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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Burnley finally living up to Poland's standards?


Young duo sweep aside West Ham

Before Saturday's match, Burnley had 'enjoyed' a topsy-turvy season. They have been flitting between victories, losses, and mind-numbing draws, and have had no consistency whatsoever to speak of. This time, Burnley manager Hazr Poland decided to mix things up. 

Multiple first teamers, including Pato, Castro, N'koulou, Prieto and Turan were all rested, and many suggested that this was in fact Burnleys 'second string', and would be an easy victory for West Ham. However, Burnley youngsters Tolgay Arslan, Nicola Murru and Facundo Ferreyra, have been impressing massively in training, and Poland decided to give them both a chance in this match in front of the Burnley faithful.

From the kick-off it was clear that the Burnley side were playing with a renewed vigour that reeked of a young team wanting to prove itself to its manager, and chances were being created left, right and centre. Just before the half-hour mark, Antoine Griezmann played a lovely ball into an advanced Savic, who headed home to open up the scoring. Shortly after, it was provider turned profiteer as Griezmann recieved a lovely cross from Ferreyra and headed home from 6-yards to make the score 2-0. As they trooped in for half-time the Burnley team were full of smiles and joviality, and it was clear that this was a team finally enjoying their football.

Just past the hour mark, and on his full debut for the side, Facundo Ferreyra slotted home a lovely finish to open up his Burnley account for his loan spell, and he doubled his account just four minutes later when he headed home a Quagmire delivery. One minor blip saw Handanovic conceding a goal to Oscar Cardozo, before the young Turk, Arslan, made it five for the home side.

The importance of this victory to Burnley's season should not be underestimated. They have been playing ugly football so far, and have been struggling to grind out results against lesser teams. With a morale boosting demolition like this, the Clarets players may now be able to build upon it, and begin to build a consistent run of comfortable victories, like they were expected to from the beginning of the season.


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