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Reserves Game Postponed & Implications

Burnley Reserves league game against Liverpool has been postponed by the match referee due to excessive water on the pitch.

It had been thought the game would go ahead after a midday pitch inspection but it would appear that the surface water caused by overnight snow in the area had not been cleared in time for the game to go ahead

This is a pity with Burnley Reserves postponed fixtures piling up. They have managed just one home game at Accrington Stanley's ground this season and only seven on the road.

The club had already announced the team that would play too with two players currently in the news included in the starting eleven.

Fernando Guerrero was thought to be leaving the club after failing to impress new gaffer, Brian Laws but he was included along with Joey Gudjonsson.

Gudjonsson in the Icelandic press over the weekend had been reported to have fallen out with Brian Laws over not being selected for the eighteen that faced Bolton at the Reebok recently. He had also failed to travel with the squad for the team building and training exercise in Portugal last week but that was due to his wife just having had a baby

'Joey's going to get his head down and get on with it, like I would expect any of my players to,' Laws told the Lancashire Telegraph.

'Joey didn't go on the trip because he's just had a baby boy - his fourth - so he's had other things on his mind.

'There's been no such thing as a fall-out. It's just a matter of opinion. '

The full team was going to be:

Weaver, Eckersley, Kalvenes, McCann, Long, Jordan, Kay, Gudjonsson, Nimani, Paterson, Guerrero.

Subs: D MacDonald, Alex-Ray Harvey, C Anderson, B Hoskin, D Knowles

With the match now postponed, the debuts for Long and Weaver will now have to wait and it had been hoped that McCann would have got a useful run out with a view to him playing for the first team against Aston Villa this Sunday after recovering from his knee injury.

One also wonders if there will be any repercussions over yet another match postponed at the Crown Ground. It will be a huge disappointment for Clarets fans although it is expected that when the game is eventually played Liverpool TV will still be willing to cover the game.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 16 2010

Time: 6:25PM

Your Comments

This is becoming a joke someone at Accy's ground needs to get a fat grip!
turfmanphil
I noticed the other thread on the match this morning and had been looking forward to watching this all day, just got in to find out it has been cancelled!! Surely they must have known about this? could it not have been switched to the turf for one night? gutted now :-(
8clarets8
To be fair to Accy - With all the financial problems they are probably not in a position to spend sorting out the pitch.
Claretdale
Not really sure how we go on in reserve matches to be honest do they have to be mandatory played? Stanley have already got a fixture pile-up? Quite a strong line-up by all accounts which needed a run out! I understand Stanleys problems and BFC have helped out but this is effecting us now! like I said a couple of games at the turf would not hurt would it?
8clarets8
I see the knives are already out for Accy-read this LT Article called 'Clarets urged to quit the Crown' (http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/burnley/news/5011531.Clarets_urged_to_quit_the_Crown/?ref=rss)
turfmanphil
Sat down with a beer to watch this only to find myself listening to Ian St John instead. Interesting to see that Guerrero was in the side which makes no sense if Laws is letting him go. Another case of press speculation wildly off the mark?
WelshClaret
I wonder how many went to the ground before realising it had been called off? All clear given at 12 noon and then wham about 2 hours warning before kick-off
turfmanphil
On the subject of speculating... maybe Nixon wrote the article to boost Susan's reputation... along the lines of it wasn't Coyle's fault the young lad was uprooted from his home, and then hung out to dry, so all other South American clubs should continue to trust him with their young talent. I would certainly guess that Coyle is having a slightly harder time convincing players to join him now.
Couch Potato
Can only imagine Welsh's disappointment when he sat down with a couple of snifters only to see Ian St John pop up on his telly. Reminds me of that party political broadcast when the chap opens his door to find Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman grinning at him on the doorstep. Reckon a few will have been going to this but probably most were locally based and will have kept an eye on the weather situation. Does seem strange that the Reserves games are stacking up - they didn't have that many to play in the first place.
RickersTwickers
I guess most of this has been down to snow or in this case melted snow/surface water. Don't think Accy cover the pitch and they certainly don't have undersoil heating. You wouldn't expect a League 2 side with their financial problems to splash out on that sort of thing. It does beg the question though would it really be too detrimental to Turf Moor if we also played the reserve games there? I would think in the Championship we played almost as many games last season at Turf Moor as we would have this season if we combined First team/reserves team home games
turfmanphil
 

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