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Roses Boxing Day Clash


Turf Moor

Boxing Day, Friday 26th December 2008


The Clarets in the Red corner face Barnsley in the White corner in this intriguing Boxing Day clash at Turf Moor.

Burnley have not been defeated at Turf Moor now since the opening home game against Ipswich back in August and they are currently enjoying a run of six games without defeat with five wins and one draw. It is a sobering thought though that the last team to beat the Clarets were our Boxing Day opponents.

At Oakwell in front of the Sky cameras last month, everything looked bleak with Barnsley 3-0 ahead after 51 minutes. However an inspired substitution by Coyle in the second half saw Martin Paterson come on and score a brace of goals. In the last 20 minutes of the half, with the Tykes on the back foot, the Clarets pushed forward to try and get what proved to be an elusive equaliser.

That 3-2 defeat will be at the back of our players` minds in the return match and they will be keen to get revenge and continue their advance.

Burnley are currently 4th on 43 points just six behind 2nd place Reading and four behind 3rd place Birmingham.. Even an automatic promotion place should not be ruled out at this stage although a play-offs position looks the most likely providing we don`t have a slump in the New Year.

Barnsley are having another average season and are currently in 17th place on just 28 points. We need to ensure we despatch teams like these convincingly and another 3 points on Boxing Day will ensure Christmas for once is all about winning after a great start beating Bristol City at Ashton Gate last Saturday.

Predicted Team Sheet

The Clarets will carry out late fitness tests on Wade Elliott and Kevin McDonald. McDonald has missed the last two matches with injury and Elliott missed the last game against Bristol City after picking up a foot injury.

If both fail to make the side, Owen Coyle will probably name the same sixteen that faced the Robins last Saturday. However, he might be tempted to start Steve Thompson in a true 4-4-2 formation with Paterson as his strike partner up front.

I suspect though we will line up as follows in 4-1-4-1 with Paterson alone up front:

Jensen, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, McCann, Gudjonsson, Eagles, Blake, Paterson

Subs: Penny, Mahon, Akinbiyi, MacDonald, Thompson.

If both Elliott and McDonald pass a late fitness test, both could be given a start with Gudjonsson and Duff on the bench allowing a 4-4-2 formation.

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

Subs: Penny, Duff, Akinbiyi, Gudjonsson, Thompson.

Burnley Team News:

Kalvenes still seems to be sidelined with a leg injury and Elliott and McDonald face late fitness tests.

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

Let`s hope he can add to the brace he scored against Barnsley at Oakwell last month. Looks to be on fire at the moment and has tireless energy.

Barnsley Team News:

Argentinean midfielder Hugo Colace returns after suspension.

Dennis Souza (calf) and Martin Devaney (ankle) though will be sidelined

Darren Moore looks likely to partner former Clarets defender, Stephen Foster after returning from injury last week.

Player to watch: Stephen Foster

The former Clarets defender failed to impress during his spell at Turf Moor but he has settled in well since joining Barnsley. He is now a firm favourite with the Tykes fans and captain of the side.

Last Time We Met

We have already mentioned the game at Oakwell this season last month. The game will be remembered for two main reasons, Barnsley's contoversial second goal and Paterson's brace!

Barnsley`s second goal should have been disallowed as clearly shown courtesy of the Sky Sports cameras that were televising the game.

Campbell-Ryce's shot got a deflection into the net by Simon Whaley but as the cameras clearly indicated the ball came off Whaley`s arm and just for good measure he was standing in an offside position.

Barnsley though made it 3-0 shortly afterwards with the Clarets still stunned and protesting and it looked like game over before Paterson came on from the bench to score a brace and set up an exciting last 20 minutes. Despite our best efforts though, we lost 3-2 but haven`t been beaten since!

The fixture at Turf Moor last season earlier this year in March led to a 2-1 victory for the Clarets with Elliott and Lafferty getting our goals.

Ref Watch:

Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Match Prediction:

I think we will be far too strong for Barnsley and expect the lads to put a few goals past them. We have had a knack of scoring three goals in recent home games and then resting on our laurels. I am hoping we can get three or more goals this time but with 90 minutes consistency. If we do get ahead 3-0, it will be time for killer instinct this time. Goal difference could well play a part in deciding who reaches the automatic promotion and play-offs places so we really do need to know how to tonk teams and avoid taking our foot of the accelerator. Go on then 4-0 Clarets!!!

Next Match:

It`s over to the Keepmoat on Sunday 28th December to play Doncaster Rovers in yet another Roses duel over this festive season. 3pm Kick-Off

Date:Thursday December 25 2008
Time: 10:34AM


Just hoping for once my Christmas is not ruined by an underpar Boxing Day performance. Come on you Clarets, tonk 'em!!
25/12/2008 10:36:00
Clarets Injury updates courtesy of Burnley Express: Wade Elliott remains a major doubt ahead of the Boxing Day game at home to Barnsley. The 30-year-old failed a fitness test before Saturday's win at Bristol City, having picked up an ankle knock in training. And although boss Owen Coyle was hopeful the double player-of-the-year would shake off the problem in time, he was sceptical yesterday. Coyle said: "We thought there would have been a bit of improvement in Wade, but there's not, but time will tell. "He's still getting a bit of discomfort from it. Kevin McDonald has missed the last two games with a groin strain, and Coyle is more hopeful of having the Scotland Under 21 midfielder available: "Kevin has slightly improved, but won't join us today (Tuesday). "He might train with us tomorrow, and if he does, we'll look at it from there." The only other injury doubt is over left back Christian Kalvenes, but he is still short of full fitness after a thigh problem: "Christian's improving, but isn't quite ready yet."
25/12/2008 14:58:00
Both Elliott (starts) and McDonald (bench) make it, 4-1-4-1 Burnley v Barnsley: The Teams BURNLEY: Jensen, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Blake, Eagles, Paterson. Subs: Penny, Thompson, McDonald, Mahon, Gudjonsson BARNSLEY: Muller,Hassell, Kozluk, Moore, Foster, Leon, De Silva, Campbell-Ryce, Macken, Homoet, Cureton. Subs: Colace, Odejayi, Haimour, Souza Guedes, Rigters.
26/12/2008 14:17:00
Poor start with Barnsley doing all the running to get the lead after just 6 minutes (Cureton) but then with seven minutes to end of first half, fantastic run by Paterson who finds McCann to make it 1-1! Game comes to life, with Paterson on fire and Eagles should have given us the lead from six yards.Half-time 1-1 with the ref a complete plonker giving us nowt!
26/12/2008 15:52:00
Boxing Day Blues again in 2-1 defeat! Dreadful. Match report to follow. Pathetic Ref!!
26/12/2008 17:01:00
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