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Doncaster Rovers vs. Burnley

The Keepmoat Stadium

Tuesday 1st February 2011

7:45pm

Can Howe Keepmoat-ivation High?

The Clarets return to Championship duty on Tuesday night with a trip to the Keepmoat to face Doncaster Rovers. They will be keen to pick up another three points after a successful start by new manager, Eddie Howe.

The Preamble

Eddie Howe`s reign at Turf Moor has got off to a great start with two wins and one draw in his first three games since joining Burnley as the new manager earlier this month. Can he keep the momentum going and plot the Clarets third away win of the season against a struggling Doncaster Rovers side at the Keepmoat?

The sad fact remains that really we have to win to keep up our challenge for promotion. We are currently in 10th spot with 40 points from 27 games. That is just five points behind 6th placed Leeds United who have also played a game more. We really have to keep the consistency going and try and get our first back-to-back league win of the season following our triumph last Tuesday night away to Pompey.

In terms of automatic promotion, we play second-placed Norwich City at Turf Moor on Saturday and a win at Doncaster could set us up nicely for that clash. The Canaries are currently eight points clear of the Clarets but have also played one game more than Burnley. They too have a midweek match on Tuesday night and face Millwall at Carrow Road.

Sean O`Driscoll`s men have had a torrid time of late and have managed to pick up just one point in their last four league games as well as being unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup following a 5-0 thumping away to Premier league club, Wolves in a replay. They have also lost their last two home games including a 2-0 defeat to local South Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley last Tuesday night. The Clarets will be hoping to maintain the pressure and come away with all three points. Rovers are currently in 16th position in the table with 34 points from 26 games so they have a game in hand over the Clarets at the moment but nevertheless are still six points behind them.

Doncaster Rovers Team News:

There is no news of any injury concerns for Sean O`Driscoll but if we hear any before the match we will bring them to you below this article.

Player to watch: Billy Sharp

Sharp missed the home game back in November due to a hamstring injury but is now back in the team and is Doncaster`s leading goal scorer with 12 league goals so far. The 24 year old currently lies 5th in the Npower Championship Top Scorers table. Former manager, Brian Laws tried to sign Sharp for Burnley in the summer transfer window but lost out to Sean O`Driscoll. Doncaster signed the former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United striker for a club record fee of 1.15m in July 2010 following a loan spell with the club.

Burnley Team News:

Eddie Howe looks likely to give his new signing Charlie Austin his debut against Doncaster Rovers.

Chris McCann appears to now be the only injury at the moment and he won`t be available for another month or so yet after a long haul following corrective surgery to fix his cruciate ligament last year.

Player to watch: Charlie Austin

All Clarets fans will be eager to see how our new signing performs up front for Burnley assuming Howe gives him his debut on Tuesday night. The hot shot striker signed from Swindon was second in the Npower League One Top Scorers table with 12 goals.

Team & Tactics

Howe could be tempted to keep virtually the same eighteen for the third game in a row following our second away win of the season against Portsmouth last Tuesday night and the FA Cup victory over Burton at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The big question for Howe though is which forward line will he select? He must surely be tempted to give Charlie Austin his debut for the Clarets and name him in the starting eleven. Will Austin though be playing alone up front or will he have a strike partner? Will Chris Iwelumo still be a Clarets player after the January window closes on Monday? Are Preston still interested in our leading goal-scorer? Even if Iwelumo leaves the club that still leaves Martin Paterson, Steven Thompson and Jay Rodriguez to consider up front.

Martin Paterson will certainly remember our last game against Doncaster Rovers. He had to be substituted at the break when we played them at home back in November after picking up a thigh strain. The injury proved to be a persistent, niggling problem; so much so, Pato was sidelined until last Saturday when he finally made a return in the FA Cup game against Burton Albion after coming on from the bench in the second half. He also scored our third goal late into added time to help Burnley secure a 3-1 victory over the League 2 minnows so will be hoping he is back in contention for the match at the Keepmoat.

Howe then could have a major headache deciding who to play up front but my preference would be to try Austin & Paterson together in a true 4-4-2 with Eagles continuing in a free-roaming role in midfield just behind the strikers.

So here goes:

Grant, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Fox, Eagles, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Austin, Paterson

Subs: Jensen, Bikey, Edgar, Alexander, Wallace, Thompson, Rodriguez (or Iwelumo)

The team selection of course may well change also should Eddie Howe carry out a last minute deal or two on the final day of the January transfer window which closes on

Ref Watch:

28-year-old Oliver Langford (West Midlands) is in his first season as a National list referee, after three seasons as an assistant. He started refereeing in 1995 at age of 15 in the Midlands progressing through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. He has been in charge of 21 games this season at Championship or lower league level and has handed out 55 yellow cards and two reds

Match Prediction:

A win would put us in great shape and keep the momentum going under new manager, Eddie Howe. Doncaster have struggled in recent games and lost their last two matches at home. I think we will win for once over Donny and I am looking forward to a 2-0 away win, our third victory on the road of the season!

Next Match

A tricky home game against second-placed club, Norwich City is up next on Saturday 5th February (3pm Kick-Off)




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 30 2011

Time: 8:36PM

Your Comments

Come on you Clarets! Win this one,I will begin to believe again!
turfmanphil
Will read the article tomorrow - but firstly I would like to praise the title! one of my favourites!
Claretdale
Ipswich editor here - that outrageous title rather caught my eye!! Top marks, turfmanphil! Interested to see how Charlie Austin gets on for your lot; I was gutted that we missed out on him.
Darren C
Cheers DC, kind of proud of that one myself!! lol Hopefully we can turn over your East Anglia rivals next Saturday. We owe Lambert a bloody nose! Norwich at Turf Moor
turfmanphil
A very good title. The referee isn't Mark Heywood though, he refereed Doncaster v Barnsley last week. Its Oliver Langford.
DonnyEd
Oh yeah well spotted,DonnyEd, have corrected! Damn Barnsley is too close to the spelling of Burnley!! lol
turfmanphil
Front 6 Eagles, Cork, Marney, Wade, Pato and Austin.....you know it makes sense lets trun our poor defence into attack...Best form of defence being.........
VinRogue
Looking forward to going to this game. Suddenly I have a lot more confidence in the team and looking forward to hopefully seeing Young Charlie play. Can I point out that if we do not bag all 3 points it will be nothing to do with the team/manager it will be because I am there!!
sheclaret
Quality title and article TMP. Have to say I'm starting to feel very enthused about Burnley all over again. Young up and coming manager, money in the bank and a strong squad!
Billy Hamiltons Boot
Agree with that VR, let's overwhelm them up front ! Yes, the feelgood factor is returning at last . Keep it up Eddie, a good win tomorrow will really crank up the confidence and keep the much needed run going.
WelshClaret
Donny Rovers Team News; Skipper Brian Stock is in contention to return for Doncaster after recovering from a calf problem, while Mark Wilson and James Chambers both hope to be fit. But with on-loan defender Matt Kilgallon out with a hamstring problem, boss Sean O'Driscoll must choose between Sam Hird and Dennis Souza.
turfmanphil
TMP is our new King of the Puns though looking at the picture that accompanies this article I'm wondering whether there will be a pot of gold for us at the end of that rainb-howe. Wish I was going to this one as it should be a great game. Think it will be tough, but we might just have enough to sneak it.
RickersTwickers
Exactly the team that i would pick TMP. Eagles, Elliott, Pato and Austin. Speed, skill and a hard working attitude. Oh you know it makes sense!! I didn't realise Austin was 6'2" so can play as the taller front man. I'm at the Keepmoat tomorrow, so come on Burnley. Eddie Howe's claret and blue army!!
skutter169
I was about to say that Pato and Austin might be too similar when I read from skutter that Austin was 6' 2"! I thought he was short somehow! I don't think he plays the target man role though so I'd be tempted to keep Thompson in and just sub Austin for Jayrod who is probably in need of a rest. Eddie has plenty of options though and I think it will be a good footballing game. Why on earth did Sky choose to televise our game against Skunny on a *****e pitch instead of one like this?
ozjean
I always thought he was short too Ozjean until we signed him! I'm not sure if Howe plays a target man, prefers pass and move so we will see.
skutter169
Lets hope Austin can motor tonight
Grimsby Claret
Is it too much to ask for an Austin seven ?
WelshClaret
Hi The Bounemouth fans have given me their impresions of Bartley on their website under the article about Bartl finally leaving. Makes for some intereting reading
Billy Hamiltons Boot
I too thought Charlie was short. Useful to use as a target man when required, if he can shield the ball and hold until help arrives, something we have been lacking, it would be great news, an all round tall, good, fast front man.
cornwallclaret
Just a pity we didn't get David Healy as well-we would then have had a Austin Healy! OK Ill get my coat! ;-)
turfmanphil
Really Confident about tonight, being saying so all through the weekend since we got Austin. Just had a cheeky punt on 4-1 , Patterson to get 1st goal = 306-1 . Wortha fiver of anyones money. UTC
lilpiggy
Maybe a conspiracy theory too far but here goes. The Bounemouth fans don't seem too concerned about losing Bartley, he seemed to want to leave them prior to us coming in for him. Has Howe done old club a favour by taking a trouble maker off their hands?
Billy Hamiltons Boot
Come on the Clarets tonight we owe O`Driscoll and Sharp one. team news to follow...
8clarets8
Austin starts with Jay Rod up front otherwise no change from Saturdays win over Burton, plenty of attack on the bench with three strikers. Team line-ups: Burnley: Grant, Mears, Fox, Duff, Carlisle, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Rodriguez, Austin, Eagles. Subs: Alexander, Iwelumo, Paterson, Bikey, Wallace, Thompson, Jensen. Doncaster: Woods, Chambers, O'Connor, Hird, Friend, Stock, Oster, Keegan, Coppinger, Sharp, Hayter. Subs: Souza, Brooker, Shiels, Webster, Bradshaw, Fairhurst, Mason.
8clarets8
Half-time: Doncaster 0-0 Burnley, not much happening.
8clarets8
Time for a bit of TMP's moativation I think.
AndyHo
Duff own goal, Doncaster 1-0 Burnley, oh dear!!
8clarets8
Iwelumo on for Elliott, Thompson moved down the pecking order then?
8clarets8
Paterson coming on, no service to the strikers what so ever, Paterson replaces Austin.
8clarets8
Wallace on for Jay Rod.
8clarets8
Full-time: Doncaster 1-0 Burnley, we simply did not turn up for this game
8clarets8
What a shower we got what we deserved, just not good enough, the master won the apprentice. (Managers that is) Howe you have lots of work to do young man, Hope you kept them in the dressing room for an hour.
Grimsby Claret
Thought this would be a good game but sadly wrong. I didn't think we would get up this season. Coyle didn't get us up the first year. I think Eddie will shift a few out in the summer. Soccernet said Pato was injured again - was this true?
ozjean
 

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