So there are two changes from Sunday. Silvestre replaces the hamstrung Traore and Denilson is replaced by the temporarily fit Diaby. The line up is Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Silvestre; Cesc, Song, Diaby; Walcott, Arshavin, Nasri. No sloppy errors at the back tonight would be nice combined with some incisive counter attacking at pace.
First half update. A good start thanks to a neatly taken Cesc goal, unfortunately Burnley then got it back to 1-1 with a slightly soft penalty. The majority of the clear cut chances fell our way, the post was bruised, the keeper tested on several occasions but Burnley held on. Cesc was taken off with what sounds like a muscle strain, hopefully nothing too serious.
Second half. A very open game of football, chances at both ends and it looks like this is going to go right til the death. Walcott struck the bar, Almunia made a cracking save from Eagles tipping a goalbound effort onto the post, Burnley could have had one if it hadn't been for the linesman. Eduardo came on and looked dangerous, almost scoring when clean through and then being crowded out when trying to get on the end of an Arshavin cut back in the box. This is going to be a tight finish.
We huffed and puffed late on, Eduardo fizzed in a dangerous free kick, a half chance here and there came and went, we looked the more dangerous side in the final stages of the game. Then at the death Gallas had a great chance to win it but headed tamely straight at Jensen. The full time whistle came, bollocks, a chance missed if we're honest. A decent performance but overall a pretty fair result. With our main strikers out, and being down to our four choice left back, we just aren't taking our chances and we look a little too slack at the back. Two points gone, damn damn damn.