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Hull City vs. Burnley

KC Stadium

Tuesday 8th March 2011

7:45pm

Burnley Looking For Another Hullova Win!

The Clarets will be hoping their good run of form of late in the Championship will continue on Tuesday night when they travel to the KC Stadium to play Hull City.

The Preamble

Eddie Howe has certainly lifted both fans spirit and team performances since arriving at Turf Moor in January. Under his management, the Clarets have lost only one game in eight matches in the Championship and have picked up a remarkable 11 points from 18 on the road since his arrival which includes three wins and two draws. Now we have to keep the run of away form going against Hull City if we want to keep up the pressure on teams above us fighting for promotion and a play-offs spot. We are well-placed at the moment in 7th place with crucially a two game advantage over all six clubs above us. The gap though is still four points with Leeds in sixth spot also winning on Saturday. We will need to make our two game advantage count with just thirteen league games of the season still remaining but at least both these games against Coventry and Middlesbrough are at home.

Hull have improved of late and are now breathing down our necks one place and one point behind us albeit having played two games more. Their performance on the road has been particularly impressive. Indeed the last time they lost away was when Burnley tonked them 4-0 at Turf Moor back in September. They have since won six and drawn seven of their last 13 away games in the Championship! Their home form is not too bad of late either although is pretty even having lost 2, won 2 and drawn 2 in their last six home games. The Tigers lost their last home game though going down 2-0 to high-flying Cardiff but the heads will be high again following a 1-0 win at Forest in their last match. This won`t be easy for the Clarets and once again the pressure will be on for Howe`s men to get something from this clash.

Hull City Team News:

Tigers' manager Nigel Pearson has a major injury concern regarding goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The Italian stopper is on loan from Arsenal but now appears to be suffering from a recurrence of a thigh injury that previously kept him sidelined for two months. He played in Hull`s victory away to Forest on Saturday but complained of discomfort at the top of his thigh. So much so that the centre backs jointly shared kicking duties at the City Ground.

It is understood he is being assessed by the Club`s medical staff today but if the problem is serious enough, Hull will have to bring in an emergency loan keeper. They only currently have rookie keeper, Mark Oxley available and Pearson could be reluctant to risk him. Matt Duke is now on loan at Derby County for the rest of the season although they could recall him and on-loan American goalkeeper Brad Guzan has returned to parent club Aston Villa after a two-month spell at the KC Stadium. Guzan could though be favourite to make a quick return if Mannone is not fit enough to play.

Player to watch: Matty Fryatt

Matty Fryatt is Hull`s leading goal-scorer in the Championship this season with seven goals to date including the 64th minute winner against Forest at the City Ground on Saturday. The 1-0 victory was Forest`s first defeat at home in 36 matches.

Hull signed the 25 year old striker from Leicester City in this year`s January window for a 1.2 million fee. Fryatt then scored on his Tigers debut after coming on from the bench in the game against Portsmouth. More goals followed including a hat-trick against Scunthorpe and indeed all his seven goals have been scored wearing a Hull shirt! The Clarets will certainly need to keep him in check.

Burnley Team News:

We do not appear to have any additional injuries to worry about following the home win against Palace on Saturday but of course we do now have far fewer options in attack after losing Charlie Austin last Monday night after he dislocated his shoulder in training. He will be out for rest of the season and the same fate is in store for Martin Paterson sidelined with a thigh injury.

Steven Thompson too underwent surgery last week to fix a persistent infected groin problem and he too could miss out until the new season although there is more hope in his case that he could recover in time to still feature this season. Wes Fletcher is also struggling with an ankle injury.

Our only other casualty is midfielder, Chris McCann. He has returned to light training now following head surgery last month to remove excess fluid after complaining about continual migraine problems.

Player to watch: Dean Marney

The former Hull City midfielder will be wanting to one over his former club and he should certainly be up for this one. He has played well in recent games and will be hoping to play a more forward attacking midfield role and get on the score sheet again.

Team & Tactics

With no news of any fresh injury concerns for Eddie Howe we can probably expect him to remain loyal and name the same eighteen as Saturday for the Palace match.

Our main problem of course is our striker situation having lost Austin, Thompson, Paterson and even young Wes Fletcher to injury. Chris Iwelumo too seems to be struggling at the moment and there is some concern he is injured. He was certainly hobbling about a few times in the Palace game.

If he is fit though, he could start again with Rodriguez playing a wider role although I expect at some point he will be substituted in the second half and Rodriguez will finish up being our lone striker. Iwelumo though does need to start scoring again, his performances of late have been lacklustre to say the least and you just sense at the moment he is not suited to our style of play unless we suddenly revert to hoof ball!

We can expect the following team selection then:

Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Fox, Eagles, Cork, Marney, Wallace, Iwelumo, Rodriguez

Subs: Jensen, Easton, Bikey, Edgar, Alexander, Elliott, Bartley

Ref Watch:

It is hoped that the Clarets won`t be walking in Deadman`s shoes this Tuesday night! Yep the man in charge will be Cambridgeshire referee, Darren Deadman! Deadman, 34 is a Civil Servant during his day job in Peterborough. He progressed to the National List via the Isthmian League and Panel Leagues joining the National List of assistant referees in 2000 and the referees` list in 2005. This will be his first game in charge this season in a match featuring the Clarets. In 19 games this season at Championship level or lower league, he has dished out five red cards and 73 yellow ones.

Match Prediction:

This will be a tough game and it is hard to see us repeating the tonking we gave them last season in the Premier League clash at the KC Stadium. We won that one 4-1 and then scored another 4 against them in the 4-0 win at Turf Moor earlier in the season. I will be happy with a 2-2 draw this time providing we then go on to beat Millwall at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Next Match

The Clarets are back in action at Turf Moor this Saturday (12th March 3pm Kick-Off) when they take on out-of-form Millwall.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 7 2011

Time: 2:13PM

Your Comments

Just come away with at least a point and then thump Millwall on Saturday! A win would be great of course but not easy against this lot.
turfmanphil
Some good news on McCann. Chris McCann handed Burnley a huge boost on Monday by returning to full training. The Irish midfielder, 23, has not featured for the Clarets since re-injuring his knee at Bolton in January 2010, in only his second game back from injury.
turfmanphil
This is one we need to win
totally_claret
3 points are vital against teams around us in the league. Not an easy game but we should have enough to beat Hull UTC!
andy1882
Think I would take four points from the next two games but, then again, a win at Hull would be very Dave Beasant indeed. Tricky game though as Nigel Pearson's teams at this level are usually pretty hard to beat.
RickersTwickers
This is going to be a toughie, one point will be good, three will put us in pole position for a play off place. For sure our defence will have to be on form. Hoping for a clean sheet which should do it. Up The Clarets.
cornwallclaret
HULL City have re-signed keeper, Brad Guzan in time for tomorrow's vital clash with Burnley. Emergency loan
turfmanphil
I think we can win this one. Sneak it 2-1 hopefully, Jay rod to score. I just hope Eagles can come back and have a good game. He hasn't been great last two games. Can someone tell Iwelumo that if he stands just stands onside he wouldn't get flagged offside all the time!
skutter169
I'll go with that Skutter. Eagles to regain his form just when we need him to, against a resurgent Hull. 2-1 to us with Eagles and J Rod doing the business.
WelshClaret
Big Chris was shockingly off side on Saturday more times than you can shake a soggy damp chamois leather when drying the car, he looked like a pub player who didn't know the off side rule. Really tough game tonight, Marneys finest hour?
VinRogue
Sorry lads but the form we're in its gonna be a "mauling" 3-0 to the Tigers! :)
Eazytiger
I have predicted a draw in the prediction league but am now nervous about that after the (likely) Delfounseo signing, and the fact that Hull have had a very easy run of games recently (Scunny, PNE, Derby, Blades, Pompey during bad run etc).
CrosspoolClarets
This is a game where one goal will win it and you might guess who I am cheering for. However this is also a game where the defense MUST really perform well and as a unit. Grant included.
claretfromaway
Would take the point here and now. Get a point at Hull and win our two home games and we will be in a strong position.
Claretdale
Got to agree with those comments about Chris, please someone explain the off side rule to him,he always seems to be caught off side. I am praying for 3 points, but will settle for the draw.
sheclaret
Its going to be a mad dash as I'm not finishing work until 6-30. So hope its worth the stress of getting there and parked and in the ground in time for kick off, Don't score too soon jay save it for a late winner.
Grimsby Claret
I think the annoying this about Iwelumo is that he just stands offside. If he was making a run and got the timing wrong you wouldn't mind, but he just stands offside all the time. Any clearence from defence and he's off!
skutter169
Perhaps Chris is trying the dodge where to confuse the defence you stand offside and then move onside before the ball is played. He just forgets the second bit.
cornwallclaret
The Clarets new boy Delfouneso on loan from Aston Villa does indeed start, Iwelumo drops to the bench. Line-ups: Burnley: Grant, Mears, Fox, Carlisle, Duff, Marney, Cork, Eagles, Wallace, Rodriguez, Delfouneso. Subs: Alexander, Iwelumo, Elliott, Edgar, Bartley, Bikey, Jensen. Hull City: Guzan, Dawson, Gerrard, Chester, Rosenior, Barmby, Koren, Evans, Harper, Fryatt, McLean. Subs: Hobbs, Garcia, Cairney, Simpson, Amoo, Belaird, Oxley.
8clarets8
GOAL!!! Delfouneso get in there Hull City 0-1 Burnley
8clarets8
Even though I am at work at the moment I am very very Happy. Come on you Clarets
sheclaret
I can see our boy has scored already!
P.Avfc
Half-time: Hull City 0-1 Burnley
8clarets8
Phew I can breathe again now its half time. I am also praying Preston find the back of the net in the second half.
sheclaret
Not a very good game since the goal, hoping we can push on and get a second goal in the second-half.
8clarets8
Would like another goal but will settle for 1-0
sheclaret
Preston score, now 1-2 v Leeds, come on!!
pmh200111
Elliott on for Wallace
8clarets8
Iwelumo on for Eagles
8clarets8
Full-time: Not the best of games but we come away with the win, another 3 points onwards and upwards, Hull City 0-1 Burnley.
8clarets8
Not bothered 3 points thank you very much. I can go home from work a happy bunny.
sheclaret
 

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