How we rated the Irons at Turf Moor

Hughie hands out his marks

Fabianski: Looked a little uncertain in the first half but with just once Burnley chance on target  a relatively comfortable afternoon 6

Coufal: Ok, but his crossing into box and finding men down the right not as effective as usual 6

Diop: Not the toughest afternoon he will face with Burnley not so clever in the final third 6

Dawson: Ditto above but fortunate with one block late in second half 6

Masuaku: Looked good going forward on several tricky and threatening runs 7

Rice : Truly magnificent second half after the first showed him making one tackle, losing possession three times and achieving just a 75 per cent passing accuracy. But the second 45 saw him at his very best and looked our most likely goal scorer with those searing runs 8

Soucek: Missed a very good late chance and had little effect throughout 5

Bowen: As industrious as ever and always busy but in a scrappy match couldn’t create real chances 7

Lanzini: Quietly ok in midfield but blasted one well over the top and couldn’t find a real creative spark 6

Benrahma: A nothing first half before a couple of sparkling moments in the second with one great run and a header which tested Pope. That was it before being subbed 5

Antonio: His touch seems to have deserted him over recent games – saw his share of the ball but made little happen 5


Vlasic: Looked lively again and his accuracy in passing and control is becoming more impressive 6

Fornals: Brought on to improve set piece delivery and he did. Looked decent in his time on the pitch 6


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7 comments on “How we rated the Irons at Turf Moor

  1. If only we had another striker at the club.
    Coz the makeshift one we have needs dropping, big time.

  2. a 5 for Antonio is generous in the extreme . He has been terrible in last 4or 5 games . I see Haller beat the record for most goals in a European campaign held by Ronaldo . Could it be that Moyes was not using him correctly ? In any event selling ( giving away ) him without a replacement lined up was a terrible decision as was the ongoing failure in the summer window. Rice was magnificent and Lanzini is showing signs of a resurgence . The rest of the marks are about right as there was nothing good or bad to shout about . .

  3. I think we need to remember that we’re in the top four in the PL, the last 16 of the Europa League and the last eight of the Carabao Cup. Given the typical slop that’s been offered up by the vast majority of the players and ‘managers’ (and I use inverted commas purposely) that we’ve had on the books for much of the last 30 years, can I suggest that we hold off from criticising players’ performances and Moyes’ decisions? We should be thanking Antonio for playing out of position, praising him for being so effective in the early part of the season, and hoping that he can start to find the back of the net again. Putting things into historical context, what we’ve seen over the last season and a half has been nothing short of extraordinary – with or without a recognised striker. Let’s just get behind the players – all of them – and the manager.

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