A long and awkward journey north to Burnley in prospect for the faithful. I have been to Turf Moor a couple of times in the 80's when it wasn't much fun but when I thought nothing of taking a day or two off work and travelling by coach or minibus for five or six hours each way for a night game.
I gave up coach travel when they had their speed governed to that of the horse and were banned from the outside lane of the motorway. It also doesn't appear possible by train there and back in a day, which puts it off my list. Unless of course, we were flying higher than we are. No surprise then to learn that we are likely to be down to the bare bones in terms of support on Saturday - 300 to 400 diehards.
Burnley are only three points above us and they lost at lowly Ipswich last week. However, their home form has been impressive winning five, drawing two and losing only once to Huddersfield. Their home wins have been over Bolton, Peterborough, Blackpool, Wolves and Leeds which isn't the most daunting list given respective starts to the season. If you add that Millwall and The Massives both got draws there, I am beginning to believe.
They have also been beaten six times away from home conceding 20 goals in the process. Our old foe, Charlie Austin, appears to be he main threat but if Super Michael Morrison and Point-to-Prove Leon Cort can marshall our defence again and stay tight with the former Brickie, I reckon we have an evens chance of giving Sean Dyche his second successive bloody nose. Our odds with the Bookie will be better than that.
If we can get a result at Turf Moor, we can expect to move properly into mid-table and we could be on the verge of a virtuous circle. I fancy us to collect points at home to Peterborough and Huddersfield which would cushion us against the weight of history under the arches of the London to Kent railway line. Here's hoping.