Andrew Frost isn’t too disappointed with Burnley’s defeat at the weekend.
Let me start by saying that I didn’t want us to lose to Southampton. Nor do I ever want Burnley to lose any game they play. But given the circumstances, the FA Cup defeat on Saturday didn’t hurt like most losses.
However irritating you may find the phrase ‘the league is our main concern’ – it’s probably extremely applicable to Burnley right now. Not since the early part of the millennium have I seen the Clarets near the summit of the Championship. While it’s impossible to say for sure that we will stay there, I’d argue a cup run this season would only act as a hindrance.
The squad that faced the Saints – barring Michael Duff and Ben Mee’s absences – was arguably as strong as it could have been. You’ve got to applaud the manager for attempting to win every game. But no matter how many times the players say ‘we’ve never been fitter’, fatigue is bound to catch up with the squad eventually.
For a team like Leicester, players can be rotated and rested. Unfortunately, Sean Dyche doesn’t have that luxury. Until reinforcements arrive, the squad has to be managed carefully. We have to be realistic here: would four more games, for example, be good for the players?
We are hardly going to win the competition.
In fact the best FA Cup memories I have with Burnley are associated with a win over lowly Canvey Island and a defeat to our arch rivals at Ewood. Personally I’m not in love with the famous old competition; I’d even argue that the League Cup is more exciting.
Am I beginning to sound like Paul Lambert here?
Had we won, I’d have obviously accepted that. But to be honest the defeat hasn’t really bothered me. Would any of us really have relished a cold Tuesday night third-round replay had it ended in a draw? Yes the Jay Rod returning to the Turf story would have been nice to see, but for £20+?
I’m not so sure.
Naturally I’m disappointed in defeat, but putting the result in context, it might just actually be a blessing in disguise.
Maybe I’m just a pessimist? Maybe I’m a realist?
I’ll let you decide that.
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