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One Match Ban for Caldwell

Steven Caldwell was sent-off after being given a straight red in stoppage time against West Ham at Upton Park last Saturday. As we entered 5 minutes of added time and with the score at 5-2 to West Ham Caldwell cynically pulled back Hines earning himself the red card. Hines may well have made it 6-2 were it not for the foul but would that have made much difference? Some fans who had already given up on this game would have preferred Caldwell to be available for the Pompey match although at the end of the day goal difference could be an important factor that decides whether we stay up or not at the end of the season. In the end the game finished 5-3 after a late Eagles goal; a goal that prevented Blackburn going above us so it wasn't all bad news!

The captain now receives an automatic one-match ban and will therfore be suspended for our next game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park this Saturday.

The loss of our captain will be a blow but at least Owen Coyle has a number of options in the back-four for the Pompey clash.

These options would appear to be

1.Jordan in centre, Kalvenes at left back

2.Bikey back to central defence, Joey Gudjonsson or Kevin McDonald in midfield.

3.Duff in centre

4.Edgar in centre.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 30 2009

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

I suspect the easiest option will be to recall Duff to partner Carlisle in the centre although I would like to see Edgar given a chance. The latter probably wont happen though since we don't seem to have sorted out Edgar's transfer fee yet with Newcastle and if this goes to a tribunal,appearances could increase his perceived value
turfmanphil
No 4 Bikey in defence McDonald in his place in the midfield Kalvenes in place of Jordon but this is not gonna happen is it lol.
ruane
Ok i can't count lol i was suprised to see it was only a 1 match ban for him phew.
ruane
The incident looked even worse on MotD than at the time in the stadium (not that tmp and I could see much from our 35 seats!). It was a routine keeper's hack upfield, not a crafted through ball. Taken together with Caldwell having been very, very fortunate not to have conceded a penalty earlier, would Coyle have actually wanted to select Caldwell against Pompey after this horrible gaffe? Oh well, we like Coyle's deep sense of loyalty when turning down Celtic, so we have to live with that same loyalty being shown to his players. So, given that Duff goes on the bench ahead of Edgar, it should be Duff to replace Caldwell, with Bikey continuing to practice being a midfielder. But, with Nugent unavailable, lets start Big Kev with Robbie coming off the bench to score a last 10-minute hat-trick.
Couch Potato
I would go for Bikey back to centre half and start big Kev. I think I would also start Fernando ahead of Robbie.
Claretdale
Not sure how many times Caldwell has been sent off in a Burnley shirt but am sure I have seen him get a red card on AT LEAST three occasions in the last twelve months.
RickersTwickers
That's my second time. Donny away was the other time for me.
Couch Potato
I wonder if Caldwell will struggle to get back in if the back four look solid against Pompey? I often wonder if Caldwell would be the automatic selection he appears to be if he wasn't also the Captain
turfmanphil
Championship defending needs to become Prem Defending. Play Duff alongside Carlisle as they have perhaps a better understanding at this moment than any other pairing. However I think he will put Bikey alongside Carlisle, I wouldn't!
VinRogue
This defending thing is getting to be a dilemma for me! It seems we are better at it at home by far than we are away. Why is that? If we could defend like we do in the main at home on the road, we might at least be getting better results away. Having said that, we do still have to get much better in this department. Can we do that with players who in the main are Championship quality or do we have to bring in defenders with more Prem experience? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
turfmanphil
Must agree with you Vin Duff to play alongside Carlisle, but we also need to sort Jordan out I know its not just down to him but it does seem to be his fault a lot of goals are scored, or am I having a pick on Jordan week.
sheclaret
Do you know sheclaret I think Jordan is prone to be Mr Unlucky, if a deflected own goal is going to happen its him, if a penalty is going to be conceded its down his side, if a player is going to play them onside for a goal its him. Yet he did a magnificent tackle against Villa to save us. I just have him down as Mr Unlucky! As for tmp, one question not raised yet....dare I.......Is Steve Davis earning his money? How much is he involved with the weekly training of the defence or is it Sandy's department?? OC takes ultimate responsibility but........
VinRogue
I don't honestly think Jordan has been that bad this season, he has got in some crucial tackles in my opinion. Not sure Blake is coming back to protect Jordan enough and maybe Robbie's pace is letting him down these days in that respect. Eagles and or Elliott with Mears on the opposite flank seem to work better in supporting each other [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
After the last 20 at WHU, when he was sensational, Eagles should be given a very extended run on the left flank. He also has more gas in his tank for getting back. Jordan should not have been on the pitch. The official Bfc site revealed he had struggled midweek with a virus, which has to be why Kalvenes was back on the bench. Coyle was caught out by trying too hard to keep an unchanged team. Jordan was unlukcy and at 95% rather than 100% mental speed. For the record, I would blame Carlise for Franco's header. He stood waiting, rather than attacked the cross. (Franco looks a bit good.)
Couch Potato
Big player, missing for a big game!!!
storagematt
Plenty of cover just a question of who!
turfmanphil
Hmmm, I'd have Bikey at Centre back and give Super Kev Mcdonald a chance in the centre. Alexander is there to be the holding midfielder, Elliott and McDOnald will just have to defend more. McDonald is a big lad too, he brings a good bit of height for winning headers in midfield. Can we leave Jordan alone, gosh he gets some stick! Kalvenes would get mullered in Premier League. MULLERED! He is about as quick as a one legged beetle! Lets look back to Play off final, Kalvenes's lunge that could have been a penalty? He simply is not quick enough! I'd give Guerrero a game too, give Robbie a rest.
skutter169
 

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