Andy Lochhead: Premier League is a whole different ball game for Burnley

Scott Arfield puts Burnley ahead against Chelsea

Scott Arfield puts Burnley ahead against Chelsea

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YOU only had to look around Turf Moor on Monday to see what a different animal Premier League football is.

Not only was the ground packed, and the hospitality suites, but it was a who’s who of top flight managers in the directors box too.

It was the noise that struck me more than anything go.

If every game at the Turf can be like that then it can only encourage the players.

There was no shame in losing to Chelsea. I fancy them for the Premier League title.

Their passing was great, their finishing good and they had quality all over the field.

They were streets ahead of us, and sometimes you just have to accept you were beaten by a better team.

I thought when we got the first goal it might set us on our way. Scott Arfield struck it so sweetly it was worthy of being the winner.

But from there Chelsea just upped their game.

Their second goal especially you just have to stand back and applaud.

You’ve got to give praise where it’s due and it was a wonderful move, pass and finish.

But there were positives to take for Burnley, like the performance of Lukas Jutkiewicz. He looks as if he will be a decent player at this level.

We have a fair squad of players, it’s just a matter of consistently getting the best out of them.

The battle to stay up will stretch beyond five or six teams. It could be any three from 12 or so, – it’s just up to us to pick up points where we can.

Swansea will be up for their first home game on the back of a surprise win at Manchester United last weekend. But we have to go out there believing that we can at least match them.

The season isn’t about that one, opening day game. There are a whole bunch of them to come, and there will be highs and lows along the way.

There is no use sulking and feeling sorry for ourselves when there are disappointments. We’ve just got to go out there and get stuck into the next game.

If there’s one man capable of preparing his players for that, it's Sean Dyche.

And if that first win does not come tomorrow, then the Capital One a Cup will take on extra significance.

You want to win every game, and it would be good to chalk one off against Sheffield Wednesday, especially with Manchester United the next visitors.

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8:54am Sat 23 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

Come on Andy... WE, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST 45 + YEARS at least John Connelly and Adam Blacklaw had businesses in the area !! where you been ??.. comments still crap.
Come on Andy... WE, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST 45 + YEARS at least John Connelly and Adam Blacklaw had businesses in the area !! where you been ??.. comments still crap. digitusjonfred
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10:04am Sat 23 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Yep a good victory at sheffield wednesday between drubbings will certainly put us amongst the title contenders.
Yep a good victory at sheffield wednesday between drubbings will certainly put us amongst the title contenders. AnotherPounding4Burnley
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10:18am Sat 23 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

Looking forward to another defeat at Swansea today and then to United at home. 3 games no points, bottom of the league. Lovely jubbly
Looking forward to another defeat at Swansea today and then to United at home. 3 games no points, bottom of the league. Lovely jubbly dinglecrusher
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10:38am Sat 23 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
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Yep a good victory at sheffield wednesday between drubbings will certainly put us amongst the title contenders.
One to one Expo on Sunday. Awesome.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: Yep a good victory at sheffield wednesday between drubbings will certainly put us amongst the title contenders.[/p][/quote]One to one Expo on Sunday. Awesome. RobH2O .
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10:40am Sat 23 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

dinglecrusher wrote:
Looking forward to another defeat at Swansea today and then to United at home. 3 games no points, bottom of the league. Lovely jubbly
And how does a down-at-heel sort of guy like, who gets off on coming to the comment column of another club, feel when his dreams of endless defeats for them fails to occur. Stiffy problems?
[quote][p][bold]dinglecrusher[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to another defeat at Swansea today and then to United at home. 3 games no points, bottom of the league. Lovely jubbly[/p][/quote]And how does a down-at-heel sort of guy like, who gets off on coming to the comment column of another club, feel when his dreams of endless defeats for them fails to occur. Stiffy problems? RobH2O .
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