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Sheffield United vs. Burnley

Bramall Lane

Saturday 16th October 2010


Blunting Blades Part 4?

The Clarets will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory in a row over Sheffield United next Saturday as they prepare for a visit to Bramall Lane. This ground of course was once a bogey stadium until our promotion season of 2008-9 when we inflicted three defeats on the Blades-once at Turf Moor, once at long last at Bramall Lane and once of course in the most important game of all at Wembley Stadium for the Play-Offs final. Can we make four in a row?

The Preamble

The Clarets are flying high at the moment in 6th spot and they will be keen to consolidate their position and move further up the table by getting their first League away win of the season. We have come close in our last two away games. We totally outplayed Crystal Palace but had to settle for a 0-0 draw and we might have come away with three points against Millwall at the Den in our last match (before the International break) had it not been for an atrocious referee sending off Clarke Carlisle in the seventh minute. Even then despite also losing Bikey to injury, we managed a 1-1 draw.

Sheffield United on the other hand under new manager, Gary Speed are having an indifferent season and currently lie in 19th spot. Their home form in particular is questionable and this could be an opportunity for the Clarets to inflict more pain on the Yorkshire club. They have played five league games at home and have only managed two victories against fellow strugglers, Preston and Portsmouth. They have gone down heavily to QPR (0-3) and Scunthorpe (0-4) and lost 1-0 to Watford in their last home game. The Blades though may have other ideas against the Clarets and we will need to be on our guard bearing in mind too that despite the gap in league position, Sheffield United are still only five points behind Burnley!

Sheffield United Team News:

19 year old Blades defender Kyle Bartley who is on loan from Arsenal is sidelined after suffering a fractured cheekbone in the recent game away to Nottingham Forest. He could be out of action for two months.

Sheffield United completed the loan signing of 22 year old Argentine defender Elian Parrino from Estudiantes at the end of last month and he is still looking to make his second debut for the club after playing for them in a pre-season friendly at Bramall Lane.

Jamie Ward will also miss the match after being straight red-carded in the local derby at Elland Road last month. He sits out the third of his three-match ban. He must be sick and tired of the Clarets, we all know what happened to him at Wembley!

Player to watch: Stephan Jordan

The Blades have no striker in the Npower Championship Top Scorers table which currently lists fifteen players who have scored 4 goals or more so let`s take a look at their defence instead and a player all Clarets fans know well, Stephen Jordan. Brian Laws released Jordan in the summer and it had been thought he would join our former gaffer, Steve Cotterill at Portsmouth. Instead he signed a one-year contract with Sheffield United and it will be interesting to see if our wingers can give him a torrid time!

Burnley Team News:

One player who will definitely miss this game is Clarke Carlisle. He starts the first of a three-match ban after picking up a straight red in our last match against Millwall at the Den. Burnley appealed against the decision but lost although thankfully Carlisle did not suffer an additional one-match ban suggesting the atrocious referee wasn`t totally in the clear!

Brian Laws will also be hoping that Andre Bikey will be fully fit after picking up a rib injury in the same Millwall game. Scans showed there was no break just bad bruising and Bikey is currently out in Cameroon for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo on Saturday 9th October. He should hopefully be back in the starting eleven to face the Blades.

We also have to hope all the other Clarets on International duty come back fully fit so that would include Chris Iwelumo, Jack Cork and David Edgar as well as Andre Bikey.

Player to watch: Wade Elliott

Sheffield United will be wary of him after what he did to them at Wembley so it is time for the midfielder to shine again. He did well against Millwall in the last game and he also took on the additional role of captain following the sending-off of Carlisle. Elliott did well to keep his team in the match and help them secure a vital point despite being down to ten-men. He may well have captaincy duties again but it`s his play on the pitch that will hopefully be a handful in particular for the Blades

Team & Tactics

Michael Duff will be favourite to replace the suspended Clarke Carlisle for this clash although Leon Cort may have something to say about that. Cort`s best bet though may be to hope that Andre Bikey has not yet fully recovered from his rib injury but that looks a long-shot at the moment.

With vice-captain Carlisle sidelined, what will Laws decide to do in relation to the team captain? Current captain, Graham Alexander has not featured recently having to be content with a place on the bench with Jack Cork taking over the holding midfield role. Could Laws be tempted to bring back the captain or will someone else be given the captain`s armband? Wade Elliott took on the role against Millwall after Carlisle was sent off.

I would hope we continue with Cork in the holding midfield role and I suspect we will line up similar to last time except for Duff coming in to replace Carlisle. David Edgar could step back into the eighteen on the bench.

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

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

Match Prediction:

Well until 2008-9, Bramall Lane was a bit of a taboo ground. In our promotion season though we beat Sheffield United THREE times including of course the most important at Wembley in the Play-Offs final! However at Bramall Lane we inflicted a 3-2 defeat on the Blades in an exciting match that meant we had won on this ground for the first time since the 25th August 1973! So is the taboo finally broken and can we win our first away win of the season? I think so, 2-1 Clarets!

Next Match

We have a home game against Barnsley on the night of Tuesday 19th October (Kick-Off 7:45pm) followed by another match at Turf Moor on Saturday 23rd October with Reading the visitors. (Kick-Off 3pm)

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 9 2010

Time: 1:28PM

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Not going to this one so we are bound to pick up our first away win of season!! :-) Come on you Clarets!!
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09/10/2010 13:30:00
Will it be like a bus - Wait ages and then 2 wins at the Lane come along at once
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09/10/2010 14:04:00
For all vital members coming to the Lane next weekend - Some of the Sheffield Claret members will be having a few beers in the Devonshire Cat ( Real ale) from about 12.30 on the day. This is about 10 mins walk from the ground. Hope to see some of you there!
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09/10/2010 14:07:00
Stop tempting me to change my mind,Dale!! lol ;-)
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09/10/2010 14:11:00
Hope your team selection plays TMP, sorry for Alexander who has done great things but we must look forward, 3-1 Clarets.
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09/10/2010 17:58:00
You are all very confident, perhaps a little over confident. United are going to give someone a good hiding very soon, lets hope its on Saturday.
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09/10/2010 23:07:00
Probably because we are going to do the same to someone soon too and on the road! ;-)
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10/10/2010 09:25:00
Is the devonshire cat easy to find Dale ? what street is it on? will Skutter be there?
Grimsby Claret
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10/10/2010 18:11:00
Its on Wellington St ( I think) - Depends how you are travelling to the game? by train?
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10/10/2010 22:06:00
Bleeding hell, now I feel guilty for not going with all this meet-up in real ale pub going on! :-(
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10/10/2010 22:28:00
Taking the car hope its safe will park and walk.
Grimsby Claret
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11/10/2010 15:38:00
I'll be on the couch, hoping it's not another weekend followed by a club statement about Clarets Player not working... if it is, TMP really will have wished he'd gone!!!
Couch Potato
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11/10/2010 16:16:00
Currently enduring a spell on the sidelines after what I thought would be a routine foot operation but has actually given me more pain than three hernias, a fractured elbow and three hours of root canal work put together. Hopefully fit again for QPR and Norwich and as I can't get to Sheffield we are bound to win....I still haven't seen a league win live since May 2009 !
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13/10/2010 17:19:00
This was a match I was really hoping to get to, not only for the pleasure of watching our first away win but also to catch up with some old Sheffield friends. But yet again I'm working the weekend so it's not to be. Can't remember the Devonshire cat but I remember the Frog and Parrot where you could get almost any real ale you liked, in fact it didn't take any effort at all to get lashed there. Perhaps the beer was even better at the Cat, which might explain why I don't remember it :-) Looking forward to getting back to league action after an atrocious international break. Come on you Clarets.
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13/10/2010 20:25:00
Its about a 2 minite walk from the Frog & Parrot Welsh. Grimsby - Their has recently been a lot of permit parking added around the ground which wont help. I will try and think of a suggestion for a quick getaway back to the M18.
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14/10/2010 08:44:00
Had a word with a couple of the lads at work and I cant really think of anywhere 'great' to park and then getaway. Parking at Meadowhall and then getting the tram to West St may be an option?
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14/10/2010 13:02:00
I Got this advice from a Blades fan what do you think Dale -If you want your car to be safe and just five minute walk from the Lane set your sat nav to S7 1DP. Check it out on google maps. Your car will be safe and a short walk back to it after the game. Residential safe area. Regards OTB http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
grimsby claret
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14/10/2010 17:55:00
I would imagine the car would be OK there - Its similar to where I would park if I was driving to the game. Only slight problem I see is that to get back to the M1/M18, you would need to go back through the central area, which might not be great. It would be about 30 mins walk to the devonshire cat, but their is a pub called the Royal Standard nearby, which is better than it looks ( but will be busy). I will try and get in touch with Barnsey, see if he can make any suggestions
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14/10/2010 18:13:00
Referee by the way will be Eddie Ilderton (Tyne&Wear)-Games: 8 Yellow Cards: 20 Red Cards: 2 so far this seaosn
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15/10/2010 10:26:00
just park in the b&q car park which is 2mins walk from the ground, it will be fine there and easy to get back on the motorway home. we park there every week and its fine, safe as houses too.
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15/10/2010 21:07:00
Bikey makes it after all that. Partnered by Cort though not Duff. Not sure what happened there, Duff not even on bench! Full team: Jensen, Mears, Cort,Bikey, Fox, Cork, Eagles, Elliott, Marney,Rodriguez,Iwelumo Subs: Grant, Eckersley, Edgar, Wallace, Alexander, Paterson,Thompson [Edited by turfmanphil]
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16/10/2010 14:22:00
..ah reet says Duff sustained injury in training (really?)
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16/10/2010 14:36:00
0-0 at half-time, two good chances,Bikey header and Iwelumo. We snuffed out Blades but not a classic so far
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16/10/2010 15:50:00
Bad news on Duff, according to Carlisle on CW,it's a recurrence of his calf injury
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16/10/2010 15:52:00
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS-0-1 Clarets Marney 49 minutes
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16/10/2010 16:10:00
Marney.....get in
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16/10/2010 16:10:00
Wahey, penalty after foul on Mears. Eagles 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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16/10/2010 16:14:00
*****-56 mins 2-1 Bogdanovitch
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16/10/2010 16:17:00
Edgar on for injured Fox at l/b
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16/10/2010 16:27:00
Wallace/Thompson on for Eagles/Iwelumo. Why Eagles?
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16/10/2010 16:35:00
FFS 2-2 9 mins to go!
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16/10/2010 16:42:00
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16/10/2010 16:50:00
I dont believe it 3-3, 4th minute of bloody injury time FFS. What have we got to do to win away?
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16/10/2010 16:55:00
3-3, final score! Two points lost DRAT! Match report to follow
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16/10/2010 16:57:00
Very, very disappointing yes. But we have to keep it really tight after scoring as this is a very vulnerable time. Would agree why Eagles? and then why not Pato? Still think our luck must change sometime, all teams make bad mistakes but not all are punished badly. We are still in touch, which is good news.
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16/10/2010 17:33:00
We almost won we were gutted at the end of the game. IT felt like a defeat although I said to ClaretDale in the devonshire cat before the game I would not be too disapointed with a draw but I was after being 2-0 up we mucked it up, mears slipped, for one and a wicked deflection for another but hey this is Burnley. Real good Ale at the Devenshire Cat though. And enjoyed having a chat with Claretdale saw Cuban Claret in there to. IT was another if only game but a day I will not forget.
Grimsby Claret
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16/10/2010 20:50:00
Really dissappointed, it did feel like a loss. We won the game twice and then soft goals cost us dearly. I think Eagles went off as he had run himself into the the ground a little bit. Wallace instead of Pato as he would provide better cover for Edgar who had to play at left back. When you go 3-2 up in 90th min, you have to finish it!
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16/10/2010 22:28:00
Can't go to games so something of an outsiders observation, but this is not good enough. Burnley are beginning to look like an exception to the general rule of teams who come down "strong" go back up. Burnley are looking mediocre, and should be sinking teams like Sheff U, not cacking their pants when they get in a winning situation. Methinks the club have no real ambition. Laws out!
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17/10/2010 03:12:00
Thats 1 win in 28 away league games excluding play offs!
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17/10/2010 09:40:00
Not good enough really is it? You have to win games away if you want to get promotion and we have to get more of a killer instinct if we are to prove the statement 'we have gone down stronger'
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17/10/2010 11:18:00

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