Matchday Live: Burnley vs Town – The Interview

As we build up to the big game at Turf Moor against Burnley on Saturday, we caught up with Kevin Robinson from the No Nay Never Podcast.

We got his thoughts about what we can expect from Burnley, his feelings on the season so far and what The Clarets have made of Town’s impressive start to the season.

Burnley questions:

1. What have you made of Burnley’s summer transfer business?  

Losses of Joey Barton, Andre Gray and Michael Keane were always going to hit us hard, but I’m happy that we’ve got a better team and squad this season. Jack Cork is magnificent, a class above; Chris Wood has been super-impactful so far, considerably more so than Gray and we’ve added great depth throughout. We didn’t sign anyone at centre-back, so while James Tarkowski has stepped in well, this is the only position where we look weaker.

2. Have you been impressed by Dyche’s signings or was more needed?

I’d have liked more depth at centre-half, but other than that I’m chuffed.

3. What do you attribute to Burnley’s excellent start to the season?

Character and organisation – the win at Chelsea gave us tonnes of belief and we’re playing a more attractive style of football – in the 4-5-1 formation I longed for – while retaining the organisation that made us so hard to beat last season.

4. Who will be your key players this season?

Steven Defour and Robbie Brady have been excellent, after difficult first seasons at the Turf. Ben Mee continues to impress at the back – don’t be surprised if he finds himself  in the England squad.

5. What are your hopes and realistic ambitions for the remainder of the season?

I hope we can continue to play the more attractive and fluid football we’ve attempted in the first few games. Ultimately the aim is to stay up, but if we can keep up our early form who knows what’s possible…

6. Where do you see Burnley finishing come May?

Top half is possible but realistically, anything that keeps us in the Premier League is good enough.

Huddersfield Town questions:

1. As a newly promoted side, can you draw any parallels between Huddersfield and Burnley?

I think you mirror us in our first Premier League season slightly, albeit with a much better infrastructure and your promotion was less unexpected. You should enjoy the wave in the first half of the season – and expect the second half to be more difficult.

2. How highly do you rate David Wagner and what do you make of the signings he has made this summer?

I can’t confess to knowing a whole lot about either but Wagner seems a smart guy. He’s been highly praised in recent years, so this season could be huge for his career.

3. Who in your opinion are Town’s standout players?

I’ve long been a fan of Aaron Mooy, he looks good. Steve Mounie had a great debut and you’ll need goals to stay up, if he can have more games like that you’ll have a good shout.

4. Have you seen much of Huddersfield so far this season, if so, what are your thoughts?

Honestly, haven’t seen anything of you this season but you looked exciting last season. Very different to Burnley and it’s always refreshing to see a smaller club play a more progressive style.

5. Do you think their style of play will suit the Premier League?

I hope so – it makes the Premier League a much better place to be. We survived based on doing the total opposite of you, but there is no one single way to do it.

6. How do you rate Town’s survival chances this season?

You’ve given yourselves a great head start. Probably don’t have the squad, but in your first season it’s all about riding the momentum for as long as possible – and then responding appropriately when it ends.

7. How do Burnley’s and Town’s experiences compare when it comes to media depictions of our respective clubs and our survival chances?

Clubs like ours will always be looked down on. It’s almost a shock to the media when we pick up big results, as if we’re plucky lower leaguers in the cup. I think we’ve earned more respect purely based on what we’re doing on the pitch, and I hope you can do it the same way. There’s an intrigue to many unknown faces at the moment. Don’t get carried away with the praise, and at the same time don’t get too downheartened at the patronisation.

The Game:

1. Burnley must be flying high after their superb point against Liverpool, can you see this confidence translating to the game on Saturday?

Definitely – we look full of belief and will go into the game expecting a big result. But you’re up there too – which paves the way for a great game.

2. How do you think the game will go? Tight and cagey or open and end to end?

Who knows? We’ve had some great results, yet got beat by West Brom. Newly promoted teams are always difficult to predict. We’re very organised in defence and often difficult to watch but that looks to be changing this season so hopefully it’ll be more free-flowing than we’re used to.

3. Which Burnley players should Huddersfield fans look out for going into Saturday’s fixture?

Steven Defour is pure class – and Chris Wood has scored 3 in his first 4 games so you’ll need to watch out for him. But our success is largely based on organisation and spirit rather than individual players.

4. What will be the key battles that could decide the outcome of the match?

Jack Cork is key for us this season, and he’s controlled the games very well so far. If you can win the battle against him, you’ll do very well. But that won’t come easy.

5. If you had to pick the Burnley’s starting XI for Saturday, who would you pick?

It’s pretty straight-forward with us, as we rarely change anything. It will almost certainly be Pope – Lowton Mee Tarkowski Ward – Cork Defour – Gudmundsson Hendrick Brady – Wood.

6. What’s your score prediction for the game?

God knows – let’s say 2-1, but to who? (Burnley, hopefully).

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