Sunday 21 May 2017

A season of disappointments for CNB armies

The Claret n Blue wearing clubs have endured a pretty drab season of football. Poor Scunthorpe United managed a third place finish in EFL One but were beaten in a close semi-final by the Lions of Millwall and failed to make it to the Championship for next year.

Aston Villa's time in the wilderness looks unlikely to end any time soon after a disappointing 13th place finish in the Championship and it is clear that they are very much now a mid-table standard club in England's second tier.

In Ireland, Drogheda United are struggling in the Eircom Premier League and lie in relegation zone after a 5-0 thumping by Cork City on Friday in which ex-Hammer Sean Maguire bagged a brace to bring his total to 13 for the season.

In Turkey, Trabzonspor are chasing a Europa League spot and after 31 games are sixth but are 22 points behind SuperSlav's old club Besiktas who, at five points clear with two games left, look set to bag the Super League this season.

And so, back to England, where the Hammers and Burnley face off in the Premiership Claret Cup. The Hammers bring a 1-0 lead into the game having overcome Burnley in December, but with a diminished squad and no real attacking threat, the season cannot end soon enough for SuperSlav's men. Meanwhile, Sean Dyche's Burnley have had a good season and are secured as a premiership side. They could move above West Ham as high as 11th if they win today.

It's mostly about pride, and the Claret Cup today. Don't expect fireworks!

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