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Bristol City vs. Burnley

Ashton Gate

Saturday 5th November 2011

3pm

Our Fate at Ashton Gate Will Be?

Inconsistent Burnley will travel to struggling but improving Bristol City this Saturday hoping to secure three points and erase the memory of the midweek home defeat to Leicester

The Pre-amble:

The Clarets improving form in the Championship after two consecutive league wins came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night following a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Leicester City at Turf Moor.

This generally poor performance, especially in the second-half simply summed up the way we are playing at the moment with the word 'consistency` seemingly missing from the Club`s dictionary. It is vital we get ourselves back on track this Saturday when we travel to Ashton Gate to play struggling Bristol City. Whether we can or not depends on which team turns up! The defeat on Tuesday night saw the Clarets drop to 17th spot and with the club still only six points off the drop-zone it is somewhat imperative we try and get something from Saturday`s game. A win could also actually keep us in the play-offs chase since we are also just six points off the 6th placed club, Hull having played the same number of games as the Tigers but having a one game advantage over most of the other Championship clubs. It really is still all to play for if only we could find that elusive consistency and put together a decent run. A win would certainly boost confidence ahead of the International break but the breaks have not exactly benefitted the Clarets so far this season! We have lost two home games in shocking style now after each of the breaks going down 2-0 to Middlesbrough at after the one in September and then losing 1-0 to Reading after the October break.

So what chance do we have against Bristol City? The Robins are currently a bit of an enigmatic side and have recently changed their manager after sacking Keith Millen on the back of a shocking 5-0 tonking at Blackpool with the club propping up the table. They have struggled for most of the season at the foot of the table but have shown a recent improvement in form under new manager, Derek McInnes and have climbed up a place. In their last two games, both on the road they first defeated Barnsley and then earned an impressive point against promotion favourites, West Ham. Will this mean they will be in confident form on Saturday at home, bearing in mind they have yet to win this season at Ashton Gate? Former St Johnstone boss, McInnes does seem to have got his new team playing with more conviction now so anything could happen on Saturday.

Bristol City Team News:

Midfielder, Stephen Pearson completed his loan move from Derby on Friday and looks set to make his Robins debut against the Clarets.

Bristol City will however be without defenders Louis Carey and Jamie McAllister.

Veteran 34-year-old centre-back Carey is still struggling with a knee injury and has not featured since the 5-0 defeat at Blackpool at the start of October. McAllister although close to making a comeback is not yet fully fit. The full back injured his ankle in the 1-1 draw at Doncaster back In August and had to undergo surgery.

Striker Jon Stead is also still sidelined with a groin injury.

Player to watch: Nicky Maynard

Maynard is still at Ashton Gate despite the continued never-ending speculation that Premier League clubs are keen to sign the 24 year old striker. He may not have been as prolific in front of goal this season but he is still the Robins leading goal-scorer with a tally of 4 goals so far in the Championship.

The former Crewe striker signed a 4 year contract for Bristol City in July 2008 for a fee of 2.25 million becoming the club`s record signing. He missed most of last season with injury but came back to score seven goals in thirteen appearances helping to ensure the Robins avoided the drop. Maynard also got one against the Clarets in this fixture last season helping his side defeat Burnley 2-0.

Burnley Team News:

Brian Easton could still be out of contention with the hip injury he picked up in the home game against Blackpool. He is rated as 'touch and go`

Danny Ings (torn cartilage), Brian Jensen (groin) and Martin Paterson (thigh) are all still sidelined. Pato though is ready to step up his recovery with news that he is being lined-up to possibly play in a behind-closed-doors game later this month during the international break

Player to watch: Andre Amougou

Love him or hate him, Amougou`s antics are always guaranteed to raise a chuckle as well as a few heart tremors. Generally though I think he deserves to keep his place in the centre of the back four. We seem more functional and look a lot more solid with him in the team despite those 'Bikey moments`.

Team & Tactics:

Assuming Easton is still sidelined with injury, we can expect the same sixteen as the Leicester game despite a number of individual players looking jaded and underpar against the Foxes. There is no news of any further injury concerns for Howe following the Leicester defeat at home on Tuesday night.

There is perhaps some argument for dropping Jay Rodriguez who certainly had a poor game on Tuesday night and indeed he has generally looked unconvincing in a number of recent games. I just can`t see Eddie Howe dropping Jay Rod though which probably means yet another frustrating bench warming day for Hines.

Now that Duff appears to be fit again, Howe does have options in the back four but I think he will remain with the Edgar/Amougou centre pairing especially if Mee continues in the deputy left-back role in the absence of Easton. Even if Easton is fit enough to play, Ben Mee could still be preferred at left back and indeed Mee has looked solid in both games he has played in that position against Blackpool and Leicester.

Expect therefore the line-up on Saturday to look something like this in 4-4-2 formation:

Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Mee, Wallace, McCann, Bartley, Stanislas, Rodriguez, Austin

Subs: Stewart, Duff, Marney, Treacy, Hines

Ref Watch:

Lincolnshire referee, Gary Sutton takes charge of this clash. In his 15 games so far this season, he has handed out 45 yellow cards and 4 red cards.

Match Prediction:

How do you predict Clarets games this season with any degree of confidence? We are just so inconsistent. Strangely we seem to be either great or shocking with no shades of grey in between. Ashton Gate is not a great place to pick up points if our recent history there is anything to go by. Bristol City have lost only one of their last six home matches with the Clarets over 14 years and in our last two clashes we did not even manage to score. Keeping a clean sheet with our record of only one in 30 league and cup games again looks tricky even if the Robins have spent most of the season in the bottom three. We are also up against a side who have suddenly found some form inspired by their new manager, Derek McInnes although they have still to win at home this season. Weighing everything up therefore I will predict a 2-2 draw hoping really that somehow we can shade a victory ahead of the International break.

Next Match:

Well after the Bristol City game it`s yet another of those dreaded International breaks and we won`t return to Championship duty until we play Leeds United at Turf Moor two weeks later on Saturday 19th November. Please note also this is in an early live televised game which




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 4 2011

Time: 7:34PM

Your Comments

Gem of a pub,pre-match if you want a drinky poo! Full details in The Matchday Drinky Poo Forum- You gotta try 'The Nova Scotia' on waterfront
turfmanphil
Just need to know whats going on with the finances of the club a lot of money has gone somewhere ? why have we not invested in 2 - 3 Quality experience key players
Albmaleaf claret
Because they are a bunch of tight wads? I certinly don't buy the excuse there are no loan players of the right quality out there
turfmanphil
tmp says we are either great or shocking but we were neither against Leicester
boltonclaret
Well we were certainly not great at any stage and were pretty shocking in second half after running out of steam. You can't expect much more though from a woefully inadequate squad
turfmanphil
Easton back at left-back, Mee back in centre of defence and Amougou dropped! Daft & stupid Howe!! Amougou replaces Duff on bench so it's: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Mee, Easton, Wallace, Bartley, McCann, Stanislas, Rodriguez, Austin Subs: Stewart, Amougou, Marney, Treacy, Hines
turfmanphil
42 minutes-1 nil down,debutant Pearson! Shocking,terrible goal
turfmanphil
1-0 down at half-time
turfmanphil
Argh 1-0 down, how are we playing though? against the run of play?
8clarets8
1-1 in 2nd minute of second half. Stanislas for Wallace!
turfmanphil
For Gawd's sake,Pitman 2-1 after 60 minutes
turfmanphil
SHOCKING 3-1! Somebody save my club!!
turfmanphil
AWFUL-3-1 to Brizzle. Their FIRST home win of season! Now let's see those positive comments?
turfmanphil
None from me Phil we are in trouble our defence is the worst in the Championship at the moment, We need Duff in there to get them organised. Rodriguez could not score on his wedding night. How many millions did we turn down for him we should have taken the money and bough 6 or 7 one million pound players with it.
Grimsby Claret
I belive Phil that we have a manager who is out of his depth in this situation, We need to look at the players we have , there are three majour positions we need to cover Left back of quality, Central midfielder of quality, Proper proven centre half, we then need to know what on earth has happened to the money, ? I belive we are in danger of slipping if some thin is not done fast, Just a feeling ive had since Eddie howe was appointed is that an oldder proven manager who can comand respect will pull things together. youth is ok but experience is vital
Albmaleaf claret
Example of an older manager doing well is Alan pardew, Newcastle united are third in premiership defence is like a fortress
Albmaleaf claret
We should have appointed Derek McInnes when we had the chance.
RickersTwickers
Agree with the above comment. Burnley are in danger of getting stuck in a relegation group if the carry on in the kind of form,
Albmaleaf claret
I have to say that I am worried big time about us going into the league 1 ranks next season. We have a small squad ill eqipped in a number of key positions and lacking depth. It is a recipe for failure. I don't want to be downbeat, but I really do feel we are in big trouble. I can't understand the thinking at the club eg 6 defenders, many not good enough and not even any movement in the loan market !!!????
deadlydave
Is there anything that can be done quickly? Kilby is clearly just stripping Burnley now. Poor EH.
pmh200111
Don't think Kilby is doing owt to be honest except looking for a way out. The inaction at the club speaks volumes
turfmanphil
Generally, if I post something positive on here we lose the next match. Fortunately, I have nothing positive to post after that display.
marjory blenkinsop
 

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