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Ipswich Town vs. Burnley

Portman Road

Tuesady 17th March 2009

7:45pm

Clarets seek Suffolk Punch against Ipswich

The Clarets will be looking to win their fourth League game on the trot on Tuesday night and keep their play-offs dreams alive. They face a long drive down to Suffolk for a match against Ipswich at Portman Road.

Setting the Scene

Burnley are currently in 5th place on 61 points, just two points behind 4th place Sheffield United and three points behind Reading in 3rd. They will be hoping to improve on that position against Ipswich at Portman Road on Tuesday night. The Clarets confidence should be high after winning their last three League games and scoring nine goals in their last two matches including a 5-0 thumping of Forest last Saturday.

The match against Ipswich will be the first of three tricky consecutive games on the road, with Plymouth to follow this Saturday and then Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday April 4th following the International break. It is crucial we get points from all these games in order to maintain our challenge for a top 6 finish with effectively nine clubs fighting for those top six places.

Ipswich are just outside in 10th place with 54 points and in theory could still reach the play-offs themselves but they would need to beat the Clarets on Saturday to stand any chance. They will however be buoyed up by their 1-0 victory away to Reading on Saturday and they recently also held league leaders, Wolves to a 0-0 draw at Molineux. The Clarets will therefore need to be on their guard and Portman Road is never an easy ground to come to. Ipswich though were beaten 3-0 at home by relegation-threatened Southampton in their last home game so if we keep our composure and confidence, three points are by no means impossible.

Steven Thompson will not feature for the Clarets in the Ipswich game after being stretchered-off with an ankle injury in the 8th minute of the game against Forest. However, a scan today has revealed that the injury is not as severe as it was feared with hope that Thommo could return by the time we play Derby County.

This could be the opportunity for young Jay Rodriguez to start a couple of games up front with Martin Paterson in Thommo`s absence and he certainly made his mark against Forest on Saturday after coming on for Thompson with just eight minutes played. He crowned off a good day by scoring a wonder goal that could well be a candidate for goal of the season.

Alan Mahon could well be joining Blackpool on loan today to become the fifth squad player to be loaned out by Owen Coyle this season, but other than the loans, the Thommo injury and the long-term injury to Russell Anderson, the gaffer appears to have all the remaining squad to choose from, with no suspensions and no further injury concerns reported.

I would think in light of the two stunning victories in our last two games against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, Owen Coyle will be tempted to select the same sixteen except of course for Jay Rodriguez replacing the injured Thompson.

The likely sixteen will therefore be:

Jensen, Williams, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Blake, Rodriguez, Paterson

Subs: Penny, Jordan (or Duff), Eagles, McDonald, Gudjonsson

Ipswich Town Team News:

Striker, Giovani Dos Santos currently on loan from Spurs until the end of the season could make his full debut for Ipswich after coming on from the bench against Reading last Saturday.

Jon Walters however ruptured his ankle ligaments last week and is now out for the rest of the season.

Right back, Moritz Volz, a season long loan from Fulham is also out for another month with a groin injury

Player to watch: Jon Stead

The former Blackburn Rovers striker was often linked with a move to Turf Moor during Steve Cotterill`s days in particular but after leaving Ewood Park in June 2005 he joined Sunderland in a deal worth 1.8 million. The goal drought though continued and after a loan spell with Derby County he eventually was signed by Sheffield United for a fee of 750,000 (potentially rising to 1.2 million) on a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2007. With goals and games not forthcoming, Stead signed on loan for Ipswich and after just game signed a permanent deal in Sept 2008 for a fee believed to be around 600,000. He is now banging in the goals at a rate of 1 in 3 games, scoring 10 goals so far in 30 games.

Burnley Team News:

Steven Thompson has an ankle injury and will certainly miss the next two games.

We have no suspensions to worry about and there is no further news of any injuries.

Player to watch: Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rod has been named on the bench 30 times this season and made 24 appearances often coming on from the bench late in the game. He until recently had a reputation just for scoring late goals in the Cup matches after scoring against Fulham in the Carling Cup and QPR in the FA Cup, not to mention that third goal he scored against Tottenham in the 88th minute of the Carling Cup semi-final second round match at Turf Moor. That was the goal of course that briefly had Clarets fans thinking our Wembley Dream might be on after all before Spurs shattered the dream in the last two minutes of extra time.

In the last two games though, we have seen the confidence and cool-headedness that young Jay has in front of goal in the Championship. He scored a well-taken goal against Crystal Palace at home almost a week ago and then followed that up with a stunning goal against Forest on Saturday, one that could well win the goal of the season award.

He was of course given longer to impress than usual on Saturday coming on in the 8th minute to replace the injured Thompson. He acquitted himself well and now looks set to be given his full debut in the match against Ipswich. Let`s hope the local lad and fans favourite, does us all proud tomorrow night and that he can further cement his claim for a starting eleven place over the next two games.

Last Time We Met

Clarets fans will want to quickly forget our first home game of this season with Ipswich the visitors.

Having just been crushed at Hillsborough 4-1 by the Owls in the opening game of the season we were then humiliated at home by the Tractor Boys, losing 3-0.

The only entertainment of the day for Clarets fans was seeing one of the Red Devils miss the centre of the pitch and parachute down onto the Cricket Field Stand roof thus delaying the start of the game for ages while the fire crew and safety officers got him off. Entertaining embarrassment was a more appropriate way of describing the debacle.

Anyway thankfully the poor start is now history but we won`t want to give Ipswich the double over us this season.

Last season at Portman Road we came away with a point after drawing the match 0-0 back in December 2007. We have over the years picked up a few draws on this ground but you have to go back to January 1970 for the last time we actually won at Portman Road. We secured a 1-0 victory back then and we will certainly not want a repeat of the 6-1 tonking we got from the Tractor Boys on this ground back in October 2003 during Stan Ternent`s reign.

Ref Watch:

Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire)

Match Prediction:

A point looks on the cards again but I think we can sneak this one 2-1. Jay Rodriguez will hopefully add to his recent tally with Paterson scoring for the first time in nine games.

Next Match

Another long-distance hike, this time to sunny Devon to play Plymouth at Home Park on Saturday 21st March (3pm Kick off). Thankfully there will then be time to recover with the International Break to come before we play our third consecutive away game, this time against Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday April 4th




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 16 2009

Time: 5:14PM

Your Comments

I have a good feeling about this match,hope I am right! Will be there to see for myself with Portman Road being about 70 miles away from where I live! Come on You Clarets!!!
turfmanphil
I have a good feeling about this match,hope I am right! Will be there to see for myself with Portman Road being about 70 miles away from where I live! Come on You Clarets!!!
turfmanphil
Wangled an afternoon off work so am taking this one in too - together with the game against Plymouth at the weekend. Normally would be happy with a draw but a win here and things could get very, very exciting indeed.
RickersTwickers
Wangled an afternoon off work so am taking this one in too - together with the game against Plymouth at the weekend. Normally would be happy with a draw but a win here and things could get very, very exciting indeed.
RickersTwickers
its a long drive but you have proved this season what a good etam you are and i back you for 3 points lads.
bluemooner_mcfc
its a long drive but you have proved this season what a good etam you are and i back you for 3 points lads.
bluemooner_mcfc
I'm not being cheeky, but I think we will win this one convincingly. Burnley are a top, top class side - and the sort of side we play best against. I know you guys will take the game too us and attack, keeping the ball on the ground. However, that will suit us, as we can absorb the pressure early on and then hit you on the counter - as we do against the better sides. If we can nick an early goal, it could be a rout - but I'm going to be kind, and put this down as a 3-1 to Ipswich. Just the sort of game that we win!!!
Just-an-Ipswich-fan
I'm not being cheeky, but I think we will win this one convincingly. Burnley are a top, top class side - and the sort of side we play best against. I know you guys will take the game too us and attack, keeping the ball on the ground. However, that will suit us, as we can absorb the pressure early on and then hit you on the counter - as we do against the better sides. If we can nick an early goal, it could be a rout - but I'm going to be kind, and put this down as a 3-1 to Ipswich. Just the sort of game that we win!!!
Just-an-Ipswich-fan
Jaif I understand your confidence ;-)It's a cheeky chappy response i have that score down in reverse we welcome you coming over may the best Claret team win;-)
8clarets8
Jaif I understand your confidence ;-)It's a cheeky chappy response i have that score down in reverse we welcome you coming over may the best Claret team win;-)
8clarets8
Burnley are on a roll and we have lots of momentum from the last two games. The players and the fans know we are so close this time that I think we will win this even though Ipswich would normally be a very tough game. I can't tell you why we will win I just think we are fated to do so 2-1.
Claretacchio
Burnley are on a roll and we have lots of momentum from the last two games. The players and the fans know we are so close this time that I think we will win this even though Ipswich would normally be a very tough game. I can't tell you why we will win I just think we are fated to do so 2-1.
Claretacchio
I have some doubts about this one as its not a place we get many points from but i think we could win there if we don't do anything daft. I'm well miffed it was midweek i wanted a weekender there! Have to say when i was living there they had some dodgy pub names Cock & Pie, Newt & cucumber etc watch out TMP lol.
ruane
I have some doubts about this one as its not a place we get many points from but i think we could win there if we don't do anything daft. I'm well miffed it was midweek i wanted a weekender there! Have to say when i was living there they had some dodgy pub names Cock & Pie, Newt & cucumber etc watch out TMP lol.
ruane
Think Ill stick with the Station Hotel, Ruane lol!!! I think it's also worth pointing out that going behind is never a problem for the Clarets JAIFan. I think we have come from behind now and won in something like 24 games. The latest one against Palace we came from 2-0 down to win 4-2!!
turfmanphil
Think Ill stick with the Station Hotel, Ruane lol!!! I think it's also worth pointing out that going behind is never a problem for the Clarets JAIFan. I think we have come from behind now and won in something like 24 games. The latest one against Palace we came from 2-0 down to win 4-2!!
turfmanphil
Coyle also has injury worries over Rhys Williams and top-scorer Martin Paterson, while Alex MacDonald has had tonsilitis, and he said: "Rhys Williams and Martin Paterson won't train today (Monday) and Alex MacDonald has been off with tonsilitis. "There are a few bumps and bruises here and there, but we'll adjust accordingly."
turfmanphil
Coyle also has injury worries over Rhys Williams and top-scorer Martin Paterson, while Alex MacDonald has had tonsilitis, and he said: "Rhys Williams and Martin Paterson won't train today (Monday) and Alex MacDonald has been off with tonsilitis. "There are a few bumps and bruises here and there, but we'll adjust accordingly."
turfmanphil
 

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