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Millwall vs. Burnley

The Den Stadium

Saturday 2nd October 2010


Pulling the Teeth of Big Cats Part 2-The Lions

The Clarets having just sent the Tigers back to the Humberside jungle with their tail between their legs now face their next challenge against the Big Cat kingdom. This Saturday they travel to the Lions` Den to play Millwall hoping to silence their roar and come away with their first victory on the road in the Championship this season.

The Preamble

Burnley are on a high after thrashing Hull City 4-0 on Tuesday night at Turf Moor; a result that sees them well-placed in 5th spot with 15 points from nine games. Other teams around us lost ground on Tuesday night and the results mean we are now only two points behind 2nd placed Cardiff City. QPR, who lead the table had a disappointing match as well only managing a 0-0 home draw against Millwall, the team we face at the Den Stadium on Saturday. The Clarets are now just 8 points behind the league leaders and our first league away win of the season against the Lions on Saturday would certainly keep us in contention for automatic promotion.

Millwall of course were promoted from League One last season after beating Swindon 1-0 in the Play-Offs final at Wembley and this season have taken many by surprise after showing some early form. Their form recently though has been somewhat indifferent and inconsistent. They will be buoyed by a point in midweek against the league leaders in the London derby but they will also be recalling the last league game they played at the Den Stadium suffering a 6-1 thrashing by Watford. Since that match they also tasted a 2-1 home defeat to Ipswich in the Carling Cup and lost by the same score away to Cardiff. They have therefore slumped recently after an impressive start and are currently in 12th spot three points behind the Clarets. They will be looking to get back on track against the Clarets in their intimidating stadium on Saturday and Burnley will have to be on their guard.

Millwall Team News:

Striker and winger, Shaun Batt has a long term injury and is currently in the gym trying to rebuild his leg muscles. On loan midfielder from Preston, Darren Carter and defender, Andy Frampton are both suffering from ankle injuries whilst striker, John Marquis has a wrist problem. All three are expected to return to training in the next two weeks or so.

Player to watch: Steve Morison

Morison is Millwall`s leading goal scorer this season with four goals so far in the league. The Welsh international 27 year old striker signed from the current League 2 side Stevenage (formerly Stevenage Borough) in May 2009 for 130,000. He will need to be watched having scored at a rate of nearly one goal in every two matches since arriving at the Den.

Burnley Team News:

Brian Laws looks to have a full strength squad to choose from with the exception of course of Chris McCann (Long term recovery from cruciate ligament injury following surgery). There is no news of any fresh injuries following the midweek Hull game and we have no suspensions to worry about.

Player to watch: Jay Rodriguez

Rodriguez seems to have muscled his way into the starting eleven in recent matches and has been unlucky not to score a few times after hitting the woodwork and having on form keepers to contend with. If Brian Laws keeps faith in him against Millwall, a goal will do him a power of good. He has however taken on a wider role in recent games and his chances of scoring could be improved if a 4-4-2 formation was considered with JayRod partnering Iwelumo up front.

Team & Tactics

With no news of any fresh injuries, Brian Laws must surely be tempted to name the same starting eleven and eighteen for the Millwall clash after the Clarets demolition job against Hull in midweek.

Unless he is considering a 4-4-2 approach we can expect very much the same in terms of tactics and the question again will be whether captain, Graham Alexander will be recalled to the starting eleven after being dropped to the bench against Hull. The holding midfield role against Hull was given to Jack Cork and the on-loan Chelsea midfielder had a very impressive match so he could be retained in that position on Saturday at the expense of Grezza.

I will predict the same eighteen that were selected for the Hull City clash namely:

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

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

Ref Watch:

Hampshire referee, Keith Stroud is in charge of this clash. Appointed to the FIFA International Assistant Referees list in 2004, Stroud joined the Select Group Referees list in 2007. He has refereed four league games so far this season, 3 League 1 matches and one Championship game. He has yet to send anybody off but he has notched up 11 yellow cards so far.

Match Prediction:

I would settle for a point in this game but I have a sneaky feeling we are going to snatch this one and get our first away win on the table. I will go for 2-1 Clarets and a hasty retreat from South Bermondsey and London Bridge on the train.

Next Match

We could do with a break after what seems to have been a continual sequence of Tuesday then Saturday games recently. After the Millwall match we get one with the International break being foisted upon us. We return to league action on Saturday 16th October with a trip to Yorkshire to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane (Kick-Off 3pm)

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 30 2010

Time: 1:45PM

Your Comments

This would be a great time for confidence to get our first league away win of the season on board with the international break coming up. Come on you Clarets!
Hope you're right tmp because the away form is going to play a big part if we are going to get promotion this season and we should be winning at Millwall if we play anything like we did Tuesday night at home to Hull.
Agree tmp. Very happy with our performance against Hull and our defence seems to have settled down a lot lately which is encouraging. I fancy us and I think Millwall's early season form will fade. 3-1 to the Clarets.
Will try to keep in touch with the score via minivr & txt messages as I depart bound for Morroco later today! I think the next two away games require at a minimum 3 points anything above that may start me dreaming!
3 points could see us jump to 2nd in the league
Come on boys - Will be satisfied with a point though!
Some latest Millwall team news from Sporting Life: Darren Carter could return to Millwall's squad for the visit of Burnley. The on-loan Preston midfielder has been out for three weeks with an ankle injury but is on the mend and will be given a late fitness test. But striker Kevin Lisbie looks set to miss out with the knee injury which sidelined him for the midweek goalless draw at leaders QPR, while midfielder Liam Trotter serves the second game of a three-match ban for his red card at Cardiff last Saturday. Defender Andrew Frampton (ankle) and strikers Shaun Batt (knee) and John Marquis (wrist) are still in the treatment room. Veteran forward Neil Harris was a substitute at Loftus Road and could return to the starting line-up if boss Kenny Jackett reverts to two up front at home.
With all the London Clarets (and all you loyal fans who are going) cheering us on we should get at least a point, (we want 3 big ones)
grimsby claret
What's Marquis been up to then ? Wrist problem . . . hmmm . I'll give Morison a goal , but only against our three. If we play like we can, then this one is ours.
If anybody going to game, best bet will be pub at London Bridge then train into South Bermondsey. Hope to be at LB by about 12 and aiming for 'Shipwright Arms' on Tooley St. Anyone fancy meeting up there?
Not sure I'll be able to make that though am certainly going to the game. Note that there are at least three tube lines undergoing engineering work at the weekend so transport plans will, as ever, be subject to disruption.
I believe we can sit where we want RT. My ticket says 'unreserved seating', will look out for you if you cant make pub
Burnley stick with the same starting eleven that crushed Hull City midweek. Team line-ups:Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Bikey, Carlisle, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Eagles, Iwelumo, Rodriguez. Subs: Alexander, Duff, Cort, Wallace, Thompson, Paterson, Grant. Millwall: Forde, Dunne, P Robinson, Hackett, Craig, Barron, Mkandiwire, Ward, Morison, T Robinson, Abdou. Subs: Carter, Schofield, Harris, Henry, Smith, Laird.
7 mins Carlisle sent off for Burnley, the ref appeared to have been swayed by the home crowd.
Duff on for Marney
13 mins Bikey off injured, Cort comes on, our plans for this game have gone out of the window for gawds sake!!
GOAL!!! Jay Rodriguez scores for Burnley, Great ball in from Eagles. Millwall 0-1 Burnley, get in there....
Jay rod gives us a chance against the 12 men of milwall (ref included)
Grimsby Claret
Carlisle decision ridiculous apparently
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Damn Millwall back in it, Barron scores, Millwall 1-1 Burnley 26 mins.
Oh no 1-1. things could go downhill now
Grimsby Claret
Free-kick, Eagles over the top of goal.
Last player I expected to get a straight red. Ref must be bonkers
Great save from Jensen at the end of the first-half, Millwall 1-1 Burnley
Eagles booked on 45 minutes nobody knows why the Millwall ref does'nt even know why he booked him just thought "why not"
Grimsby Claret
Can we hold on for a draw? its going to be backs to the wall thats for sure.
Grimsby Claret
Wonder what Laws said to the Ref at half time ?
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Commentators could not understand it neither GC, it looked like he was booked for talking?
Burnley down to sixth as it stands.
Come on Burnley every player must give 100% in the second half despite tired legs.
Grimsby Claret
I hope he gave him a going over, some of the refs in the league are awful. Whilst I agree with straight reds for really bad fouls - see the tackle on the Wigan player today by the Wolves captain - too many red cards are handed out that spoil the game, especially that early on. I see Stroud was removed from the Premier League due to incompetence - why do we have to put up with them? If the guy is too scared of home fans then he should retire.
I heard it was claimed Clark's tackle was apparently two-footed, but we will have to watch it on the football league show, If it was Carlisle should be fined for costing us big time.
Grimsby Claret
Still 1-1
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Cort down injured now Burnley down to 9 men at the moment, Cort back on.
Thompson on for Iwelumo
Fulltime: Millwall 1-1 Burnley, it would have been a different tale but for the ref!!
Grimsby Claret
Burnley down to sixth place.
Off to play five a side now with the young generation down at the sports hall this reult will give an old man the Buzz I need at my age to keep up.
Grimsby Claret
Not too worried about the league. Think 1-1 would have been a good result anyway but after playing with 10 men for so long, it is a superb result. Well done boys!
Just back from the game and having had time to catch my breath I think we have won a good point here. Shame Eagles didn't lash in his strike a couple of minutes before the end, but well done lads and particularly El Beastio who was magnificent.
Sounds like an excellent result based upon the above comments. Will be looking closely at Carlisle's tackle on the FL show later tonight. With what I've seen both at matches and on the telly, there are some dubious refs in this championship.
great result for guts and determination, just what is needed.

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