SUTV pundit Kevin Gage has said that Burnley got themselves a huge slice of luck when they beat Sheffield United 2-0 this week.
The clash at Turf Moor swung dramatically in the Clarets’ favour after just 17 minutes when Wes Foderingham was given his second red card of the season. It means Adam Davies came into the fold while Jack Robinson was replaced.
From that moment, Burnley dominated the ball without causing too many problems before Johan Gudmundsson capitalised on a Jayden Bogle mistake to make it 1-0.
Despite the Blades having little in the way of sightings on goal, there was a small glimmer when an underhit backpass to Arijanet Muric looked to have the Burnley goalkeeper in trouble. The big stopper somehow made a clean tackle on the incoming Iliman Ndiaye.
However, speaking on SUTV, former United man Kevin Gage insisted that Muric making that tackle was pure luck.
“It’s complete luck. He’s a goalkeeper. He’s not used to making those challenges by the way. He’s desperate at that stage and Ndiaye gets there first. Literally split seconds earlier he’s flicked it around the keeper and it’s 1-0 or Muric catches him and it’s a penalty,” Gage said.
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The Blades boss suggested as much in his post-match interview. He is keen to simply put this behind him and his squad and write it off as one of those days.
In fairness to United, having gone down to ten men, they didn’t perform too badly. It was near impossible to create much against a good Burnley side and it was no surprise to see the Clarets win out in the end.
The clash with Cardiff this weekend is the big one. Win that, and United will be eight points clear before everyone else kicks off. And with a game in hand still in the bag, it means United are in a strong position.