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Burnley vs. Queens Park Rangers

Turf Moor

Tuesday 13th January 2009

7:45pm

Rs is for Replay in FA Cup

The Clarets continue their busy January schedule with an FA Cup Third Round Replay against Queens Park Rangers at Turf Moor on Tuesday night following a pretty dull 0-0 draw at Loftus Road in the first game of the New Year.

The prize for the winners is a trip(again this month) to either West Brom or Posh for the Fourth Round, on Saturday 24th January. These two teams also fight out a replay on the same night at London Road after Posh sensationally equalised late on in the game at the Hawthorns to make the final score 1-1.

The Clarets could probably have done without this replay and if they progress will have to play eight games in this month alone.

The signs have not been good recently, with the team looking decidingly jaded and under par, not helped by their 4-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in the Carling Cup Semi-Final first leg last week.

The effect this may have had both mentally and physically seems clear after a terrible home defeat by Swansea in our last game on Saturday.

We have now gone five games in all competitions without a win with that draw against QPR at Loftus Road in the FA Cup being our only success amongst four defeats. The Carling Cup Wembley dreams look to have turned into a nightmare and we seem to be in freefall in the Championship so maybe all we will have left to shout about this season will be progress in the FA Cup but are we up to it and what will our confidence now be like?

Although this tie was relatively low on our priorities before Christmas, a win is crucial; for morale if nothing else and it is important to get a result bearing in mind we face our rivals, Preston at Deepdale on Saturday and need to have our confidence restored if we are to get above them again.

Come on let's have our first win of 2009 before we all start to panic

Predicted Team Sheet

Duff will miss this game after his straight red and automatic two match ban following his ridiculous sending off against Swansea on Saturday so Carlisle will no doubt have a quick chance to redeem himself after some indifferent performances and return to the starting eleven. Kevin McDonald still seems to be struggling with a groin injury after missing the last match.

Van der Schaaf is presumably still sidelined with kidney problems and it is not clear at all at the moment why Kalvenes was not in the sixteen against Swansea.

I do think also it is time to rest Robbie Blake and culture the partnership upfront with Paterson and Thompson leading the attack.

Assuming there were no further knocks in our last match, I will predict or rather like to see the following team for Tuesday night:

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

Subs from: Penny, Kalvenes (if fit), McDonald (if fit), Blake, Mahon, Akinbiyi, Rodriguez, MacDonald, Kay

Burnley Team News:

Duff automatically suspended for two games after picking up a straight red in the Swansea game on Saturday.

Kevin McDonald looks doubtful after still suffering from a groin injury despite playing against Spurs last week. News is awaited concerning Kalvenes and Van der Schaaf

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

He had a pretty low key game against Swansea after being Man of the Match against Spurs(mainly for his first half performance) He will be keen to get back to his impressive ways against QPR on Tuesday night and we need him in top form.

Queens Park Rangers Team News:

News awaited. We will provide this below the article as soon as we know.

Player to watch: Dexter Blackstock

He is the Rs top scorer this season with 11 goals in the Championship. One of which was against the Clarets at Loftus Road in the Championship battle back in November.

Dexter Blackstock also grabbed a late equaliser as QPR denied 10-man Coventry victory at Loftus Road in their last game, the match finishing 1-1.

Last Time We Met

0-0 of course in the FA Cup game against them at Loftus Road on January 3rd. Least said about this dull affair the better!

We did though defeat QPR at Loftus Road in a league game only last November winning the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Blake and Mahon. But at Turf Moor in season 2007/8 they beat us 2-0 back in December 2007 although we did get revenge beating them 4-2 at Loftus Road in February this year.

The Clarets also previously had a 100% FA Cup record against QPR, having won both ties in 1921 and 1962

Ref Watch:

Colin Webster (Tyne and Wear)

Match Prediction:

Come on you Clarets let's get back to winning ways. 2-0 to Burnley!

Next Match

Preston in 6th one point ahead of the Clarets in 7th and we play each other this Saturday, 17th January at Deepdale. Don't forget a televised game on Sky (yep another one!) with an early KO this time of 12:45 pm




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 11 2009

Time: 9:57PM

Your Comments

Let's just win,heh?
turfmanphil
As on last Saturday, I think both teams have alot to win and alot to lose. I hope the game's a better one, as a spectacle, but I can see this going all the way to penalties, to be honest - which will be really bad news for you guys with all the matches you're playing. I'd like to wish you luck - but cant (sorry!)
sandydl
Agree about the match being a good one for fans. I think we are resigned to this being a busy month but for confidence/morale reasons, it's important we win this one (whether it goes to penalties or not). I would hate to go to Deepdale on the back of six games without a win
turfmanphil
A game we could have done without but we did not finish them off their so time to finish them of here good luck Burnley time we started winning again
8clarets8
We really do need a win to boost not only the morale of the team but that of the supporters. Having said that, I sometimes despair with the Clarets fans. Not often I agree with that irritating man, Mick McCarthy the Wolves manager, but he said tonight if Wolves fans had been told in August 2008 that they would be four points clear at the top of the Championship in early-January 2009 would they have been happy because there had been rumbling among the Wolves fans for drawing 2 and losing 1 of their last 3 games. The same goes for us Clarets. If you'd been told in August 2008 that we would be 7th in the Championship, one point outside a play-off place, in the semi-final of the Carling Cup (and not out of it yet!!) and still in the FA Cup despite another "capital" away day, would we have been happy? Of course we would but would you believe it if you go around the various Clarets fan's message boards? No you bloody wouldn't. It's about time we got fully behind the team again starting tomorrow against QPR. Come on you Clarets!!!
claretsnut58
I think quite a few Clarets fans are edgey because at the moment we seem to have entered our seasonal post Christmas slump which normally ends midtable mediocrity come May but you do have some fair points there Clarestnut. Yes, I would have been happy with 7th at this stage if it wasn't for the fact we seem to have hit bad form and need to reverse this quickly.Up the Clarets
turfmanphil
Some QPR Team News: Lee Cook is doubtful for QPR because of a virus, while Wayne Routledge was not registered in time to be eligible. Patrick Agyemang had surgery at the weekend and is sidelined along with Akos Buzsaky and Rowan Vine.
turfmanphil
I have also been asked about Wade Elliott who picked up a fifth yellow against Swansea.Elliott is available against QPR as his ban does not begin until the weekend.
turfmanphil
Yes of course we are happy!! But we have also been in this position before and most of us will be thinking are we going to lose anybody? Are we going to get anybody? The transfer window only works for them with a bit of money or for them with a bit of ambition and just for once it would be nice if we showed a bit,I am not saying break the bank a couple of loan players even because no way is that defence going to last us till the end of the season fact!! Lets just hope starting tonight we can get back on track :-)
8clarets8
extra time was the last thing we needed though!
Claretdale
Local Lad wins it for us.....I am really worried about the amount of games we are playing...fingers crossed our luck will hold out. UP THE CLARETS
Cardiff_Claret
We were always going to have to play 9 or 10 games this month and are proably the least equipped team in the Championship to deal with a fixture programme like we face now and, more likely to the end of the season. I'm an old timer and for what it's worth, I think it's better to be in it to win it than not to win it at all. A couple of days ago, a lunatic PNE supporter on their message board launched an attempted insult to the Clarets by comparing their 22,000 FA Cup gate against Liverpool to out 3,700 against QPR. I had to remind him that for PNE, playing a Premiership team was a novelty whereas Clarets playing (and beating) a Premiership team was almost a weekly occurrence. I also had to remind him that their days of playing Premiership teams were over for another 12 months whereas we had two more Premiership teams to play and two potential trips to Wembley. All tongue in cheek to a degree, but would you rather be a Claret or a K*nobender at the moment. Well, that's a no-brainer so perhaps they would possibly understand the question. PS - Bet OC has 1 loan player in by 5pm today!!
claretsnut58
 

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