I don't really know where to begin with today, as it's the best we've played all season and we still came away with nothing. For 70 minutes of the game Wanderers were by far the best team; playing attacking, free-flowing football that had me daydreaming about the glory days. Derik Osede replaced the injured Dorian Dervite and had a brilliant game, doing an outstanding job of keeping Andre Gray quiet for the best part of 90 minutes. We set up in Lennon's new favourite 4-1-2-1-2 formation, otherwise known as a diamond, which seemed to be working well. Jay Spearing's "roll your sleeves up and get stuck in" attitude was exactly what we needed at the base of midfield, with Darren Pratley & Mark Davies playing in the wider positions of the diamond, yet remaining fairly narrow to bolster our midfield. Zach Clough struggled in such a rough-and-tumble game, being muscled off the ball on countless occasions - he might be good but he's got a hell of a lot to learn. Up top, Emile Heskey was excellent as our target man and Liam Feeney had his best game for us bar none.
We were the best team in the first half and were unlucky not to go in ahead. Our goal came after the break and was the result of sheer rugged determination by Pratley as he stole the ball in central midfield and played a pass out wide to Gary Madine, who duly fired across the box for Liam Feeney to stroke home. Five minutes later the visitors were level after a smart save by Paul Rachubka denied Andre Gray at the first time of asking, although our stand-in goalkeeper failed to palm the ball to safety, allowing Gray to fire the ball in from close range with his second effort. As soon as we'd conceded we were immediately on the back foot - on the defensive and almost certain to concede again - and it didn't take long. Jay Spearing failed to release the ball in the centre circle and had it pinched from under his nose, allowing the visitors to release the aforementioned Gray who slotted home with ease to seal all three points and send Burnley top of the Championship table.
We were genuinely fantastic today - it's the best I've seen us play in a long, long time - and yet we've come away with nothing. Lennon's piss poor substitutions didn't help, bringing Stephen Dobbie on at 1-1 in place of Zach Clough was never going to do us any favours. It's going to take a lot for the management team to pull the lads up from this, as they'll know they've played out of their skins and come away with nothing. I haven't seen the other results today, but at this rate it's going to take some sort of divine intervention to save us from relegation.
On to the next one.