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Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Turf Moor

Wednesday 21st January 2009


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Claret Mountain to Climb

Aint no Mountain high enough, aint no river wide enough to keep... the Clarets from Wembley?

Well if the Clarets are to succeed and achieve their dreams of going to Wembley they will have to scale Everest and cross the Nile at its widest point this Wednesday night by defeating Spurs 3-0 or more in the second leg of the Carling Cup Semi-Final at Turf Moor.

Tottenham Hotspur defeated the Clarets 4-1 in the first leg at White Hart Lane earlier this month, a result that flattered Spurs really after an awesome first half performance from the Clarets who led 1-0 at half-time.

It has been a pretty torrid time for the Clarets over the Christmas and New Year period with only one win (against QPR in the FA Cup third round replay) in seven games in all competitions.

The question is what will the Clarets confidence be like going into this game on Wednesday night? Nothing seems to be going right at the moment. In the league we have lost four games on the trot. In the first three we were awful and in the last against Preston our luck deserted us thanks to two very harsh penalty decisions.

Somehow we have to put our recent form and the results going against us to one side and focus on the Wembley dream. It is such a tall order though to beat any team, let alone a classy Premier League side like Spurs by a margin of three goals or more and stop them getting an appropriate away goal or two. That is what we have to do though and to quote a famous Spurs player of the past, Jimmy Greaves 'It`s a funny old game!`

Well we did beat Arsenal 2-0 at Turf Moor and imagine the pressure Spurs would then be under if we could get a two goal lead again with time to spare to try and get that all important third goal?

The first goal is the key and realistically that goal has to come from the Clarets and as early as possible if we are to be in with a chance.

We just need the lads to play like they did in the first half at White Hart Lane but for 90 minutes and who knows what might happen.

You can do it lads, come on you Clarets shine the crampons and inflate the dinghies!!

Predicted Team Sheet

The Clarets seem to have come through the Preston game unscathed and welcome back Wade Elliott who returns after a one match suspension for a fifth yellow. However the most unlucky player in the squad must surely be captain, Steven Caldwell who finds himself suspended again after missing the first leg at White Hart Lane. This time he has to sit the game out after picking up a fifth yellow in the FA Cup match against QPR a week ago.

That loss inevitably means we will probably be forced to play with a straight back four and no holding midfielder. Duff will be in the centre, his best position to be honest with Alexander taking over the right back role.

With Thompson cup tied, it looks like Blake will play just behind Paterson and after his thunderbolt goal from a 30 yard free kick against Preston on Saturday, may have earned a starting place anyway.

The team could look something like this:

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

Subs from (allowed 7): Penny, Kalvenes, Mahon, MacDonald, McDonald (if fit), Kay, Rodriguez, Akinbiyi

Burnley Team News:

Elliott returns but Caldwell is suspended. Thompson is cup tied. The only injury doubt apart from Van der Schaaf (kidney problem) appears to be Kevin McDonald and Clarets fans await news of his fitness.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

We need Eagles to be on top form and play like he did in the first leg but this time for 90 minutes rather than go off the boil a bit like he did in the second half. A quality player and the biggest threat to Spurs with his Premier League experience.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

I suppose the big question is whether Harry Redknapp will think he has done enough in the first round to risk playing some of his fringe players.

According to the Vital Spurs mob, he has often threatened to do so but never has to date. One young player who is highly rated but has yet to play a first team game for Spurs is 19 year old attacking midfielder, Adel Taarabt. The Frenchman from Morocco could be a candidate for the bench at the very least.

I suspect however Redknapp will want to try and make sure of a place at Wembley and will field his strongest team which could mean we will be seeing Jermain Defoe in the line-up after they paraded their new signing and former player in the first leg at White Hart Lane.

Vital Burnley will bring you the Spurs team news below this article as announcements are made over the next few days

Player to watch: All of them again!

That Pavlovawhatsit chap needs watching and of course if Defoe plays, somehow we will have to keep him quiet

Last Time We Met

It was a cruel bitterly cold night at White Hart Lane in the first leg earlier this month. Burnley fans were warmed by a dazzling first half display by the Clarets who led 1-0 at half time thanks to a clever mazy run by Eagles who crossed for Paterson to score. If only Blake had got the second with his header that went inches wide!

The second half was a different story with the Clarets hit by a sucker punch just two minutes into the start of the second half with Dawson getting the equaliser. 20 minutes later and it was all over and Spurs were leading 4-1 with the shell-shocked Clarets not knowing what hit them. This was cruel justice and I still think that result flattered Spurs.

Ref Watch:

Hertfordshire referee, Mark Halsey who now lives in Bolton

Match Prediction:

I have to say 3-0 but I will be happy if we just win if we can`t get the required number of goals. Not many Championship sides (if any) will be able to say they beat four Premier League sides in a game of football all in the same season. The scalps of Fulham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs would look good in the trophy room but the Carling Cup would look even better .Come on you Clarets! By the way just to clarify the law if we are leading 3-0 after 90 minutes: Carling Cup 2008/9 Season Rule 13.5 In the Semi-Final ties, if the aggregate score is level at the end of the second game an extra half-hour shall be played. If the aggregate scores are still level at the end of extra time the tie shall be decided by goals scored away from home counting twice. If the teams remain equal after this procedure the tie shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the Laws of Association Football.

Next Match

If we don`t get to Wembley via the Carling Cup then we will have to try all over again via the FA Cup and it just so happens that the next match will be the FA Cup fourth round game against struggling Premier L:eague side, West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday 24th January @3pm KO. Games are coming thick and fast at the moment. We will have played nine matches by the end of January and we shall have to hope this doesn`t take its toll on our promotion hopes.

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 19 2009

Time: 10:45AM

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We need the Dunkirk spirit or something to win this one but I just get that funny feeling a shock is about to happen. My head is spinning
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19/01/2009 10:49:00
Indeed a mountain! Whatever happens we can all be proud of the lads.
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19/01/2009 12:24:00
I just hope that whatever happens - the lads get the ovation they deserve at the end for getting this far!
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19/01/2009 18:39:00
I am absolutely convinced harry will not play the kids unless he has to. We have several injuries to first team players, with Gomes, Hutton, King, Corluka, Lennon and Jenas all out, so we will have an inexperienced bench, but i expect a strong starting eleven. wih taarabt on the bench..
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20/01/2009 16:08:00
Think I agree with you OS Spurs team news courtesy of BBC Sport: Tottenham captain Ledley King is ruled out with a hamstring strain, but left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto could return. Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, Vedran Corluka (both thigh), Jermaine Jenas (calf) and Aaron Lennon are all out. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has got a long list of injuries to contend with, which could mean only Jonathan Woodgate and Didier Zokora will remain from side that started against Chelsea in the final of the competition last season-Tottenham Hotspur (from): Alnwick, Cesar, Bale, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Rocha, Woodgate, Gunter, O'Hara, Zokora, Bentley, Giovani, Ghaly, Modric, Huddlestone, Lennon, Taarabt, Campbell, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Defoe.
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21/01/2009 11:14:00
I just think that Harry will give them the warning of a lifetime not to let us control the game like we did in the first half at WHL. It might be interesting to see how they react to an early goal though. Come on Clarets!
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21/01/2009 14:47:00
It is going to be tough, but, they may just play kids and then you may be in with a shout. best of luck anyway.
Buzz Lightyear
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21/01/2009 20:52:00
Hard luck tonight chaps. You deserved more. Nellup (Swindon Vital)
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21/01/2009 22:23:00
Your team was an inspiration tonight,Im gutted for yous.Thanks for a cracking game of football.
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21/01/2009 22:24:00
I am a Spurs fan and I have to say I am gutted for you. You deserved better. I am glad (only just) that our overpaid primadonnas got through but I think you were hard done by. Well done an good luck.
The Tailor
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21/01/2009 22:37:00
Spurs fan here. Really feeling for you guys tonight, we didn't deserve anything out of the game tonight, if only our over paid team showed the same amount of passion as your guys. Good luck for the rest of the season!
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21/01/2009 23:00:00
Your boys put up one hell of a fight!!! You totally deserved it, obviously as a yid I am 1.relieved 2. happy we are at wembley 3. disgusted with our team 4. In awe of the commitment passion fire and skill shown by Burnley tonight. If only our boys could have learned something from your team tonight but of course they wont cos they "got away with it". I know how you feel cos as a Spurs supporter all my life I have been gutted many times. I only hope that they take that through the rest of the season and at least get you a place at wembly in play offs cos your display over the 2 legs certainy warrants some rewards. If you do and you go up by the looks of things its us you may be passing on the way up. Great game Burnley.. Good luck for rest of season hope you get promoted!! RESPECT!!!!!
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21/01/2009 23:03:00
TMP remarkably prescient in his predictions on the score and, sadly, the players to watch too. 118 minutes of sheer delight but then two strikes from Pav'ko and Defoe saw Tottenham progress through. Team did us proud tonight - as did the fans. What a semi-final !!!
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21/01/2009 23:04:00
spurs fan, Your boys hammered us tonight. Your team showed everything that makes football great, we showed everything I hate about it. I hope to see you in the PL next year as long as we're still in it! Well played you should all be proud.
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21/01/2009 23:10:00
Spurs fan here. Unlucky to you boys, you deserved it. We were outplayed. We'll try our best to make it so that you went out to the eventual winners..... but can't see that happening.
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21/01/2009 23:16:00
Chelsea fan - well done Burnley. Your players were terrific tonight and showed immense spirit to come back, but perhaps it wasn't meant to be. You should be proud of the characters you've got. Hope to see you in the PL next season. Good luck.
Fan of Blues
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21/01/2009 23:27:00
Just adding to the list of Spurs fans, lining up to say that you deserved it more than us for the guts, spirit and sheer effort. I feel that you made the same mistake as you did in the first leg - As soon as you had the advantage, you began to defend deep and invite us on - I also think that after a gruelling 90 minutes, it was understandable that you started to tire as well. You should be very proud of your performance in this competition, having beaten some big names along the way. Hope you have an easier path next year and good luck in the league too!
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21/01/2009 23:39:00
Yet another, you guessed it, Spurs Fan. If we could get your team's guts and passion and belief from tonight into our players we'd be winning the Premiership. We stole it in the end and I'm glad we did of course, but the victory was yours on the night and you deserved to win the game, well played, and well supported.
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22/01/2009 00:37:00
I'm gutted, absolutely gutted. Just got back to Sheffield. Thanks to all the Spurs fans for all the kind words - I THINK they help, ever so slightly...I agree with them all, anyway!
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22/01/2009 01:14:00
Brilliant three minutes from glory. Burnley just ran out of legs, everyone gave everything they had.Sorry you didn't make it, but you gave Spuds the fright of their lives.
Buzz Lightyear
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22/01/2009 05:48:00
The whole of Portsmouth became honorary Burnley fans for the night. Gutted for you...thanks for putting on a great show and also making Jamie's Dad really uncomfortable for so long. Hope the rest of the season goes well for you
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22/01/2009 07:38:00
Unlucky guys.........shame you weren't through, cos of the two teams i saw last night, i reckon you would of had a better chance of winning the final, than us. Maybe you'll be there in May.
Scott Spur
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22/01/2009 09:46:00
Well done Burnley you went out with pride and passion,To beat Fulham,Chelsea,arsenal and spurs is some feat lets make it five against West Brom on saturday you made us all proud thanks to all the fans that took the time to come over with your comments.
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22/01/2009 12:15:00
Can i just say our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the burnley supporter who sadly died watching the team he loved
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22/01/2009 12:20:00
PRIDE in the Claret and Blue shirt has never been so high! Well done Burnley!
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22/01/2009 12:27:00
Absolutely gutted, two minutes away from Wembley and that happens. We scaled Everest and then got mugged at the top of it by Spurs. I have to say though you Spurs fans on here have been a credit to football and thanks for all your best wishes and thanks also to the neutrals who have posted.
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22/01/2009 12:45:00
Another spurs fan here, just like to say with all the doom and gloom in this country and others you showed what takes to scale the highest summit and conquer it. What a credit you are to football and this country. I hope you go all the way in your league and maybe you will face the manc's and beat them in the FA cup some way along the way to wembley
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22/01/2009 13:42:00
Yet another spurs fan here really to echo what has already been said by my fellow yids.Burnley were a real credit to football and your town,unlucky,well played and RESPECT!
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22/01/2009 13:56:00

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