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Nottingham Forest vs. Burnley

City Ground

13th September 2008

3pm

Clarets Need Forest Fire

The Clarets return to their League campaign this Saturday after a two-week break for the International matches. They face a tough challenge away to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, not traditionally a good venue for the Clarets over the years.

Forest, newly promoted from League One last season in the second automatic promotion spot have had a mediocre start to their first season in the Championship since 2004/5.

They are currently in 16th place with one win and one draw plus two losses. Their goal difference was not helped at all in their last match at Molinuex with the side being tonked 5-1 by Wolves.

If Forest have had a mediocre start, then the Clarets have had a poor one and have still to win a League game this season with two heavy defeats and two draws so far. They find themselves second from bottom and will be keen to get something from the game tomorrow.

The positive news is that we have stemmed the flow of goals, with the defence looking much better since we moved Alexander into a holding midfield role just in front of the back four. The arrival of Russell Anderson on loan also appears to have bolstered the defence.

Our recent problems seem to have been at the opposite end, with few options up front plus being reliant too much on Paterson.

The arrival of striker, Steven Thompson from Cardiff on transfer deadline day last week will give the side further options up front and he is expected to make his debut tomorrow having had two weeks training with his new colleagues during the international break.

The Clarets however will be without Chris Eagles, who foolishly got himself red-carded in an off the ball incident against Plymouth Argyle at Turf Moor in our last match. He will now sit out the first of his three-match ban tomorrow.

Left back, Christian Kalvenes also limped off in that game after 74 minutes with a groin problem and despite intensive treatment during the break is still doubtful for this match. Jordan could therefore return.

One Forest player familiar to Clarets fans, who could feature in this game, is our loan of last season 36 year old Andrew Cole. He has actually been suffering from a niggling calf-injury but played in a behind closed doors friendly match against Crewe on Tuesday night and is expected to be named on the bench by Forest manager, Colin Calderwood.

A victory by the Clarets, could kick-start our season, a draw would be acceptable but a defeat could cause a confidence crisis and increase pressure on the team just ahead of the Blackpool derby at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. It`s vitally important we get something from this match.

Predicted Team Sheet

With Eagles suspended and Kalvenes doubtful we can expect a line-up something like the following on the assumption that new striker, Thompson will make his debut in the starting eleven:

Jensen, Anderson, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Mahon, Paterson, Thompson

Subs: Penny, Blake, Gudjonsson, Akinbiyi, McDonald

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Our former loan striker who turned down the offer of a Clarets contract before signing for Forest is expected to be named on the bench after recovering from a niggling calf injury.

Lewis McGugan though has ruptured his thigh muscle adding to his injury woes. The midfielder has already been out for four weeks and now faces being sidelined for a further six.

Kelvin Wilson however has now fully recovered from a back injury and will be fighting for a centre back role.

However left back, Julian Bennett is ruled out with a calf injury

Player to watch: Andrew Cole

Assuming he comes on from the bench, we will have to be wary of the experienced striker. Always a danger at this level despite his advancing years. We should at least have some tricks up our sleeve on how to contain him.

Burnley Team News:

Eagles suspended, Kalvenes doubtful. Thompson looks set to make his first team debut in the starting eleven

Player to watch: Steven Thompson

All eyes will be on our new signing and how he links up with Paterson in the attack

Last Time We Met

You have to go back to the season Forest were relegated from the Championship for the last time we played each other. During the 2004/5 Season, the Clarets enjoyed a 1-0 victory at home in December 2004 but were defeated by the same score at the City Ground in April 2005.

Ref Watch:

Clive Penton (Sussex)

Match Prediction:

0-1 Burnley, Come on you Clarets! 1-1 draw will do and is more likely though

Next Match:

It's a local derby next with Blackpool the visitors to Turf Moor on Tuesday 16th September KO 7:45 pm




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 12 2008

Time: 7:26PM

Your Comments

Come on lads, lets get summat from this game and lift all our spirits with Blackpool next up!
turfmanphil
Cole named on bench for Forest. Clarets team news still awaited
turfmanphil
Notts Forest v Burnley: The Teams: BURNLEY: Jensen, Jordan, Carlisle, Caldwell, Anderson, McDonald, McCann, Alexander, Elliott, Paterson, Thompson. Subs:Penny, Gudjonsson, Mahon, Akinbiyi, Blake FOREST: Smith, Wilson, Chambers, Morgan, Perch, Tyson, Earnshaw, Cohen, Martin, Moussi, Heath. Subs: Breckin, McCleary, Cole, Thornhill, Roberts
turfmanphil
Alexander free kick and scores,1-0 Clarets after 25 minutes
turfmanphil
1-0 Clarets at Half-Time
turfmanphil
Drat 1-1 Earnshaw gets rebound after defender hits bar
turfmanphil
Russell Anderson booked now
turfmanphil
Penalty, Alexander to take it and...2-1!!! Yehaw
turfmanphil
Match report to follow, but we have just won our first match of the season (2-1) and not only that our first at the City Ground for 44 years since 1964!!! We won 3-1 that day with two goals from Towers and one from irvine! Oh by the way,I was 10 years old back then!!
turfmanphil
 

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