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Burnley vs. Oldham Athletic

Turf Moor

26th August 2008

7:45 pm

New Beef Not Oldham

The Clarets will be looking for a convincing win at home against League 1 side Oldham in the second round of the Carling Cup tomorrow.

The dismal league start to the season can be put to one side for the moment as the Clarets focus on advancing to the next round of the Carling Cup with the prospect of a juicy third round tie against Premier League opposition.

The 2-0 victory at Bury in the first round has been the only real joy for the Clarets fans so far this season despite picking up our first point in the League against Palace on Saturday. We would have gladly taken a point at the start of that match, but most Clarets fans felt like it was two points lost with the Eagles being down to nine men for most of the second half.

The Clarets only positive was that we did not leak goals with the defence looking more assured than in the previous two League matches when seven goals conceded with only one scored made worrying reading for Clarets fans.

A good pre-season against teams lower down in the Leagues and the Bury result should auger well for the Oldham challenge but we have to ensure we don`t slip on any banana skins in a game where we have nothing to gain and all to lose in terms of confidence for the League challenges ahead.

We need to be on our guard though, Oldham have had the perfect start to their League 1 campaign and find themselves top of the league with maximum points crushing Cheltenham 4-0 in their last match at home on Saturday.

Predicted Team Sheet

It will be interesting to see if Coyle still believes he should be bolstering up the defence again and whether he will name the same back four that started against Palace with Alexander playing just in front.

He may think however that he can afford to be more attack minded against lower league opposition and be more aggressive from the start with the more familiar 4-4-2 formation.

I think he will go for the latter tonight.

Van der Schaaf and Mahon were two notable absentees from the sixteen against Palace on Saturday and unless they are injured, it will be interesting to see if they are back in contention for a place against Oldham.

Jensen has also continued to be the Number One choice for keeper after Penny was dropped from the opening horror of a match against the Owls at Hillsborough. The 4-1 defeat appears to have affected Penny`s confidence despite those goals being more down to the back four than keeper error.

Coyle might think now though that it`s time for Penny to have another go and see if he can regain some lost confidence against the League 1 side and I wouldn`t be surprised at all to see him named in the starting eleven on Tuesday night.

I think Coyle will name the following side and adopt a 4-4-2 formation. He might however change this during the course of the match if the defence reverts to looking shaky again. In 4-4-2 Blake looks the favourite to partner Paterson although Coyle may be tempted to try Akinbiyi.

Penny, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Elliott, McDonald, McCann, Eagles, Blake, Paterson

Subs from: Jensen, Duff, Jordan, Gudjonsson, Van der Schaaf, Mahon, Akinbiyi

Burnley Team News:

There is no news of any injuries after the Palace game although there were questions raised as to why Van der Schaaf and Mahon were not in the sixteen last Saturday.

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

If he gets the proper service instead of oofed balls up to him, he could get a brace or more.

Oldham Athletic Team News:

Oldham gaffer, John Sheridan could hand out a debut to former Gretna keeper and Scottish U21 International, Greg Fleming in place of veteran keeper, Mark Crossley. Third string keeper, Josh Bell could be on the bench too.

Striker,Craig Davies completes his final game of a three-match suspension.Lewis Alessandra will therefore retain his place.

Midfielder Kieran Lee could return after an hamstring injury along with John Thompson. The defender is understood to be be close to full fitness following a knee injury.

Player to watch: Greg Fleming

The new keeper was signed by Oldham from SPL side, Gretna in the summer and looks set to make his debut tonight. If he doesn't we will have to look out for Lee Hughes, he scored a hat-trick inside 17 minutes against Cheltenham last Saturday

Last Time We Met

We had a less than totally convincing 3-0 win against Oldham last season at Turf Moor at the same stage of the Carling Cup competition a year ago this month under Steve Cotterill's leadership . Blake,Gray and Akinbiyi were the scorers. This will certainly be a good time to compare how well we have progressed since Coyle replaced Cotterill.

Match Prediction:

3-1 Clarets and if not let's hope whatever the score it's a win and a convincing one for the Clarets

Next Match:

Plymouth at Turf Moor on Saturday 30th August 3pm KO.






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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 25 2008

Time: 3:52PM

Your Comments

Come on you Clarets, a good win on Tuesday night will be a morale booster for Plymouth, a game we really must win if we are to calm nerves within the camp not to mention those of the Clarets fans
turfmanphil
Damn forgot we can have seven subs in these games now. One of the young guns could be added to my subs from list. Jay Rodriguez partnering Paterson would be an interesting one
turfmanphil
Update in BE on Mahon/Van der Schaaf situation: Ahead of tonight's game, where Coyle can name seven substitutes, there could be a chance for both Alan Mahon and Remco van der Schaaf, who both travelled to Crystal Palace, but were not in the 16-man matchday squad. Mahon has recovered from a slight knock that saw him sit out the reserves' win over Bury last Wednesday, and he said: "Mahony took a knock last week in training that forced him to miss the reserve game, and then he trained on Friday. "He was a little bit unlucky to miss out on the 16, because he came on against Ipswich for the last 10 minutes, and I thought he did well. "He's an absolute credit to himself though, he's on that training ground and he works his socks off." And van der Schaaf is also close to a return as he builds up his fitness after injury disrupted his pre-season: "Remco's coming on, he played the 90 minutes in the reserves, and has now got a fitness base. What we need to do now is sharpen his feet up for the quicker stuff when the ball breaks in the middle of the park. "He's recognised that himself. When I look back over pre-season, he missed the first 10 days with us, and then played the second 45 minutes of our first game in America. "He got a thigh strain, and it was stop-start from there, but he's had a solid two weeks' training under his belt now, and he'll be ready to go when he sharpens his feet up, which will be a great boost."
turfmanphil
The Teams;Burnley: Jensen, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, K McDonald, Eagles, Paterson Subs: Penny, Gudjonsson, Akinbiyi, Mahon, Blake, Jordan, Anderson. Oldham: Fleming, Eardley, Lomax, Stam, Hazell, Allott, Maher, Whitaker, Smalley, Taylor, O'Grady. Subs: Crossley, Kalala, Hughes, Lee, Stephens, Liddell, Alessandra. Ref: A M Penn
turfmanphil
1-0 Clarets at Half Tme. McCann header from Elliott cross after good work by Eagles-12 mins! Mostly Burnley possession,although Oldham pressure in last 10 minutes. So far so good
turfmanphil
Convincing 3-0 win with a Paterson brace in second half-Match report to follow. Third Round Draw Saturday Lunch time
turfmanphil
 

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