2004/05 Review Part Two – It's a draw
Feature by Tony Scholes
Updated Wednesday, 1st June 2005
The Clarets we ready to return to action after the international break with Richard Chaplow, Danny Coyne, Michael Duff and Micah Hyde all back from their exploits with their respective countries.
For Hyde though it was time to sit things out as he served a three match ban following that dismissal against
John McGreal scored his first, and to date only,
Valois, formerly of
That was back to winning ways but for the next few weeks draw seemed to follow draw, in fact seven of the next eight games were drawn starting with our trip to
It rained, it always does when we go to the Concrete Jungle and it was happen as well we did turn up otherwise they might as well not have bothered opening up as we played it in front of less than 10,000.
It was 0-0 again at Leicester and again we thought this was a terrific result, at the time we thought
We’d three home games in a week now and we needed to ensure those away draws were good results by getting good results from the two that were in the league. It was Carling Cup time first though on a night that Brian Jensen will remember for some time.
He was given a game with Coyne on the bench and just as it was in the league game we had to come from behind to draw 1-1, this time after extra time. Twice though Wolves should have won it in the second half as we conceded two penalties, one of them for an offence that was outside the box.
In his first game of the season he saved them both and then was at it again in the resultant penalty shoot out. They hit the post with their first and the Beast saved their fourth as we hit the target with all four to go through and a game against Aston Villa.
Back to the league and it looked as though we were set for a big win against Stoke as we went 2-0 up in under twenty minutes. But Michael Duff was sent off and they came back to draw level with two goals from some striker by the name of Ade Akinbiyi.
Our first goal in that match was one to savour, it came from Ian Moore and it proved to be his last ever league goal at Turf Moor – and Kevin Blackwell has told the
Just before that Stoke game Steve Cotterill brought in young Welsh defender Richard Duffy on loan from
He started against
It was soon back to draws and it was good to see us upset the locals in the library atmosphere of the Madejski Stadium. There was no sign of Cilla, surprise surprise, as we continued our excellent away form with yet another 0-0 draw but apparently some of their players – especially those with ginger hair who cheat – were not happy at our style of play.
We’d knocked them off the top of the league although they didn’t seem that bothered. It was sad though to see Glen Little booed by the
Long Ball Joe’s lot couldn’t do any better either and this came so close to being a win after Robbie gave us the lead. We were put under pressure but it took a controversial last minute goal to give
Things were going well but a poor week at home followed to spoil it. We twice had to come from behind to get a draw against Peter Reid’s Coventry on a night when Reid was warned by the Rock Steady stewards for persistent bad language (Peter Reid swearing, whatever next).
Just three days later the Sky cameras were at the Turf on the Friday night as we entertained
That left us in fifteenth place in the league, above
We’d got the Carling Cup tie to look forward to against Villa, our first meeting since the mid 1970s – and then we were back on the road to promoted QPR and relegated Leeds, yes we were going back to Elland Road.