UK time is: 12:19:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Burnley vs. Derby County

Turf Moor

Saturday 29th November 2008

3pm

Derby Day at Turf Moor

Derby County are tomorrow`s visitors to Turf Moor and the Clarets will be keen to get back on track after two disappointing games against Doncaster Rovers at home last Saturday and Barnsley at Oakwell just two days later. Only one point was secured in those two games with the referee the main talking point in both games.

Steve Thompson will return tomorrow after his unfortunate and some would say farcical double-yellow card and sending off in the 0-0 draw against Doncaster. This was quite frankly a crass refereeing decision by Steve 'Gordon` Bennett that saw the Clarets reduced to ten men with 60 minutes of play remaining. In the end we were lucky to get a point against a side at the time propping up the Championship table.

Thompson however with his automatic one-match suspension was forced to miss out on the Sky televised game against Barnsley on Monday night in a match that also proved controversial.

With the Tykes already 1-0 up after a goal against the run of play in the first half, referee, Nigel Miller and his assistant failed to see that a shot by Campbell-Ryce got a deflection into the net off the arm of Simon Whaley who just for good measure was also a mile offside. The goal after 48 minutes however stood with Owen Coyle and his men clearly incensed and rightly so. They were still arguing and through lack of concentration conceded again three minutes later. 3-0 to Barnsley and it looked game over before Martin Paterson came on like a charged bull and scored a brace. We just couldn`t find the equaliser though and finally lost 3-2.

Thankfully all the results on the following Tuesday night went our way and we somehow kept our fifth spot and now have 30 points from 19 games, four points behind 3rd place Reading.

With the chasing pack catching up though; it is crucial we get three points on the board against Derby this Saturday although it won`t be an easy task. The Rams have had somewhat of an indifferent season though and started off badly, despite being a Premier League side last season. Paul Jewell`s side are currently in 14th spot just five points behind the Clarets. In the last five away games, the Rams have only picked up 4 points and let`s hope they don`t add to that tally tomorrow.

Predicted Team Sheet

Steve Thompson will be available for selection again after his one-match suspension against Barnsley and that could mean a striker dilemma for Owen Coyle. Brace man and hero of Monday night, Martin Paterson must surely have done enough to secure a starting eleven place and I would like to see both Paterson and Thompson start upfront as a true strike pairing rather than have Blake play behind a target man.

Wade Elliott was sidelined with a groin strain and missed the game against the Tykes .We shall have to hope he is now fully recovered and can line up in midfield with McCann, Eagles and Blake. Gudjonsson to me has been struggling recently and I wouldn`t be surprised if he was dropped at least to the bench.

Both Kalvenes (Leg) and van der Schaaf (Virus) should be close to getting back to full fitness but are unlikely to be in contention anyway due to the competition for places in those areas of the park.

I would like to see the following sixteen with the twin strike force of Paterson & Thompson upfront plus a normal back four playing 4-4-2. If Duff was on the bench, we could then revert to 4-1-4-1 if need be and I think this selection would give us the best options and chances of success.

Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Elliott, McCann, Blake, Eagles, Paterson, Thompson

Subs: Penny, Duff, McDonald, Gudjonsson or Mahon, Akinbiyi or Rodriguez

Burnley Team News:

Thompson returns after a one-match suspension and we await news on the fitness of Wade Elliott who picked up a groin strain against Doncaster and missed the Barnsley match at Oakwell on Monday night. He faces a late fitness test. Christian Kalvenes and Remco van der Schaaf could again miss out.

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

Chomping at the bit after coming on from the bench and scoring his brace on Monday night. He could have hit form at the right time and could cause the Rams defence all sorts of problems.

Derby County Team News:

Both striker Luke Varney and defender James Tomkins look set to make their debuts at Turf Moor.

Varney was signed this week from Charlton, initially on loan. He had been signed ostensibly on an emergency loan until 1 January but the 26-year-old is then expected to become a permanent Rams player on a three-and-a-half year contract worth up to £1.5m.

Tomkins on the other hand came in on loan from West Ham also this week for a five week loan spell.

Player to watch: Luke Varney

Could be a danger and will be keen to impress his new club on his debut.

Last Time We Met

We last played the Rams in their Championship promotion season of 2006/7 and played out a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor just before Christmas 2007. They won 1-0 at Pride Park a month later

Ref Watch:

Steve Tanner (Somerset)

Match Prediction:

We simply have to get three points from this game and the pressure could be on the Clarets to do the business. I think we can shade this one 1-0 or 2-1 but it will be a tough one to call.

Next Match

It`s the big one and a chance to outgun the young gunners at Turf Moor on Tuesday night (2nd December-7:45 pm KO) with the Clarets facing Arsenal in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup. The game will be televised on Sky Sports for those that haven`t got a ticket.

Back to more mundane matters on Saturday though with the Clarets back in Yorkshire for a juicy game against 4th placed Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on the 6th December (3pm kick off)




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 28 2008

Time: 1:39PM

Your Comments

Have mixed feelings about this game, luck has not been going our way recently and we have the Xmas Slump Taboo to get shut of! Let's hope they can raise their game and secure those three points to set us up for the Gun battle on Tuesday night
turfmanphil
Latest from Coyle in LT:Manager Owen Coyle is hoping winger Wade Elliott has recovered from a groin injury in time to return to the starting line-up, after being sidelined for the trip to Barnsley, while striker Steven Thompson is available following his one-match suspension. “Wade’s responded to treatment and I’m hopeful he’ll be able to take part in training (today) and, if he does obviously he’s got a chance of playing on Saturday,” he said. “It’s good to have Tommo available again and it gives you another addition to the squad and something to look at in terms of an option for the game. “There are a number of players capable of starting.”
turfmanphil
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Burnley Articles

Grim and Bear It in Top Flight! (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Humiliating Horror Show at the Hawthorns! (Tuesday September 30 2014)

Baggies a Burnley Win? (Saturday September 27 2014)

Archived Burnley Articles

List All Vital Burnley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 8 2 3 3 -1 9
15. Leicester City 8 2 3 3 -2 9
16. Crystal Palace 8 2 2 4 -3 8
17. Sunderland 8 1 5 2 -7 8
18. Newcastle 8 1 4 3 -6 7
19. Burnley 8 0 4 4 -9 4
20. Q.P.R. 8 1 1 6 -12 4

Breaking League News

The Villa Times - 24/10/2014
» Aston Villa : 24/10/2014 11:55:00
Lawro In Villa Win Shocker - Mystic In Depression
» Aston Villa : 24/10/2014 11:28:00
Sunderland v Arsenal Match Preview
» Arsenal : 24/10/2014 11:15:00
Which Kick Off Time Is Hated The Most?
» Aston Villa : 24/10/2014 10:54:00
Dull and uninspiring
» Everton : 24/10/2014 10:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

No Win Yet! How Confident Are You That We Will Avoid Relegation?
Suggested By:  Vital Burnley Admin
Very Confident 30%
Moderately Confident 13%
Slightly Confident 3%
Not Confident but Hoping 14%
We Will Definitely Go Down! 40%