Burnley's visit to Hull last week to play against opposition the Clarets have enjoyed a recent sizable measure of success, then yesterday’s trip to Swansea to face opponents who are and continue to be the polar opposite of the bountiful Tigers.
In recent matches against the “Swans”, Burnley have a terrible head to head record, a continuing sequence which yesterday did nothing to alleviate.
For the fourth time this season, the Clarets have surrendered points in stoppage time, a statistic for which no obvious causal link presents itself. In all probability, it's simply a combination of part misfortune, part fatigue and partly inadequate time-keeping on the part of the officials.
More unjust still, as the “Hand of Sam” once again presented itself to Burnley’s benefit. Sam Vokes’ handball went undetected in the build up to his winning goal against Leicester, whilst yesterday the appendage in question was deemed to belong to a Swansea player, resulting in Andre Gray’s equalising penalty.
When Gray’s second goal put the Clarets 2-1 up, an against-the-odds win looked to be on the cards, but alas from a Burnley fan's perspective it was not to be.
Almost all Clarets fans will recall Martin Olsson’s flagrant impression of Olympic diver Tom Daly whilst playing for Blackburn at Turf Moor in 2010. Yesterday he came back to haunt Burnley again with a stunning second half Swans' leveller.
All in all, another frustrating away defeat for the Clarets. Next up is a trip to Anfield and a match against Jurgen Klopp's resurgent Liverpool; it is not going to get any easier for Sean Dyche and his brood of travel sick playing staff.
Whether Joey Barton will be occupying his seat on the Clarets' coach bound for Anfield will depend on the punishment the great and the good of the English Football Association disciplinary panel decide to apply.