Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday October 21 2009
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez acknowledges the fact that Burnley can be an intimidating place to visit and the cobbled streets of the Dickensesque town is reminiscent of a bygone age just like their fans who have suddenly conjured up delusions of grandeur.
It appears that Burnley are the new Newcastle United with a fanatical support that see life through club colours which unlike the Geordie vision of black and white theirs is claret and blue, but they have the same feeling of importance and cocky swagger that winds up opposing more rational supporters.
With an impressive home form that compares to diabolical away statistics suggesting that they have caught teams cold and bullied them into submission on their own patch, teams like Manchester United and Everton quite possibly turned up expecting a stroll in the park and got their bottoms spanked with the ferocity of the locals and the setting of Royston Vasey, sorry Burnley.
So the Latics need to be cautious but not afraid, confident but not complacent and keep their passing game flowing with possession high and we`ll see how taking the backwater town from the 1950`s into the 21st century with sophisticated football turns their home form on its head.
Latics boss Martinez though does comment on the need for being ready, he says: 'It is a tough place to visit, but we will have to be ready.
'The atmosphere at Turf Moor is very intimidating - the fans really get behind their team and they have a real momentum in the football club that is reflected in the players' efforts.
'Burnley had a very slow start to last season, but Owen Coyle turned it around on limited resources which was a great achievement. And the job he has done there speaks for itself.'
I just hope that I don`t get bit on the bum with my tongue in cheek comments and we do come away with a creditable win which would be a fantastic result at what is a truly intimidating place.
It`ll be like Halloween has come early
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Date:Wednesday October 21 2009
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