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Huddersfield Town vs. Burnley

John Smiths Stadium

Saturday 25th August 2012


Hoodwinking Hudds?

Burnley face their second away game in five days following their 3-2 defeat at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and now play Huddersfield Town this Saturday in the John Smiths Stadium

The Pre-amble:

The Clarets third league game of the new season is against newly promoted Huddersfield Town in the Galpharm (now called John Smiths) Stadium. Huddersfield return to the Championship for the first time since their relegation in 2011. Burnley play the Terriers this Saturday hoping to put behind them their narrow 3-2 defeat at the Riverside against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. The Clarets new Championship season got off to a flying start against Bolton at Turf Moor on Saturday but the gloss has been taken off that victory a little after the Boro defeat and Eddie Howe and his team will be hoping to quickly get back on track away to Huddersfield. In contrast, Simon Grayson's men have had an indifferent start to their Championship season managing to pick up only one point from their two league games so far. They needed an injury-time penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest at home on Tuesday night having lost their opener 1-0 away to Cardiff. The Terriers were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup earlier this month after going down 2-0 away to League 1, Preston so at the moment Burnley clearly appear to have the better form.

Huddersfield Town Team News:

There are no reports of any injury concerns following the Forest game in midweek. Hot shot in-demand striker Jordan Rhodes missed the opening day defeat at Cardiff with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty with Scotland but he was fit enough to play in midweek against Nottingham Forest at home scoring their injury time penalty. Blackburn have reportedly bid for the player but he is unlikely to have left the club before Saturday`s game with Huddersfield`s valuation of a player who scored 40 goals for them last season being somewhat high and the player expressing a desire to stay.

Player to watch: Adam Clayton

Burnley were reported to be interested in signing the 23 year old midfielder from Leeds United earlier in the summer but in the end he joined Huddersfield in July 2012 for an undisclosed fee reuniting with his former boss at Leeds, Simon Grayson. It will be interesting to see what all the fuss was about!

Burnley Team News:

There is currently no news of any injury concerns following the game against Boro on Tuesday night. Danny Ings is already out of action for 3-6 months after tearing his cartilage in the pre-season defeat at Rochdale. Keith Treacy has also been struggling with a groin problem and news is awaited to see if he is back in contention. Eddie Howe also does not appear to think Martin Paterson is back to full fitness yet and he was dropped against Boro despite putting in a good shift and scoring against Bolton in the season-opener. They appear to be being cautious with Pato after his trail of injury problems these past few seasons so it will be interesting to see if he returns to the eighteen on Saturday.

Player to watch: Charlie Austin

Austin is scoring for fun at the moment and has hit the back of the net in all three of our games so far this season not to mention scoring regularly in the pre-season friendlies. He was reported to be interesting Huddersfield in the summer but if there was any truth in the rumour it all seems to have died a death. If Austin once again gets on the score sheet this time scoring against the Terriers It would be certainly be ironic!

Team & Tactics

At the moment based on the opening two Championship games we appear virtually settled on a starting eleven and tactics which involves playing two strikers up front. The striking options currently would appear to be either Austin/Paterson (as per Bolton opener) or Austin/Vokes (as per Boro game). Although we lost against Boro, I suspect Howe will still be tempted to name a similar starting eleven although it is anybody`s guess who will partner Austin up front. If he is fit enough Pato looks the better bet at the moment and I would name the same eighteen that faced Bolton. So that would be as follows :

Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mills, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Stanislas, Paterson, Austin

Substitutes: Jensen, Mee, Duff, Stock, Bartley, MacDonald, Vokes

Ref Watch:

Sunderland referee, Geoff Eltringham is in charge of this clash. His last game involving the Clarets is not a particularly good omen considering it was our 3-1 home defeat against Leicester City back in November last year although at least he didn`t show a single card, red or yellow to any player of any side. He seems quite cautious in sending folk off if last season is anything to by. In 39 games he only showed red five times and only even a modest 95 yellows although already in two games this season seven yellow cards have been handed out.

Match Prediction:

We need to get back on track after the narrow defeat at the Riverside and three points would do us a power of good! Huddersfield have had somewhat of an indifferent start to the season with just one point from two games. They will have been disappointed to only pick up a point at home against Forest on Tuesday night following the 1-1 draw so now it`s time the Clarets make the Terriers fans even more miserable! 3-1 to Burnley!

Next Match:

The next Championship game will be the home match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday 1st September (Kick-Off: 3pm) but before that there is the little matter of the second round of the Capital One Cup against League 2 , Plymouth Argyle on the night of Tuesday 28th August (Kick-Off: 7-45pm)

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 23 2012

Time: 2:19PM

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Where are people drinking pre match? Barnsey - where are we going?
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23/08/2012 17:05:00

That referee was terrible for the Leicester City Match last year :(
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24/08/2012 11:17:00

I live and work in Huddersfield during week,pub suggestions in forum. Yorkshire Rose best bet, ample parking, decent food, real ale and they let in away fans in colours (checked this week) Easy walking to ground after
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24/08/2012 13:01:00

Keith Treacy has returned to training following a groin problem, but is not yet expected to be available for selection. Pato faces late fitness test
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24/08/2012 13:02:00

I have not been overly impressed with Wallace yet and would bring Stock in for Wallace and play some of the killer passes we were all told about when we signed him, or is Stock injured?
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24/08/2012 13:17:00

Stock for me too, Start him Wallace has had his chance.
Grimsby Claret
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24/08/2012 13:31:00

Yorkshire rose 2 for 1 grubs ok,and some very nice real ale at the bar,easy walk to the stadium.Hope its a decent game and may the best team win.
deano deano deano
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24/08/2012 16:08:00

Pato will be out for the season after another 2 games hes bloody hopeless ... let's see how much of the 750k from the Fletcher sale goes into another striker, its a wind fall and we should be using it as that to sore up a very fragile and thin team? any takers for the whole amount going on players ? you know like the 3M we got from Mears and Eagles .... I don't think so
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24/08/2012 18:16:00

Stocks a million miles from being fit! why would we start him? I would be reading the riot act to Tracy as well pull ya sock up or feck off
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24/08/2012 18:18:00

I have a feeling that despite hardly ever agreeing with Hollins last season, Hollins is the closest to the way I am thinking about this start to the season.
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24/08/2012 22:30:00

Wouldn't it be great to beat a Grayson side. I feel we always lose against him, time to change all that.
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24/08/2012 22:32:00

Treacy is injured hollins, what is he supposed to do ?
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25/08/2012 00:41:00

Still no Paterson, Treacy makes the bench,McCann set to make his 200th league appearance for the Clarets. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mills, Edgar, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Austin, Vokes, Wallace. Subs: Mee, Stock, Treacy, Bartley, MacDonald, Duff, Jensen. Huddersfield: Smithies, Lynch, Dixon, Norwood, Clarke, , Southern, Hunt, Scannell, Clayton, Rhodes, Vaughan. Subs: Woods, Gerrard, Novak, Ward, Arfield, Spencer, Bennett.
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25/08/2012 14:21:00

Huddersfield take the lead, Mills looked to have cleared it off the line but the ref gives it, Huddersfield 1-0 Burnley
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25/08/2012 15:10:00

Burnley score ruled off-side drat.
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25/08/2012 15:49:00

Half-time: Huddersfield 1-0 Burnley...time to regroup.
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25/08/2012 15:51:00

Double drat!!! Rhodes scores for Huddersfield 2-0 Burnley. 57 minutes
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25/08/2012 16:19:00

Duff on for Vokes.
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25/08/2012 16:24:00

Not sure what the idea is behind bringing a centre back on for a striker when your 2-0 down.
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25/08/2012 16:27:00

Treacy on for Mills.
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25/08/2012 16:34:00

MacDonald on for Stanislas, in stoppage time.
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25/08/2012 16:52:00

Full-time: Huddersfield 2-0 Burnley....the board need to act and bring some strength in up front.
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25/08/2012 16:56:00

Get Paterson fit (as possible!) and then sell him to the highest bidder and buy someone who can last more than one game. Very disappointred with today's result - demoralising.
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25/08/2012 17:24:00

Just got back to my friend's house in Holmfirth , and I think I can say that that's the worst match I've seen them play in a long time , almost as bad as the last 2 seasons away to Bristol City. Apart from the offside goal , we only had one effort that looked like it was close to being a goal. I don't think we'd have scored if we'd played for another fortnight , to call the strike force insipid doesn't do the job. Groan . . . back to the drawing board I'm afraid.
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25/08/2012 18:39:00

ozjean, you are right to be disappointed, it was shocking, One more injury and we are in serious trouble, we couldn't afford to lose Austin. Sick List/Injured/Not 100%, Ings, Pato, Porter, Stock, Treacy, Bartley...truly inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hollins calm me down I am in fear of a melt down moment when you realise Brian Laws record with us in the Championship is superior to Eddies......
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25/08/2012 20:12:00

Didn't manage to join the 3,000+ Claret fans at Huddersfield today and by the sounds of it they all deserved better. Vokes is getting panned on Twitter was he really that bad? VR's last comment about Eddie's record is chilling!
marjory blenkinsop
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25/08/2012 20:27:00

Oh dear
deano deano deano
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25/08/2012 21:12:00

Very disappointing today, 3,000 Burnley fans should have their admission money paid back from the wages of our under performing players.
Grimsby Claret
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25/08/2012 21:29:00

My enthusiasm following the display against Bolton has almost evaporated. Is this a return to reality? I hope not. EH has got a job on his hands, not because of the defeat but the manner of it.
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25/08/2012 21:44:00

We are a long way off what is required as ywt I am afraid. I din't see how we are good enough to play 2 upfront away from home.
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26/08/2012 01:02:00

Not fair to compare with Laws who had a much bigger budget particularly salary wise
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26/08/2012 09:44:00

True boltonc, just as it is not fair to compare Laws on similar grounds, he took over a failing side with no background staff, had to endure relegation the sale of Fletcher, demotivated players who thought Fletcher moving meant they should move (e.g. Eagles and bored of the championship Mears and of course Andre!). No we must never compare Eddie with anyone......unless of course it proves Coyle was brilliant and Laws was rubbish and Eddie is our saviour. 4 4 2 away from home against a Grayson side with two light weight midfielders Stan and Wallace, tactical brilliance? We were outmuscled says EH, brilliant, just wait until we play BHA if you want outmuscled. EH, nice guy but needs to learn quicker than he.
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26/08/2012 10:19:00

Hang on isnt this the same burnley side that was going beat us because of their superior quality and fire power?
deano deano deano
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26/08/2012 13:39:00

Do you think Howe has the tactical nouse? We keep taking about tactics contributing to our downfall! When is he going to learn?
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26/08/2012 14:03:00

Very poor! Match Report now up summarising my thoughts
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26/08/2012 14:43:00

Deano, had we played like we did against Bolton, I think you may have been 3-0 down by half-time! You will have to be content we didn't and in fact played the worst we have for sometime
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26/08/2012 14:44:00

Fair comment.Will have to see how we go on at yours,early games can be a bit of a lottery.As we progress through the season the picture will become clearer.Being perceived underdogs takes the pressure off us.Thanks for the 3 points,anyway,you never know they night just prove invaluable to us come the end of the season.
deano deano deano
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26/08/2012 17:18:00

Will be looking out for the result when you play blackburn.They are becoming a bit of a pain,would be good to see you give them a footballing lesson to put them back in their place..
deano deano deano
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26/08/2012 17:22:00

Well all Clarets fans will certainly agree with your last post Deano! Some I reckon would take midtable if it meant beating Rovers in particular and Bolton! At least we are already 25% of way there!! lol
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26/08/2012 17:49:00

I can't see you struggling Deano. Thought you were pretty average but I seen far worse from teams purporting to be Championship clubs! We made u look better than you were though
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26/08/2012 17:51:00

Dont know whether we had 7 or 8 of our new players in the line up on Saturday,and the lad Vaughan had only been with us for 24 hrs,it will take time for us to gel.
deano deano deano
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26/08/2012 18:55:00

I gather from the above comments that you are in the middle of some sort of injury crisis?
deano deano deano
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26/08/2012 18:58:00

We have an injury problem in attack. Danny Ings out for up to six months and Pato consistently out with injury these past few seasons! Vokes too was underpar yesterday and Austin failed to score for first time this season
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26/08/2012 19:10:00

deano deano deano
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27/08/2012 12:06:00

Doesnt sound good,I expect you will all have one eye on the transfer news this week.We have our own crisis on the horizon. BLACKPOOL.
deano deano deano
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27/08/2012 12:06:00


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