Burnley romped to victory at home to Swansea on Saturday and despite the low scoreline of 2-0, it was a complete performance from the home side who never looked in danger.
It was the sort of fixture I could see us failing to win, or even losing, given that our previous four games against Swansea resulted in defeats and we have tended to under-perform against lower sides in the league of late.
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From the first whistle we threatened early and often, with Hendrick in particular breaking free in the number 10 position behind Barnes. We carved open the Swansea defence like a Christmas turkey and it was a brilliant move to open the scoring.
Jack Cork picked up the ball on halfway and shimmied past a Swansea player, fed in Ashley Barnes, who pushed the ball wide to Brady. The Irishman swept in a wonderful cross, whilst Cork drifted away from the Swansea defence and nodded past the Fabianski from two yards out.
It was sweet to see Cork, fresh from his England debut, score against his former club. Jack has been in superb form since he joined for £10m. Meanwhile, Swansea paid £15m for Sam Clucas who was anonymous throughout.
Within 10 minutes we made it 2-0. Hendrick broke free and fed in Barnes, who took one touch and drilled an unstoppable shot past the Swansea keeper’s near post.
The rest of the game saw us hold firm in defence but still wander forward, slicing the Swansea defence open at will. Defour, Hendrick and Cork were phenomenal and moved the ball about masterfully.
I would like to single out Gudmundsson, who turned in his best game as a Claret. He was direct on the ball and drifted inside well. Comparing him to Arfield, one could say he lacks the same drive and ability to get back and defend, but he showed a lot of those qualities whilst being a driving force in our attacking play, too.
We now sit in sixth, one point from fourth place, and entertain Arsenal at home next week. That has become a six-pointer, would you believe.
Can we challenge for Europe? I don’t see why not, if we can continue to play like we did against Swansea. It looked every bit like a top Premier League side giving a relegation candidate a footballing lesson. A pleasure to witness.