Burnley Take On Lions
Saturday 12th March 2011
The Clarets relentless attempt to reach the play-offs and now even maybe achieve automatic promotion continues with a home game against Millwall at Turf Moor this Saturday.
The Clarets are on a roll after five wins in the last six games and will be buoyed up by their victory away to Hull in midweek. The victory at the KC saw the Clarets remain in 7th spot but now just three points behind sixth placed team, Nottingham Forest and with two games in hand over them. Our play-offs dream therefore is still very much alive but sneaking up on the rails is now also the possibility of getting back to the Premier League via the automatic promotion route. Our two games we have in advantage are both very much winnable home games against Coventry and Middlesbrough. Indeed had we played both those games at home as originally scheduled before being postponed and won them both we would now be in third spot just one point behind Swansea in second place. Game on!!
Millwall have had their moments this season but are now very much mid-table mediocrity although their spirits will have been raised following their 2-0 home win on Tuesday night against League leaders, QPR. Their away form though is a worry with only one win now in ten games. They have lost four and drawn five of their last nine matches on the road.
Burnley Team News:
Austin (dislocated shoulder), Paterson (thigh injury) and Thompson (infected groin surgery) are three of our strikers out of contention and of course it is too early for midfielder,Chris McCann now back in full training to make an appearance. New on-loan striker from Aston Villa, Nathan Delfouneso, looks set to make his home debut after scoring the winning goal in his first match for the Clarets against Hull at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.
Player to watch: Nathan Delfouneso
Many Clarets fans not at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night will be keen to see our new loan signing in action for the first time following his signing from Aston Villa on loan in midweek. He certainly got off to a flying start in his Burnley debut at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night scoring after just five minutes; a goal which proved to be the winner in our 1-0 victory over Hull.
Millwall Team News:
Lions` manager, Kenny Jackett does not appear to have any additional injury concerns following their victory against QPR in midweek. Striker, Shaun Batt is a long-term absentee having missed most of the season with cruciate ligament damage. He also suffered a setback when further surgery was required to remove scar tissue.
Midfielder, Jimmy Abdou is also sidelined until probably mid April after picking up a knee ligament injury in a recent game at Reading last month.
Player to watch: Steve Morison
The 27 year old Welsh international striker will be the major threat on Saturday. He is the 11th top scorer in the Championship with 12 league goals. Morison signed for Millwall in the summer of 2009 from Stevenage for a £130,000.
Team & Tactics
With no suspensions and no news of any fresh injury concerns following our 1-0 win at Hull on Tuesday night, Eddie Howe looks set to name an unchanged eighteen for the Millwall clash.
We can therefore expect the following line up:
Grant, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Fox, Wallace, Marney, Cork, Eagles, Delfouneso, Rodriguez
Subs: Jensen, Alexander, Edgar, Bikey, Elliott, Bartley, Iwelumo
Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) will be in charge of this match. He has refereed two games involving the Clarets so far this season being the man in the middle for our game at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United and our home clash against Port Vale in the FA Cup handing out six yellows but no reds over the two games. Self employed in the building industry Ilderton, 36 has been a National List referee since 2002, after serving his time on the Northern Alliance and Northern League. His total tally for the season in terms of dishing out cards is 5 reds and 60 yellows over 27 games at Championship level and at lower league level with the odd FA Cup and Carling Cup game thrown in.
We should be good enough to beat Millwall at home. We will easily stop any chance of the Lions roaring and win 3-1.
Another home match follows on Tuesday night as we play one of the games we have in advantage over our promotion rivals. Coventry will be the visitors on the night of Tuesday 15th March (Kick-Off 7:45 pm). We then face a trip to Ashton Gate the following Saturday to play Bristol City on the 19th March (Kick-Off 3pm)