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Torquay United vs. Burnley

Plainmoor

Saturday 23rd July 2011

3pm

The South West Tour-The Torquay to Success?

The Clarets continue their mini-tour of the South West of England on Saturday 23rd July when they play their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer and their second of the tour against Torquay United at Plainmoor (Kick-Off: 3pm)) They will be looking to get back to winning ways after the 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium in midweek.

The Pre-amble

Burnley lost their pre-season 100% record against League 2 Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday might going down 2-0 and quite frankly never really turning up! They will be hoping to get back on track on Saturday when they will be in sunny Devon to play Torquay at Plainmoor. At the time of writing, there had still not be any new signings by Eddie Howe so only Ben Mee has so far arrived at the club in the summer. We already know the 23 players from the squad that are available for selection on the tour and we can probably expect similar line-ups and tactics as in midweek although hopefully this time we won`t be so lacklustre.

What do we know about Torquay then? Well the League 2 club narrowly missed out on promotion last season. After defeating Shrewsbury Town 2-0 on aggregate in the League 2 Play-Offs Semi-Final they lost 1-0 to Stevenage in the final at Old Trafford. The disappointment was enough for manager Paul Buckle to resign the day after the final and join Tuesday night`s opponents, Bristol Rovers as their new gaffer. The club are currently managed by Martin Ling. They have had a good pre-season so far beating local non-league club, Tiverton away 2-1 and following that up with two home wins against Bristol City (2-0) and local rivals, Exeter City (3-0)

Torquay United Team News:

There is currently no team news available but there does not appear to be any injury concerns for the Gulls gaffer.

Player to watch: Rene Howe

Howe certainly is the stereotype journeyman but the 24 year old striker has been brought in to replace Chris Zebroski who followed Buckle to Bristol Rovers in the summer. The Bedford-born forward started his career with his hometown club before joining Kettering Town. A move to Peterborough followed in May 2007 when he joined Posh for an undisclosed fee. He spent most of his time at London Road out on loan including spells at Rochdale, Morecambe, Lincoln City, Gillingham, Rushden & Diamonds and finally Bristol Rovers before being released by Posh this summer. He joined Torquay this month after agreeing a two year contract.

Burnley Team News:

Well with no new signings to talk about and conversely no more departures, we know that Howe will have the same 23 players named for the tour available to him.

The squad chosen for the South West Tour just to remind you was as follows:

Brian Jensen, Lee Grant, Jon Stewart (trialist keeper), Michael Duff, Tyrone Mears, Brian Easton, Andre Bikey, Danny Fox, David Edgar, Ben Mee, Kevin Long; Wade Elliott, Chris McCann, Chris Eagles, Dean Marney, Ross Wallace, Marvin Bartley, Steven Hewitt, Martin Paterson, Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Austin, Wes Fletcher, Alex MacDonald.

There is to date no news of any injury concerns so we can assume Howe will select a starting eleven from the squad of 23 and have the rest available on the bench. His starting eleven will be anybody`s guess and it will be interesting to see whether he selects similar line-ups, and formations that failed so dismally against 'The Gas`

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

Could and should be a handful for the Gulls on Saturday. Hopefully the speculation in midweek that both Premier League new boys, QPR and Swansea were after his signature will not affect his performance as he prepares himself for another season at Turf Moor before his contract expires next summer. Eagles surely is crucial to our own promotion hopes and providing he can play with consistency, we need a player of his quality. On his day he is unplayable and we just need to ensure he has many days like that playing for the Clarets.

Last Time We Met

Burnley and Torquay are normally playing their games at the opposite ends of the Football League and rarely seem to have met over the years. Since their formation in 1899, the Gulls have only played the Clarets on 15 occasions. Burnley have won seven of those games and drawn three.

The last time we played them was in the 1990-91 season in the fourth tier of the Football League. That season we actually played them four times and lost out to them in the play-offs. The Gulls took four points off Burnley in the league, involving a 2-0 win at Plainmoor and a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor, before the two clubs met again in the Play-Off Semi-Final.

Burnley had finished in sixth spot that season just two points away from an automatic promotion place with Torquay just behind them in 7th but seven points adrift of the Clarets so now the play-offs beckoned for both clubs.

In the first leg at Plainmoor, Torquay`s Dean Edwards and Matt Elliott gave United a 2-0 lead. Only 700 tickets had been available for the away support so many Clarets had to make do with watching a large screen erected for the purpose at Turf Moor. In the second leg at Turf Moor, Burnley could just not make the pressure count and the frustration of the 14,000 crowd turned to rage when a small plane, hired by Blackburn Rovers fans flew over the ground pulling a banner which read 'Staying Down - Ha Ha Ha!' The Clarets did manage to pull a goal back thanks to a last minute own goal but it was not to be. Torquay went on to Wembley and gained promotion after beating Blackpool on penalties following a 2-2 draw after added time. The punishment for Burnley manager, Frank Casper was swift and he was given an ultimatum by the Board that he had just one more year to get them promoted after six years in the bottom tier. In fact Burnley did get promoted as Champions in 1991-92 but Casper had long since departed and it would be Jimmy Mullen who would take all the glory after taking over from Casper with just seven games of the season played.

Match Prediction:

Well of course everybody tells you, the results of friendlies don`t matter but then if you are a fan watching one of them you still want your team to play well whether you win, lose or draw. We singularly failed to do so against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night so let`s hope whatever the score against Torquay we can say that the Clarets looked impressive and on course for a good start to the season proper. 3-1 Clarets!!

Next Pre-Season Friendly

The Clarets next pre-season friendly will be back in the North West of England when they travel to Boundary Park on the night of Tuesday 26th July for a game against Oldham (kick-Off: 7:45pm)




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 22 2011

Time: 5:41PM

Your Comments

Not sure if any local Devon radio is covering this live online but if you hear anything let me know
turfmanphil
CP is down there flying the flag for Vital I believe!
Claretdale
Aye he said he was going,hopefully he can text me updates!! ;-)
turfmanphil
christ talk about a two bob trip ! bloody torquay away !
hollinsclaret
I was going to go but have been in Newcastle this week and didn't get back until quite late last night so have had to forego a trip to Devon. Hopefully CP will bring some local luck for us.
RickersTwickers
Biggest hope now, I think by the majority of Clarets fans, is that both Eagles and Mears will be named on the teamsheet!! If not we will know the club have sold out to Cheesey Coyle!
turfmanphil
tfm tha'ts never gonna happen bud
hollinsclaret
Team line-ups for anybody who still cares? Burnley: Jensen, Edgar, Mee, Bikey, Easton, Elliott, Bartley, Marney, Wallace, Rodriguez, Austin Subs: Duff, Fox, Long, Hewitt, McCann, MacDonald, Fletcher, Stewart Torquay: Rice, Nicholson, Ellis, Robertson, Saah, Mansell, Howe, Morris, McPhee, Lathrope, Atieno. Subs: Olejnik, Rowe-Turner, Kee, O'Kane, Macklin, Halpin, Oastler, Stevens, Yeoman, Spear.
8clarets8
And where is Paterson????
8clarets8
Goal for Burnley, Bartley, Torquay 0-1 Burnley
8clarets8
From Daz on Twitter-Paterson looked to be having fitness test below us before game. Give me strength anyway 1-0 up Bartley
turfmanphil
Where is Grant then? give me strength too
8clarets8
At least we are winning although it really counts for nothing, being a friendly, no disrespect to Torquay but I would be worried if we lost to them
sheclaret
I am more concerned as to why our manager is playing for Torquay ;-)
8clarets8
Jay Rodriguez 2-0
8clarets8
LOL didn't see that.
sheclaret
Half-time: Torquay 0-2 Burnley.
8clarets8
Second-half under way, Attendance 1,759 - 390 Burnley fans.
8clarets8
Does anybody really care about this game,8c8? I know I don't after being let down so much by this pathetic club of ours in recent weeks culminating in today's shocker...and still folk try and defend the bunch of amateurs!!
turfmanphil
I did state earlier for anybody who cares, really cannot be arsed myself updating but soldiering on.
8clarets8
Rene Howe pulls a goal back for Torquay, in off the underside of the bar. 1-2, starting to find our level??
8clarets8
McCann on for Bartley
8clarets8
Duff, Fox, MacDonald on for Mee, Easton and Elliott
8clarets8
Alex MacDonald scores Torquay 1, Burnley 3
8clarets8
Looking good here then 8c8. I can see us bouncing straight back into the championship the season after next.
WelshClaret
Or joining Torquay WC?
8clarets8
Long, Fletcher, Hewitt, Stewart all come on to replace Rodriguez, Wallace, Edgar and Jensen.
8clarets8
Full-time: Torquay 1-3 Burnley, super...
8clarets8
Thanks for doing the honours 8c8, had my mind wrapped up in the Eagles/Mears Twitter debate all afternoon! Soz :-(
turfmanphil
No probs, it's tough to do sometimes when the passion drains out of you.
8clarets8
Awwhhh how could i have been so wrong !
hollinsclaret
How could Burnley's own media manager be so wrong more like? Do they communicate with each other at the club? It makes you wonder
turfmanphil
Well they must be listening to Ally Cam. Any problem, lie, create smokescreens, blame anyone else, wait for bad news days, just hope it all goes away, but never, ever, admit the truth.
cornwallclaret
I had a word with DazB about noon down at Torquay marina about staying off the Twitter. Here's my match report: Maybe it was the beautiful English Riviera sun that was making a fair few folk there be slightly more cheerful than those posting on this thread yesterday? I think it also helped to see a more than decent performance. As usual Andre looked perhaps less awake than the others, and Edgar will need practice if to play at RB, but actually looked quite good going forward. (Could Mears defend?) Austin hasn't got himself quite into gear yet. He plays in ways that I can't quite read. Alex Macdonald looked razor sharp. Wes Fletcher had their central defenders on edge. Mee looked great. When was the last time you saw a Burnley central defender running forward with purpose in an opponents half and finishing, without breaking stride, with the sort of cross that Eagles never quite seemed capable of delivering right-footed, let alone left? The Torquay goal stole the show. May not see a better shot all season. But this was a bright performance that suggested the players are not losing their heads even as fans all around them (on here anyway) are losing theirs.
Couch Potato
P.S. Sorry I didn't text. I walked from the station via the Coast Path. Gorgeous in bright susnshine, but a bit further and steeper than I remembered, and I was a bit tired as a result. Also it was a game you wanted to watch. Also my first Bfc win since the last game of the PL year!!!! So my luck has turned. Things are looking up.
Couch Potato
 

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