The following match report was originally written for nonaynever.net by myself…
Burnley were held to another draw at Turf Moor. This time against Cardiff City, Samuel Marsden reports.
A point is a point. Is a point. But, oh, #twitterclarets, it could and should have been so much more.
If our skipper, Chris Mccann, had headed in from close range instead of wide late on then I would be telling you about our first glorious three points.
Instead the spin I have to put on it is that, in all competitions, we have carried on our unbeaten home record. Three draws in regulation time mind.
1502 hours and it had all started so wonderfully well. Wallace fed Trippier, who was again impressive, to beat his man and hang a perfect cross in the air for Charlie Austin. The former brickie had no problem heading Burnley one up.
Not long later Marney broke into the Cardiff box and went down. Penalty? Curiously not given. And so the referee’s afternoon began to disintegrate in what had developed into a rainy East Lancashire.
Marney was almost instantly booked, for a probably cynical foul. But if the referee was certain it was not a penalty he should have booked him previously for diving- shouldn’t he?
Anyway, Austin was lively. He stung Marshall’s hands from a long way out with a great drive. Meanwhile another cynical foul by Marney went unpunished. He was then lucky to stay on following a high foot. This has been noted in the interest of fairness, as I am now set to mention the Bluebird’s ‘tactics’.
Cardiff’s physical presence (is that fair?) then came more obviously into play. Treacy was brutally clattered several times, one time by Gerrard. The Cardiff defender was then seemingly booked before the referee allowed play to proceed with a throw in. Strange.
Both sets of supporters, in unison, rang out with ‘you don’t know what you’re doing.’ He did. Just not that well.
Austin, like Treacy, took some knocks from the Bluebirds- as did JayRod. One from Whittingham which led to the City equaliser. Conway, carrying a few pounds, got free on the left. He fed Eanrshaw who was free in the box. He controlled and easily rolled the ball home. It was pretty familiar.
The second half almost opened with a bullet from Ross Wallace. It didn’t. It flew wide. Good effort though.
JayRod dropped all too easily looking for a penalty. Maybe it would have been justice, if given, for the earlier one not given. But there was no justice at t’Turf yesterday.
Zavon Hines was introduced for the flagging Austin. He looked quick, and worked a few openings. He’ll definitely bring something new to the attacking options. Unlike poor Danny Ings who will be out till next year now.
Burnley continued to press into stoppage time. Wade Elliott put several free kicks into decent areas, alas, to no avail. But the main second half chance we were left to rue was that of our captain. Which came and then went.
It could, maybe should have been three. But it wasn’t. They’ll come at Pride Park next week. Definitely.
You’ve heard me garble on a bit too much, but what of the fans of the two clubs? Here’s what people were tweeting from both clubs about yesterday’s 1-1 draw.