IN a surprise move it was old adversary David Nugent who was Burnley’s late late signing before the closure of the transfer window.
Despite being strongly linked with Hull’s Gabon international Daniel Cousin it was the ex-Preston man who has come to Turf Moor on a six month loan.
Nugent’s big money move to Portsmouth never really worked out and he therefore remains unproven at Premier League level but Owen Coyle must feel he can work with the striker.
Nugent had a fruitful partnership with Graham Alexander at Deepdale and hopefully they will be as effective in Burnley’s colours.
Otherwise it was a quiet ending to the transfer window with no one going out and only youngster Joe McKee , a promising player from Livingston, joining the ever growing band of Scots at the club.
Not surprisingly the Clarets came away from Stamford Bridge well beaten.
A Chelsea team with a 100 per cent record so far and a pedigree of only two home defeats in the last 102 league games broke Burnley’s resistance in injury time of the first half.
After that it was a case of keeping the score at a respectable level which was achieved.
While Chelsea are good on the ball it was also their work off the ball that impressed.
They caught Burnley’s midfielders in possession many times and intercepted passes by their speed of thought and anticipation. Wade Elliott and Robbie Blake hopefully learned a thing or two about life at the really top level.
However the Clarets were not disgraced. It was an open but well contested game and Martin Paterson could have opened his account for the season with the game’s best chances.
He was presented with the opportunity by Tyrone Mears tenacity in catching a Chelsea player dawdling but Paterson missed his chance of glory by screwing his shot wide.
While that chance is unlikely to have changed the result it would have given the whole team a boost in confidence.
At the other end, Brian Jensen’s stock continues to rise and he seems to command more and more column inches in the national press becoming quite a well known figure.
Nevertheless coming into the first international break Burnley can feel quite pleased with the start they have made.
It was always going to be a tough opening but they have exceeded expectations. Coyle now has his squad in place until January at least. He hasn’t spent recklessly but has brought in a group of young players who are willing to learn and work hard.
Some of his fringe players may emerge in the next month or two to challenge for first team places such as Kevin McDonald,Chris Eagles and David Edgar and that will stand the club in good stead for the foreseeable future.