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Burnley vs. Reading

Saturday 23rd October 2010


Clarets Hoping To Flush Royals Away

Burnley play another home game on Saturday following their comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Barnsley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. This time Reading are in town and the Royals will be looking to spoil Burnley`s unbeaten home record this season. The Clarets though are on a roll at the moment and will be looking to keep in contention for an automatic promotion place

The Preamble

Burnley go into this game against the Royals sitting pretty in 4th spot with 20 points from 12 games. They are currently on a run of seven games without defeat and have yet to lose at home this season. Still waiting though for their first win on the road, it is crucial the Clarets maintain their home form in order to keep the top two clubs within sight. Championship leaders, QPR are currently eight points clear of the Clarets and we face them next in the league at Loftus Road a week on Saturday. Second place club, Cardiff have six points more than the Clarets going into Saturday`s matches.

Reading at one point looked to be threatening to take the league by storm under manager Brian McDermott but they have tailed off recently and now lie in 11th place four points behind the Clarets. Their form on the road until recently had been pretty impressive and until they played and lost 1-0 to bottom club, Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night they had only lost one of their five away matches. It is worth noting though that they have played three of the bottom four clubs recently losing to Middlesbrough as well as Bristol City whilst only picking up a point against Preston at Deepdale.

Burnley Team News:

Clarke Carlisle sits out the third of his three-match suspension against Reading after being harshly sent off at Millwall.

The big question at the moment is whether Danny Fox will be fit enough to play after missing the last match with a thigh injury and dead leg. Fox had been ever present this season at left back until he picked up the injury in the game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and failed a fitness test ahead of Tuesday night`s game against Barnsley.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

Described as 'unstoppable` by Brian Laws after the Tykes match, Eagles is in the form of his life at the moment. He seems to have picked up the fans texted Man of the Match award virtually every home game in recent times and has been equally impressive on the road. He is now scoring for fun and has developed into our new penalty king.

The Royals will hopefully have their hands full containing him on Saturday and if he plays like he did on Tuesday night, they will fail miserably!

Reading Team News:

Icelandic midfielder, Brynjar Gunnarsson is still sidelined with a pulled thigh muscle injury picked up in training.

Another midfielder, Jay Tabb is close to being fully fit after recovering from a foot injury. He played in the Reserves recently as did right back Julian Kelly who had been suffering from a hamstring problem.

Welsh Under 21 midfielder, Jake Taylor is suffering from a knee injury and will be out for a few weeks.

Player to watch: Jimmy Kebe

Reading do not have any leading goal scorers in the Championship Top Scorers table but 26 year old winger and striker, Jimmy Kebe can be a bit of an handful and will need watching . The Mali international joined Reading for an undisclosed fee from RC Lens in January 2008 agreeing a 30 month contract. His contract has since been extended to the summer of 2012.

Team & Tactics

We can expect Leon Cort to keep his place at centre back on Saturday after having a good, solid game against Barnsley on Tuesday night. Brian Laws also named him his Man of the Match after the former Stoke defender got in two crucial tackles.

It will be interesting to see if Carlisle will go straight back into the side after completing the third of his three-match suspension against Reading or whether Laws will give Cort an extended run after two decent performances so far standing in for the vice-captain at centre back. The player who seems to have lost out is the unfortunate Michael Duff but at least he returned to the bench on Tuesday night after suffering from a recurrence of the calf strain which he picked up in training before the Blades match. The injury to Duff gave Cort the chance to shine at Bramall Lane and he did enough to keep his place against the Tykes on Tuesday night.

Left back, Danny Fox lost his 100% record against Barnsley after failing a late fitness test. He picked up a thigh strain and dead leg injury whilst going in for the challenge in the game against Sheffield United. He also picked up a yellow card for the tackle as well as having to be substituted.

Laws gave Brian Easton his first league start on Tuesday night in the left back role and he grew in confidence throughout the game. If Fox doesn`t make it, expect Easton to feature again.

With no other suspension worries and with no news of any more injuries so far, we can expect a very similar eighteen to the one selected for the Tykes clash. My prediction would be:

Jensen, Mears, Cort, Bikey, Fox (or Easton), Cork, Eagles, Elliott, Marney, Rodriguez, Iwelumo

Subs: Grant, Duff, Easton (or Edgar), Alexander, Wallace, Paterson, Thompson

Ref Watch:

Tyne & Wear referee, Nigel Miller is in charge of this one. Miller started refereeing comparatively late in life in 1989 but soon made up for lost time by being appointed to the National list of assistant referees in 1996. He was promoted to National List referee in 2003. He has been the man in charge in 11 games so far this season including matches in the Championship, League 1 and the Carling Cup. Just one sending off so far and 23 yellow cards.

Match Prediction:

Three points are a must if we are to keep within touching distance of the top two clubs, QPR and Cardiff and we should be able to maintain our unbeaten record at home this season. 3-1 Clarets!

Next Match

There is the little matter of the Carling Cup 4th Round tie against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Wednesday night (27th October Kick-Off-7:45pm) before we return to our Championship campaign the following Saturday. We will then face a tough game against current League leaders, QPR at Loftus Road (30th October Kick-Off-3pm)

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 21 2010

Time: 8:55AM

Your Comments

So offten in the past, when it has really mattered we have dropped points at key moments when we should have advanced and put other teams under pressure. This is NOT the moment now to foul up. Three points please to keep the pressure on QPR & Cardiff!
Agree tmp after a good win we seem to cock it up in our next game which we should really win. Having said that a good win against Reading should show the Fans that we can get automatic promotion and give the QPR game a bit more spice.
Don't think the QPR game needs talking up Fedders - but I know exacty what you mean. I think Cardiff - with their experience and quality - may turn out to be the front runners and not Rangers, but we can't afford to lose trace of whoever is in the automatic berths if we want one for ourselves.
Agree RT - I think Cardiff will be the one to beat this year.
We can do it.
grimsby claret
Watch them both and keep in contention. We can do this, not essential but a win against the Royals will keep us on the automatic promotion road, a win would also be nice as a friend of mine is a Reading supporter
Watch them both and keep in contention. We can do this, not essential but a win against the Royals will keep us on the automatic promotion road, a win would also be nice as a friend of mine is a Reading supporter
there is an echo in here
:-) love it cornwall
I'll be on holiday in Constanta when the Reading result comes in, so I'll know the result 2 hours before anyone over here, seeing as they're 2 hours ahead of us :-) I expect us to get another 3 points, and then I'll be flying back from Bucharest on the day we get our first away win at Loftus Road. Saw them at the Liberty and although they're a hard working organised side, we've got plenty more than them, provided we play as we can . Eagles and Cork will rule the roost.
Danny Fox returns and replaces Brian Easton, Line-ups: Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Cort, Bikey, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Iwelumo, Rodriguez, Eagles. Subs: Alexander, Duff, Paterson, Easton, Wallace, Thompson, Grant. Reading can only name six substitutes. Reading: Federici, Griffin, Karacan, Mills, Tabb, Long, McAnuff, Khizanishvili, Robson-Kanu, Howard, Harte. Subs: Hunt, Antonio, Church, Cummings, Pearce, McCarthy.
Long scores for Reading, penalty, Burnley 0-1 Reading :-(
Strong shout for a Burnley penalty, not given, rubbish ref.
Half-time Burnley 0-1 Reading, a chorus of your not fit to referee by the Clarets.
Burnley 7th as it stands a win would see us go 3rd.
Reading 2 nil up, time for a change, Wallace on Marney off.
Cort sent off, oh dear....
*****!!! doesn't look good for us today :( down to 10 men & 2 down!!
Jay Rod off, Thompson on, Iwelumo off, Super Paterson on.
Burnley 0-3 Reading, that should be game over for the Clarets.........
4 nil to Reading, for gawds sake...
Full-time: Burnley 4-0 Reading, we certainly did not turn up today and the ref didn't help.
Burnley down to 7th
Burnley 0-4 Reading*
Did not go today helping my daughter move house, but this is no way anywhere near good enough, Laws and the chumps should all be made to work tomorrow with no day off, or dock all their wages. A FOUR NIL THRASHING AT HOME. Get them all in for extra training, Our fans have forked out good money for rubbish.
Grimsby Claret
Cort has had his chance and blown it. he is out in the cold now.
Grimsby Claret
How are we letting all those goals in,? How is it we are getting so many players sent off.?
Grimsby Claret
Agree GC extra training and the rest, but will BL join in? he must help carry the can. We have very good players but lack something, perhaps the other challenging teams have something we lack, what is it? Sending off is a sign of desperation amongst the players, I ask why the desperation? not good enough? I doubt it, but what is the answer BL?
Does nothing for the great goal diff. we were building up either.
We let loads of goals in last season and the season before, why not this season too? How is the defence any better?
.....And looking at the next two games, the need to replace Laws will in all likelihood become crystal clear, though I hope I'm wrong.
10 goals conceded in 3 games (nobbers, lane, yesterday). 5 in the other 12. Can anyone explain that?
Couch Potato
If you are going to win at any sport you have to be consistent, which we are definitely not. Will we be on song again at QPR? sadly I do not think so and the Villa game will not help player fitness. Perhaps we should concentrate on the Carling Cup and just hope Championship results go our way for a play off place which at the moment seems our only chance.
Laws is a defender yet we can't defend, mind you we did not score yesterday a bad day all round.
Grimsby Claret

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