‘BLACKPOOL, go for it!” It used to be part of a jingle for an advert about the seaside resort in the 1990s, but it’s a phrase that now applies to Burnley.
I think we can win promotion at Bloomfield Road on Good Friday, although where the celebrations can take place afterwards, who knows?
For while a win would put us that step nearer automatic promotion, we won’t know until the outcome of the later kick-off of Doncaster v Derby whether we have crossed the line.
After Saturday, it’s as you were – with a win for the Clarets and anything but for Derby meaning party time.
The events of the weekend have made things a little more edgy, although we are still blessed with a healthy advantage so I’m not a bit worried.
But Derby are coming good again and their run-in looks a bit easier than ours.
If the promotion push does stretch into Monday then we have Wigan at home, who did well in the FA Cup semi final with Arsenal, but will hopefully still be tired from playing extra time at Wembley, and suffering the hangover of a penalty shoot-out loss.
All we can do is worry about ourselves though, look to every game as it comes as Sean Dyche has said, and just go out there and win.
It still amazes me that we didn’t on Saturday.
Three things stood out in that game against Middlesbrough which I think need addressing.
The first one was the referee.
How did he not see two blatant penalties that he could have awarded to the Clarets?
Referees can change the course of the final result with their decision making, and Dean Whitestone on Saturday had a nightmare of a game which affected the end result for Burnley.
Surely it’s time for video technology to be introduced, or at least for referees to be made more accountable for their actions so that we can eradicate all these wrong decision which can affect success of failure.
Secondly, Middlesbrough’s goalkeeper (whose name I can neither spell or pronounce) had the game of his life. He was awesome for the 90 minutes and meant that we were stopped from running out comfortable winners.
Thirdly, the absence of the injured Sam Vokes could not go un-noticed.
He is the man who is a handful for defenders and bullies them and I felt that we would have won that game just on the strength of being able to have him in the side.
On the plus side, the last four times we have won promotion we have done it away from home, which gives me even more reason to believe that it can be done at Blackpool.
There was another good thing to come out of Saturday for me, as I hosted Ladies’ Day in the Jimmy McIlroy Stand.
These ladies know their football and were tremendous company, and they certainly enjoyed their day. It was just a shame about their result.