Burnley were well and truly beaten at home to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, a defeat which put a massive dent in the Clarets premiership aspirations.
Although Burnley were unbeaten in five league games prior to this match the bigger picture is one of frustration. Draws at home to Coventry and away to Norwich are games where Burnley need to win if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the top 6.
Sheffield Wednesday was also one of those games the club needed to win, and they failed miserably. The same old story of poor defending saw Burnley put in arguably the worst performance since Owen Coyle took over as manager.
Despite Burnley playing out two frustraing draws against teams in the lower half of the league, Owen Coyle strangely named an unchanged side for the game with Sheffield Wednesday.
Burnley started the brighter of the two sides, with Blake and Elliot creating chances for the Burnley strikers without looking too dangerous. Sheffield Wednesday were quick to come into the game however and were soon infront. A mistake from Wade Elliot gave Tudgay plenty of time and space in the box and he despatched his shot past Brian Jensen to give Wednesday a deserved lead.
Sheffield Wednesday went into the break with the lead, but once again in the second half Burnley started the better, and this time they had something to show. An inswinging free kick from Blake was met by Chris McCann, whose header sailed past Lee Grant to pull the Clarets level.
Just like the first half Sheffield Wednesday were soon back in the game and were unlucky as Tudgay and Clarke both hitting the woodwork. Wednesday were soon back in front though, Tudgay once again firing past Jensen after more woeful defending.
It was to get worse for Burnley with more woeful defending letting Clarke grabbing two more goals, one stunning strike from the edge of the box, and another one which he easily lifted over Jensen with the Burnley defence nowhere to be seen.
Eagles grabbed a consolation for the Clarets with a free kick late on but the result never looked in any doubt.
Burnley will have the chance to bounce back from this defeat on Tuesday with a short trip to Blackpool on the agenda. Another game against a team from the lower half of the league, and with the recent form and a heavy defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, Coyle has said that he will ring the changes for the Lancashire Derby.
Burnley 2-4 Sheffield Wednesday