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Burnley vs. Peterborough United

Turf Moor

Saturday 4th February 2012


The Posh Do at Turf Moor!

Burnley play Peterborough at Turf Moor this Saturday hoping to continue their promotion challenge with the club three points off the play-offs positions following the 2-0 midweek victory over Forest at the City Ground.

The Pre-amble:

Games are coming thick and fast at the moment with Burnley now facing Peterborough United at Turf Moor on Saturday. They will be hoping to maintain the momentum and continue their push for a play-offs place after defeating Forest 2-0 at the City ground on Tuesday night and moving up to 9th spot just three points now behind 6th placed club, Hull City. The Clarets have now clocked up eight wins in their last eleven Championship games.

Peterborough have been in indifferent form this season and have now hit a bad patch with no win now in five games. Darren Ferguson`s men have also been unable to keep a clean sheet in those games. They are currently mid-table in 17th spot on 33 points; 10 points behind the Clarets and nine off the drop zone. Their away form this season is also pretty average although they have won three and drawn four of their fourteen outings, losing seven on the road.

Burnley Team News:

Both Martin Paterson and Junior Stanislas are still sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Keith Treacy went off injured in the Forest game in midweek and news is awaited on his fitness.

There is just one new player on the books following the signing of left back Daniel Lafferty from Derry City on Monday. He has been given international clearance and will wear shirt number three but looks unlikely to dislodge Ben Mee with the back four looking solid and confident at the moment. He may well be hoping to be on the bench though and that could be bad news for Brian Easton.

Player to watch: Jay Rodriguez

Rodriguez is still 'one of our own` with the January transfer window now closed and he sounds raring to go for the Clarets at least until the summer when the Premier League sharks will no doubt start to circle again. He continued to impress on Tuesday night bagging a brace against Forest at the City Ground and bringing his tally for the season to 16 goals.

Peterborough United Team News:

Although ever-present defender and England Under 21 international Ryan Bennett was signed by Norwich City on transfer deadline day, he will still be available to play for Posh against the Clarets after being immediately loaned back to the London Road club. On loan defender, Scott Wootten though has returned to his parent club, Manchester United.

Apart from David Hibbert who is suffering from a long-term injury, Darren Ferguson would otherwise appear to have a full squad to choose from. Hibbert has been sidelined now for well over a year with a serious knee injury. The striker dislocated his knee cap back in November 2010.

Player to watch: George Boyd

Boyd has been linked with a move to Turf Moor in the past but nothing ever came of the rumours. He remains very much a Posh player having signed for them from Stevenage in January 2007 for £260,000 and since that time bagged on average a goal every four games which is not bad for a winger. The 26 year old is the club`s current third highest goal-scorer behind McCann and Sinclair with six goals so far this season in all competitions.

Team & Tactics:

It looks likely to be a similar team to the one that defeated Forest in midweek although news is still awaited regarding the injury to Treacy. If Treacy is fit to play, I would still expect Wallace to regain his starting eleven place.

Very much more of the same then for the Clarets! It will be interesting to see if new signing, Daniel Lafferty makes his first appearance. If he does make the sixteen, I expect with left back, Ben Mee in such good form that he will be named on the bench. Easton could be the one to lose out to our new Number 3!

The most probable line up is as follows:

Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, Wallace, Marney, McCann, McQuoid, Rodriguez, Austin.

Subs: Jensen, Easton or Lafferty, Bartley, Treacy, Hines

Ref Watch:

Colin Webster was due to ref the Forest game until a last minute change but instead the Tyne & Wear referee, will now take charge of the Posh match. He last featured in a match involving the Clarets last season in our final game of 2010-11 at home to Cardiff. The game finished 1-1 and three yellow cards were shown that day. In 24 matches so far this season, Webster has handed out a modest 5 red and 60 yellow cards!

Match Prediction:

No messing about, please! A comprehensive 3-0 victory and a top six slot!

Next Match:

The Clarets face a tough game away to second-from-top club Southampton at St Marys on Saturday 11th February.

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 2 2012

Time: 11:01AM

Your Comments

Come on you Clarets! No slip ups now,let's Rock & Roll!!
EDDIE Howe has warned that new arrival Danny Lafferty will need time to adjust to the English game before he is ready to make his first-team debut for Burnley. Treacy by the way picked up a back injury and an update is awaited
Team News Update: KEITH Treacy is an injury doubt for Burnley’s home game against Peterborough on Saturday after a back problem forced him off at Nottingham Forest in midweek. Treacy was replaced in the first half of Tuesday’s match and his fitness will be assessed in the next couple of days. Eddie Howe was not completely ruling out Martin Paterson returning from a hamstring injury, although it remains to be seen if this game will come too soon for the forward. Danny Ings may not quite be ready on his way back from knee surgery. “We’ve got a few tired bodies from Tuesday and a few injury worries,” Howe said. “Keith came off with his back, we’re not sure how serious that is at the moment. “Pato’s coming along well and making really good progress. “I’m waiting to see whether he may be involved and Danny Ings has just got to get his return to action right, we don’t want to rush him"
I think Keith picked up the back virus off Ross. Either that, or it was the strain of a tackle he'd made moments earlier, which ClaretsPlayer intially applauded as a great block tackle by Edgar, before correcting themselves and apologising to Keith. I kid you not. So... give Andre a game on the wing? Or would that be a wing and a prayer?
Couch Potato
Pity Norwich have loaned Ryan Bennett back to the posh because they sold him for about 3 million if you include the add ons like Norwich staying in the prem etc. He will Be an obsticle to deal with if we are to score a few goals.
Grimsby Claret
Think you have got the starting XI spot on tmp, first home game I will have missed for some time, gutted.
Really good opportunity this. Three points is a must. I cant see the Peterborough coming to the Turf and getting anything, I just think were too good for them.
Delighted to think that the starting line-up is likely to be pretty much the same the game after the window closes. Let's hope the continuity that it gives us goes in our favour and we can get a run of home form going to go with the great away record.
marjory blenkinsop
Young Grimsby and I decided not to drive up for the game today as this Snow that we are told will make driving home a night mare. Just hope it doesn't level the mighty Burnley's chances of a win if they cant see the goal for the snow storm.
Grimsby Claret
Wallace comes in for Treacy the only change from our last game. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mee, Duff, Edgar, Marney, McCann, Wallace, Rodriguez, Austin, McQuoid. Subs: Easton, Bartley, Hines, Treacy, Jensen. Peterborough: Lewis, Little, Bennett, Zakauni, Ball, Boyd, McCann, Rowe, Frecklington, Taylor, Alcock. Subs: Tomlin, Sinclair, Tunnicliffe, Kearns, Jones.
With Hull and Reading's games both being postponed, and Blackpool playing away from home at Cardiff we have a fantastic opportunity of sitting in the top six by the end of today. The starting eleven looks good as ever, what a chance we have here.
Burnley 0-1 Peterborough....come on Burnley!!
Half-time: Burnley 0-1 Peterborough, the Clarets with it all to do, team talk needed.
Treacy on for McQuoid.
Bartley on for Mee.
Hines on for Marney.
GOAL!!!!! Jay Rod get in there.....Burnley 1-1 Peterborough.
Full-time: Burnley 1-1 Peterborough...not the best conditions, denied a couple of penalty's, a least we get a point.
Fair result all told. Our first half performance was not acceptable. We ought to hve been at least 2-0 down, granted we were much better in the second half. I would like to see Bartley reinstated to this team, perhaps with McCann moving wider left and McQuoid left out.
Frustrating losing these points at home! Game of two halves, could have been 3-0 down at half-time we were that bad, second half completely dominated but couldn't find enough to win! They climatised better to awful weather in first half too
The best of teams have their off days and at least we got a point. I am still feeling confident that we can keep challenging although injuries are going to be a critical consideration, given our thin squad. Looking forward to Pato's return.

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