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Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Burnley

Bore draw

April 2 2006

The Longside brings you the match report from our 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Chances were few and far between, but Burnley can count themselves unlucky not to have come away with all three points.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Burnley



The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to three games after a drab encounter at Hillsborough. Chances for both sides were few and far between, but the Clarets certainly had the better of the chances, and with more composure could have come away with all three points.


The Clarets lined up with the same eleven that started the game against Southampton, but with Alan Mahon and Graham Branch swapping wings, Mahon this time on the left, and Branch on the right.


The first half was far from eventful although Brian Jensen was called into action with a smart save to deny Marcus Tudgay. The Clarets though rarely threatened and at half-time the game looked to have 0-0 written all over it.


Into the second half and the Clarets came out positively, and during a fifteen minute spell really should have put the game beyond Wednesday. The first chance came from a corner, with Frank Sinclair rising highest but directing his header wide in front of the travelling Clarets.


Shortly after and the Clarets had another glorious chance. Andy Gray was put clear, and rounded Wednesday keeper Scott Carson. To be fair to Gray there seemed to be contact between himself and Carson, but Gray opted to stay on his feet and from a tight angle saw his shot cleared off the line by a Wednesday defender. Ironic that in a week where managers are calling for stronger action towards diving, one of our very own shows some honesty when other players would have gone down.


The third and final chance came from an Alan Mahon cross. Into the mix it went, and Chris McCann rose highest. McCann though, who had another good game, saw his header fly wide. It was a great chance and he really should have hit the target. Had he done so, we would be celebrating a 1-0 win now as it had enough power to take it beyond Carson, who was nowhere near it. The travelling Clarets looked at each other in disbelief, and there were plenty of heads in hands in the away end.


Still, it wasn’t to be and although a less than inspiring game, the Clarets were the better side. There were mostly average performances from our players, but Duff was once again impressive. McCann continues to get better by the game and Gray always looks dangerous. Mahon again showed glimpses of class, but he does seem wasted on the wing.


Also, a special mention goes out to Michael Ricketts for his inability to even return from offside positions now. It’s no surprise Leeds are keen to get rid of him, his heart just doesn’t look into it at all at the moment, and you have to wonder what level he will be playing his football in next season.


That was really the only negative that we could take out of the game though, and although the Clarets were not overly impressive, we’ve stretched our unbeaten run to three now and look to be getting stronger. The squad is looking in good shape and it all bodes well for next season.


The Burnley fans were once again fantastic, and fair play to the young 'uns that seem to be housing themselves at the back of each away end we go to in recent weeks, they really do get a good atmosphere going. The Wednesday fans in comparison were silent, and they are the ones that still have something to play for. Never mind, we might just get the opportunity to relegate Millwall if Wednesday fail to pull away from the Lions. That could be a quiet day in South-East London (not).

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