Owls fan’s view: We must improve on awful Dale game

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Burnley away was always going to be a tough game and so it proved, writes Steve Walmsley.

With a record of eight wins, four draws and no defeats at home before last Saturday, they have obviously been doing something right.

Watching them, you can see they are well organised, hard working and have two strikers who are on fire.

We struggled a bit in the first half through giving the ball away and through Onyewu looking a bit ring-rusty, so we were a bit lucky to be level at half-time.

In the second half I thought we were much better and deserved to get something out of the game for our hard work and application, and had Mr Attwell taken a different view of the foul on Maguire, we could have won.

He didn’t give us much all game, though - for example their centre halves were allowed a level of physicality on Wickham that he wasn’t allowed to offer up in return and he was eventually booked.

I would have taken a point at kick-off, though, so that was fine.

Another trip to Red Rose land takes us to Spotland tomorrow- not a happy hunting ground for us in recent times with a 2-0 loss and dull 0-0 draw on our last two visits.

Keith Hill was their manager when the aforementioned defeat was suffered in Meggo’s early days after he took over from Alan Irvine - we were awful.

We will need to be much better than that on Saturday if we are to have a chance of progressing into the fifth round; similar levels of hard work and organisation to those on display at Turf Moor will be needed. It would be nice to be in that draw on Sunday though!