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Burnley vs. MK Dons

Turf Moor

Tuesday 20th September 2011

7:45pm

Can We Teach the Dons a Lesson?

The Clarets continue their Carling Cup campaign in a third round tie against League 1, MK Dons at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. They will be hoping for a more convincing win than the last two rounds with both those games against League 2 sides, Burton Albion and Barnet going into extra time.

The Pre-amble:

Can the Clarets progress to the fourth round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night? Well they should do with League 1, MK Dons the visitors.

The club, players and fans need a comprehensive win to cheer everybody up after a pretty torrid season so far. Anything less than a win would be a total knock to our confidence with the club at the wrong end of the Championship table and at the moment avoiding the drop zone by one place on goal difference. A banana skin at this stage against lower league opposition would not bode well for our next game against league leaders, Southampton at Turf Moor on Saturday.

It won`t be easy against MK Dons. Karl Robinson`s team are on a high in this competition after thumping Premier League side, Norwich City 4-0 at Carrow Road in the previous round. Admittedly Norwich did field a weakened side but even so it was a comprehensive victory against a team two leagues above them on away soil. MK Dons are also doing pretty well in League 1 too and their confidence could be pretty high. They reached the play-offs last season but lost out at the semi final stage going down 4-3 on aggregate over two legs against Peterborough. This season they have also started well and are currently in 4th spot with 17 points from 8 games.

The Clarets on the other hand have made pretty unimpressive progress in our previous Carling Cup rounds which have both been against League 2 opposition at home. The defence was leaky in both games against Burton Albion and Barnet and in both cases we surrendered a two goal lead late on to ensure extra time had to be played. In the end we beat Burton comprehensively 6-3 and scraped through to beat Barnet 3-2 but there were less than convincing wins to say the least. We have now gone 20 games without keeping a clean sheet and we simply have to rectify that problem at some stage this season.

Burnley Team News:

Eddie Howe looks forced into making changes to his team selection for this clash. We have started the same eleven players for the last three games but there were a few knocks and injuries in the last game away to Peterborough last Saturday. Brian Jensen limped off with a groin injury in the 17th minute at London Road and could need some time to recover. Third-string goalkeeper, Jon Stewart could be named on the bench for the MK Dons game.

Ben Mee was knocked unconscious late on in the Posh game and at one point looked set to be stretchered off with back support. The physio though managed to work his magic and Mee continued for the rest of the game with all the substitutions having already been made by Howe. It is possible though that as a precaution, Howe may rest Mee for the MK Dons clash after his ordeal.

Dean Marney too we found out has been suffering from a stomach complaint which could explain why his performances of late have been pretty woeful. Bartley could be given a start.

Martin Paterson (thigh), Danny Ings (cartilage) and Michael Duff (knee) are also still sidelined recovering from their injuries.Junior Stanislas is also cup tied

Player to watch: Zavon Hines

I would like to see Hines make a start replacing either Jay Rodriguez or Charlie Austin both of whom have been underpar recently

MK Dons Team News:

Defender, Gary MacKenzie starts an automatic three-match bed after being given a straight red card and conceding a penalty for stamping on Alan Lee in MK Dons last game at home to Huddersfield. The penalty at least was saved but the game still finished up a draw at 1-1.

News is awaited regarding the injury to new striker, Charlie MacDonald. MacDonald only signed from Brentford last month, missed MK Dons last game after being injured in the previous game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The MK Dons had a miserable game against the Owls going down 3-1, losing MacDonald to injury and also having fellow striker, Jabo Ibehre sent off for two bookable offences. Ibehre though will be available for the Burnley clash after sitting out the Huddersfield game following his automatic one-match suspension.

Player to watch: Dean Bowditch

MK Dons have two former Burnley loan players in their side, midfielder, Luke Chadwick and striker, Dean Bowditch. Both players have been finding the net for MK Dons this season with 5 and 3 goals respectively so far in all competitions. Today though, we will focus on Dean Bowditch. Bowditch, now 25 you may remember was seen as a great prospect when he played for Ipswich but somehow it never really happened for him after he sustained a number of injuries and then spent most of his time at Portman Road out on loan. One such loan, his first was at Burnley, when Steve Cotterill brought him to Turf Moor in March 2005. He basically flattered to deceive and in the 8 games he featured could only muster one goal before he returned to Portman Road in May 2005. Further loans followed at Wycombe, Brighton, Northampton, Brighton (again) and finally Brentford before he made a permanent move to Yeovil Town in July 2009. His goal-scoring touch at least returned during his stay at the League 1 club and he hit a strike rate of about 1-in-3 scoring 71 goals in 25 appearances. MK Dons signed him in June 2011 giving him a two-year deal after he had rejected Yeovil`s offer of a new contract.

Team & Tactics:

Eddie Howe in earlier rounds does not appear to have experimented always fielding his strongest team at the time. His hand may be forced to some extent this time though following the injuries on Saturday against Posh (see above). We can field seven substitutes in this game, but with the injuries and so many players out on loan we might struggle to fill the bench. There will certainly be a strong reliance on the Development squad including third-string keeper, Jon Stewart, should Jensen still be sidelined with his groin injury. It is probably just as well that Alex-Ray Harvey has also just returned from his month loan spell at Fleetwood.

Howe has selected the same starting eleven for the last three games. The victory at Derby before the international break was a feather in their cap but the last two games have shown up a lot of poor individual performances and surely now even with the injuries it is time to wring the changes.

I do not for one minute think Howe will agree with my selection but I would go with the following starting eleven and have a pretty strong bench in case Plan A does not work:

Grant, Trippier, Amougou, Edgar (Mee if fit), Easton, Treacy, McCann, Bartley, Wallace, Austin, Hines,

Subs: Stewart, Edgar (if Mee fit), Rodriguez, Knowles, Harvey, Hewitt, MacDonald

I would certainly like to see 4-4-2 with at least one change in the front two.

Ref Watch:

Cheshire referee, Scott Mathieson will be in charge of this one. Mathieson has already handed out 25 cards in 8 games so far this season at Championship, lower league and Carling Cup level but so far only one red card. His last game in charge of a match featuring the Clarets was our home game against Bristol City back in September 2010. The match finished 0-0 and no cards at all were handed out that day!

Match Prediction:

This has to be a comprehensive victory and it would be nice to keep a clean sheet! Just can`t see the latter but I am hopeful of the former so 3-1 Clarets! Please no extra time!

Next Match:

Back to Championship duty and a big test for the Clarets this Saturday with current league leaders, Southampton the visitors to Turf Moor on the 24th September (Kick-Off:3pm). No doubt also they will have Danny Fox and Jack Cork on display just to rub in the wounds!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 19 2011

Time: 11:36AM

Your Comments

Rather nervous about this one! A defeat could be a right downer and a confidence killer at just the wrong time! Let's just do the business and give us all some hope for the match against the Saints this Saturday! Come on you Clarets! Boy do we need some good times again
turfmanphil
Rather nervous about this one! A defeat could be a right downer and a confidence killer at just the wrong time! Let's just do the business and give us all some hope for the match against the Saints this Saturday! Come on you Clarets! Boy do we need some good times again
turfmanphil
Bugger,just had to rewrite some of that. Hadn't realised Stanislas was cup tied. Could have swore Junior said himself he wasn't. Maybe it was Hines?
turfmanphil
Bugger,just had to rewrite some of that. Hadn't realised Stanislas was cup tied. Could have swore Junior said himself he wasn't. Maybe it was Hines?
turfmanphil
Some more Burnley team news-Jensen having scan today on groin injury. Marney and Mee could feature. Mee has had a headache last couple of days but Marney's stomach problem appears to be over. Would have Marney on bench if fit and drop one of development squad players from my bench suggestion above. Mee and Amougou my prefered central defence pairing with Edgar on bench
turfmanphil
Some more Burnley team news-Jensen having scan today on groin injury. Marney and Mee could feature. Mee has had a headache last couple of days but Marney's stomach problem appears to be over. Would have Marney on bench if fit and drop one of development squad players from my bench suggestion above. Mee and Amougou my prefered central defence pairing with Edgar on bench
turfmanphil
I would be looking at tomorrow's game with Saturday in mind and trying to get some momentum going. After being outnumbered in midfield by M'boro and knowing what a decent midfield So'ton have, I'd be looking at going 4-5-1...with Bikey and Bartley the deep lying midfielders and Jay Rod, Stanislas and Treacy supporting Austin. I'm starting to wonder whether Rodriguez is best off as part of a 5-man midfield after all, so poor has he been of late as part of a front two. But at least this formation might help us be more compact and and be capable of switching defence into attack.
cubanclaret
I would be looking at tomorrow's game with Saturday in mind and trying to get some momentum going. After being outnumbered in midfield by M'boro and knowing what a decent midfield So'ton have, I'd be looking at going 4-5-1...with Bikey and Bartley the deep lying midfielders and Jay Rod, Stanislas and Treacy supporting Austin. I'm starting to wonder whether Rodriguez is best off as part of a 5-man midfield after all, so poor has he been of late as part of a front two. But at least this formation might help us be more compact and and be capable of switching defence into attack.
cubanclaret
I'd certainly like to see Hines get a look in and Bartley for that matter (could do with a more mature display from the latter though). More than happy to see Marney sit this one out after recent displays and if it was an injury that had caused his recent lack of form then you never no, a break might do him some good. Be good to see everyone get right behind the team too, which I know is tough at the moment, but very much needed.
marjory blenkinsop
I'd certainly like to see Hines get a look in and Bartley for that matter (could do with a more mature display from the latter though). More than happy to see Marney sit this one out after recent displays and if it was an injury that had caused his recent lack of form then you never no, a break might do him some good. Be good to see everyone get right behind the team too, which I know is tough at the moment, but very much needed.
marjory blenkinsop
Stanislas is by all accounts cup tied CC or do you mean line up like that v Saints? Agree re Jay Rod! Is it just co-incidence, he lost his form as speculation grew he could be going to Southampton?
turfmanphil
Stanislas is by all accounts cup tied CC or do you mean line up like that v Saints? Agree re Jay Rod! Is it just co-incidence, he lost his form as speculation grew he could be going to Southampton?
turfmanphil
Spot on MB, no matter whats happening, we cant afford to make matters worse by getting on either Eddie Howe's back or the players. They need our full support! I might make an all-knowing show of disapproval towards the Directors box though! ;-) [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Spot on MB, no matter whats happening, we cant afford to make matters worse by getting on either Eddie Howe's back or the players. They need our full support! I might make an all-knowing show of disapproval towards the Directors box though! ;-) [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
TFM we are aligned !!! shall send you my "Sack the board" banner over, whilst I go on encouraging our team, I shall not be going, since moving into the old git's stand I realise I'am very close to the directors and I feel as though a defeat would encourage an of act of wilful murder in the directors box!'
hollinsclaret
TFM we are aligned !!! shall send you my "Sack the board" banner over, whilst I go on encouraging our team, I shall not be going, since moving into the old git's stand I realise I'am very close to the directors and I feel as though a defeat would encourage an of act of wilful murder in the directors box!'
hollinsclaret
I am nervous every game now. Watching BFC this season so far is bad for your health!!!
deadlydave
I am nervous every game now. Watching BFC this season so far is bad for your health!!!
deadlydave
You can say that again! I feel more insecure now than I ever did under any manager from Cotts onwards!
turfmanphil
You can say that again! I feel more insecure now than I ever did under any manager from Cotts onwards!
turfmanphil
Just found out MK Dons, MacDonald is cup tied anyway, fit fit or not!
turfmanphil
Just found out MK Dons, MacDonald is cup tied anyway, fit fit or not!
turfmanphil
The one thing we just can't afford is a sending off or injury. Southampton on Saturday will be a huge task without losing any more players. Amougou and Mee would be a welcomed by me. Bartley, McCann, Treacy, Jayrod, Hines and Austin would be my front 6.
VinRogue
The one thing we just can't afford is a sending off or injury. Southampton on Saturday will be a huge task without losing any more players. Amougou and Mee would be a welcomed by me. Bartley, McCann, Treacy, Jayrod, Hines and Austin would be my front 6.
VinRogue
We need to win this one for the boost to morale. They will not lie down and will be tough opposition. Give Omougou the captaincy and give him the chance to stamp his authority and ability on the team. I am hoping for a strong team to really go out and thump the Dons.
cornwallclaret
We need to win this one for the boost to morale. They will not lie down and will be tough opposition. Give Omougou the captaincy and give him the chance to stamp his authority and ability on the team. I am hoping for a strong team to really go out and thump the Dons.
cornwallclaret
Unfortunately or could that be fortunately I am on the late shift so can't go to the game tonight, but will be logging into vital, as I am sur someone will be updating. I have a real horrible feeling about tonight, so those who are going please get behind the lads and be the 12th man. A good performance and win without going into extra time would be a real boost ahead of Saturdays game against Southampton.
sheclaret
Unfortunately or could that be fortunately I am on the late shift so can't go to the game tonight, but will be logging into vital, as I am sur someone will be updating. I have a real horrible feeling about tonight, so those who are going please get behind the lads and be the 12th man. A good performance and win without going into extra time would be a real boost ahead of Saturdays game against Southampton.
sheclaret
Me I will be updating ;-)
8clarets8
Me I will be updating ;-)
8clarets8
Team line-ups: Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, Marney, Bartley, Wallace, Treacy, Rodriguez, Hines. Subs: MacDonald, McCann, Knowles, Austin, McCartan, Hewitt, Stewart. MK Dons: Martin, Chicksen, Lewington, Williams, Flanagan, Chadwick, Baldock, Potter, Powell, Ibehre, Bowditch. Subs: Milton, McNamee, Collins, Powell, Gyasi, Doumbe, McLoughlin.
8clarets8
Amougou's in the back four. Hines starts. Marney gets the armband. Hmmm... will be interesting to see how Hines gets on. Bartley starts too. Austin & McCann plus some of the youngsters on the bench.
Brompton Claret
Team line-ups: Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, Marney, Bartley, Wallace, Treacy, Rodriguez, Hines. Subs: MacDonald, McCann, Knowles, Austin, McCartan, Hewitt, Stewart. MK Dons: Martin, Chicksen, Lewington, Williams, Flanagan, Chadwick, Baldock, Potter, Powell, Ibehre, Bowditch. Subs: Milton, McNamee, Collins, Powell, Gyasi, Doumbe, McLoughlin.
8clarets8
Amougou's in the back four. Hines starts. Marney gets the armband. Hmmm... will be interesting to see how Hines gets on. Bartley starts too. Austin & McCann plus some of the youngsters on the bench.
Brompton Claret
Beat me to it 8c8!
Brompton Claret
Beat me to it 8c8!
Brompton Claret
You did the analysis BC ;) wonder what the average age is? think Wallace is oldest at 27, Marney will captain the Clarets tonight.
8clarets8
You did the analysis BC ;) wonder what the average age is? think Wallace is oldest at 27, Marney will captain the Clarets tonight.
8clarets8
it has started. COME ON CLARETS!
dynamoclaret
it has started. COME ON CLARETS!
dynamoclaret
M.K.dons take the lead, Baldock with the goal 6 minutes gone sigh!!!
8clarets8
M.K.dons take the lead, Baldock with the goal 6 minutes gone sigh!!!
8clarets8
1-0 mk dons - powell
dynamoclaret
1-0 mk dons - powell
dynamoclaret
1-0 mk dons - powell
dynamoclaret
1-0 mk dons - powell
dynamoclaret
SSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!
dynamoclaret
SSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!
dynamoclaret
It's just too easy for teams to penetrate our defence. Something drastic needs to happen to slam the door shut - urgently!
Brompton Claret
It's just too easy for teams to penetrate our defence. Something drastic needs to happen to slam the door shut - urgently!
Brompton Claret
Geez! It's gonna be a long night.......
ruane
Geez! It's gonna be a long night.......
ruane
TMP - Can we teach the Dons a Lesson? Apparently not.
dynamoclaret
TMP - Can we teach the Dons a Lesson? Apparently not.
dynamoclaret
Yep Powell with the goal, darn radio said it was Baldock
8clarets8
Yep Powell with the goal, darn radio said it was Baldock
8clarets8
Oh poo, this is terrible and at home
sheclaret
Oh poo, this is terrible and at home
sheclaret
Half-time then Burnley 0-1 M.K.Dons, we have had a few chances most notable Jay Rod who has missed a few and the M.K.Dons nearly double their lead in the dying minutes
8clarets8
Half-time then Burnley 0-1 M.K.Dons, we have had a few chances most notable Jay Rod who has missed a few and the M.K.Dons nearly double their lead in the dying minutes
8clarets8
We better come out fighting and find the back of the net, and the defence better hold tight, phew I've had more smoke breaks this in the first half, good job there is only 2 of us on shift
sheclaret
We better come out fighting and find the back of the net, and the defence better hold tight, phew I've had more smoke breaks this in the first half, good job there is only 2 of us on shift
sheclaret
shocking first first half display
hollinsclaret
shocking first first half display
hollinsclaret
Hope we do come out fighting and kill the game off, the last thing we need is extra-time again.
8clarets8
Hope we do come out fighting and kill the game off, the last thing we need is extra-time again.
8clarets8
At times like this I wish I was a smoker she! I'll stick to biting my nails instead.
Brompton Claret
I knew I shouldn't have glanced at this in the middle of a meeting. People are looking at me wondering why I'm head-butting the table repeatedly.
marjory blenkinsop
At times like this I wish I was a smoker she! I'll stick to biting my nails instead.
Brompton Claret
I knew I shouldn't have glanced at this in the middle of a meeting. People are looking at me wondering why I'm head-butting the table repeatedly.
marjory blenkinsop
Much better start from Burnley this half, need to hit the onion bag now as Grant makes a good save...spoke to soon.
8clarets8
Much better start from Burnley this half, need to hit the onion bag now as Grant makes a good save...spoke to soon.
8clarets8
Eagles scores for Bolton...double sigh!!
8clarets8
Eagles scores for Bolton...double sigh!!
8clarets8
Burnley level Trippier with a free-kick, Marney off for McCann, Austin on for Hines.
8clarets8
Come on Burnley!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brompton Claret
Burnley level Trippier with a free-kick, Marney off for McCann, Austin on for Hines.
8clarets8
Come on Burnley!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brompton Claret
Come on Burnley, don't let it go to extra time, I finish at 10, and wouldn't be able to abide the drive home if it went to extra time.
sheclaret
Come on Burnley, don't let it go to extra time, I finish at 10, and wouldn't be able to abide the drive home if it went to extra time.
sheclaret
At least you will be able to listen to the game in the car sc ;-) I am presuming you have a radio in the car haha
8clarets8
At least you will be able to listen to the game in the car sc ;-) I am presuming you have a radio in the car haha
8clarets8
Attendance: 4134
8clarets8
Attendance: 4134
8clarets8
Meeting finished - score looking better. Come on you Clarets!
marjory blenkinsop
Meeting finished - score looking better. Come on you Clarets!
marjory blenkinsop
A moooo goooooo!
Couch Potato
Get In! Bikey's Back!
marjory blenkinsop
YES! Amougou overhead kick!
Brompton Claret
A moooo goooooo!
Couch Potato
Get In! Bikey's Back!
marjory blenkinsop
YES! Amougou overhead kick!
Brompton Claret
Amougou scores for Burnley get in there, last minutes gulp.
8clarets8
Amougou scores for Burnley get in there, last minutes gulp.
8clarets8
Full-time: Burnley 2-1 M.K.Dons, relief all round we are in the hat for the fourth round and the last 16 :)
8clarets8
Full-time: Burnley 2-1 M.K.Dons, relief all round we are in the hat for the fourth round and the last 16 :)
8clarets8
Oh thank god thank you thank you, I can go home happy
sheclaret
Oh thank god thank you thank you, I can go home happy
sheclaret
Quiz. How many free kicks did Mears score for us?
Couch Potato
Quiz. How many free kicks did Mears score for us?
Couch Potato
I am racking my brains out and can't remember so maybe he scored none
sheclaret
I am racking my brains out and can't remember so maybe he scored none
sheclaret
I don't know for sure myself either, she, but I think it was one, and (in the forum on this match) 8c8 has said one or none. Anyway, I always said Kieron was at least as good as Tyrone. :-)
Couch Potato
I don't know for sure myself either, she, but I think it was one, and (in the forum on this match) 8c8 has said one or none. Anyway, I always said Kieron was at least as good as Tyrone. :-)
Couch Potato
Mears only scored one goal against his former team Derby, November last year. free-kick no idea?
8clarets8
Mears only scored one goal against his former team Derby, November last year. free-kick no idea?
8clarets8
Thanks to Vital Burnley archives: At long last with just seven minutes remaining we managed to equalise thanks to being awarded a direct free kick. Tyrone Mears stepped up to the mark and from 22 yards out thumped a belter over the wall with the ball curling into the top corner of the net to score his first goal for the Clarets since signing 18 months ago. answer one ;)
8clarets8
Thanks to Vital Burnley archives: At long last with just seven minutes remaining we managed to equalise thanks to being awarded a direct free kick. Tyrone Mears stepped up to the mark and from 22 yards out thumped a belter over the wall with the ball curling into the top corner of the net to score his first goal for the Clarets since signing 18 months ago. answer one ;)
8clarets8
So, that's official then. Trippier has already equalled Mears' Claret goal-scoring tally. A hat-trick against Saints to celebrate that achievement would be very nice. Thank you. (Hope you're healing well Tyrone. Look forward to seeing your name back on the teamsheet.)
Couch Potato
So, that's official then. Trippier has already equalled Mears' Claret goal-scoring tally. A hat-trick against Saints to celebrate that achievement would be very nice. Thank you. (Hope you're healing well Tyrone. Look forward to seeing your name back on the teamsheet.)
Couch Potato
 

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