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Burnley vs. Ipswich Town

Turf Moor

Saturday,16th August 2008

3pm

Ipswich 1st Up at Turf

The Clarets will be looking to get the first three points of their 2008-9 campaign on the board in their second Championship game of the season and their first at Turf Moor.

The terribly disappointing start last week away to Sheffield Wednesday with the Clarets losing 4-1 was a shocker that has only temporarily been forgotten following the Clarets 2-0 midweek victory against League 2 side, Bury at Gigg Lane in the Carling Cup.

Back to reality now though as we once more face Championship opposition with the visitors, Ipswich also keen to get their first points on the table following a 2-1 home defeat against Preston last Saturday.

The Tractor Boys though will have also been buoyed by midweek Carling Cup success after defeating, Leyton Orient 4-1 at Portman Road.

Our first home game, looks set for another carnival atmosphere with news that the Red Devils display team will be parachuting down onto the pitch with the match ball before kick-off!

That though will not be one of the most important thoughts at the back of the Clarets fans minds; more the desire to ensure we get our first win on the table without any cock ups in our defence.

At least against Bury our defence held up with a much better performance compared to the disaster that was Hillsborough and the good news too is that Clarke Carlisle returns following a two match ban after his red card picked up at the end of last season in our last game of 2007-8 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

It is so important we win this match otherwise doubts could creep in, both in the team and certainly in the minds of Clarets fans. If we lose, the demands to sort out some new signings before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August will only grow in intensity and Owen Coyle will come under increasing pressure by the fickle Clarets fans to demonstrate that he can lead a Championship side to greater glory and prove he is not out of his depth.

Predicted Team Sheet

As stated above Clarke Carlisle could return to bolster the defence and he is expected to be named in Burnley's starting line-up.

"For me, it`s a terrific boost to have Clarke back,' said Coyle.
'I think when he`s focussed and at it, then I really believe he`s as good a centre back as you`ll get in the Championship,"

One dilemma facing Coyle is which keeper to choose. Penny, let in four goals last Saturday mainly down to the poor defending by the back four and no blame could probably be laid at his door.

However, Brian Jensen was named in the starting eleven against Bury and once more put in a creditable performance as he did in the pre-season games.

Jensen continually seems to have the knack of seeing off challenges by keepers given the Number One shirt. Danny Coyne, Gabor Kiraly and now possibly Diego Penny are all beginning to see the fighting spirit that 'The Beast` is capable of!

I think Coyle will select Penny though and thus give him another chance this time on home soil but it`s likely to be a close call.

There is no news of any injuries, so only Bes Berisha in the squad out on loan to Rosenborg is unavailable for selection.

A possible line up therefore could be as follows:

Penny, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Van der Schaaf, Elliott, McCann, McDonald, Blake, Paterson

Subs: Jensen, Jordan, Alexander, Gudjonsson (or Mahon), Akinbiyi

Burnley Team News:

Owen Coyle seems to have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Bes Berisha, currently on loan to Rosenborg .

Clarke Carlisle is in contention following a two match ban and looks likely to play.

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

Martin Paterson seems to be scoring for fun, so let`s hope he continues!

Ipswich Town Team News:

Ipswich gaffer, Jim Magilton could hand a debut to new signing Ben Thatcher. The 32-year-old defender was a free agent after leaving Charlton at the end of last season. He was on trial with Ipswich during a pre-season tour in Belfast and has obviously impressed!

Blues winger Danny Haynes could also start up front after impressing against Leyton Orient, but David Wright (ankle) and David Norris (heel) are sidelined.

The big question is whether new signing Ivan Campo will feature. The former Real Madrid and Bolton player signed a two-year contract last week after passing a medical.

The 34-year-old, former Spanish International can play in defence or midfield. However, he looks unlikley to play against the Clarets due to lack of match fitness

Player to watch: Kevin Lisbie

Kevin Lisbie, a close season signing from Colchester could well be the danger man for the Clarets

Last Time We Met

An eventful 2-2 draw at Turf Moor back in October 2007, saw the Clarets recover from an early 2-0 deficit with goals by Gray and Lafferty, both no longer with the club, sealing a point for former gaffer, Steve Cotterill.

They were however somewhat lucky that a goal by Counago was ruled offside.

The Clarets then fought out a 0-0 draw at Portman Road under new gaffer, Owen Coyle in December 2007.

Ref Watch:

Tony Bates

Match Prediction:

Well we have to win, so I am going for 2-1!

Next Match:

Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday 23rd August @ 3pm






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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 15 2008

Time: 10:37PM

Your Comments

Come on you Clarets, I sense this is one we have to win to settle nerves and make us believe again!!
turfmanphil
Burnley v Ipswich: The Teams Burnley: Jensen, Jordan, Caldwell, Carlisle, Alexander, Gudjonsson, McCann, Elliott, Eagles, Blake, Paterson. Subs: Penny, Kalvenes, McDonald, Akinbiyi, Mahon. Ipswich: Wright, McAuley, Naylor, Lee, Walters, Miller, Trotter, Shumulikoski, Thatcher, Bruce, Lisbie. Subs: Supple, Counago, Garvan, Haynes, Balkestein. Ref: Tony Bates. One change from Tuesday. Carlisle for Kalvenes.
smitrit
wrong!
alexinnorfolk
Dreadful performance, we just dont seem to have any cohesion. Defence cracking, midfield running around like headless chickens and if Paterson dont get the ball there is nobody else to aim for! Beginning to worry now and we only have two weeks to plug the obvious gaps
turfmanphil
Match report to follow when I can be arsed! In a foul mood after watching that rubbish! What has happened to our team? Leaking goals like no tomorrow and at the moment i cant see how we are going to improve
turfmanphil
oh dear, oh dear. Immediate thoughts are that we are relying on our back 4 to start the play, and they are so pedestrian we are playing all or footbal in front of packed, well marshalled defences. We did have chances on saturday, but bad starts tend to feed on themselves so even if we get in front in a game we, (thats both the players and the supporters), will be looking over their shoulders. next we will be looking for individuals to blame, then picking on one or two unfortunates that make mistakes. Then you get 'don't blame me football'. It needs to be sorted soon otherwise our season will be dictated for us. To improve the engine room of the two central mildfield players have to inject both pace and presence, because pedestrian football leads us with a toothless attack and a congested defence leading to confusion an reults like we have seen.
clever trevor
I think Owen Coyle is going to have to bite the bullit and drop both captain and vice captain to inject some pace into the side. The best back four at the moment if they are all fit I reckon will be Duff, Carlisle, Jordan, Kalvenes with van der Schaaf as holding/defensive midfielder playing just in front of back four. We clearly need to strengthen defence though in next two weeks before transfer window/loan opportunities evaporate. My worry also is in attack, Paterson will not be able to do this on his own and we need some more umph up front in my opinion.
turfmanphil
What's gone wrong - I had the Claret down as a play-off contender after the summer's activities and the signings made by Coyle but the first 2 league results have been major shocks to most of the Championship. Make Carlisle captain and let the defence defend rather than start the play.
DrWatford
Thats not a bad idea DrW! I cant put my finger on it, whats gone wrong, they are simply just not gelling. Defensive mistakes, cant decide which keeper to play, few options up front. This new system 4:2:3:1 is causing confusion with Elliott looking lost sometimes
turfmanphil
nothing wrong with the system, its what the Spanish and Dutch used, and the Argentinians in the olympics, but it needs pace to work. I think that Coyle is caught in the loyalty trap. Goals arn't going to be a problem, we made 3 of 4 decent chances on Saturday, and scored at hillsboro, no plenty of people capable of putting the ball away. Umph usually translates to 'lump it to the Big Lad up front' no thanks.
clever trevor
 

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