Pure Poyetry across the Pennine Way: faint praise for draw at Burnley

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox
Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

John McCormick writes: This morning I was still hoping I’d get that phone call to tell me there was a spare ticket. I was ready for a last minute rush but I’d have got there. Was I lucky or not? Even our esteemed manager accepts it wasn’t the best game in this, the post match e-mail he sends to our equally esteemed editor and maybe one or two others …



Dear Colin,

I don’t think it was the best game that you will see in the Barclays Premier League.

It was tight, there were periods in the first half that I thought we started to play the way I want, using the space for our advantage but it was only glimpses and for a few moments.

We came back a little bit later so it was in and out. You need to be on it all the time, trying to do the right things.

I would say it was an okay performance but no more than that.

Jake: 'firing blanks'
Jake: ‘firing blanks’

I think that the final 10 minutes showed that we wanted to win the game, both teams needed to win and it was close, but the longer the game went on it was a typical 0-­0 or 1-­0, maximum.

I did not think there would be more than one goal and we were trying to make sure it was us who got it, it wasn’t to be but we got our first clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League.

We need to keep trying to defend better and improve in the final third to see if we can score a few more goals.

Like I said I am okay and I am not disappointed. I thought we had a great opportunity to show how much we have improved; we didn’t do it but at the same time we battled and it wasn’t to be.

We need to move on and make sure that we are a bit better in certain aspects of the game.

Thanks for your support,
Gus Poyet

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