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One Match Ban for Caldwell

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.

What do you reckon? Comment on your preferred option below this article or in our forums.


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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Monday November 30 2009
Time: 12:05PM

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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
30/11/2009 12:09:00
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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
30/11/2009 12:11:00
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Ok i can't count lol i was suprised to see it was only a 1 match ban for him phew.
ruane
30/11/2009 12:14:00
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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
30/11/2009 17:13:00
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I would go for Bikey back to centre half and start big Kev. I think I would also start Fernando ahead of Robbie.
Claretdale
30/11/2009 18:07:00
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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
30/11/2009 18:45:00
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That's my second time. Donny away was the other time for me.
Couch Potato
01/12/2009 07:35:00
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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
01/12/2009 07:48:00
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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
01/12/2009 08:03:00
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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
01/12/2009 08:51:00
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