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Saints At Burnley The Verdict
Sunday, 27th Sep 2020 16:21
Saints got their first win of the season at the fourth attempt, but we should not get too carried away yet after the win against a poor understrength Burnley team who were too one dimensional to break down a resolute Saints defence.
A win is a win and the first three points of the season is very welcome, but truth is we played better going forward against both Palace and Tottenham, we were just not carved apart at the back by a Burnley side that was one dimensional and could not change tactics to try and open us up.
Ralph Hasenhuttl made the right change in the centre of the defence, in bringing in Jannik Vestergaard for Jack Stephens he added strength to the back four with the Danish centre half and Jan Bednarek able to withstand the constant balls pumped forward to try and find Wood up front for Burnley.
Saints took the lead early on with a well worked move that saw Che Adams through and then lay a lovely ball for Danny Ings to slot home and give Saints a 5th minute lead, we looked comfortable from then on with some slick passing, but we had to match strength with strength and to be blunt Sean Dyche could not change tactics and made it easy for us to defend.
The only real chance Burnley had was when a poor clearance saw the ball hammered at goal and Alex McCarthy saved well.
But there was always the chance that we would do the usual lapse of concentration thing and gift a goal, but the good thing was that didn't happen.
But we should not get carried away just yet, Burnley were woefully understrength and woefully short of any sort of plan B, Sean Dyche seemed unable to change the way his side played and the costant hoof forward was dealt with, in the centre of midfield James Ward Prowse and Oriol Romeu had no time for the finer things in football, if the ball wasn't flying way over their heads then they had to rollu their sleeves and graft.
In truth we saw the game out comfortably, but this was a poor Burnley side.
So some good things came out of this game, but we should not allow it to make us think everything is ok, we still need to address the same issues, if we do this can be a good season again, if we don't then it will be another of what if.
This was a team performance though and every man did his job and that is the real plus point from the evening.
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Letters from Wiltshire #12 by wessex_exile
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