitted from. A very well reasoned point you make there, Mr. J.[/p][/quote]"He's a page ahead of his rivals"...Good manager, but unfortunately the rest football world will have noticed as well. When you have managers that good and players that good they will quickly move on and sensible clarets will understand this ......beware. Harwoodstblue

12:15pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Harwoodstblue says...

No sensible Clarets on here then?
No sensible Clarets on here then? Harwoodstblue

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