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The opposition view: Burnley

Filed: Monday, 31st December 2018
By: Staff Writer

A much-needed fourth Premier League win of the campaign was enough to spread some seasonal cheer around the Lancashire market town of Burnley.

Read what Clarets fans made of their unexpected victory in 2018's final edition of the OV...

"In most games this year we have had made few chances - even where we have got a result. Yesterday was the opposite - we made loads of clear cut chances and ripped their defence apart several times. It also proved that the top teams would score five or six in a game like that because they have world class finishers whereas teams like Burnley (and a number of other teams) end up getting only one or two goals. I was beginning to think we would not see us 'thrash' a team in this division like that again!"
- TVC15

"Something changed because that was the best I have seen from the Clarets in a long time. Outstanding first 60 minutes, and confidence seemed to be flowing through the team.
Personally, I was glad to see Tom back between the sticks doing his organizing and somehow it just felt like Burnley again. I really hope he does not leave in January. Feel much better about our prospects after that, delighted for young Dwight, and good chance to build on that at Hudders on Wednesday."
- Cajun

"2-0 definitely flattered West Ham. We played some great stuff today and made more very good chances in one game than we have in the last couple of months. Loads of great one touch passing, use of the wings and getting to the byline more than we have for a long time. Starting a game on the front foot is so important and hope we do this against Huddersfield and Fulham where we need to be looking for a minimum of four points before we batter United at the Theatre of Sh-ite!"
- TVC15

"Heaton made a massive difference. First half he rushed off his line to win a header that started the move towards a goal, this summed him up - the antithesis of Hart. He was shouting at his defence the entire game, made a text book close-range stop and got a high claim I doubt Joe would have even jumped for. The apologists for Hart must surely see now what myself and many others have been clamouring for, for weeks and weeks. Was he the only difference? Absolutely not - Bardsley and McNeil outstanding, defence really solid (including Taylor - his best game for us) and Cork/Westwood were superb with the press. The forwards defended from the front and we carved out enough chances to have won 4 or 5-0."
- jedi_master

"Week after week we've given the opposition free-headers / shots and they've generally buried them, giving Hart simply no chance. Same happens yesterday, instead it's an unbelievably tame header and it goes straight at Heaton. Heaton's return yesterday was certainly significant but you have to feel for Hart, he didn't seem to get those sort of lucky breaks."
- nil_desperandum

"I thought Heaton performed better than Hart has (of late) but cannot say it was that alone. I bet Dyche said after that awful display against Everton that everyone's shirt was up for grabs, not just now but for every game.Chuck in a youngster like McNeil and then he excels, it throws pressure on everyone. Very happy overall, a kick up arse we needed after Boxing Day."
- criminalclaret

"Referee David Coote was great for us but neutralised the second half threat of Carroll by booking him for a nothing aerial challenge straight away and ignored Tarks' push in the back midway through the second half which, judging by the standards of our own fans over recent weeks, should have been a West Ham penalty."
- Devils_Advocate

"Coote was the best ref we have had all season. Not perfect, but didnít really fall for any of their antics. A poor ref would have protected Anderson from good defending. Iíll have to rewatch the Andy Carroll yellow, I initially thought he led with the elbow purposefully and deserved to go."
- Roosterbooster

"Phil Bardsley had a tough assignment today, but had Anderson on toast. A few fair but robust tackles and the £40million man didnít want to know."
- Bordeauxclaret

"Very exciting stuff. But I remember 1975-76. The year we went down for the last time in over 30 years. We had WHU at home. I went to the match feeling sure we would lose (much like today), but we won 2-0. An untried midfielder called Kevin Kennerley scored. His only goal for us. I'm happy for Dwight McNeill. I just hope history doesn't repeat itself."
- Quicknick

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