Burnley have a long way to gaze up the table until they find Saturday’s opponents Arsenal nestled in fifth place.
It’s not a game supporters will have expected to get much from when the fixtures were announced, although the need for points gets ever more vital if Burnley are to have a chance of staying in the Premier League.
Once again on Saturday a solid performance for a portion of the game was undone by spells of error against an Everton team who, fielding a team containing a healthy number of full internationals, had too much quality when it mattered. Danny Ings’ goal aside it’s that element of quality that is making the difference every time Burnley play.
So there are realistic expectations of the Arsenal, and if we are allowed to dream, it might well be in the past, remembering when Peter Noble put the winner in at, I think, the Clock End at Highbury, 40 years ago. It was the last time Burnley won at Arsenal, and as a featured game on the September 7, 1974, edition of Match of the Day was a rare treat. The MOTD cameras didn’t come to Burnley much, by order of Bob Lord, and I think Burnley wore one of my favourite away kits that day, the 70s, crew-neck collared style in darkish blue with claret trim and a claret italicised BFC embroidered on it (get on with it, TOFFS; or the club, for that matter).
The classy Noble, nicknamed “Uwe” due to his resemblance to Germany’s legend Uwe Zeeler (neither had much hair in an era when style demanded it), made my night as a nine-year-old, allowed to stay up and watch MOTD. Sweet dreams.