It was an easy enough trip across for me from Manchester, but with holidays to use I took to half day to sample Manchester Christmas markets and see what Burnley had to offer.
Burnley is very much a old school northern town. Its incredibly cheap and definitely one of the more reasonably priced away days that I’ve been on recently. Having met up with regulars and had probably bit too much for a school night I made my way up to Turf Moor.
It was a bit of shame that Burnley away fell on a Tuesday as it was one that many had marked down as ‘One to do’ given that we hadn’t played at Turf Moor in over a generation. It was also a game that meant a lot to me given that My Brother in Law’s family are from Burnley, definitely a game I didn’t want to get beat in.
The game itself was very poor, In the first half Newcastle looked very lacklustre. Perez looked like a lad that needed a rest. To be fair to the kid he’s been tremendous recently but we need to make certain that we don’t burnout the little Spaniard. We’ve got previous of doing that. Newcastle created very little with Yoan Gouffran being particularly anonymous, how he’s still getting picked after being absolutely shite for a year is beyond me. Burnley took the lead 10 minutes before HT when George Boyd slipped a very saveable effort past Rob ’Blob’ Elliot. I’m not Krul’s biggest fan but this clown must only be on the payroll as he’s Pardew’s mate. Surely that Alnwick lad cant be worse than this Keegan hating fool. Straight after the goal I darted for a pint. I wasn’t shocked to see many there already. The game was desperately poor.
To be fair to the lads they rallied in the second half with Cabella in particular looking like he gave a toss. The lad obviously has ability but it’s his lack of physicality worries me, unfortunately we’re not a big enough club to be able to bed players in for a year we need them to hit the ground running. Hopefully tonight was the turning point.
Newcastle were level after Janmaat cross was blasted home from Cisse. I struggled to see it with a fuck off pillar in my way, anyway I went mental and strongly believed we’d go on to win the game. United had the best of the game after that but created very little in terms of clear cut chances. Cabella had a couple of moments but Newcastle were severely missing the drive of Moussa Sissoko and after an hour the game turned into a bit of a dead event.
Anyway, I’d see this as a 2 points lost and with the champions elect down the Barrack Road on Saturday I cant see us winning anytime soon. I’ll happily settle for just beating Spurs and Sunderland mind.
Enjoy your week and lets show them horrible bastards a proper atmosphere on Saturday. I despise that football club.
Newcastle United: Elliot 4 Janmaat 7 Williamson 4 (Taylor – 7) Dummett 6, Haidara 6, Abeid 5, Tioté 5 , Gouffran 2, Pérez 5 (Cabella – 7 ), Ameobi 5 (Riviere – 5 ) Cissé 7
Their Support – Quiet and seem already bored at the ‘Best League in the World’. 5
Our Support– Full of shit songs as we usually are nowadays. Some lads singing Fuck the IRA’ being the low point. 3