Willie Irvine: Burnley shouldn’t be too Blue at Chelsea loss

Scott Arfield celebrates putting Burnley ahead against Chelsea

Scott Arfield celebrates putting Burnley ahead against Chelsea

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WHEN Scott Arfield fired home that wonderful volley to put us ahead on Monday night, it immediately reminded me of the last time we were in the Premier League.

On that occasion, Robbie Blake thundered home a stunning volley of his own as we famously went on to beat the mighty Manchester United.

Unfortunately, history was not to repeat itself and instead we got a harsh lesson about what to expect this time around.

While Blake’s goal put Burnley on their way to a memorable victory, all Arfield’s goal did was to stir Chelsea in to action.

There is a saying in football that you can score a goal too early and this was definitely one of those occasions!

But you have to remember that Jose Mourinho has assembled an excellent squad while Burnley’s is tipped by many for a quick return to the Championship.

Chelsea were superb in the first half and we were beaten by a far better side where, in my opinion, Eden Hazard was their stand-out player on the night.

We were overrun in that first period after Arfield, making his 50th appearance for Burnley, scored a goal he will remember forever.

In fairness, we did a lot better in the second half and it was important that we came out and continued to play although admittedly Chelsea did not really reach top gear again after the break.

Sean Dyche clearly had words with his players and he picked them up and got them playing with some confidence in that second half.

He threw on Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly and I thought we played some very encouraging stuff.

This was always going to be a tough opener.

We got a lesson in keeping possession against arguably the best team in the Premier League – but let’s hope we have learnt a very valuable lesson for the season ahead.

Going back to the Chelsea goals, I think the first and third were defendable but the goal in between was top class.

There were 20-odd passes before Cesc Fabregas’ clever first time pass to Andre Schurrle left the Burnley defence flat footed.

I am sure the team have no doubts that they will have to step up another level to start picking up points but they have a manager who I believe in and I am sure he will take us forward to better days.

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5:48pm Wed 20 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

For once I agree with the headline, there's no point getting disheartened at this result as there are going to be plenty more like it.
For once I agree with the headline, there's no point getting disheartened at this result as there are going to be plenty more like it. AnotherPounding4Burnley
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7:04pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

B.....ds 0 v 1 Scunthorpe and norwich 3 v 1 B.....ds

Chicken stock laughing stock chicken stock laughing stock
B.....ds 0 v 1 Scunthorpe and norwich 3 v 1 B.....ds Chicken stock laughing stock chicken stock laughing stock Its Only a game boy
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8:14pm Wed 20 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
For once I agree with the headline, there's no point getting disheartened at this result as there are going to be plenty more like it.
Win 10, draw 10 and lose 18.

Home = win 7, draw 5 and lose 7.
Away = win 3, draw 5 and lose 11.

We don't play top six sides every week. Take heart oh you rock solid Burnley fan you
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: For once I agree with the headline, there's no point getting disheartened at this result as there are going to be plenty more like it.[/p][/quote]Win 10, draw 10 and lose 18. Home = win 7, draw 5 and lose 7. Away = win 3, draw 5 and lose 11. We don't play top six sides every week. Take heart oh you rock solid Burnley fan you RobH2O .
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8:24pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ZomZom@thePark says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
For once I agree with the headline, there's no point getting disheartened at this result as there are going to be plenty more like it.
Yawn. Dribble. Wipe. Sniff. Time for bed, empty head. Mummy says you can leave the light on tonight on condition you stop doing those things to your sister's My Little Pony.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: For once I agree with the headline, there's no point getting disheartened at this result as there are going to be plenty more like it.[/p][/quote]Yawn. Dribble. Wipe. Sniff. Time for bed, empty head. Mummy says you can leave the light on tonight on condition you stop doing those things to your sister's My Little Pony. ZomZom@thePark
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