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Scunthorpe United vs. Burnley

Glanford Park

Saturday 22nd January 2011


On Sky

Howe to Win the First?

New manager, Eddie Howe and his assistant, Jason Tindall take charge of their first Clarets game on Saturday. Burnley face Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park in a Sky Sports televised game which kicks-off at 5:20pm. Clarets fans will be eager to see what style the new management team adopt and will be wondering if there will be any significant changes in team selection and tactics.

The Preamble

It is certainly a baptism of fire for new manager, Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall with Burnley in the middle of a very hectic January schedule having already played four games this month. His first game on Saturday away to the Iron will be followed by a visit to Fratton Park in the rearranged match against Portsmouth to be played on Tuesday night. There is then the FA Cup clash at home to Burton next Saturday followed by another away trip to Doncaster on the night of Tuesday 1st February.

The results from the league games mentioned above could effectively make or break our season and it is vitally important now we string a run together which could be difficult considering we still have to get our first elusive back-to-back win in the Championship this season. We are dropping off the pace now in terms of fighting for a play-offs place. We are currently 10th on 36 points but now six points behind sixth placed club, Watford having played the same number of games. The Clarets though do have games in hand over most of the clubs above them so all is not lost just yet.

Automatic promotion though continues to look out of reach with league leaders, QPR following their 1-1 draw at Turf Moor last week now 13 points clear of Burnley but having played one game more. Second place club, Swansea have played two games more than the Clarets and have ten points more. With the match against the Iron being televised live on Sky Sports in a late kick-off game; by the time we take the field at Glanford Park, our task could look even more difficult depending on how the results from the earlier games have panned-out.

We simply have to win basically to keep in contention and if we do it will be sweet revenge for the recent woeful, shock-horror performance against them at Turf Moor. The Iron beat the Clarets 2-0 last month and it could have been more! The game will now be remembered for one thing only, the straw that finally broke the camel`s back, In this case the 'camel` was Brian Laws who got the sack following the match after Clarets fans gave him the hump in no uncertain terms.

So out with the old and in with the new! Can Howe do any better against the Iron? We shall have to see.

Ian Baraclough`s side are still struggling in the Championship despite their recent win over the Clarets and are second from bottom. Their home form is shocking despite having one of the better records on the road as we found out to our cost. They have won only once at home all season and have not managed a point now in their last six home games plus they also got tonked 5-1 by Everton recently in the FA Cup game at Glanford Park.

So our chances of winning this one should be high especially if we can get the first goal and put them under pressure. Their fans could give them some stick if they go behind on home soil and their confidence levels could drop. We have to hope that Howe gets off to a winning start.

Scunthorpe United Team News:

Centre-back Paul Reid signed recently from Colchester for a reported fee of 100,000 is expected to make his home debut on Saturday.

Garry Thompson has been ruled out. The 30 year old winger is still suffering from a groin problem.

Winger Mark Duffy should therefore go straight into the Scunthorpe squad after joining the club from Morecambe this week. The former Liverpool trainee, 25, has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Defender, David Mirfin could be back on Saturday though assuming the 25 year old has fully recovered from his groin injury.

The Iron do have a lot of additional injuries to worry about though. Captain, Cliff Byrne is unlikely to play after having seen the consultant about a back problem.

Rob Jones, (nerve problem) Michael O'Connor (knee) and Niall Canavan (knee) will also be sidelined.

Player to watch: Martyn Woolford

25 year old winger, Martyn Woolford is the Iron`s leading goal scorer this season so far with eight goals to his credit (6 in the Championship). One of those league goals of course was the one he scored against the Clarets at Turf Moor to give Scunthorpe a 1-0 lead. He then assisted in Scunthorpe`s second goal scored by Dagnall.

Scunthorpe, then in League One, signed Woolford from York City in August 2008. He signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be in six figures.

Burnley Team News:

Eddie Howe has no new injury worries but Martin Paterson is still not deemed match-fit to play. Apart from also long-term injured Chris McCann, the new manager has virtually the complete squad to choose from including striker Wes Fletcher who returned from his loan spell at Stockport in midweek.

Player to watch: Jack Cork

A crucial playmaker and a continual star performer! He should do well against his former club. Cork spent the 2007-08 season on loan at Scunthorpe United. He was voted the club's Player of the Year that season despite their relegation.

Team & Tactics

Who knows what the new management team will plump for in terms of team selection and tactics? Is Howe a 4-3-3, 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 guy? Will he be radical in his team selection and indeed will he have seen enough on the training pitch these last few days since joining to form an opinion? He may stick with Stuart Gray`s team or change things around. I just hope whatever he does he plays a more attacking style involving 4-4-2.

On that basis, this would be my preferred 4-4-2 line up at the moment based on recent performances:

Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Easton, Eagles, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Iwelumo, Rodriguez

Subs: Jensen, Bikey, Edgar, Fox, Alexander (or McDonald), Wallace, Thompson

Ref Watch:

Hertfordshire referee, Grant Hegley takes charge of this clash. Hegley started refereeing in Hertfordshire when he was fifteen years of age, and was promoted to the National List of assistant referees in 1992, and The National List of Referees in 2001. He has refereed nineteen games this season handing out two red cards (one of them a Claret-see later) and 21 yellows. His last game involving the Clarets was back in August when he took charge of our game away to Ipswich at Portman Road. You may remember David Edgar got sent-off in that game after picking up two yellows on 41 and 78 minutes.

Match Prediction:

The first goal could be crucial but let`s hope either way Howe gets off to a great start with a win. We should be too good for them this time and surely we can`t repeat the tosh at home against the Iron last month. 2-1 Clarets, maybe more if we score first!

Next Match

The hectic January schedule continues at a pace with a trip to Fratton Park on Tuesday night (25th-Kick-Off 7:45pm). The original fixture against Portsmouth was postponed last month due to the inclement weather so this is the rearranged date.

The Journalist

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Date:Friday January 21 2011

Time: 1:39PM

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Turn 'em over Burnley,let's get the new era off to a flying start!!
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21/01/2011 13:40:00
Note by the way that Clarets fans travelling without tickets will be able to pay on the gate at Glanford Park this Saturday
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21/01/2011 14:17:00
I am very hopeful of a win but have to remember that Eddie has had very little time assess the players and will have to rely on Stuart Gray a great deal. I am hoping that his motivational skills will do the trick as we have many times been only a little lacking from securing good wins. I reckon auto promotion is probably out of our reach but play offs definitely and am looking forward to another great day at Wembley. Incidentally looking back I remember thinking the Blades fans looked defeated on their way in to the stadium.
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21/01/2011 14:47:00
It would be awful if Scunny of all teams did the double on us. cannot see that happening though.
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21/01/2011 15:25:00
Lets be positive and go for it Eddie nothing to lose now, start with an attacking team and a positive bench not half being defenders. Don't think we will use the transfer window as he will still be looking at the current squad, but few loan signings we should easy make the playoffs. Come on Clarets lets go for it.
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21/01/2011 16:20:00
Good idea Fedup I had forgotten we can sign loan players outside transfer window. But only emergency loans, whatever that might mean, probably an easy way round it.
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21/01/2011 16:34:00
Really looking forward to this one though sadly I'll only be able to watch it on the telly. The players should be positive and having had a week of new ideas and systems should be raring to go. Wonder if we'll see a Bournemouth style post-match huddle ?
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21/01/2011 17:44:00
I'm on nights so its the TV for me to. The blades fans did look defeated on the way into the stadium CC. I was on the train from Sheff (Stood out a bit in my burnley top) speaking to them all they didn't fancy it, I couldn't believe it I was convinced my team would win! Anyway to Scunny, I think we can win, early goal and keep going.
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21/01/2011 19:17:00
Howe has already stated that we'll be going for the win , so I expect 4 4 2 at least. I don't think there will be massive changes to the usual team that starts, although there could be some positive substitutions depending on performances on the day. Come on you Clarets, 3-1 at least to get Howe off to a good start.
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21/01/2011 19:50:00
Well he says everyone starts with a clean slate but I cant see him being too radical yet till he gets his feet under the table! McDonald, Jensen, Wes? Exciting times trying to work out what he will do
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21/01/2011 20:18:00
On tv live here in Oz too but only for an hour!!? Hope that's a mistake. Anyway staying up until 3am to watch. C'mon you Clarets!!
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22/01/2011 16:09:00
Nice one OJ! Let's hope we will all be celebrating both on the hour mark and after final whistle blown!
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22/01/2011 16:28:00
Two changes,Wallace & Marney in for Iwelumo and Alexander Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Fox, Eagles, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Wallace, Rodriguez Subs: Jensen, Bikey, Edgar, Easton, Alexander, Iwelumo, Thompson
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22/01/2011 16:51:00
0-0 at half time in a pretty scrappy affair on a poor,soft non-passing pitch. Eagles in the thick of things but no end product. Carlisle very solid in defence. Duff lucky to still be on after a nasty looking, waist-high challenge
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22/01/2011 18:12:00
It finishes 0-0 but Burnley could do everything but score in the second half and had by far the greatest possession. Bringing Iwelumo on and moving to 4-4-2 made all the difference.Burnley must have had nearly 20 attempts on goal but wayward shooting let them down. 11th now, six points off play-offs. Match report to follow
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22/01/2011 19:19:00
Agree TMP. General improvement at the back and creatung chances up front.
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22/01/2011 19:25:00
Just back bit frustrating as we should have won it in the second half, defence much better but Marney cannot keep the ball down when he shoots and Eagles did a marney in the first half his controll and shooting were poor, Wade played well, The Burnley fans were very vocal throughout and with fans like that behind you you should be spured on to win it, how we didnt I dont know.
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22/01/2011 20:51:00
On the telly it looked like playing football on a cabbage patch , so no wonder Eagles didn't shine, although he defo put the effort in. The second half was a different ball game although no goals . We should call Marney Dean Skywalker 'cos that's where his goalbound efforts go, having said that he'd always be in my first 11. Bikey showed that he's got to be in the first 11 as well, and Carlisle had a good game before his injury. What can you say? A disappointing result and doesn't do us any favours regarding moving up, but overall the second half performance considering the state of the pitch was encouraging. I think we can also take from this match that Robbie definitely didn't get on with Laws after his comments regarding Eagles. No surprise there then. Eddie Howe did ok as well, to say the least . His changes turned the game around , and he talked well after the match. I think we can take it that Charlie Austin is coming . Still feeling good about Howe and our prospects.
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23/01/2011 00:15:00
They did show the whole game on tv here - even the before and after claptrapping. Thought Carlisle was good and Bikey even better when he replaced him. Duff is a bit too reckless for me and another ref would have sent him off for his after the whistle lunge. First time I've seen Grant and I must say I was not impressed - yet another goalie who is a good shotstopper but hopeless in the air and slow to come out. Bring back the Beast. I am very disappointed with Marney though and not just his shooting. I thought he was going to be one of those all action midfield generals but he is slow and doesn't impose himself enough. My lovely little Robbie Blake was doing some of the before and after claptrapping and I still say we haven't been the same since he left. He looks really fit (in more ways than one!!) - can we get him back! Wade played well as did Cork but the pitch was the winner. I think it's good that there are lots of games this month as Eddie will be able to assess the squad quickly. Need a good midfield player - a Charlie Adam type, a left back and a consistent finisher. That's all!
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23/01/2011 02:59:00
Yeah Grant did look a liability on occasion,flapping and parrying too much
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23/01/2011 09:13:00

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