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Swansea City vs. Burnley

Liberty Stadium

Saturday 28th August 2010


Swansea Next League Test, Boyo!

The Clarets play their second away game of the new season this Saturday (28th August 3pm Kick-Off) and it`s another long track for locally based Clarets fans. This time they have to travel down to deepest Wales to see the lads play against Swansea City

The Preamble

Burnley in third place on seven points will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten record after two home wins and one away draw from their three opening games of the season.

Swansea City, in contrast now managed by Brendan Rodgers have had an average start to the season having won one match at home but lost two games on the road. They sit in 14th spot with three points. Clarets fans will be aware though that those three points came from the Swans last home game in the Championship when they thumped Preston 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium so we will certainly need to be on our guard this Saturday.

Swansea City Team News:

Defender, Angel Rangel suffered a thigh muscle tear in the game against Preston at the Liberty Stadium earlier this month. He came off with 19 minutes to go and now following a scan faces being sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Swansea travel to Tranmere Rovers in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday night and we will bring any subsequent news of injuries and/or suspensions following that game

Player to watch: Nathan Dyer

Dyer is no stranger to Clarets fans. The diminutive 5ft 5 midfielder, now 22 had a successful spell on loan from Southampton under Steve Cotterill in late 2005 scoring two goals in five appearances before being recalled by the Saints.

Further loans at Sheffield United and Swansea City followed before he made the move to the Liberty Stadium permanent. The two clubs agreed a 400,000 fee and he signed for the Swans in June 2009. He has already opened his account this season scoring one of the goals in the 4-0 thumping of Preston.

Burnley Team News:

Chris McCann is of course sidelined for about six months following surgery to once-and-for -all fix his cruciate ligament.

Michael Duff is also still struggling with a calf injury and is targeting a return against Preston at Turf Moor on Saturday 11th September. Following a scan it would appear that Duff has a slight tear in his calf and needs longer to recuperate.

David Edgar will however be available after picking up an automatic one-match suspension following his sending off at Ipswich for two bookable offences. He sat out the home game against Leicester last Saturday and is now in contention.

At the time of writing just before the Morecambe Carling Cup game we had no further injury or suspension worries so we shall have to hope we come through unscathed from Tuesday night`s match this week. We shall bring you news if that changes.

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

A goal for Pato would do him a power of good although of course at the moment he is being used out wide and is more likely to be a goal provider rather than goal scorer.

Team & Tactics

Assuming all our players have no ill effects from the midweek Carling Cup game against Morecambe on Tuesday night, I suspect we will retain the 4-5-1 formation and name a similar eighteen to the one that faced Leicester. David Edgar could be preferred to Kevin McDonald on the bench though since he gives us more options. He can play anywhere across the back four and was tried in the holding midfield role in the pre-season build-up.

The eighteen could look like this although a lot of Clarets fans are suggesting Jack Cork should be given a starting role with Marney dropping back to the bench:

Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Fox, Alexander Marney, Elliott, Wallace, Iwelumo, Paterson

Subs: Grant, Cort, Cork, Edgar, Eagles, Rodriguez, Thompson

Last Time We Met

The last time we played Swansea City of course was in our promotion season of 2008-9. We certainly did not get the better of the Swans that season though. We were unlucky not to come away with all three points at the Liberty Stadium when we played them there in September 2008 but they scored a late goal and we had to be content with a 1-1 draw. It had looked like a rare headed goal by substitute, Joey Gudjonsson on 59 minutes was going to be enough as we entered into four minutes of added time. A defensive blunder by Jordan let in Ferrie Bodde for the Swans to equalise at the death.

Things got worse for the Clarets during their now traditional Christmas and New Year slump when in the return game at Turf Moor played on the 10th January 2009 Duff got sent off after 35 minutes and we lost 2-0 to Swansea. Many Clarets fans after this result now doubted we would be candidates for promotion come the end of the season.Thankfully we got over the traditional festive blues and the rest is history!

You can read about both these games in full by going to the Vital Burnley Match Report archive via these links:

It Feels Like a Loss

Duff Game, Duff Ref, Duff Off

Ref Watch:

Somerset referee, Steve Tanner will be in charge of this one. Tanner now 39 joined the Select Group Referees list in 2007 and took charge of his first game as a full-time Select Group Official between Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough in August 2007. He was also in charge of his first game in the Premier League in December 2006.

Match Prediction:

A point would be an excellent result and I am going for another 1-1 to keep the 'win at home, draw away` momentum going! Of course if we could sneak it....

Next Match

We now have an International break and will return to action with the juicy derby game against Preston North End at Turf Moor on Saturday 11th September. Don`t forget this game is also being televised live by the BBC and will kick-off later than usual at 5:15 pm.

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 23 2010

Time: 5:14PM

Your Comments

Sorry chaps had to write this one early, returning to my contract work in Huddersfield tomorrow and I am going to be busy and thought I might not have time to write it nearer the time. Will keep you updated on this thread if any more news comes through
I am going down to South Wales for this one - Looking forward to it, even though its a bloody long drive!
Pub recommended by Andy (Smitrit), a Clarets fan exiled in Swansea is the Manselton Hotel on Penfilia Road. Good food and drink, friendly pub and 5 minute walk to the ground, he says! :-)
And that's the drive I do every time I come to the Turf dale ! Only just managed to swop days with a workmate so that I can be at this one, but I've noticed too late that it's postal applications only. That means I'll be in amongst the Swansea fans, going to be interesting every time we score.
LoL Welsh, unfortunately I won't be at this one but will look out in the press for a mention of a Burnley fan being turned into a Welsh Rarebit!!!. Good luck Welsh
Leaving Twickenham at about 9am on Saturday to get the train to Swansea - should get home pretty late too. However, is worth it to see The Clarets and this will be a new stadium for me, no. 53 of current grounds.
I can't match RT's stadium count. I must spend time on the buses and trains (leaving 730am and probably in a taxi for the last 6 miles at 1030pm, or walking!) counting how many I have managed. Do Yeovil and Macc count for me if I saw them when they were not in FL? And what about Cambridge who I saw when they were, but aren't now?
Couch Potato
think we will be up for this one again, The Numpties are still posting Laws out on the Longside forum, Wonder if these few have played at the top level & have coaching Badges i suggest they shut up if the havent
Albmaleaf claret
I would start with Eagles, Grezza, Wade, Marney, Wallace and Big Chris. I would put Pato on the bench for this one despite him being one of my favourites against Leicester. Eagles could be a force to be released and Pato could come on for big Chris or Wallace.
Well WelshC, at least you won't be on your own - I had the same issue so will also be in with the Jacks and will be trying not to get too carried away - not easy though. I was in with the Cardiff lot the season before last and was certainly attracting unwanted attention. THat reminds me - I thought McCormack was outstanding in that game and could have offered us something - at the right price at the moment too. I believe he's on his way to Leeds though - shame.
I see your thinking VR but I would stick with Pato for this one. His better workrate/tracking back ability may be needed against Swansea. But, If we are talking about the home game with PNE, I think you have it spot on.
I was at Ninian Park for that match as well SWClaret, and yes in amongst the Blues fans. Gotta be dead careful as you say, depending on the mentality of those around you! Cardiff and Swansea have been bogey sides for us, but this time I think it'll be different so I'll be taking a stick to clamp between my teeth when we hit the back of the net. I would have gone for McCormack as well, but not to be. Can't argue with that starting line-up VR, except to add that Thommo needs to be on the bench as well, and Cork. But then again they probably will be , looking forward to this one.
I was reading the stats on the club website, swansea have only ever lost 6 games at the liberty stadium. 6!! A draw would be a good result!! However I think we can sneak it 2-1! Come on you clarets.
I love debating the front 6 and last season learnt that Robbie was better at home than away. Rotation could bring Cork and Eagles into home starting spots and Marney and Pato away. Could you imagine how strong that would be if we had a fit Chris McCann.....we are not that far away from .......dare I say it....NURSE!!!!!!
I wonder if Chris Eagles will be given a start.
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We revert back to the side that beat Leicester for today's match against Swansea. Team line-ups: Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Carlisle, Bikey, Alexander, Marney, Elliott, Iwelumo, Paterson, Wallace. Subs: Cork, Edgar, Cort, Rodriguez, Thompson, Eagles, Grant. Swansea: De Vries, Williams, Taylor, Tate, Cotterill, Pratley, Dyer, Dobbie, Monk, Sinclair, Gower. Subs: Orlandi, Cornell, Lopez, Serran, Allen, Kuqi, Richards.
Swansea City take the lead through Chelsea loanee Scott Sinclair, 10 minutes gone :-(
What the ... Come on Burnley we need somthing today bad bad start.
Grimsby Claret
This kind of game would suit Eagles and Cork to a tee, Pratley shoots hits the bar for Swansea Phew!!
We seem to be under the cosh a bit but there is a long way to go yet.
Grimsby Claret
POSSESSION Swansea 59% Clarets 41% up to now.
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Iwelumo heads in, should have scored, it goes wide...
Blimey end to end stuff this.
Get Eagles on in the second half he has a score to prove or at least a point to make no time like the present.
Grimsby Claret
Come on Burnley we are better than Swansea.
Grimsby Claret
Half-time: Burnley lucky to be only 1-0 down, some thinking to do Brian. Come on the Clarets..
Half time 1-0 DOWN need to improve in 2nd half
Grimsby Claret
Second-half under way no changes from either side yet.
Pratley sent off for Swansea, Down to 10 men, Come on the Clarets, time to take advantage..
Mears off for Burnley for gawds sake, 10 men each
Cork on for Alexander
A chance for Burnley free-kick edge of the box, ends up with a goal kick
Paterson off, Thompson on, Dyer off thank gawd.
Thompson header straight at the keeper, relentless stuff this, Eagles on for Marney
Mears sent off second bookable offence. Fine him.
Grimsby Claret
Subs should of been on eararlier.
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9 minutes remaining Burnley doing all they can in search for an equalizer.
THOMPSON nooo just wide
We have scored some late goals of late lets have another Thommo into the last 10 minutes.
Grimsby Claret
Please Burnley get one,
Grimsby Claret
5 minutes added time, Come on BURNLEY!!!
Thats it we have lost.
Grimsby Claret
Full-time: Swansea 1-0 Burnley, our first defeat of the season.
Please am i alone on this one 7 million for Fletcher we need to spend money on a Proven Class striker, please listen Brian Laws before its to late, am i alone on this one, ore do forum members agree
Albmaleaf claret
Wish we still had Fletcher.
Grimsby Claret
We don't want to panic buy at this stage Albmaleaf claret.
Grimsby Claret
Just saw the draw for the Carling Cup. Bl**dy H*ll.
I agree we need a striker - with some pace too - Albmaleaf and think McCormack would have been a good buy. However, I think it's been left too late to rush into a buy now. I was at the game today and can't see that Iwelumo has got enough to offer (unfortunately he missed a sitter too). At the very least we need different options. It was the same story last year - so difficult to pick up points away from home with no pace upfront. We played some nice stuff at times but lacked that spark upfront. Dyer took Fox to the cleaners and his pace was the main difference between the sides. Thought Patterson was our best outfield player and Jensen had another good game.
Dead right GC, no need for panic yet. Appalling defending for the goal and Dyer was playing as if Fox wasn't there for the first 25 minutes, and he was'nt. But a load of encouraging football as well, and this match was a cracker for any neutral fan wanting to see two entertaining footballing sides playing the game as it should be played. I'd like to see Cork and Eagles start from now on, there's too much talent there to be parked on the bench. There's no shame in loosing to a good Swansea side who have a pretty good home record . . . . . . . but I'm still gutted.
Is James Beatie still available
Albmaleaf claret
Good day out in every respect but one: the result. Great to catch up with turfman, rickers, CD and barnsey. Long journey home, but managed to catch the trains. All the talk on them, from Clarets, Jacks and a very opinionated and somewhat arrogant citeh fan who'd been on was that the officiating was all over the place. No argument from me. A few thoughts... We calmed Dyer down, and brought Fox into what was a good second phase of his game (after a dreadful first one), after we switched Paterson and Wallace. If we're going to play a lone striker, Thommo holds the ball up better than Iw'o. But for two up front, I'wo heads the ball on better for the sort of runs Pato makes. I'd give Eagles and Cork starts against PNE, though I'm not quite sure who in place of! I'm not convinced that Marney and Grezza should start together: it makes the midfield a bit static. Given comments about lack of pace up front, I would be interested to see what Jay Rod would offer given a start, but probably not as a lone striker. We're perhaps a bit over-focussed on aerial crosses rather than balls into feet, but it's good to have I'wo's aerial threat. Swansea are a well-coached, capable and resilient team. They had a clear plan about how to keep the ball on the floor to work around our lack of pace at the back, until we tightened up. We miss Chris McCann in games like that, both in defence and going forward.
Couch Potato
For what its worth as a football coach my ideal team Grant Mears Carlisle Bikey Edgar Eagles Elliot Marney Cork wallace Maynard
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