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Burnley vs. Bolton Wanderers

Turf Moor

Saturday 18th August 2012


The Long Awaited Bolton Game is Here!

The Clarets Championship campaign starts in earnest on Saturday with the long-awaited opener against Owen Coyle`s Bolton at Turf Moor

The Pre-amble:

The 2012-13 Championship season kicks-off this Saturday as if we didn`t know! All Clarets fans of course have been waiting for the season opener with bated breath considering the opposition will be none other than newly relegated Bolton Wanderers at Turf Moor. So it`s the return of hate figure and former gaffer, Owen Coyle this Saturday and what a reception he is likely to receive from Burnley fans!

The Clarets have had a relatively good pre-season campaign and they will also have been buoyed up by their midweek 3-1 victory over Port Vale in the Capital One Cup clash at Vale Park so confidence should be high going into this high-profile game with so much emotional baggage attached to it! It is vital we get the campaign off to a good start and what better way to do it against the men from Horwich. We have two tricky away games coming up after Saturday with a midweek game against Middlesbrough followed by a visit to Huddersfield and it would be good to go into those games with at least three points already in the bag.

Bolton`s pre-season has been somewhat indifferent. They did manage to beat Morecambe and Tranmere on their travels but a less than inspiring 1-1 draw at Crewe and defeats at Hamilton (2-0) and Portsmouth (3-0) have taken the gloss off Owen Coyle`s preparations. They are crowing about a 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the Reebok in their final pre-season friendly although if you look closely it was a Barca B team!!

Burnley Team News:

Marvin Bartley (ankle) looks set to remain sidelined whilst Danny Ings will be out of action for 3-6 months after tearing his cartilage in the pre-season defeat away to Rochdale. Keith Treacy also had to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad in midweek after still suffering with a slight groin problem. It remains to be seen if he will be in contention for the Bolton clash.

Three players though Martin Paterson, Danny Lafferty and Sam Vokes all return from International duty having missed the Port Vale game on Tuesday night and all three could be under consideration for Saturday`s game.

Player to watch: Jason Shackell

This will be a true test for the newly signed player and our new captain. If he can steer the lads to victory in this one and hold the back four together, our season will have got off to a great start and the lads will be brimming full of confidence ahead of two tricky away games.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Both former Clarets defender, Tyrone Mears and winger, Chung-Yong Lee are back to full fitness and could be in contention to play this Saturday. David Wheater however was told back in May that he faced a nine-month layoff after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against West Brom. A number of new summer signings could also make their Championship debuts for Bolton including Andy Lonergan, Matt Mills, Keith Andrews and loan Arsenal striker, Benik Afobe. Young former Clarets midfielder, Joe McKee is now also on Bolton`s books but is unlikely to feature unless he is one of the seven substitutes. Coyle is also struggling to keep hold of Mark Davies with Premier League, Swansea City having already had a 4m bid for the Bolton midfielder rejected but likely to up the ante!

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

Well it will certainly be interesting to see what sort of reception Eagles gets at Turf Moor. He left the club to join Bolton of course last summer realising his ambition to play in the top flight (along with Tyrone Mears who could also feature on Saturday). What sort of motivation will he now have now he`s back playing Championship football? Let`s hope its low!!

Team & Tactics:

Apart from Ings, Bartley and probably Treacy, Eddie Howe has virtually all of his first team squad to select from and it will be interesting to see who he selects for our first game of the new Championship season. Will he be tempted to be more defence minded with the normally attack minded Owen Coyle in charge of the opposition or will he try and exploit Coyle`s well-known defensive weaknesses? Could we see 4-4-2 formation or a possible variation of 4-5-1 with a holding midfielder? With Howe experimenting with formations in the summer even including the diamond variety, it is difficult to predict with certainty what the starting eleven and tactics will be. Despite the injury to Ings we still have a number of options in attack and with the substitutes bench now back to seven players there is considerable scope for Howe to think about.

I would prefer though if we played some sort of 4-4-2 with two strikers up front and the obvious choice would be to have Vokes and Austin partnering each other although Pato might have something to say about that! The difficulty then could be incorporating three central midfielders with Stock now on board and McCann (especially) and Marney playing well. Could Stock play again in front of the back four releasing McCann and/or Marney? I think one of those players will be dropped to the bench to allow 4-4-2 and two orthodox wingers with two central midfielders.

This would be my eighteen then:

Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Lafferty, Wallace, Stock, McCann, Stanislas, Vokes, Austin Subsititutes: Jensen, Mills, Mee, Duff, Marney, Porter, Paterson

That bench would give us a number of tactical options and also more critically defensive cover should we pick up any injuries during the game

Ref Watch:

West Yorkshire referee, Jonathan Moss gets this juicy fixture! We may have to watch out if the game gets niggly. He handed out basically one red card in every three games last season. In his 32 games during 2011-12, which incidentally did not involve a Clarets match, he sent off 11 players also dishing out 112 yellow cards. His last game involving Burnley was our 2-0 away defeat to Forest two seasons ago back in April 2011.

Match Prediction:

Well putting aside all the emotional aspects of this game and the Coyle factor, this will still be a hard one to win against a former Premier League club. Burnley though could be higher on confidence following a better summer and the recent Capital Cup win away to Port Vale. It will be a tight game though and it could be decided by one goal. With our defence looking much stronger this season, I will go with a 1-0 victory to the Clarets.

Next Match:

The Clarets face two away games in a week now. First they have a tricky game at the Riverside playing Middlesbrough on the night of Tuesday 21st August (Kick-Off-7:45pm) and they are then off to Huddersfield to play the newly promoted Terriers in their newly named John Smith`s Stadium (formerly Galpharm) on Saturday 25th August (Kick-Off-3pm)

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 16 2012

Time: 12:28PM

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Nice on Phil, I hope your 100 percent record on predictions continues. I've just sent you a season preview piece too. Cheers
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16/08/2012 13:11:00

Just looking at the team and feel sure he'll go with the 4-3-3 (or 451 if you prefer) if Stock and McCann are both deemed available. Mills also appears ahead of Laffs in the pecking order. Pato and Vokes to be options from the bench.
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16/08/2012 13:16:00

I personally prefer a fit Pato over Vokes, but I agree with Cuban - he'll probably go with a 451 / 433 with McCann, Marney & Stock playing together in the centre and Austin up front, supported by the two wide players.
marjory blenkinsop
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16/08/2012 13:21:00

Agree with you marjory, I would want to start Austin and Pato. I would also want to play McCann, Stock and Marney. So one place left in my team for either Junior or Wallace. I would struggle this early in the season as I like both players, but if pushed I would start with Junior at home.
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16/08/2012 16:37:00

Atmosphere will be tasty I expect. I just hope that as much of the vocal backing as possible is pro Claret rather than anti Owen. I agree we will play 4-3-3, If Mccann isnt fit it will be interesting who plays in that 3.
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16/08/2012 19:01:00

I would guess that Wallace will play in the 3 with Marney and Stock, allowing Junior, Pato and Austin to run riot! Eddie stating McCann is 50/50 could just be to confuse the horse faced one!
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16/08/2012 20:35:00

For the overseas fans this one is also on Setanta (but not live at this stage). Not sure about in the UK though.
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17/08/2012 02:58:00

As the days have progressed so too has my absolute loathing of the dentally challenged one.... I was at MK when he waved to us before boarding a plane to take him home to mum....I am afraid I am like an elephant in more ways than one! Despite all that has been written, he imo was the one reason we were relegated, if he had stayed we would have survived I wish him only mid table obscurity.
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17/08/2012 08:52:00

Tend to agree with your sentiments Vin, we would have done enough at home to survive if he'd stayed. I wish him relegation, starting with a good hiding on Saturday, although 1-0 will do me .
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17/08/2012 10:21:00

It is good to know in these changing times that some things stay the same, even if they focused on one man's badness.
Couch Potato
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17/08/2012 11:20:00

Will be at the Turf tomorrow, Then straight on to Norfolk for a week hope I'm in the holiday mood after this one.
Grimsby Claret
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17/08/2012 12:37:00

McCann now an injury doubt..rated 50/50 with an ankle knock. Bolton could also be without Ngog (back problem) and of course will be without Stuart Holden long-term injury.Muamba also retired from football this week
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17/08/2012 13:19:00

Here we go then the season starts and we couldn't have hoped for a better opener, looks like a 4-4-2 with Paterson up front with Austin for Burnley, former Claret Mears starts for Bolton with Eagles on the bench. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mills, Edgar, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Wallace, Austin, Paterson, Stanislas. Subs: Vokes, Bartley, Stock, MacDonald, Mee, Duff, Jensen. Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Andrews, Petrov, Knight, K Davies, M Davies, Ricketts, Sordell, Lee. Subs: Alonso, Mills, Eagles, Wylde, Afobe, Pratley, Lonergan.
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18/08/2012 14:39:00

GOAL!!!!!! Paterson get in there......come on you Clarets!!! Burnley 1-0 Bolton.
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18/08/2012 15:40:00

Half-time: Burnley 1-0 Bolton, great game for the neutrals but I ain't no neutral ....come on you Clarets!!!
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18/08/2012 15:51:00

GOAL!!!!! Charlie Austin.....whoop whoop Burnley 2-0 Bolton.
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18/08/2012 16:19:00

Vokes on for Paterson 15 minutes to go.
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18/08/2012 16:38:00

Mee on for Stanislas
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18/08/2012 16:41:00

Stock on for Austin
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18/08/2012 16:52:00

Full-time: Burnley 2-0 Bolton...early days but a fantastic start for the Clarets with a win over Lancashire rivals Bolton and another one over horse face....happy days!!!
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18/08/2012 16:58:00

Happy days indeed!
Couch Potato
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18/08/2012 17:05:00

You could even burst into song with "Happy days are here again". Shackell certainly passed that test - as did a few others. (somewhere close to 10 of them?)
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19/08/2012 08:08:00

The fact that Coyle became more and more of a sideshow to the main attraction tells you all you need to know about yesterday's performance. I might even get some t-shirts printed with the score and scorers on...anyone like to buy one?! :-)
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19/08/2012 13:09:00

Well putting aside the Coyle Judas thing, I thought Bolton were dreadful! I reckon they are the worst team newly relegated from top flight I have seen at Turf Moor in many a season and that includes our woeful lot under Brian Laws! Guess for Burnley fans what is happening to Coyle&his cronies is justice for what they did to this club but in a way I am sorry for Bolton fans now going to have to endure a manager who has no Plan B, no defensive ideas and talks positive bull***** till the bulls' cows come home! Match Report to follow
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19/08/2012 14:47:00

Don't be bursting our bubble now tmp ;)
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19/08/2012 15:44:00


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