Date:Monday August 25 2008
26th August 2008
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.
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
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.
If he gets the proper service instead of oofed balls up to him, he could get a brace or more.
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.
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
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.
3-1 Clarets and if not let's hope whatever the score it's a win and a convincing one for the Clarets
Plymouth at Turf Moor on Saturday 30th August 3pm KO.
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