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Cardiff City vs. Burnley

Turf Moor

Easter Monday 13th April 2009

3pm

Cardifficult Game for Clarets

The Clarets continue their final countdown to the end of the season this Easter Monday with a tricky game at Ninian Park against high-flying Cardiff City

Setting the Scene

Burnley are enjoying a good run in the League at the moment and have now gone seven games without defeat. This excellent form has seen them maintain a place in the play-off positions and they are currently in 6th place on 69 points. Crucially with Preston losing on Saturday in the local derby against Blackpool at Deepdale and with the Clarets securing all three points at home to QPR we have now opened a seven point gap over 7th placed Swansea and 8th placed Preston and look on course for the play-offs. One more win for the Clarets could secure a place in the play-offs for definite with just three matches to play after today.

Getting three points against Cardiff today though will be difficult, especially on their home soil.

Cardiff still have hopes of automatic promotion and are currently in fourth spot, six points behind second place Birmingham with a game in hand. The Bluebirds are also currently in form and have only lost one of their last six matches (at home to 3rd place Sheffield United).The scene is set therefore for a cracker of a game.

One Clarets player that has been ruled out by Coyle for this game is Steven Thompson. He is still struggling with the ankle ligament injury that has now kept him sidelined for the last five games. It is a shame really as Thompson would have been up for this game against his former teammates.

Martin Paterson was also still feeling his hamstring in our last match against Queens Park Rangers but did come on from the bench late in the game. He is likely to feature against Cardiff but Owen Coyle might be tempted to keep Patio on the bench again and give Jay Rodriguez his second start of the season after being given his full debut on Saturday.

Brian Jensen had five stitches in his eye on Saturday but is expected to play today and there a few other minor knocks and scrapes that are not expected to affect selection.

Owen Coyle is likely to select the same sixteen for the fifth game running and it just looks to be a decision on who will start up front, Paterson or Rodriguez.

The team will therefore look something like this:

Jensen, Williams, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Alexander, Eagles, McCann, Elliott, Blake, Paterson (or Rodriguez)

Subs: Penny, Duff, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Rodriguez (or Paterson)

Cardiff City Team News:

Roger Johnson and Michael Chopra are doubtful after they sustained injuries in Cardiff`s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Centre-back Johnson was hit in the throat by Claude Davis and had trouble breathing. He was sent to hospital over the weekend and is only expected to come out today.

Michael Chopra hobbled off after 37 minutes in the Palace game and will undergo a late fitness test.

Player to watch: Roger Johnson?

We asked the Vital Cardiff Editor, Rhodri which player we should be watching but this was before the Cardiff game against Palace and he selected Roger Johnson saying 'For my money, the best defender in the Championship and vitally important for us. Excellent in the air and on the ground - he's also a big threat at set-pieces.` Obviously the player is now a doubt following his throat injury but we wish him a speedy recovery.

If he doesn`t make today`s clash then for my money the main players we will need to keep in check will be their twin strike threat of Ross McCormack (19 Championship goals this season) who scored a brace in the Palace game and Jay Bothroyd (11 Championship goals)

Burnley Team News:

Former Bluebirds striker, Steven Thompson is ruled out of this clash, still suffering with his ankle ligament injury. Owen Coyle will need to decide if Martin Paterson is fit enough to start after a niggly hamstring problem. He is likely to at least be named on the bench and Jay Rodriguez, if so could be given his second start.

Player to watch: Clarke Carlisle

Carlisle and indeed all the back four will need to be on form today to snuff out the threat from Cardiff`s attack. The Bluebirds have bagged 8 goals in their last three matches.

Carlisle might also fancy his chances at the other end from set pieces. He has scored a few goals with his head this season from that situation and helped one on its way in via Eagles against QPR on Saturday. In the same match he also had a header hit the post and another scrambled off the line.

Last Time We Met

We fought out a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor last December with Blake and Thompson getting our goals. Last season back in October 2007 we lost 2-1 at Ninian Park, a goal by Akinbiyi not being enough.

Ref Watch:

Premier League referee Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Match Prediction:

I am hoping we can get at least a point today and will go with 1-1

Next Match

Another tricky game to follow for the Clarets with in-form side, Sheffield United the visitors to Turf Moor on Monday 20th April (7:45pm Kick-off)

This is the rearranged game, originally scheduled for Saturday, forced upon us by Sky Sports after they decided late in the day that they wanted to cover the match on TV.




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Date:Monday April 13 2009

Time: 9:52AM

Your Comments

Come on lads, lets get at least a point and if we do,no last minute Cardiff goals to equalise please!!
turfmanphil
Come on lads, lets get at least a point and if we do,no last minute Cardiff goals to equalise please!!
turfmanphil
Jay Rodriguez continues in attack as Burnley line up with the same side that defeated QPR at the weekend. There is no Martin Paterson in the 16, so Alex MacDonald is promoted to the bench. Burnley: Jensen, Kalvenes, Carlisle, Caldwell, Williams, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Blake, Eagles, Rodriguez. Subs: Penny, Duff, Gudjonsson, McDonald, MacDonald Cardiff: Taylor, McNaughton, Rae, Purse, Gyepes, Bothroyd, McPhail, Ledley, Chopra, Kennedy, McCormack. Subs: Heaton, Whittingham, E Johnson, Comminges, Burke.
turfmanphil
Jay Rodriguez continues in attack as Burnley line up with the same side that defeated QPR at the weekend. There is no Martin Paterson in the 16, so Alex MacDonald is promoted to the bench. Burnley: Jensen, Kalvenes, Carlisle, Caldwell, Williams, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Blake, Eagles, Rodriguez. Subs: Penny, Duff, Gudjonsson, McDonald, MacDonald Cardiff: Taylor, McNaughton, Rae, Purse, Gyepes, Bothroyd, McPhail, Ledley, Chopra, Kennedy, McCormack. Subs: Heaton, Whittingham, E Johnson, Comminges, Burke.
turfmanphil
0-0 at half-time in very nervy game. Burnley pressing in first 20 minutes then Cardiff came strong
turfmanphil
0-0 at half-time in very nervy game. Burnley pressing in first 20 minutes then Cardiff came strong
turfmanphil
Disaster for the Clarets, 3-1 Cardiff and both Swansea and Preston win away! I want to kick an Easter Egg!!
turfmanphil
Disaster for the Clarets, 3-1 Cardiff and both Swansea and Preston win away! I want to kick an Easter Egg!!
turfmanphil
Back from the game...what a trek...took me 15 minutes to get home !!...had 12 texts from my Cardiff friends.....taking the *****. truth is I do,nt think any of the two teams will go up, fingers crossed for the play offs though. McCormack is a diving whinging sod, who scored two good goals. Bit sick of the Burnley Fans sing Jones is a Pedo, likwise the tosser stood next to me who through a coin !!!!..desrves to have the book thrown at him.... Jay was found wanting..the lad has lots of potential, but I think it was unfair on him today... off to the USA tomorrow, how can I get the Sheff utd Match over their ?? UP THE CLARETS !!!
Cardiff_Claret
Back from the game...what a trek...took me 15 minutes to get home !!...had 12 texts from my Cardiff friends.....taking the *****. truth is I do,nt think any of the two teams will go up, fingers crossed for the play offs though. McCormack is a diving whinging sod, who scored two good goals. Bit sick of the Burnley Fans sing Jones is a Pedo, likwise the tosser stood next to me who through a coin !!!!..desrves to have the book thrown at him.... Jay was found wanting..the lad has lots of potential, but I think it was unfair on him today... off to the USA tomorrow, how can I get the Sheff utd Match over their ?? UP THE CLARETS !!!
Cardiff_Claret
Hi CC didn't go to the game but i am sure the Clarets fans were just trying anything just to get heard and a reaction Cardiff is a hard place to go i thought we had got the draw at one point any how on another day maybe at wembley :-) is the Sheff Utd match not on sky? if not how come it was moved?i am sure you could get commentry on the web good trip anyway as you say UP THE CLARETS!!!
8clarets8
Hi CC didn't go to the game but i am sure the Clarets fans were just trying anything just to get heard and a reaction Cardiff is a hard place to go i thought we had got the draw at one point any how on another day maybe at wembley :-) is the Sheff Utd match not on sky? if not how come it was moved?i am sure you could get commentry on the web good trip anyway as you say UP THE CLARETS!!!
8clarets8
who threw coins..........? the chant about dave is terrible but burnley arent the 1st and wont be the last. id have settled for a draw.
bluebirdlewis
who threw coins..........? the chant about dave is terrible but burnley arent the 1st and wont be the last. id have settled for a draw.
bluebirdlewis
I thought it was brilliant being at Ninian Park for what will be the penultimate home game there. It's certainly a noisy place, but full of atmosphere, and I felt entirely comfortable about everything, except the insulting and untrue chant about Dave Jones, which was sung a lot less loudly than everything else, suggesting that most Clarets present didn't join in. Good for them. Hearing that one of us threw a coin does not make me proud either, and I encourage whoever did to think very hard about whether they are proud of themselves. I certainly don't think that they deserve to be called in any way shape or form a Claret. Just a tosser, nothing more. Thank you bluebirdlewis for being understanding.
Couch Potato
I thought it was brilliant being at Ninian Park for what will be the penultimate home game there. It's certainly a noisy place, but full of atmosphere, and I felt entirely comfortable about everything, except the insulting and untrue chant about Dave Jones, which was sung a lot less loudly than everything else, suggesting that most Clarets present didn't join in. Good for them. Hearing that one of us threw a coin does not make me proud either, and I encourage whoever did to think very hard about whether they are proud of themselves. I certainly don't think that they deserve to be called in any way shape or form a Claret. Just a tosser, nothing more. Thank you bluebirdlewis for being understanding.
Couch Potato
Having thought for 5 minutes more... I hope the coin tosser does get the book thrown at him. I overheard security guards saying they had got someone on camera, just before someone was escorted away. I didn't know what they were talking about at the time, but I guess it was this. Yes, I hope he gets the book thrown at him, but I also hopes he (assuming it was the male who was escorted out) also gets support and help to do better in the rest of their life and can be given the chance to re-earn the right to be called a Claret by showing remorse and working hard to do better and rewinning our trust.
Couch Potato
Having thought for 5 minutes more... I hope the coin tosser does get the book thrown at him. I overheard security guards saying they had got someone on camera, just before someone was escorted away. I didn't know what they were talking about at the time, but I guess it was this. Yes, I hope he gets the book thrown at him, but I also hopes he (assuming it was the male who was escorted out) also gets support and help to do better in the rest of their life and can be given the chance to re-earn the right to be called a Claret by showing remorse and working hard to do better and rewinning our trust.
Couch Potato
Living in Cardiff, its fair to say the majority of Bluebirds fans are good ones. The prat who through the coin was stood right next to me and my two sons, one who is 10 with a cast on his arm and the other is 15...to be honest the stewards dealt with it very well. I was on the verge of reporting him myself, I and 99.9 % of true fans do,nt pay money to watch tossers like that spoil what was a good game with some cracking banter(less the pedo chants)....Personally I think the club should put a picture of the tosser oin the programme....Anyway UP THE CLARETS..hopefully I can get the Sheff Utd match live on Sky from the USA
Cardiff_Claret
Living in Cardiff, its fair to say the majority of Bluebirds fans are good ones. The prat who through the coin was stood right next to me and my two sons, one who is 10 with a cast on his arm and the other is 15...to be honest the stewards dealt with it very well. I was on the verge of reporting him myself, I and 99.9 % of true fans do,nt pay money to watch tossers like that spoil what was a good game with some cracking banter(less the pedo chants)....Personally I think the club should put a picture of the tosser oin the programme....Anyway UP THE CLARETS..hopefully I can get the Sheff Utd match live on Sky from the USA
Cardiff_Claret
Well done for speaking up CC and helping make us Clarets proud. Have fun in the States. Friends of mine there seem to be able to watch more Claret games on telly than us, so I am sure it will be on some channel somewhere. We will need to defend better against the Blades than we did against Cardiff (though apart from the goals we did not look greatly troubled). Mostly I thought we played well in a good game that was slightly spoiled by a string of curious and one-sided second half decisions from the ref. Apart from the nasty chant about Dave Jones the interaction between the fans all seemed in good spirit, albeit lively and very, very noisy... and with a few rude gestures thrown in, but at a time and place that they raised smiles and the volume, rather than fists or tempers! Well done to all true Clarets who sang their hearts out for the whole game. And well done to Cardiff fans who returned the chant about our fleecy friends with a scoreline. It was so, so nearly a great day. I am hoping we will clinch a play-off spot when at St Mary's. All we need is to win one and for PNE and the Swans to lose one each. Come on Burnley! On the way home I met some Orient fans, who needed no prompting whae I asked what was Burnley's greatest game ever against them. How far we have come since then!
Couch Potato
Well done for speaking up CC and helping make us Clarets proud. Have fun in the States. Friends of mine there seem to be able to watch more Claret games on telly than us, so I am sure it will be on some channel somewhere. We will need to defend better against the Blades than we did against Cardiff (though apart from the goals we did not look greatly troubled). Mostly I thought we played well in a good game that was slightly spoiled by a string of curious and one-sided second half decisions from the ref. Apart from the nasty chant about Dave Jones the interaction between the fans all seemed in good spirit, albeit lively and very, very noisy... and with a few rude gestures thrown in, but at a time and place that they raised smiles and the volume, rather than fists or tempers! Well done to all true Clarets who sang their hearts out for the whole game. And well done to Cardiff fans who returned the chant about our fleecy friends with a scoreline. It was so, so nearly a great day. I am hoping we will clinch a play-off spot when at St Mary's. All we need is to win one and for PNE and the Swans to lose one each. Come on Burnley! On the way home I met some Orient fans, who needed no prompting whae I asked what was Burnley's greatest game ever against them. How far we have come since then!
Couch Potato
im confident we can turn PNE over, ross is on fire. i think you will finish 6th. the coin thrower was a bloke i seen him get thrown out...........which promted the curtain being shut
bluebirdlewis
im confident we can turn PNE over, ross is on fire. i think you will finish 6th. the coin thrower was a bloke i seen him get thrown out...........which promted the curtain being shut
bluebirdlewis
also the last thing i wnat to see is swansea in the playoffs!! ;-)
bluebirdlewis
also the last thing i wnat to see is swansea in the playoffs!! ;-)
bluebirdlewis
Must be a first, the Swans wanting you to win on Monday!! Just beat PNE mate and all will be forgiven and then we can beat you in the play-offs!! ;-)
turfmanphil
Must be a first, the Swans wanting you to win on Monday!! Just beat PNE mate and all will be forgiven and then we can beat you in the play-offs!! ;-)
turfmanphil
Is it possible for a Burnley - Cardiff Play off final ???...would take the friendly banter here in Cardiff to an new level !! I noticed the screens getting pulled back. The neanderthal who threw the coin did it after the screens were piulled back, so someone else should have been lifted as well. Hope they get sent down!
Cardiff_Claret
Is it possible for a Burnley - Cardiff Play off final ???...would take the friendly banter here in Cardiff to an new level !! I noticed the screens getting pulled back. The neanderthal who threw the coin did it after the screens were piulled back, so someone else should have been lifted as well. Hope they get sent down!
Cardiff_Claret
Is it possible to send an abuser of the coinage into exile these days... you know: "Guilty! For having disrespected the coin of the king's realm you will be taken away and forced to spend the rest of you living days in..." Australia wouldn't be a punishment any more. So maybe Preston? Or Swansea perhaps?
Couch Potato
Is it possible to send an abuser of the coinage into exile these days... you know: "Guilty! For having disrespected the coin of the king's realm you will be taken away and forced to spend the rest of you living days in..." Australia wouldn't be a punishment any more. So maybe Preston? Or Swansea perhaps?
Couch Potato
Blackpool and put to work on the penny arcades (do they still have them?) during the whole of the close season He will be so sick of the site of coins by then, he wouldn't dare chuck one again
turfmanphil
Blackpool and put to work on the penny arcades (do they still have them?) during the whole of the close season He will be so sick of the site of coins by then, he wouldn't dare chuck one again
turfmanphil
What has happened as a result of Drogba's coin toss in the Carling? Will he be receiving summer work experience at Blackpool too? Or do different rules apply to Extremely Rich Tossers?
Couch Potato
What has happened as a result of Drogba's coin toss in the Carling? Will he be receiving summer work experience at Blackpool too? Or do different rules apply to Extremely Rich Tossers?
Couch Potato
 

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