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2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Burnley

Premier League Final Position: 19th

Review

Burnley suffered with an array of problems that ultimately lead to an unsuccessful Premier League season. First of all, they struggled to put the ball in the back of the net, scoring fewer goals (28) than any other side. They also recorded the fewest wins (7) out of any team. The squad that Sean Dyche had at his disposal simply wasn’t prepared for life at the top level and Burnley’s lack of financial resources played a big role in determining the quality of players they could bring in. You cannot fault the work-rate, desire and commitment of the Clarets but they didn’t have the technical ability or clinical finishing required in front of goal in a cut-throat division. The squad is essentially a Championship level of quality and that’s why they came up just short in the end.

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Best Moment

Winning 1-0 at home to Manchester City. It was a great moment for everyone involved with the club as the reigning champions were stunned at Turf Moor by a fantastic George Boyd strike. That goal helped Burnley to their first win for eight games and gave them a glimmer of hope that they could potentially avoid the drop.

Worst Moment

The 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester. The Clarets welcomed fellow relegation strugglers Leicester to Turf Moor for a crucial game. Matt Taylor had the chance to give Burnley the lead from the penalty spot but he struck the post with his effort. Then 59 seconds later, Jamie Vardy bundled in a winner for the Foxes which crushed Burnley’s realistic hopes of survival.

Player of the Year

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Danny Ings – The Englishman scored 11 goals and made four assists from his 35 appearances and was easily Burnley’s stand-out player for the season.

Biggest Win

Burnley 1-0 Hull City (Nov 8, 2014)

Stoke City 1-2 Burnley (Nov 22, 2014)

Burnley 1-0 Southampton (Dec 13, 2014)

Burnley 2-1 Queens Park Rangers (Jan 10, 2015)

Burnley 1-0 Manchester City (Mar 14, 2015)

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Hull City 0-1 Burnley (May 9, 2015)

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley (May 24, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley (Sep 28, 2014)

What to improve for the 2015/16 season…

Achieving an instant return to the Premier League is going to be tough for Burnley. It’s going to be a summer of transition for the Clarets and holding to their key assets won’t be easy. Danny Ings has already drawn attention from Liverpool and Tottenham, while his contract expires in June anyway, so it looks like he’s certain to leave. Sean Dyche could also be on the shortlist for clubs looking for a new manager, so they will do well to keep hold of him. The areas for improvement next season are obvious – score more goals and bring in suitable replacement for those heading out of the club.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)
MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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