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Fulham vs. Burnley

Craven Cottage

Tuesday 9th February 2010

8pm

Burnley Craven Win at the Cottage

The Clarets still seek their first away win in the Premier League and now have a chance to do so this Tuesday night against 10th placed Fulham at Craven Cottage. They will be buoyed by their victory against fellow strugglers, West Ham at Turf Moor last Saturday; their first win in 13 league matches and the first under new manager, Brian Laws. The 2-1 defeat of the Hammers also took the Clarets out of the relegation zone and we are now 15th on 23 points with Fulham on 8 points more. We can`t be too complacent though being only two points clear of the third from bottom club but a win on Tuesday night would be a real boost for everyone concerned and at long last begin to put some clear blue water between ourselves and the other clubs below us trying to avoid relegation. Come on you Clarets!

Predicted Team Sheet

Brian Laws might be tempted to play the same eighteen for this match after getting his first Clarets win under his belt against West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday. There is no news of any further injuries and the only players who seem to be strong doubts are Steven Caldwell (persistent groin strain) and Graham Alexander (calf).

Chris McCann and Chris Eagles though could be in contention for a starting eleven place with Eagles surprisingly on the bench last Saturday and McCann given more time to recover from injury. It could depend on whether Laws is tempted to play with two strikers up front or one.

Chelsea loan midfielder, Jack Cork was on the bench last Saturday and it is likely Laws will do the same this time so we may have to wait to see him make his debut.

I will go for the same eighteen against Fulham which would be:

Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Cort, Fox, Bikey, Elliott. McDonald, Blake, Nugent, Fletcher.

Subs: Weaver, Edgar, Duff, Eagles, Cork, Thompson, Paterson

Fulham Team News:

Fulham forward Andrew Johnson has been ruled out for the rest of the season following exploratory knee surgery. It has been a torrid season for the former Everton striker having played just 13 matches. He has suffered from a dislocated collarbone and groin strain already this season and last played on 17 January against Blackburn.

Roy Hodgson looks to have a number of problems up front with United States international Clint Dempsey suffering knee ligament damage and Hungarian Zoltan Gera taking a blow to his knee in training recently. Bobby Zamora also suffered a dislocated collarbone in Fulham`s 3-2 defeat at Stoke last month and he was not in the eighteen that faced Bolton at the Reebok last Saturday. Zamora is Fulham`s leading goal scorer with 11 goals so far in all competitions. Hodgson may now be regretting letting Diomansy Kamara go out on loan to Celtic for the rest of the season although he has brought in Roma striker Stefano Okaka on loan until the end of the season.

Left back Paul Konchesky (ankle) is also sidelined for the foreseeable future, with Nicky Shorey having been brought in on loan from Aston Villa to provide cover in the back four. John Pantsil (knee) is also some way off a first-team return but Simon Davies may be in contention if he has recovered enough from an ankle injury.

Player to watch: Mark Schwarzer

The Australian international keeper was Fulham`s Player of the Year last season. This was also his first season at Craven Cottage after signing from Middlesbrough in May 2008 and agreeing a two-year deal. Clarets fans will be hoping he is kept busy on Tuesday night.

Burnley Team News:

Only Steven Caldwell (groin) and Graham Alexander (calf) look doubtful for this game. Laws could be tempted to name the same eighteen unless there are any late injury announcements.

Player to watch: David Nugent

Back on the score sheet against West Ham on Saturday, it would be good for Nugent to maintain his goal-scoring form by bagging a couple against Fulham!

He says he is in the shop-window until he sorts out his long-term future in the summer so potential buyers (including Burnley if we stay in the top flight) will be looking for confirmation he is back to top form and can score consistently at this level.

Back to the Future

We last played Fulham of course earlier in the season in the clash at Turf Moor in December last year. In the end it was a disappointing 1-1 draw although realistically with Fulham in good form this was an excellent point. After a shocking dire first half, Fulham took the lead on 50 minutes after a mistake by Caldwell let in Zamora. On the hour mark, a stunning shot by Elliott brought the score level and the match seemed to liven up but neither side could find the winner.

The last time Burnley were in the top flight in the 1975-6 season, Fulham were a mid-table side in the old second division and we would face them the following season following our relegation. We won at Turf Moor 3-1 that season with goals from Hankin, Bradshaw and Noble and we also got a point at Craven Cottage after a 2-2 draw. Two first half goals from Fletcher and Noble were squeezed between a Fulham opener after 16 minutes and a late equaliser by the Cottagers with just two minutes of play remaining. We would finish just one point and one place higher than Fulham in 16th place.

We have of course played Fulham quite a bit since then in the lower leagues and in the cup competitions. Craven Cottage was being renovated between 2002-2004 and our last away game against them was actually played at Loftus Road with Fulham sharing the stadium with QPR over this period. The match took place in February 2003 and was a FA Cup 5th Round clash in which we managed a 1-1 draw bringing the Cottagers to Turf Moor for a replay. This was an excellent result considering Fulham were now an established Premier League outfit following their promotion in 2001 and we were still a struggling Championship side.

Alan Moore opened the scoring after just 4 minutes of play but Fulham equalised on the stroke of half-time. The reply was even better news for the Clarets as Fulham once more failed miserably at Turf Moor this time going down 3-0. Taylor, Ian Moore and Diallo scored the goals that day. Fulham losing again had not won now at Turf Moor since April 1951 a record that still remains the same to this day.

The last time we played at Craven Cottage, it was Fulham`s promotion season as Champions and we went down 3-1 in September 2000. Three Fulham goals in the second half wiped out Cook`s opener after 10 minutes of play. We at least got a 2-1 victory in the return match at Turf Moor in February 2001 but it was frustrating season for the Clarets and we finished in 7th spot just two points off the play-offs.

Ref Watch:

St Helens referee, Chris Foy will be in charge of this one. He is certainly no stranger to games involving Burnley in the top flight. This is the fifth time so far he has been our referee this season. He was in charge of our home games against Sunderland and Bolton as well as the big derby away defeat to Blackburn and the eight goal thriller against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground.

Match Prediction:

For heaven`s sake surely we have to win one away this season?! This would be a great time to do it. We are in a good position having pulled ourselves clear of the relegation zone. With confidence high after the West Ham victory, a win at Craven Cottage against Fulham on Tuesday night would really put us in the driving seat and steady the relegation nerves even more. Fulham have put in some indifferent performances of late and although they are doing well in 10th spot on 31 points we might be able to get something from this one! I think and hope we are going to nick this one. 2-1 Clarets

Next Match

There will now be a week`s break for the Clarets while those clubs still in the FA Cup battle it out next weekend in the 5th round ties.

We then continue our travels on Sunday 21st February with a trip to Villa Park. Aston Villa are currently riding high in 7th spot and are challenging for a top four finish. Please note that this match is not only on a Sunday but kicks off early at 2pm.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 8 2010

Time: 1:14PM

Your Comments

Come on lads! Let's get something here. Just one point on the road this season is wearing a bit then and it's time for Laws to ditch another monkey off our backs!
turfmanphil
I think Mccann is also a doubt. Interesting that we have 2 loan players not in the matchday squad - Nimani & Fernando. Particularly as Nimani was a Laws signing. Should we read anything into this?
Claretdale
Would be fantastic if we could get 3 points, it would take us to 2 points behind b@st@rds and if Man City do the job right we will be 4 points clear of notlob. Come on you clarets you can do it.
sheclaret
Burnley can win at fulham on tue. we are going there to play a team that is not scoreing many goals. as far as nimani is concerned he may not be good enough at the moment
Albmaleaf claret
I don't think Nimani is match fit yet. he's not had many games this season at AS Monaco and looked a little rusty when he came on against Bolton. Guerrero though seems to be the forgotten man
turfmanphil
Mail now saying-Stephen Jordan is pushing to be in contention for Burnley's trip to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Jordan has been out with a hamstring strain for two weeks but manager Brian Laws confirmed that the defender is nearing a comeback. Chris McCann's recovery from a knee injury is progressing well but the match at Craven Cottage is too soon for him
turfmanphil
Fulham team news update-Fulham will welcome back striker Bobby Zamora from a virus for the clash against Burnley at Craven Cottage. Oh bugger!!! Simon Davies (ankle) also returns but South African midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has been ruled out for up to six weeks because of ankle ligament damage.
turfmanphil
Lets hope that Fletcher and Nugent have a goal feast . Not just an away win, but a three-niller or better. Go for it lads.
WelshClaret
Even though it is a night match I think we will have more than the 304 fans they brought to Turf Moor.
Grimsby Claret
Nugent up front, Blake and eagles supporting would give lots of trouble to the Fulham defence, and don't defend too deep. I am confident of a good result whatever team plays.
cornwallclaret
I'll be at this one alongside Ansdell Claret hoping to see my second live victory of the season . Fulham are a decent side but don't score many though they concede less than we do and have two successive clean sheets to their name. Think this might be a draw but what a great chance we have of our first away win. By the way, it is snowing in SW London at present and a bit nippy. Those coming to the game tomorrow should be aware that the Cottage is right by the river and it can be somewhat bracing at times.
RickersTwickers
Just to advise in desperation I still have a spare ticket for this game (30) if anybody wants one. Will be aiming for the Zulu Bar on Fulham High St before game, Pub is recommended for away fans and pub is one of nearest to ground Im told
turfmanphil
Fulham seem to have trouble scoring lately! hopefully our confidence will still be up from Saturday and we can capitalise on this.
8clarets8
Pity pesky Zamora is back but I have more confidence in back four now so let's hope we can get the first goal and put 'em under pressure
turfmanphil
Fulham can obviously score for pleasure when in form - let's hope their bad form holds out!! I would be happy with a clean sheet. Even happier with a win. It would be nice to start a winning streak and give the lads (and us) a bit more confidence that survival is within reach.
heathfieldclaret
Let's hope our Aussie goalie Schwartzer has one of his poor games. I am more confident of getting something under Laws as he seems to shape the team according to events - something that Susan didn't do. I still think midfield is the problem - giving the ball away too much puts a lot of pressure on the defence and limits attacking options. I would play just one (Fletcher or Nugent) up front with the midfield supporting the attacks as previously. Would be happy with a point but hoping for an away win breakthrough. Just seen that Cahill at Bolton will be out for the rest of the season with a blood clot. I feel sorry for the lad but another 'payback' for Coyle who says that one of the conditions he put on Bolton (what an arrogant tosser!) before ditching the Clarets was that Cahill not be sold.
ozjean
I take heart from last season when Hull went to Fulham midweek, towards the arse end of that terrible run of form they had, and won with a last minute goal. I spied this one for our potential first away win a while back. I wonder whether Jordan and Fox might play (Fox left midfield) hence a slightly flatter 4-4-2, with Blake dropping to the bench.
cubanclaret
Interesting that Cuban - You may be right. Are you going?
Claretdale
Damn and blast I was hoping Zamora would be unfit.
sheclaret
I reckon we will see changes in the line-up. Maybe Cork and Eagles or Pato in. Something unexpected like Fletcher and Elliott or Blake rested. Laws is harder to predict than Coyle.
Couch Potato
I agree CP - I think Blake may be rested/dropped - Eagles in. Or maybe as cuban says above with Fox LM and Jordan LB. Laws has said he wants to make us more solid awayy from home.
Claretdale
Why do we think we will win tonight ?
Albmaleaf claret
Edgar replaces Blake, looks like Fox will move into midfield I think? Team line-ups:Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Cort, Edgar, Fox, Elliott, Bikey, McDonald, Fletcher, Nugent. Substitutes: Duff, Paterson, Blake, Thompson, Eagles, Cork, Weaver. Fulham: Schwarzer, Hangeland, Baird, Shorey, Murphy, Duff, Hughes, Etuhu, Zamora, Davies, Elm. Substitutes: Kelly, Okaka, Nevland, Riise, Smalling, Greening.
8clarets8
Danny Murphy scores for Fulham bad call off-side!!!!!!!! Fulham 1-0 Burnley
8clarets8
Eagles to come on for Cort, Fulham score again Fulham 2-0 Burnley
8clarets8
Free-kick to Burnley just outside the box Fulham save
8clarets8
7.40am here in Australia, I am going to work now I think. 2 poor decisions, both clearly off-side, I expect better officiating at this level. Has there been any talk of a video challenge system like tennis or cricket. Too much money involved for there not to be, decisions like tonights can cost teams there place in the top flight.
AussieClaret
Another free-kick to Burnley outside the box Mears takes good shot but saved
8clarets8
Hi AC not really we have to rely on what we have, enjoy your day at work ;-)
8clarets8
Half-time then a couple of bad decisions for Burnley, Fulham 2-0 Burnley
8clarets8
Think it would slow the game down too much AC.
Couch Potato
Second-half just about to get under way Come on the Clarets!!!!!!!
8clarets8
Danny Fox down looks like a dead leg, Looks to be okay!
8clarets8
Zamora through on goal Jenson takes it Come on Burnley all i can here is Brain Laws Claret and Blue Army
8clarets8
Free-kick to Fulham Zamora scores (what can you say?)
8clarets8
Cork on for Elliott
8clarets8
Paterson on for Nugent
8clarets8
Full-time Fulham 3-0 Burnley :-(
8clarets8
Despite the poor decisions Burnley were absolute rubbish. Why do Burnley not harass the Fulham players and give them no time or space on the ball as they did to us? Insteasd we give them loads of room to do what they want. Bikey and McDonald just lope a pace or two behind their players instead of marking them properly. Edgar had an awful game and Cort was injured. Beast did well but had the usual push the ball out to the feet of the opposition for the second goal. Midfield is weak and ineffective - Nugent and Fletcher had to act as their own midfield. Too many of the team gave up after the second goal. Only good thing is that the other results went for us again. Laws - get the team to do some basic tight marking and tackling as Fulham did.
ozjean
Positive - Still above Bolton!
AussieClaret
Why do they so often lack of energy in the team when they go away???
AndyHo
No coment, very diapointed. Two different burnley teams burnley at home burnley away
Albmaleaf claret
We were absolutely rubbish, I don't recall a single shot on goal. Must be the worst game I have seen all season. Dire,disappointing and depressing! Match report to follow
turfmanphil
Only positive out of this is City did their job and beat Notlob.
sheclaret
What does Notlob stand for she claret
Albmaleaf claret
Not sure I completely agree with Albmaleaf. Some of our away performances have been much, much better. For example at MU. We went 2 down then too. But we could have salvaged a point if luck had matched our performance, even in the last 10 minutes (woodwork, pen shout, offside goal).
Couch Potato
I forecast 3-0, but not this way around. Agree with ozjean, we don't close the opposition down tightly enough as they always do with us to stop us playing. And this was the case at times against West Ham as well, but we got away with that one. Let's hope they come back refreshed from Portugal and let's keep backing them to the hilt. Other results went our way, we're still in there and I still think we'll be ok.
WelshClaret
2 offsides & a very dodgy freekick! top flight officals =CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ruane
Notlob=Bolton backwards AC! Der!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
True ruane but we were tactically inept anyway and there was only ever going to be one result, a Fulham win! :-(
turfmanphil
 

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