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26th April 2008


Cardiff come to Turf Moor today with one eye on Wembley and the FA Cup Final against Portsmouth. Maybe it is that eye that will be taken off the ball in their clash with the Clarets in our last home game of this season.

Both sides have nothing to play for but pride with the play-offs for both sides now beyond their reach. Cardiff suffered a recent humiliating away defeat against relegated Scunthorpe going down 3-2 and in their last match away to play-offs chasing Wolves, went down 3-0 to kill off any remaining hopes of promotion for the Bluebirds.

The Clarets are in 12th place on 61 points just one point and one place ahead of Cardiff.

Although there is nothing to play for, it would be nice for the Clarets to go out on a high in front of the home fans and seal a victory in the last home game of the season. We also have the little matter of making sure Preston; six points behind the Clarets don`t manage to finish above us for a change.

Coyle will be without Lafferty (Appendix Operation) and Varga (Foot injury) both out for the rest of the season now and Mark Randall may be sidelined with an illness that kept him out of the sixteen in our last match away to Southampton.

Jon Harley however should return in place of Stephen Jordan after his child was rushed to hospital last week ensuring he didn`t travel down to Hampshire.

The only other question is likely to be whether we will see Michael Duff play in his first game for the Clarets since his cruciate ligament injury picked up in a game against Palace at home back in September last year. I suspect he could be named on the bench again but could make a cameo appearance with a view to making the starting eleven in our last match of the season against Palace away a week on Sunday.

The clue seems to be provided by Coyle himself:

'And Michael Duff will start one of the games, although I would imagine it will be Crystal Palace.' He said this week.

The sixteen therefore is likely to be as follows:

Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Harley, Elliott, James O`Connor, McCann, Blake, Cole, Akinbiyi

Subs: Kiraly, Duff, Unsworth, Gudjonsson, Mahon (or Spicer)

Come on you Clarets lets go out with a bang in our last two games, starting today in our last home game of 2007-8

Owen Offers

Coyle is already thinking about next season and says:

'I've got my targets in mind, and at this moment in time, none of them are loans, but the loan market is available to us, and if the right players is there, for six months or a year, that could be something we would look to do.

'I think then you're probably looking at the Premier League for real quality, and they can enhance your team.

'But we're touching base just now with who we would like to get.

'The bottom line is we will be the purchaser and we will be guided by the selling club.

'We can only try and do our very best, and if things happen straight away, great, and if not, we'll work through our list of targets.'

'Come the end of the season, you might look for a couple of weeks here and there for a break, but, I've got to be honest, I've not much chance.

'Already my diary is bedlam, but that's the nature of the game, and why we love it.

'I'm at the European Championships, as part of my pro licence, and it would be nice if one or two players cropped up there.

'I'll be at two or three other places that I can't talk about yet as well, so I'll be looking at players here and there.'

Burnley Team News:

Lafferty is out for last two games of season recovering from an operation to remove the Appendix. We will not see Stan Varga again either; injections to his foot have been unsuccessful.

Mark Randall is also doubtful due to a virus illness.

Will Coyle play Michael Duff and give the Clarets a chance to see the defender play for the first time since September 2007?

Player to watch: Andrew Cole

This could be the last chance Clarets fans see Andrew Cole play at Turf Moor if he hangs up his boots at the end of this season. Cole, now 36 may however be tempted to play at least one more season.

Cardiff Team News:

Striker, Warren Feeney is sidelined still and a hamstring problem could keep Paul Parry out of action although he is close to a return and joined the first team in training this week.

Veteran forward Robbie Fowler is unlikely to be risked against the Clarets although hee is close to a full recovery after overcoming a hip problem.

Player to watch: Joe Ledley

A dangerous threat we will need to snuff out

Last Time We Met

We went down 2-1 away this season, with Akinbiyi getting out goal.

The fixture at Turf Moor last season produced a convincing victory by the Clarets 2-0 with Jones and McVeigh getting the goals. The match played just over a year ago was in our recovery period after just going 19 matches without a win.

Match Prediction:

Let's have a good result in our last home match of the season,2-0 Clarets

Next Fixtures:

The final match of the 2007-8 Season and its away to play-offs hopefuls, Crystal Palace on Sunday May 4th. NOTE: 2pm KO

Date:Saturday April 26 2008
Time: 7:16AM


Lets go away happy from Turf Moor in our last chance this season
26/04/2008 07:17:00
From all of us at Vital Pompey, we congratulate you on your great win at the scummers last week. Good luck today & give the sheep shaggers a good kicking too.
26/04/2008 09:14:00
Many thanks storagematt :-) Tennage striker Alex MacDonald is named on the bench, but the starting line-up is unchanged from last weekend's away win at Southampton. Burnley team: Jenson, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, O'Connor, McCann, Blake, Akinbiyi, Cole, Elliott. Subs: Kiraly, Gudjonsson, Duff, Mahon, MacDonald. Cardiff team: Enckelman, Blake, Purse, Loovens, McPhail, Ramsey, Sinclair, Thompson, Hasselbaink, Scimeca, Capaldi. Subs: McNaughton, Ledley, Rae, Johnson, Whittingham.
26/04/2008 14:22:00
Half time score and its 1 - 0 to the Clarets with a great strike by Alexander. At first it was ruled offside by the linesman or whatever you call them these days, but after a conversation with the ref, the goal was given.
26/04/2008 16:42:00
Only a minute after the goal and Jordan has made an awful attempt of a tackle gifting Cardiff a penalty. Ledley converted the penalty to make it 2 - 1 to the Clarets.
26/04/2008 16:43:00
69 minutes gone and Ramsey makes it 2 - 2.
26/04/2008 16:43:00
Great start to the second half and we have scored a second. Great work by Blake with a simple finish by Cole. 2 - 0 Burnley.
26/04/2008 16:43:00
Akinbiyi just missed another sitter from 4 yards out with the keeper laid on the floor. 18 year old Alex MacDonald comes on with 15 minutes to go.
26/04/2008 16:44:00
Clarke Carlisle makes it 3 - 2 with 5 mins to go. A minute later and Caldwell scores an own goal. Cardiff have had just 2 shots on goal with one being a penalty. Kind of sums up our season.
26/04/2008 16:51:00
Purse sent off for a typical foul by him on Cole.
26/04/2008 16:53:00
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