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Cardiff City vs. Burnley

Cardiff City Stadium

Tuesday 25th October 2011


Clarets Cardiff Carling

The Clarets take on Cardiff City on their home soil in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night hoping to progress to the quarter final stage.

The Pre-amble:

Burnley take a break from their Championship campaign on Tuesday night to focus on the Carling Cup. They travel to the Cardiff City Stadium hoping to stop the Bluebirds singing and book a quarter final place.

Until Saturday things looked bleak for the Clarets. We were simply not playing well and had lost two games on the bounce at home to Reading and away to Barnsley. The game at Oakwell was the first of a sequence of three consecutive away games and the fear was we could be going to Cardiff on a low ebb with confidence rocked. We then however had our spirits lifted after coming from 1-0 down at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday to beat Coventry 2-1. Hopefully we can maintain our new found form and follow up Saturday`s victory with another away win at Cardiff.

Our confidence could be sky high if we find ourselves in the hat for the Carling Cup quarter final stage and two consecutive wins on the road would certainly set us up nicely for our next Championship challenge on Saturday with local rivals, Blackpool the visitors to Turf Moor.

Cardiff though will be no pushover. Malky Mackay`s men have had a good start to their Championship campaign although of late have been a little inconsistent. They are currently in 8th spot just one point off the play-offs places. In their last six games though they have lost 2, won 2 and drawn 2. In terms of their home form however they have only lost one of their last six matches in the Cardiff City Stadium winning three and drawing another two.

Burnley have already played the Bluebirds this season in the Championship back in August but that game was at home and even then we had to be content with a 1-1 draw so we know what we will be up against on Tuesday night.

Cardiff`s path to the 4th round stage of the Carling Cup competition has been somewhat more arduous than Burnley`s. We have had a relatively easy ride so far having played League 2 Burton Albion and Barnet at home in the earlier stages followed by yet another home tie in the third round against League 1 MK Dons. They may have been easy games on paper but in practice we struggled to be convincing. However in the end we won all three so here we are our toughest challenge yet!

The Bluebirds in contrast had a tricky away game against League 2, Oxford United in the first round but avoided any banana skins after coming away with a 3-1 victory despite needing extra time to do it. It was a much tougher challenge in the second round with high-flying League 1 Huddersfield the visitors. That game too went into extra time after Cardiff surrendered a 2-0 lead in a thrilling game that finished 3-3 after 90 minutes. Two goals by Cardiff in extra time though completed a 5-3 victory.

The third round was another thriller with the Bluebirds pitched against Championship rivals, Leicester City at home. Remarkably once again the match would go into extra time with the score 2-2 after 90 minutes. With neither side able to get the winning goal in extra time, it had to be decided on penalties and Cardiff came through that ordeal winning 7-6. Both sets of fans were probably underwhelmed when the fourth round draw was made pitching the two clubs together but now we just have to get on with it and hope it`s the Clarets who will still be in the competition come the final whistle on Tuesday night.

Cardiff City Team News:

23 year old French striker, Rudy Gestede remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and will need a few weeks to recover before being available for selection. Kenny Miller was forced off the field with a head injury after colliding with team-mate Ben Turner in Cardiff`s last game at home to Barnsley on Saturday. News is awaited on the chances of Miller playing on Tuesday night. His head needed stitches after the clash and he is now scheduled for a hospital check-up before a decision is made.

Player to watch: Don Cowie

The 28 year old Scotland international midfielder is Cardiff`s leading goal scorer this season with six goals in all competitions including three in the Carling Cup.

Cowie signed from Watford in July 2011 on a three-year contract and has previously also played for Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Burnley Team News:

Jay Rodriguez was thought to have picked up a broken nose in the Championship victory against Coventry at the Ricoh on Saturday but the latest news is now more encouraging. The nose needed one stitch but there is no broken bone and he now faces a late fitness test to see if he is fit enough to play on Tuesday night.

Brian Jensen (groin), Danny Ings (torn cartilage), Martin Paterson (thigh) and Michael Duff (knee) are all still sidelined. Duff, currently back in training along with Martin Paterson is thought to be about two weeks away from full fitness.

Junior Stanislas is also out due to being cup-tied

Player to watch: Zavon Hines

Hines has been chomping at the bit for a start for sometime He has yet to make his full debut in the Championship and his only start so far since signing from West Ham was in the last round of the Carling Cup against MK Dons at Turf Moor. Other than that, he has had to be content with a place on the bench and making the odd cameo appearance.

With Rodriguez potentially sidelined with an injured nose, this could be the chance for Hines to make an impression and justify the hype surrounding his move to Turf Moor. On the few occasions, I have seen him play, he does seem to offer something different up front playing with some pace and directness. It would certainly be interesting to see what sort of partnership he could develop with Charlie Austin.

Team & Tactics

Jay Rodriguez will be nursing a badly bruised and swollen nose but it is at least not broken as first feared. He is due a late fitness test but personally I would still rest him and give Zavon Hines a chance to shine. There is also an option to play both with Jay Rodriguez playing a wider role

The time for experimentation though is over with a Carling Cup Quarter Final place at stake so I hope we stick with the basic 4-4-2 formation and not try any fancy tactics involving strikers playing out wide and wingmen playing in the hole. At least with Stanislas cup tied, Howe would have few options in that department anyway.

Howe might also be tempted to start Ben Mee, but some thought he might do that for the Coventry City game last Saturday. Instead David Edgar retained his place and indeed although Ben Mee did come on from the bench it was Andre Amougou who made way. I would certainly not drop Amougou who was easily our best defender on Saturday but there is still some doubt about Edgar`s performances of late. It would not be unexpected if Ben Mee get a start on Tuesday night but I suspect Howe will remain loyal to Edgar.

This would be my predicted line-up then:

Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, Treacy, McCann, Bartley, Wallace, Hines, Austin

Subs: Stewart, Mee, Marney, MacDonald, Rodriguez (if fit) and a couple of young guns!

Ref Watch:

Cheshunt referee, Darren Deadman will be the man in charge for this one. I will resist the temptation to make any jokes about that name! Deadman has refereed 16 games so far this season handing out a quite prolific 65 yellows and 4 reds. In six of those games the card count has been 5 or more with the highest being 9 yellow cards in the Championship game between Portsmouth and Blackpool only last month. His last game in charge of a match involving the Clarets was last season in our 1-0 away win against Hull City when only two yellow cards were shown that day.

Match Prediction:

Had we not come away with an away win on Saturday and gone into this clash having lost three on the bounce, I would not have rated our chances of a victory against Cardiff on their home soil very highly. Hopefully the win means we have turned a corner and our confidence has returned. It will not be easy but I think we can shade victory against the Bluebirds. Cardiff`s recent games have certainly been high scoring. In their last three games fans have been entertained to a goal fest of 19! What chance a 3-2 Clarets victory this time round?

Next Match:

We return to the Championship campaign on Saturday (29th October) with a juicy home game against local rivals Blackpool in a live televised match which kicks-off late at 5:20pm

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 24 2011

Time: 9:33AM

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Anyone got any information, or indeed any gossipy theories on why Amougou came off at the Ricoh? Anyone know how long a broken nose keeps you out? Anyone know whether any of our players are getting close to suspension for 5 bookings?
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24/10/2011 10:20:00
I would have to research those questions but hope someone has the answers already! I too wondered about the broken nose. With those mask things around these days, I just wonder if Jay Rod's good looks is about to be spoilt?
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24/10/2011 11:02:00
Just redone article in light of fact that latest news on JayRod confirms nose not broken and that he now faces late fitness test. Stanislas is cup-tied too whcih I damn well keep forgetting
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24/10/2011 12:11:00
It looks like we can expect both Shay McCartan and Stevie Hewitt to be named on the bench bearing in mind we are allowed seven subs in CC games
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24/10/2011 12:21:00
From Clarets Player interview with Howe seemed pretty clear Amougou came off due to his part in Coventry goal. As for bookings has it reverted to 5? It was certainly 10 before suspensions last season.
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24/10/2011 12:46:00
I think its 5 yellows between the opening day of the season and the 31st December = 1 match ban and 10 yellows between first day of the season and second Sunday in April= 2 match ban. Might be wrong though
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24/10/2011 12:54:00
You may well be right bolton. While watching some PL game or other yesterday somebody (Ashley Cole?) got a 5th booking and info came up on the screen that they would miss the next game as a result. But I was only watching, not listening, and may be additionally or otherwise confused for a change! Turfman... don't forget that Junior is cup tied. :-)
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24/10/2011 14:10:00
See my post above re Stanislas, I corrected article when I realised plus changed after good news re JayRod
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24/10/2011 14:27:00
Miller has also been ruled out. He required 20 stitches in his head wound so no wonder!
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24/10/2011 15:29:00
Yes, tmp, but you said 'I keep forgetting'. So I reminded you! It is still permitted to have a laugh on here, is it?
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24/10/2011 15:55:00
Well yes but to do that you have to get the joke? ;-)
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24/10/2011 16:07:00
I will be there - UTC!
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24/10/2011 17:46:00
I can answer CP's question about Andre I think. He had one of his more casual days and, though a pretty cool customer, his relaxed attitude and tendency to find himself out of a position can cause palpitations. That might have been the reason Eddie/Jason gave him the hook.
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24/10/2011 18:32:00
Looking at the reply, his momentary lapse did eventually lead to Coventry's first goal too but he still looked to be our best back four defender and he is certainly the most likely to score from set pieces too! Mee/Amougou looks best central defence partnership at moment. Duff could be back in contention in 2 weeks though
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24/10/2011 19:12:00
For me Andre was the only player ( although Grant did nothing wrong) to come out of the first half with any real credit - I thought he did well with everyone around him struggling. The goal was however down to one of his casual moments. I agree with RT that the substitution was probably a result of this. I thought Mee did well when he came on however.
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24/10/2011 19:33:00
I'll apologise to our site sponsors, club manager and operational director in advance for this post! I'm just getting a bit overcooked by all these faux-viral (Good word that, isn't it? I just made it up. Anyone know what it means?) adverts spreading as if out of control over every thread known to Vital Burnley fans.... Here goes... You could argue that Eddie Howe and Brendan Flood have been undertaking a great football experiment at Bfc. I wonder if they use Nivea? Eddie to keep his youthful good looks, of course; and Brendan to keep his tonsorially challenged spot clean and and shiny under the spotlights!!!!
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25/10/2011 16:00:00
They are a nightmare on my phone CP they block out my writing...if I move across the damn thing follows me. Don't rule out extra-time all Cardiff's games have all gone into extra-time in the cup this season and we have twice. Team news to follow.
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25/10/2011 19:12:00
Four changes for the Clarets then Alex MacDonald, Ben Mee, Dean Marney and Zavon Hines all start. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Easton, Edgar, Mee, McCann, Marney, Hines, Treacy, MacDonald, Rodriguez. Subs: Harvey, Hewitt, Austin, Amougou, Bartley, Wallace, Stewart. Cardiff: Heaton, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Gerrard, Whittingham, Cowie, Conway, Gunnarsson, Mason, McPhail. Subs: Kiss, Earnshaw, Keinan, Quinn, Blake, Ralls, Marshall.
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25/10/2011 19:20:00
A very wet night in South Wales...Burnley playing in yellow. kicked-off.
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25/10/2011 19:46:00
Cardiff with the early chance to take the lead...one on one with Grant but they fluff it.
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25/10/2011 19:51:00
Cardiff take lead through Mason...just before half-time sigh!!
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25/10/2011 20:27:00
Half-time: Cardiff 1-0 Burnley, not much between the sides but Cardiff edge it.
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25/10/2011 20:33:00
Substitutions: Bartley and Wallace for McCann and MacDonald
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25/10/2011 20:55:00
Austin on for Treacy 65 minutes.
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25/10/2011 21:09:00
Full-time: Cardiff 1-0 Burnley.....out of that then?
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25/10/2011 21:36:00
Yes a poor effort or lack of it, Feel for all the fans who travelled all the way down there.
Grimsby Claret
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25/10/2011 22:38:00
Is this the bit where we say "never mind we need to concentrate on the league ! " understatement of the year perhaps !!!!!!!
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26/10/2011 10:23:00
There wasn’t much to shout about in this match, but on the other hand I was impressed with the effort this young side put into the game. Of course there were mistakes, with the goal being the worst one (I don’t think Cardiff will score an easier goal this season) but we were far from outclassed by a strong Cardiff side who hit 5 past Barnsley on Saturday. We created a few chances but didn’t really look like scoring to be honest, and at times the game turned into a damp squib as each midfield cancelled the other out. We definitely need to sharpen up on the attacking front, with far too many crosses going way over the danger area in the box , but that’s something that can be worked on. I’d like to see Eddie try Hines on the right flank where his quick feet could cause defenders no end of problems , he reminds me a lot of Swansea’s Dyer who totally cooked Fox on the right flank at the Liberty last season. Not a brilliant performance, but I can see potential for the future with a bit of polishing.
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26/10/2011 10:47:00
Ah well ces't la vie! Time to focus on Championship now. Match report up. Sorry about the Nivea stuff, I am told it's vital to our finances although I must admit it is getting a little tiresome
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26/10/2011 11:04:00

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