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Burnley vs. Bristol City

Turf Moor

Saturday 25th September 2010


Clarets Hoping To Give the Robins the Bird!

The Clarets return to Championship football on a high this Saturday after defeating Premier League Owen Coyle`s Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at Turf Moor in the midweek Carling Cup clash. Beating both Preston and now Bolton recently will have boosted Brian Laws standing amongst fans no end and he can cement that even further by beating lowly Bristol City at home on Saturday.

The Preamble

Burnley sit comfortably placed in 8th spot after seven Championship league games this season. They have 11 points just three points behind second placed club, Ipswich. A win on Saturday in the first of two home games followed by victory against Hull City in a match coming up at Turf Moor on Tuesday night could really kick-start our promotion campaign and put us well in contention for a return to the top flight at the first attempt. At the moment only League leaders, QPR seem to be running away with it and they sit top of the pile with 19 points, eight ahead of the Clarets.

Bristol City on the other hand have had a very poor start to the season. The Robins of course were shocked by the sudden departure of manager, Steve Coppell but his replacement, Keith Millen has been unable to reverse City`s misfortune. The Robins are fourth from bottom with just five points from seven games but we can`t be too complacent against lowly teams if we are to achieve nirvana again and their away form is more impressive than their home form at the moment. They beat Scunthorpe 2-0 the last time they were on the road so underestimate them at your peril!

Burnley Team News:

Apart from Chris McCann who is a long-term casualty recovering from the surgery he underwent to fix his cruciate ligament, Brian Laws has no injury or suspension worries and has the full squad available for selection. Ross Wallace had already recovered from his hamstring injury despite missing out on the Carling Cup game against Bolton in midweek.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

Since returning to the starting eleven this season, Chris is probably having his best spell at Burnley and looks to be thoroughly enjoying his football at the club after signing a new contract in the summer. Consistency (or lack of it) was often the criticism levelled at Eagles so now he has to prove his critics wrong but so far things are encouraging with three very impressive performances on the bounce including at least two man of the match awards depending on your point of view.

Bristol City Team News:

There is currently no news of any Bristol City injuries or suspensions but we will bring you these below the article should we hear anything.

Player to watch: David James

Clarets fans will be hoping it is more of a case of 'Calamity James` turning up this Saturday and of course it`s always a thrill (Not!) to see which latest hair-do he is currently sporting! David James became the surprise signing of the pre-season with most punters expecting the England International keeper to find a new Premier League home before finally deciding to leave financially-stricken Pompey as a free agent. James instead signed a one year contract with Bristol City in July 2010 with the option of a second year. It is understood he made the decision because he will be closer to his family in Devon and is hoping his more regular performances for the Robins will keep him on the England manager`s radar.

Team & Tactics

Ross Wallace was rested for the Carling Cup clash in midweek but we can expect him to return against Bristol City and I suspect Brian Laws will select a similar eighteen to the one chosen for the Palace clash. The big question mark is whether Graham Alexander will return to Championship duty in the holding midfield role after being on the bench against Palace. He was back in favour against Bolton on Tuesday night in the absence of Wallace but if Wallace returns, Jack Cork could take over the holding midfield role again. We definitely looked sharper at Palace and I would hope that Cork gets the role. Sorry Grezza! I might regret that though if we get a penalty!

Laws made a few other changes for the Bolton clash but probably both Lee Grant and Jay Rodriguez who made rare starts this week are likely to be back on the bench this Saturday.

I have given up suggesting or wishing for a 4-4-2 tactical approach even though I still think an Iwelumo/Paterson partnership up front would give us more options with a greater chance of scoring.

So for me it will be:

Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Fox, Cork, Eagles, Elliott, Marney, Wallace, Iwelumo

Subs: Grant, Cort, Duff, Alexander, Rodriguez, Paterson, Thompson

Match Prediction:

If we play like we have in the last couple of games (and knowing Burnley that is a big 'if`!) we should be far too strong for Bristol City and we could even better the 4-0 victory we had over them the last time these two sides clashed at Turf Moor. That was a special day though with the Clarets needing three points to secure a play-offs place on the last day of the 2008-9 season. Although I suspect a tonking could be on the cards, I won`t get above my station and will predict a more modest 3-0 victory for the Clarets.

Next Match

Matches are coming think and fast at the moment with games it seems every Saturday and Tuesday. The sequence continues on Tuesday night ( 28th September -Kick-Off 7:45pm) with Hull City the visitors to Turf Moor and this will be soon followed by a game against Millwall at the Den Stadium on Saturday 2nd October (Kick-Off 3pm)

The Journalist

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Date:Wednesday September 22 2010

Time: 4:17PM

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Can't see anything else other than an emphatic win for the Clarets unless we suddenly start playing like plonkers again a la first 80 mins Preston!
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22/09/2010 16:20:00
I'd be more than happy with a 1-0 !
Bernie lee
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22/09/2010 18:37:00
Will be happier with 5-0 though!! ;-)
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23/09/2010 07:49:00
We need a bit more "lady luck", we have hit the woodwork too many times in the last two games. Those chances have to start going in if our dream is to become a reality. I am as ever optimistic to the point of happy clappyness!
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23/09/2010 08:13:00
If we play like we did again BW on tuesday night we should score a bag full which can only help the manager and team.
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23/09/2010 09:49:00
Come on Clarets!
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23/09/2010 12:40:00
My main anxiety is that on the last maybe 5 occasions when the Clarets have been playing while I am in the air we have lost, or have lost leads gained before take off. You'll be pleased to know that I don't fly often. But, my flight for a fortnight's holiday takes off at 1425 on Saturday and lands at 1600 (UK time). So, if everything goes to form, we will be behind at halftime, but run out winners! Phew. Come on!
Couch Potato
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23/09/2010 12:50:00
We will win.
grimsby claret
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23/09/2010 17:44:00
I think what is clear is "our" acceptance that Mears, Carlisle, Bikey and Fox are our best back four, front 6? Well I would select for this game.....Wide boy Chris, Jack Cork, JayRod, Big Chris, Wade and .........tbc
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23/09/2010 18:06:00
after our victory over Bolton and with the way we played we should be to much for Bristol
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23/09/2010 19:12:00
All sound a bit too confident to me. (could we even say a bit Un-Burnley). Having said that TMP’s big score could be the key to a few things not just goal difference. A bit of goal success goes a long way towards building self-belief in the strikers.
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23/09/2010 23:16:00
Based on the performances at Palace and against notloB confidence must be high, as the positives are outweighing the negatives and long may that last.
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24/09/2010 08:14:00
Agree with that VR , and the other encouraging aspect is that to be playing well everything must be well in the dressing room including the manager's all important man-management skills. I'll be happy with a 1-0 as well, but a goal fest will do a world of good not just for goal difference but to keep the confidency flying. Come on you Clarets, the only way is up.
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24/09/2010 11:00:00
For information-Stockport referee Scott Mathieson in charge of this one!
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24/09/2010 11:07:00
Bristol City Team News: Nicky Maynard and Sam Vokes (hamstring) will still be sidelined but right back, Christian Ribeiro and Marvin Elliott look set to return. No further injury or suspension concerns
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24/09/2010 11:58:00
I'm not one to drop names, but as Alan Cork said to me last week we should have won at Palace to underline our promotion credentials. Ok, he didn't use that dreadful cliche but he did say that games like those at Palace are the ones that need to be won. However, drawing away and winning at home is not a bad approach and a victory tomorrow is well within our grasp. Don't think there will be too much tinkering though for me it is only one of Grezza / Marney to start.
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24/09/2010 17:08:00
Jensen replaces Grant in goal, Laws sticks with the same outfield players that beat Bolton midweek. Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Carlisle, Bikey, Alexander, Cork, Elliott, Iwelumo, Rodriguez, Eagles. Subs: Duff, Marney, Paterson, Cort, Wallace, Thompson, Grant. Bristol City: James, McAllister, Fontaine, Carey, Elliott, Haynes, Skuse, Ribeiro, Adomah, Stead, Rose. Subs: Stewart, Jonson, Clarkson, Sproule, Campbell-Ryce, Pitman, Gerken.
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25/09/2010 14:30:00
Penalty to Burnley, Alexander takes and sends it wide-right, nooooo
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25/09/2010 15:32:00
Half-time: Burnley 0-0 Bristol City
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25/09/2010 15:54:00
Full-time: Burnley 0-0 Bristol City
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25/09/2010 16:55:00
0-0 Poor result this, we have got to stop hitting the wood work and hit the net.
Grimsby Claret
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25/09/2010 16:59:00
We should have kept Blake. Not only could he produce the killer pass he scored a lot of goals for us too. I always knew that Alexander would fail one day but I hoped it would be when it didn't matter but it has cost us 2 points today. Still it's not his fault. Laws needs to play a more attacking formation. Still it's early days yet.
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25/09/2010 17:06:00
Yep, I wish I could say how we played but me Clarets player was not working, sure the lads will tell us when they get back.
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25/09/2010 17:06:00
Whatever but its still two points droped.
Grimsby Claret
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25/09/2010 17:17:00
Disappointing yes, I agree about attacking particularly against a team like BC, but we are still very much in contention for automatic promotion, early days but we still should have got more points. Still hoping BL can get it together.
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25/09/2010 17:40:00
We had 28 shots ozjean, I am afraid I disagree with you about attacking formations we had Big Chris, Wide Boy Chris, JayRod and Wade then Thomo, Wallace Wade and Wide Boy Chris. We just had one of those days when we couldn't have scored in a house of ill repute! I will be slagging off the players in a moment with some scores on the doors!
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25/09/2010 21:08:00
Everything is in place, just a matter of patience when we're going through a time of no 'rub of the green' QPR have got it at the moment , our time will come. Steady as she goes.
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26/09/2010 00:47:00
First half was very bad, it looked like Bolton had taken it out of them. Second half was much improved but lady luck certainly deserted us yet again. Don't think we would have scored had we still been playing now! One of those days and you knew it would be as soon as Grezza missed the pen! Will be waiting for the next pen with interest!
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26/09/2010 13:28:00

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