Robins Flight To Be Stunted By Clarets?
Tuesday 23rd October 2012
Burnley travel to Ashton Gate on Tuesday night and they will be hoping to beat struggling Bristol City and get closer to the play-offs positions ahead of appointing a new manager.
The Clarets are now full of confidence despite still being manager less following the departure of Eddie Howe two weeks ago. Terry Pashley, in his first match as caretaker manager has masterminded a bit of a turnaround guiding the Clarets to their first victory in five games after defeating Blackpool 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday. It was not so much the victory but also the pleasing performance, especially in defence where we kept our first clean sheet since the opening day of the season at home to Bolton. Can we now make it two wins in a row against struggling Bristol City at Ashton Gate this Tuesday night?
Derek McInnes`s men have struggled so far this season and are currently fourth from bottom with 11 points from 11 games. Worryingly for the Robins they have now gone five games without a win and not won on home soil in three games having lost one and drawn two at Ashton Gate. A win for the Clarets could see the team well placed in view of the fact despite being in 15th spot we are only five points away from the play-offs positions! Come on you Clarets!!
Bristol City Team News:
Bristol City will be without a trio of players for this clash. Left-back Greg Cunningham has a ruptured ankle tendon and he will remain on the sidelines until late November.
Midfielders Marvin Elliott (hernia) and Neil Kilkenny (hamstring) will also be unavailable for selection. Defender, Joe Bryan has recovered from concussion and was an unused substitute on Saturday. On loan Middlesbrough defender Stephen McManus is also expected to retain his place despite picking up a knock to his knee on his second debut at The Reebok Stadium against Bolton last Saturday.
Player to watch: Sam Baldock
The 23 year old striker who can also play out on the wing is the Robins leading joint scorer this season with just four goals so far! That though looks pretty unimpressive when you consider Austin`s tally. The former MK Dons and West Ham player signed for the Robins on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in August 2012. Baldock scored 11 goals in his first 15 games for West Ham in the Championship but then lost his place in the side following injury problems. The potential to score is clearly there then at this level so we will have to keep him in check.
Burnley Team News:
Danny Ings is on the verge of making a comeback after now being back in full training and seemingly fully recovered from his torn cartilage surgery. Pashley meanwhile seems to have the luxury of now having a fully fit squad to choose from.
Player to watch: Charlie Austin
If he scores in his eighth consecutive games, you would have to go back to the days of Ray Pointer in 1958-59 for the last time a Clarets player did that! He can`t stop scoring though so there is a good chance another record could tumble.
Team & Tactics:
Well David Edgar might be fully rested now but would it be fair to draft him back into the starting eleven after such a strong defensive performance against Blackpool on Saturday? If I was Pashley Ii would stick with the same starting eleven and bench. If Danny Ings is now fully fit then Pash might be tempted to name him on the bench but we shall see.
I will simply go with the eighteen named for the Blackpool game.
Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, McCann Marney, Stock, Stanislas, Austin
Subs: Jensen, Mills, Edgar, Bartley, Stewart, Vokes, Paterson
Surrey referee, Lee Collins gets this clash. His record last season was six red cards in 25 games just over one every four games and he also gave another 81 yellow cards. In his eight games so far this season, he has sent one player off and shown 23 yellow cards. This will be his first game in charge of a match involving the Clarets.
Hopefully that win against local rivals Blackpool at home on Saturday will spur Burnley on and we can now get another away win on the board. Do it for Pash lads!! 2-1 Clarets
Another away trip and a toughie against high-flying Cardiff on Saturday 27th October! (Kick Off: 3pm)