Laws of impossibility
Matt Le Tissier feels Burnley need a miracle to survive after defeat at Sunderland.
Last Updated: 18/04/10 10:07am
Sunderland 2-1 BurnleyMatt Le Tissier feels Burnley need a miracle to survive after defeat at Sunderland.
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Goals from Frazier Campbell and Darren Bent secured victory for the home side at the Stadium of Light, despite a Steven Thompson consolation for the Clarets - but the result leaves Brian Laws' side four points short of safety with three games to play.
However, after watching their performance in the North East, Le Tissier feels Burnley should start preparing for a return to the Championship.
"Games are running out and it would be a miracle survival if they were to haul themselves clear," Le Tissier told Soccer Saturday.
"They don't look like they've got enough quality to string together the two or three wins they're going to need so if you're asking me I'd probably say Burnley are down.
"They didn't show a great deal of adventure in the first half. They really needed to get the first goal in the game to give themselves a chance and they didn't really come out of the blocks.
"Sunderland started far better and got the goals that were needed."
Laws introduced Robbie Blake and goalscorer Thompson after the break and Le Tissier felt the duo made a difference.
But he insists that ultimately their efforts will be in vain when it comes to keeping Burnley in the Premier League.
"They made some changes in the second half," Le Tissier continued.
"Blake and Thompson came on and the two of them did make a difference; they combined to score the goal.
"But it was 82 minutes by the time Burnley got the goal back and it was just too late for them to claw anything out of the game.
"It's going to be a massive task now for Brian Laws and his Burnley side."
From a Sunderland perspective, Le Tissier was impressed by the performance of Frazier Campbell who scored his fourth goal in eight games.
He also laid on the second for Bent and, even though there was a hint of offside about that goal, Le Tissier said Campbell deserved the plaudits.
"Frazier Campbell was pretty impressive today," he continued.
"He's looking a lot more comfortable. He took his goal very well and he's on a fair run of goals in the last few weeks.
"He showed his unselfish nature as well with the knock back [for Bent's goal].
"He may have fractionally been offside. I saw the replay and it was a very tight call, but I'm always in favour of the forwards on the tight calls."