Date:Friday August 24 2007
25th August 2007
The Clarets will be hoping for a quick recovery, following their defeat at Scunthorpe last week and what better time to do so than against QPR a club struggling in the Championship and recently under threat of administration. The Rs visit Turf Moor this Saturday, not usually a happy hunting ground for the London club with only one win in the last ten visits. This season they have also not managed to win in three league and cup matches
Captain Steven Caldwell looks set to return tomorrow having recovered from a hamstring injury. It will be interesting to see which one of our central defenders, Carlisle or Unsworth is relegated to the bench.
Gabor Kiraly, picked up a dead leg in the Scunthorpe game and the gaffer may prefer to play Brian Jensen.
Other than that we can probably expect Gray and Blake to start up front although the gaffer may be tempted to find a role for Lafferty in the starting eleven after his solid performance in the Northern Ireland Euro 2008 qualifier this week, in which he scored in the 3-1 win against Liechtenstein. Its been a hectic week for Kyle and lets hope the Fulham bids are not going to unsettle the lad.
'Sometimes a little short, sharp shock can help. We must not be disrespectful to Scunthorpe, but when you win against WBA then you hope you may go on and win the next game.
'That's not always the case in football though and you have to move on from any defeat and take any positive out of the game.
'The great thing is we have an immediate chance to put things right, whatever the last result.
'We will not be underestimating QPR though. We know they are decent club and have some good players and an experience manager.
'We mustn't get sucked in by league tables because they mean nothing (yet).
'There are no easy games in this league and Saturday will be no different. We don't have any divine right to turn anyone over - we have to earn that right.'
Caldwell probably in. Kiraly might be replaced by Jensen.
Will Lafferty start?
We need to see a return to form to the Robbie of old tomorrow
QPR are set to hand a debut to Chris Barker after the end of his ban.
Pat Kanyuka (thigh), Gareth Ainsworth (ankle) and Ray Jones (foot) are however all out
Marcus Bignot and Danny Cullip may however return but on-loan forward Ben Sahar has only just started training.
Daniel Nardiello, the former Barnsley player needs to be kept under control
This fixture last season was the openner at Turf Moor and we came away with a comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to a brace of goals from Steve Jones.
The least said the better about our 3-1 defeat at Loftus Rd back in February as the winless run continued
Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
League match:Colchester at Layer Road Saturday 1st September @3pm KO
Little matter of Carling Cup match first though, against Oldham on Tuesday night at Turf Moor
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Date:Friday August 24 2007
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