Date: 30th September 2014 at 12:03pm
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The Clarets suffered a humiliating 4-0 drubbing at the hands of West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday after conceding two goals in each half. In front of the live Sky Sports cameras Burnley put in one of their worst performances in some time and were outplayed in all departments. The defence was woeful, the midfield ineffective and the strike force non-existent. If you give your keeper the man of the match award despite conceding four goals you know your team is in trouble!

You could make excuses in the sense that we had a lot of players out injured and were forced to put out a completely different team to recently but it just seemed to highlight our lack of depth in the squad. The result and performance to say the least was very worrying after recent decent shifts. We had been congratulating ourselves prior to this game on how well our defence had been playing with three consecutive clean sheets on the board but to now let in four goals and not manage to score one at the other end just seemed to highlight our underlying problems. Burnley just can`t seem to score and it was noticeable in this match how few chances we created. Clarets fans have been unable to celebrate a goal now since the opening day of the season when Arfield put one past Chelsea and it really is now becoming a major worry! Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, our goal-scoring powerhouse from last season are of course still out injured but goals from the Juke also seem to have dried up after an impressive pre-season campaign. Ashley Barnes and Marvin Sordell are also struggling to find the back of the net. Is it the strikers` fault or the service they are getting? What has happened to Trippier? He was terrible on Sunday both in defence and in terms of getting forward. His trademark runs this season and his assists appear to have dried-up unless Dyche has told him to stay back more and defend against the Premier League opposition attacking forces. Arfield also seems to have gone off the boil since missing the penalty against Palace the other week whilst our midfield on Sunday seemed to be mainly wingers with two of them being forced to play in the middle. It didn`t work, in fact nothing worked and it was truly painful to watch!

Let`s be clear, West Brom did not look that impressive, we were just terrible! If we can`t pick up points against such a side we are going to struggle this season to stay up and with Burnley still looking for their first win and propping up the Premier League table things are already beginning to look a little ominous. Three points from six games is not looking good at this stage and we need to quickly get back on track and get that elusive first win before confidence plummets. We simply have to forget this match, put it to the back of our minds and move on starting with a tricky game at Leicester next Saturday

Team Sheet

Not only were we without Danny Ings and of course Sam Vokes up front but crucially both our regular central midfielders of late, Dean Marney and David Jones were also out injured and for the first time this season we adopted a 4-1-4-1 formation. Jutkiewicz played alone up front supported by four players behind him who were all normally wingers! (Wallace, Arfield, Boyd and Kightly). Boyd and Arfield played in the centre of midfield but it looked a strange line-up to say the least! Steven Reid took up the anchor role in front of the back four. In summary then we lined-up as follows:

Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Reid, Wallace, Arfield, Boyd, Kightly, Jutkiewicz

Subs: Gilks, Keane, Long, Ward, Chalobah, Sordell, Barnes

Full Match Report

With the match underway, there was early evidence that Burnley could be about to struggle with West Brom taking the initiative in the opening minutes and putting Burnley on the back foot. The ploy of trying to force the Baggies to play down the flanks seemed to work though and Burnley soaked up the early pressure snuffing out most of the crosses from the wings. It wasn`t until the 13th minute that Burnley created their first real chance when Kightly attempted a half-volley but was unable to keep the ball down and on target. West Brom began to turn the screw and a deflection off Duff was enough to deny Chris Blunt with the ball hitting the side-netting. Berahino from a tight angle then dragged his shot just a few inches wide of the post as the Baggies began to press and dominate the game. It only looked a matter of time before West Brom would take the leak with the ball hardly in the hosts half and just past the half-hour mark the inevitable happened. It was a very well-taken in-swinging ball by Blunt from a corner that did the damage. Craig Dawson who we tried to sign in the summer jumped up the highest to head home at the far post! He has now signed a new three-year deal at the Hawthorns so his desire to move away appears to be no more. Burnley seemed to give up hope and it`s difficult to recall any meaningful Clarets attacks in the first half. West Brom were now chucking everything at the Burnley defence hoping to double their advantage. Duff and Shackell combined well to snuff out a dangerous run by Berahino and then in the 42nd minute, Brunt came close with a well taken first-time effort that flew just inches wide of target. Heaton then pulled off a great save to deny Dorrans after getting his fingertips to the long-range effort and seeing the ball fly over the crossbar. It was a killer blow moments later though when just on the stroke of half-time, the hosts finally managed to double their lead. Once again the goal came from a corner, this time taken by Morrison. The ball found Dorrans at the near post and he managed to flick the ball on where Berahino was quick off the mark to score from close range and give the Clarets one major headache at half-time. We had not been in the game at all and now had a mountain to climb to get back into it.

Sean Dyche had to do something and he made two changes for the start of the second half. On came Chelsea loanee, Nathaniel Chalobah to make his debut for the club replacing the somewhat ineffective Reid. Ashley Barnes was also now on the pitch after replacing Ross Wallace. It was time to revert to our normal 4-4-2 and hope we could somehow get a goal back. Nothing much changed though and Burnley continued to look woeful in all departments. First Shackell got his body in the way of a shot from outside the box by Craig Gardner and then Mee repeated the feat to deny Sessègnon. It was game over though soon after when in the 56th minute, the Baggies bagged a third! Dorrans played Berahino through on goal and he nonchalantly thumped the ball beyond Heaton`s reach to make it 3-0. It was now too little, too late as the Clarets finally notched up a couple of gears and started to create a few chances of their own in the forlorn hope of somehow getting back in the game. Jutkiewicz came close with a header after latching onto a superb cross from Trippier into the box. Baggies keeper, Ben Foster though was able to produce a good save. Sordell was now on the pitch after replacing Jutkiewicz in the 67th minute and although both he and Barnes had chances they simply could not keep their shots on target. West Brom continued to look dangerous on the break and indeed dangerous full-stop! Dorrans skipped into the penalty area only to thankfully scuff his shot wide of the post. Burnley kept huffing and puffing but by now Clarets fans knew their side`s fate. Dawson blocked a Boyd shot and then Foster saved a Trippier attempt but it all seemed pointless now and just to rub salt in the wounds, West Brom got a fourth in the last minute of normal time. West Brom substitute Cristián Gamboa was allowed too much space down the right and he pulled the ball back for Dorrans to make no mistake and ensure the miserable day for Clarets fans was now complete. Burnley have not scored now in eight hours and 46 minutes of Premier League play and with the defence now crumbling there are serious problems that Sean Dyche will have to address and quickly.

Match Stats

West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Pocognoli (Gamboa 83), Dorrans, Gardner (Yacob 87), Morrison, Brunt, Sessègnon (Samaras 74), Berahino.

Subs not used: Myhill, McAuley, Mulumbu, Blanco

Goals: Dawson 30, Berahino 45+1, 56, Dorrans 90

Booked: Yellow Card for Dorrans (75)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Reid (Chalobah 46), Wallace (Barnes 46), Arfield, Boyd, Kightly, Jutkiewicz (Sordell 67)

Subs not used: Gilks, Keane, Long, Ward

Booked: Yellow Cards for Chalobah (46) and Mee (89)

Possession: 63% West Brom, 37% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)


12 Replies to “Humiliating Horror Show at the Hawthorns!”

  • You are deluded I am afraid. when you state ‘Let`s be clear, West Brom did not look that impressive, we were just terrible! If we can`t pick up points against such a side we are going to struggle this season to stay up and with Burnley still looking for their first win and propping up the Premier League table things are already beginning to look a little ominous’ If you cant pick up points against us?? I am sorry but you’re an idiot.

    You are not a Premiership Team, at best you a top 10 Championship team. This has been shown so far this season, you scraped a few draws and have managed to score 1 Goal (from 6, yes 6 games)

    Please listen to what you manager has to say on this page, he speaks sense unlike the clueless fool wo wrote this article.

  • You are a clueless fool Karl. If you think West Brom are brilliant because you beat us 4-0 then you are the deluded one. This is the worst I have seen Burnley play under Dyche. You were poor early on and out pathetic defending and non-existent midfield and attack made you look good. It’s only a week ago that Irvine was s##t and now he’s a hero. Fickle fans are everywhere. At the end of the season we might go down and you might stay up but you are still just a make weight for the Premier League and ordinary at best.

  • West Brom did not look that impressive?

    If we can`t pick up points against such a side we are going to struggle this season?

    first off Albion was VERY impressive and even your own manager and players have said we were but obviously there are some deluded Burnley fans here who like to make excuses.

    secondly, what makes you think you even had a chance of picking up points against Albion anyway? you cant even score a goal never mind pick up points, Burnley have managed to scrap a few bore draws together without scoring good for you but get off your high horses, Burnley does not have the team or quality needed to pick up points, relegation is a certain for you lot.

  • Have the schools broke up for half term already. We know we had a shocker against you. But I will not be surprised if WBA will be in a relegation battle along with half a dozen others including us. Lets look at the tables after you have been to Turf Moor.

  • My problem is that your deluded reporter believes we are easy meat, and the fact you should of picked up something from this game!!!!
    We have a vurtually brand new team with a new manager, I wasnt one of the fans calling for Irvines head, I believe everyone deserves a chance and not to be judged too early.
    In your cases its the same as always, you’re not a premership team nor will you ever be,.

    I would rather stay a make weight than have some arab invest billions in to my team. I would finish 17th every season and be happy with that. I dont care about playing in the champions league and winning the prem. I’m a fan of what my football club stands for, not what you can become from buying success……

  • These WBA jokers get a bit exited. They got three easy points and we got a naff goal diff. To be fair they started well and looked fairly cohesive. Under it all though they are like most of the clubs in the PL who struggle to keep in touch with the big money clubs. (Mind you the fans in the ground know how to make an interesting atmosphere!)

  • We have earned our right Karl to play in the Premier.We support a team that boasts Eng.Irish,Scot.Welsh players unlike ye lot who IMPORT a lot of yours.What does YOUR team stand for!!!!!!!We do not believe also in spending billions.We are a small club that punch above our weight.If you are happy to finish 17th.every season it shows your ambition and it also shows why we would think we have a good chance beating you.Ye were by far the better team on the day,but there will be another day in Turf Moor when we will have our 2 strikers and 2 midfielders back fit and we will give you a game.Could you please contact our public announcer as I think he will have a problem calling out the names of some of YOUR team.

  • Irishclaret, it shows what you know (absolutely nothing) we had 7 homegrown players in our starting line up on Sunday. How many other prem clubs can boast that?? not many, I can assure you of that.
    My ambition as a fan is to see my team play in the premier league, week in week out, not to be overun by muppets and glory hunters. You clearly know ***** all about being a fan do you?
    As for struggling with our players names, maybe if you had attened school it would of made it easier…..

  • Karl..i note you cannot spell the word ATTENDED!!!!!!! were you the dunce in the class. ALL our players ARE homegrown.We are the ONLY premier team that can boast that. 7 out of 11 does NOT make a homegrown team…you must have been ***** at maths too!!! We have many things in common Karl…we both support teams that founded the English league and have proud traditions.We also agree that money has ruined the game we love.You stand up for your team as I stand up for mine and we will let the muppets argue amongst themselves.Good luck to West Brom in the Premier…likewise to my beloved Burnley.

  • I saw what I saw! I have seen far better teams in the Prem this season and indeed some in the Champs last season! We made West Brom look better than they were by playing like complete plonkers in all departments! I have no qualms about West Brom and hope they stay up! We have a similar heritage and history but really to think a 4-0 win over an HOPELESS Burnley side warrants anything more is silly

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