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fartcatcher

Burnley H

My first appearance at ER since the broad farce of last home game of last season v Brighton and Diouf showing the Brighton fans his class.

Quietly hoping to see my first outfield goal since March 17th 2012 v W Ham. (Becchio 83 min), although with 6 goals in 7 games it is by no means a foregone conclusion.

Still - at least the weather forecast is good.
Forest

I also went today after a four year hiatus, report later when I have time.
fartcatcher

Well - got my wish. An outfield goal - even if it was from a dead ball. That's where it stopped though.

First half our midfield was completely overrun. Lucky they only got two. Both goals came from blocked attempts which they reacted to more quickly.

Varney's headed miss from McCormick's inch perfect cross was unbelievable.

They should pin his eyeballs open and make him watch it again and again, like Alex in Clockwork Orange. And probably with a few electric shocks as well. He's never going to score more than eight a season and that's n.g.e. for a striker.

Aidy White brought down for what I thought was a clear pen. in first half injury time.

Murphy anonymous and getting stick from the fans.
Thought Austin was very poor. Reminds me of Carlton Palmer. A windmill of flailing limbs and a tendency to trap the ball with his shin.

Diouf - very neat touches but over-elaborates.

We were better second half particularly when Green and Smith came on.

Some poor decision making. Just after we scored, we had a corner. I think it was Diouf took it short and it ended up at the half way line. Surely, he should have knocked in straight away as Smith had been causing them a few problems. McD must have had a word as everything after that was launched at Smith's head. He won quite a few, but neither he nor anyone else seemed to know where they were going.

All in all, we huffed and puffed a lot, but couldn't blow their house down.

Can't see where the goals are going to come from. Thought McCormack was our best player but he's not getting the support.

They looked very good first half, particularly the way the midfield released the front men. Manager has done well with a team built around a bunch of Bournemouth rejects.

2-1 a fair score probably.

Over to Forest and LD for the proper reports.
Frazier Cranium

That performance, even though we lost, was an improvement I thought, and certainly better than just about any LU game last season.

And I think Burnley deserve credit, they came to attack and probably they deserved the points.  The 'diamond' clearly didn't work for Leeds, B's first goal came from the left side where White effectively had two men to mark and it was their right back who put the cross in (again) to set up the first goal.

We're not good enough to go up, not with this squad, but I'm far from downhearted by it all, there is plenty still not right at the club but blimey there is so much that HAS been improved since the c0unts have left.  And that includes Ben Fry the match announcer who apparently no longer works there either.
Frazier Cranium

And it wasn't a penalty, White just collapsed under a slight challenge.  He didn't dive either, he just looked weak is how I saw it
fartcatcher

I thought he'd been shoved and made a bit of a meal of it. However, my view from the E stand was sub optimal.

I agree this was a lot better than anything we saw with Colin.

Beeb reckons we had 22 shots on goal. Only 5 on target though!
Late Doors

The usual 40 minute journey in car took nearly two hours yesterday. M62 down to one lane so every bugger and their cat was on the A62. Birstal roundabouts were a virtual standstill so missed the first twenty minutes. I was so pissed off I couldn't be bothered with match notes, sorry.

We were one down already. I'd heard the Burnley fans as I was walking through the car park celebrating the goal but by the time I got into the Kop we seemed to be all over them, attacking and putting them under great pressure. Apparently this was the first period of the match that we were.


We missed a couple of chances during that period but the phase petered out and the game was balanced. We certainly had more width with Byram supporting any attacks down the right and White trying to get things moving down the left but Aidy's crossing is dreadful. We had nothing down the middle and Burnley's excellent defence easily dealt with most things. I would say they were the difference between the sides. Both keepers made great saves but their defence picked up the loose rebounds, ours didn't.
The ref was getting some real stick but I think he called most things spot on. Some weaker refs would have given the penalty in front of the kop. Aidy could have kept going after his terrific foray but chose to take a tumble after the minimal contact he played for. He brushed the body of the defender and fell, he could have hammered it with his left but didn't. wrong gamble but I'm not blaming him for it. Polean was luck not to be red carded from where I saw it. He lost possession and made a lunge. He was lucky. That said he was being pulled back and maybe he should have fallen then.

The most disappointing thing was not putting them under pressure for those last 20 minutes especially the extended AT. Not enough crosses going in given that we had Smith on. That said I thought we played alright but I have to say the best players are Colin's players.

Murphy was lacking in creativity and inspiration. Austin had the touch of a baby elephant with second touch being the proverbial slide tackle. There was a slight murmur of discontent about the kop. Signs of despondency and it isn't even dark yet. To be honest I gave up on any promotion hopes before the season started but at least it looks like we might be able to beat Barnsley at Oakwell this time
Forest

You lot seemed to have covered everything but I think we deserved a point, from my seat directly behind the away goalmouth I  saw Burnleys keeper make two tremendous saves in the second half that kept them in it, and as LD said we didn't press them enough in the last twenty mins.


Bought a Square Ball mag for the first time in years, anyone else noticed that its the same size as The Watchtower. Just saying.
fartcatcher

That's enough about football.
Much more entertaining watching the sprinkler system in action before the game. It's like something out of James Bond.

Two little green trapdoors open and the nozzles rises up out of the ground like periscopes and start spraying water around. They stop, the nozzles descend and the little trapdoors close.
Then the same thing happens somewhere else on the pitch.

I assume they have a network of tunnels and very small people running along winding pulleys etc and turning taps on and off.

Even more entertaining when they soak some poor kids waving a flag about in the middle of the pitch.
Forest

fartcatcher wrote:
That's enough about football.
Much more entertaining watching the sprinkler system in action before the game. It's like something out of James Bond.

Two little green trapdoors open and the nozzles rises up out of the ground like periscopes and start spraying water around. They stop, the nozzles descend and the little trapdoors close.
Then the same thing happens somewhere else on the pitch.

I assume they have a network of tunnels and very small people running along winding pulleys etc and turning taps on and off.

Even more entertaining when they soak some poor kids waving a flag about in the middle of the pitch.


I was sat almost pitch level, couldnt see a trap door. They rise from the ground with a small piece of turf on top then descend into place invisible to the eye.
Obviously trained moles operate them from the tunnels you mention, tied to string conducted like puppets by the chief groundsman/animal trainer.
fartcatcher

Forest wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
That's enough about football.
Much more entertaining watching the sprinkler system in action before the game. It's like something out of James Bond.

Two little green trapdoors open and the nozzles rises up out of the ground like periscopes and start spraying water around. They stop, the nozzles descend and the little trapdoors close.
Then the same thing happens somewhere else on the pitch.

I assume they have a network of tunnels and very small people running along winding pulleys etc and turning taps on and off.

Even more entertaining when they soak some poor kids waving a flag about in the middle of the pitch.


I was sat almost pitch level, couldnt see a trap door. They rise from the ground with a small piece of turf on top then descend into place invisible to the eye.
Obviously trained moles operate them from the tunnels you mention, tied to string conducted like puppets by the chief groundsman/animal trainer.


I like your trained moles theory.

Undoubtedly we have the finest sprinkler system in the Championship.

The legacy of the investment by our much maligned ex-chairman.  
carp

fartcatcher wrote:
Forest wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
That's enough about football.
Much more entertaining watching the sprinkler system in action before the game. It's like something out of James Bond.

Two little green trapdoors open and the nozzles rises up out of the ground like periscopes and start spraying water around. They stop, the nozzles descend and the little trapdoors close.
Then the same thing happens somewhere else on the pitch.

I assume they have a network of tunnels and very small people running along winding pulleys etc and turning taps on and off.

Even more entertaining when they soak some poor kids waving a flag about in the middle of the pitch.


I was sat almost pitch level, couldnt see a trap door. They rise from the ground with a small piece of turf on top then descend into place invisible to the eye.
Obviously trained moles operate them from the tunnels you mention, tied to string conducted like puppets by the chief groundsman/animal trainer.


I like your trained moles theory.

Undoubtedly we have the finest sprinkler system in the Championship.

The legacy of the investment by our much maligned ex-chairman.  


Spot on Foz. The water is pumped by hamsters in wheels too.
smiling badger

Thanks for the report one and all.
Good to hear we have probably the finest water sprinkler system in the league.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Underground Sprinkler System 3 Burnley 2

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