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Burnley vs. Peterborough United

Turf Moor

Saturday 15th September 2012

3pm

Must Win Posh Do For Burnley!

Burnley face bottom club, Peterborough at Turf Moor this Saturday, hoping to bring to an end a sequence of defeats after losing three successive league games.

The Pre-amble:

These are somewhat worrying days for the Clarets. After an impressive display and victory over Bolton at Turf Moor in the Championship season opener it has been a struggle ever since. Burnley have now lost three league games in a row with only a less than impressive victory over Plymouth at home in the Capital One Cup second round to shout about. Those shouts from Clarets fans were also pretty muted considering we needed a penalty shootout to see off the League 2 upstarts!

It has also not been so much the defeats but the manner in which we lost them since the performances have generally been pretty poor with the team seemingly lacking confidence and direction. It is of course early days and this is not the time to start sulking and giving up all hope just yet but the Clarets quickly need to get back on track and give the fan-base with home gates dropping something to really shout about. It is certainly not comfortable seeing the Clarets currently in the drop zone in 22nd spot with just three points from four games and a goal difference of minus three. Hopefully, we can restore confidence all round with a thumping victory over bottom club, Peterborough at Turf Moor this Saturday.

If Burnley have had a poor start to the season, Posh`s problems appear to be even worse. Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is already under pressure pleading with Posh fans not to boo the team following four successive defeats in their opening four league games. Posh have lost two at home and two away in the Championship although did thump League 2 Southend 4-0 at London Rd in the first round of the Capital One Cup before going down 3-2 away to Premier League, Reading in the second round. It is clear that anything less than a victory for the Clarets on Saturday could have serious repercussions for Eddie Howe and his team. You just begin to sense frustration is creeping in at the moment with many fans beginning to have doubts on Howe`s management skills and team tactics. It just seems simple to me though, any team that can play like we did against Bolton must surely have a chance of promotion. That same team just needs to find that confidence again and quickly. Hopefully the international break has given some time for reflection and restored some determination and motivation in the squad to show more fight and secure a desperately needed win on Saturday.

Burnley Team News:

There was good news for Danny Ings this week following surgery to fix his torn cartilage. The worry was he could have been sidelined for up to six months after picking up the injury in a pre-season game away to Rochdale. However the 20 year old could now be back in action well ahead of schedule after undergoing a successful knee operation. He may even now return before Christmas.

'It's the best outcome we could've had. The tear was not as bad as we feared,' boss Eddie Howe told the club website.

'The procedure wasn't that intrusive, which reduces the time-scale.

'Now we can look forward to getting him back quicker than we hoped, which is the best news we could have had.'

Burnley though are still currently under strength in the striking department and unless a new forward is signed on loan before Saturday, Eddie Howe will just have three strikers to choose from. Charlie Austin almost picks himself these days, leaving Sam Vokes and Martin Paterson to fight for the second spot assuming of course we play 4-4-2. Pato is still being treated with kid gloves at the moment following his minor hamstring injury and although he came onto play for the whole of the second half against Brighton at home in our last game he still pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifying game against Russia during the International break. There is no news though of any further injuries and hopefully any niggles or minor injuries will have had time to heal during the international break. We also have to hope of course that our players on International duty also return fit and raring to go with some games still to be played this week.

Player to watch: David Edgar

Edgar will return from international duty with Canada this week and we shall have to hope that he will be fully rested enough to face Posh on Saturday. He has generally looked more solid partnering Shackell in the centre of defence this season although he does still seem prone to the odd defensive blunder on occasions. Our back four in general do need to tighten up though after leaking nine goals in four competitive games, eight of them in the league and Edgar will be integral to making sure we can.

Peterborough United Team News:

Peterborough United defender Tommy Rowe fractured his left collarbone in a pre-season friendly in a 6-0 run-out against St Neots in July. He could be sidelined up to October or even longer depending on the results of another X-ray to be taken shortly.

Posh captain Gaby Zakuani didn`t train last week, but looks set to return against the Clarets. Zakuani was forced off at half-time with blood pouring from a head wound in the 1-0 defeat at Birmingham a week last Saturday.

Player to watch: Kane Ferdinand

Ferguson signed midfielder 19 year old Kane Ferdinand from Southend United on a four-year deal for an initial fee of £200,000 at the end of the summer transfer window last month. The fee could rise to half-a-million. The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international is a cousin of the more famous; Rio and Anton brothers and also can score a few goals at least at League 2 level. He played 71 times for Southend scoring 10 goals. He has yet to make his debut for Posh but with the results not going Ferguson`s way recently it will be interesting to see whether Ferdinand will be in contention on Saturday against the Clarets.

Team & Tactics:

Eddie Howe`s tactics against Brighton were to say the least a disaster. Gus Poyet`s men came to Turf Moor well briefed and certainly managed to expose our weaknesses in their 3-1 victory. Their task though was helped in the first half following Howe`s poor decision to play Austin alone up front. He looked isolated and was chasing shadows for most of the first half until Howe realised his mistake and changed to 4-4-2 for the start of the second-half. We simply have to start 4-4-2 against Posh and start to put them under pressure. Their confidence could be even lower than ours and an early goal could really rock their morale. There is also a question mark about the relevance of playing three central midfielders with Bartley looking off form with McCann and Marney around him. I suspect Bartley could be on the bench this Saturday to make way for a 4-4-2 formation with Austin and probably Paterson forming the twin attack. Both Wallace and Stanislas have come under attack recently from critical fans but at the moment there does not appear to be much option but to play them both. On loan winger, Cameron Stewart did not exactly set the world on fire in his debut against Brighton and Treacy seems to have gone AWOL again! Wallace to give him his due looked to have some fight in him when he came on from the bench against the Seagulls and may have done enough to reclaim a starting eleven place. I suspect the line-up could look something like this assuming of course we have not signed a new striker on loan by then:

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

Subs: Jensen, Mee, Duff, Bartley, Stock, Stewart, Vokes

Ref Watch:

We will bring you details of the referee in charge of this game beneath this article once available

Match Prediction:

It is unbearable to think of anything else other than a win and against the bottom club, it really has to be a convincing one to restore some faith amongst a lot of Clarets fans. If we can capture just 50% of the Bolton performance it should be a comfortable win! 3-0 Clarets!!

Next Match:

The Clarets have two league games on the road after the Posh clash. They face a tricky game away to Leicester City on the night of Wednesday 19th September (Kick-Off-7:45pm) before travelling to Pride Park the following Saturday for a clash against the Rams (Kick-Off-3pm)




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 9 2012

Time: 3:54PM

Your Comments

Early Match Preview this week guys, gonna be busy at work! Any changes or team news this week ahead of game will post here beneath the article
turfmanphil
Agree Phil - its not the time to start sulking. But a result is certainly needed, a performance too. We follow this with two tricky away days.
Claretdale
Hummm ! looks like the paint many clarets have been using to paint their "happy rooms" is running out, is the reality of it all finally starting to hit home? ..... we needed investment and we need it quick, I like Eddie but he's no miracle worker, commitment is required both on and off the pitch
hollinsclaret
Should EH play his best team and go for a thumping win to boost confidence or go for a team to give experience to second string players? Either way I would not chance Pato.
cornwallclaret
I went for a similar starting eleven/eighteen to last three games in one shape of form! But lose this one, I think its time for some radical changes with the likes of O' Neill, Porter, maybe Lafferty and some of the young guns given a chance! Stock starting? Mee? They will be up for it and maybe thats the confidence/fight we need!
turfmanphil
I’m still pro Eddie but he needs to start getting tough with his squad. No panic from me yet and let’s see where we are after ten games. If EH keeps playing two wingers they have got to start producing week in and week out and not hiding, and for me Pato must start we need that energy up front.
Fedupclaret
Certain he will play Cameron Stewart after a fortnight bedding in. Stewart's movement looked bright to me but he'd only just got off the bus when he was thrown into the starting line-up against Brighton, no-one seemed to pick his runs. 4-3-3 for me: Grant, Trips, Edgar, Shackell, Mills; Stock, Marney, McCann; Paterson, Austin, Stewart.
cubanclaret
Same team for me cuban - assuming all fully fit.
Claretdale
Posh Team News according to local Peterborough Telegraph:Peterborough United winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could start Saturday’s (September 15) Championship fixture at Burnley. Mendez-Laing has not played a minute of competitive football this season after collecting a hamstring injury in a pre-season friendly at Stevenage. He trained last week and will start a Posh reserve team friendly against Luton tomorrow (September 11). Posh manager Darren Ferguson said: “The squad is looking stronger now as Mendez-Laing and Danny Kearns are back in training after injuries. The only player still out is Tommy Rowe. “Mendez-Laing will be a big player for us this season. As long as he comes through 60-70 minutes tomorrow he will be involved at Burnley and he has a chance of starting.” Mendez-Laing’s selection could involve a change of system. His speed and crossing ability would help bring the best out of powerful centre forward Tyrone Barnett. Ferguson plans to field a strong side against Luton with midfielder Kearns and Craig Alcock also expected to be involved.
turfmanphil
I understand a lot of the above, I don't agree with all of it. Whoever is dropped for this game is going to need some managerial skill to keep them on board. The above team drops, Wallace, Stanislav, Bartley and no place for Treacle either. Stewart will have to have a blinder and we must win too or the unrest with the two potential away day defeats could spell the end for many.........UTC in Eddie many trust
VinRogue
^^Good post from VR
AdamBurnleyFan
Mike Dean (Wirral) is referee in charge of this one. The Premier League referee has handed out just five yellows from his three games so far this season and last season from 43 games, he dished out 5 reds and 146 yellows. Ominously for the Clarets his last game in charge of a match featuring Burnley was two seasons ago when we lost 4-0 away to Leicester in April 2011.(3 yellows that day)
turfmanphil
VR: The majority of Wallace's best performances for Burnley have come from the bench and he was left out of the starting team vs Brighton; Stanislas might just have a point to prove too, although last time he came off the bench vs Plymouth he was woeful. I didn't even consider Treacy to be honest. I'm sure it will be one of Stan or Wallace, Stock will probably start on the bench.
cubanclaret
Having just got back from my International break, I have slowly started to catch up. I am looking forward to tomorrow, I hope we can put Posh to the sword, I hope Pato starts with Austin, I hope Stock starts with McCann and Marney. Finally I hope whoever should get the last shirt plays a blinder and in Eddie we must trust. He has had two weeks to sort it out and get them playing together and understanding each other. Let Tripps and Mills bring terror to Posh.....UTC
VinRogue
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mills, Duff, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Wallace, Austin, Paterson, Stanislas. Subs: Mee, Edgar, Stock, Vokes, Stewart, Bartley, Jensen. Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Alcock, Brisley, Bostwick, McCann, Tomlin, Boyd, Barnett, Frecklington, Mendez-Laing. Subs: Zakuani, Sinclair, Newell, Ferdinand, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris, Day.
8clarets8
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mills, Duff, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Wallace, Austin, Paterson, Stanislas. Subs: Mee, Edgar, Stock, Vokes, Stewart, Bartley, Jensen. So Duff comes in for Edgar, who was away on international duty. I think that could be a good decision as we really seemed to need him last season. Disappointed again that Stock is on the bench, but at least Pato starts up front. Expecting goals from this team.
AdamBurnleyFan
CHRIS McCann GOAL!!! Burnley 1-0 Peterborough.
8clarets8
Peterborough get a penalty Tomlin against Grant and scores, drat Burnley 1-1 Peterborough
8clarets8
Mendez-Laing makes it double drat, two goals in two minutes for the posh, Burnley 1-2 Peterborough.
8clarets8
All square at Turf Moor.....Charlie Austin....Burnley 2-2 Peterborough
8clarets8
Half-time: Burnley 2-2 Peterborough
8clarets8
Not happy not happy at all.
Grimsby Claret
Stewart and Vokes on for Wallace and Paterson.
8clarets8
GOAL!!!!! Charlie Austin get in there Burnley 3-2 Peterborough
8clarets8
Penalty for Burnley...Charlie Austin shoots and scores Burnley 4-2 Peterborough yes!!!
8clarets8
Stan the man makes it 5-2 to Burnley...calm your nerves now ;)
8clarets8
Stock on for Austin who gets a standing ovation
8clarets8
Full-time: Burnley 5-2 Peterborough....a strange game but we get the points after being rock bottom at one point....come on you Clarets!!!
8clarets8
What a very disappointing crowd 10,900 come on you East Lancashire fans.
Grimsby Claret
Perhaps the fans are following the example of the Board and keeping their money in their pockets. Still, a good win and hopefully a sign of things to come. We will see on Wed.
cornwallclaret
Time to own up then.....both Leicester and Derby are half the travelling distance for me than a Turf home game, I have decided not to go to either and keep the cash. I have been to both grounds quite a few times and despite the 5 goals I am not tempted to spend £100 on these two games, Millwall at home will be my next game.....unless.....I waiver!!!!!
VinRogue
I think the 'managerial skill' you called for was evident yesterday VinRogue. Better body language, tempo and occasionally quite direct. He backs his players and although up against less than brilliant opposition, it was good to see individually decent performances from players who have been way below par. Stanislas being the best example.
cubanclaret
I agree Cuban, I honestly think Stanislas given a bit more crowd support can be better than Eagles and Tripps better than Mears. I have banged ths drum for a while and will be happy to see Stan become a crowd pleaser, Tripps is without doubt still learning and I hope one day will play for us in the Prem.
VinRogue
I think Trippier is already a better player than Mears VR. Very similar in terms of attributes but Tripps attitude is so much better. Stanislas has a long way to go IMO; although Eagles blew hot and cold he always wanted and showed for the ball irrespective of the form he was in. Stanislas hides too much but yesterday was I think his best performance for us, so credit to Eddie for backing him, hopefully he can string a few performances together.
cubanclaret
I have also made no secet of that fact that I believe Tripps work ethic and his obvious love of the fans and the club would make him an ideal Captain. I may have not written the above post as I thought it!!! I agree Tripps is better than Mears and I argued wth tmp at the begining of last season this very fact, my belief that Tripps can get better would be no different from rewinding the clock on Ashley Cole say 8 years.
VinRogue
 

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