We have played Wolves, Owls and Rams in recent weeks all looked after by the Rangers! Now its our turn to take on more fauna on the football pitch known as Jollity Farm as the Foxes come to the Turf.
This match that has now become a question in itself following a Radio Lancs interview with Steve Cotterill this week! All Clarets fans are now wondering if this is a ‘must win match’
Although technically no great disaster will immediatley befall us if we dont get three points, it’s a must win game for Steve Cotterill, if the calls for him to go are not to increase.
13 games now without a win, 12 in the league, our worst run for over a quarter of a century.
Memories of the last win are fading fast but somehow we have to remember it was against Leeds at home back in November. This bad run means we are now placed 15th with still only 39 points, 7 points more than the relegation zone with another 11 points needed for recognised safety. Such a disappointment after being in the Top 6 for most of the first four months of this season.
So we now face Leicester, a team which until recently were struggling themselves. However, they seem to have been buoyed up by the arrival of Milan Mandaric their new owner and comprehensively beat Coventry at home in their last match by 3 goals to nil. They now find themselves just above us in 14th place on 40 points. The Clarets have to stop their momentum and get their first win in ages tonight. Lets hope we can finally turn the corner
Steve Cotterill Says:
“It wouldn’t matter if we were going into this game after six or seven straight wins. It’s no different at all.
“We look on any game the same. Leicester have just been taken over and I would imagine they are on a bit of a high after a couple of good results, but having said that we are due a result as well.
“At the moment we are getting punished for absolutely everything. Seven of our last ten games have been away from home and when you are on a bad run, you don’t always want to play away from home.
“You want to be at home with a big, passionate Burnley crowd behind you because sooner or later you will get the win.”
“Ade and Andy are not there yet. That’s the bottom line. But the quicker we get them there the better and that will only come through games.
“There are a couple of half chances that have come Andy’s way that, had he been fit, he would have definitely got an effort away.
“There is just that sufferance period.
“But the only way I can get him through this is to play him and at the moment he is desperate to play because he wants to get up and mobile very quickly.”
Burnley Team News:
It would appear that yet again only Alan Mahon is unlikely to be available for this match due to an hamstring injury.
Will we yet again start with the same line-up we did against the Owls and the Wolves? Could Steve Cotterill possibly be tempted to start with the second-half line up instead? The latter did perform better against Wolves.
Could Wayne Thomas feature this time or will he remain on the bench? Will Steve Caldwell continue to take up the captain’s armband instead?
A probable line up could be as follows:
Coyne: Harley, Duff, McGreal, Caldwell, Elliott, J O’Connor, Djemba-Djemba, Jones, Gray, Akinbiyi.
Subs: Thomas, Foster, McCann, Lafferty, Gudjonsson
Player to watch: Ade Akinbiyi
We are all still waiting!
Leicester Team News:
Leicester do not appear to have any new injury concerns but will still have absentees from their last match.Paddy McCarthy is out with a dislocated shoulder, while midfielders Stephen Hughes and Danny Tiatto plus striker Matty Fryatt are also suffering from injuries.
Player to watch: Geoff Horsfield
Geoff Horsfield, on-loan from Sheffield United, scored a brace against Coventry in their last match and will clearly be charged up for this game.
Last Time We Met!
The clash at the Walkers Stadium last August ended in a 1-0 win for the Clarets with Andy Gray getting the all important goal.The Foxes last trip to Turf Moor came in November 2005 and again the Clarets came out on top 1-0. In fact that has been the scoreline in our last three encounters, where we also won 1-0 away last season as well.
The two clubs have met 92 times previously in all competitions, 87 of which have come in the league. Leicester have won just 7 and drawn 12 of the 46 clashes at Turf Moor.
Leicester have not scored a goal in any of the last 5 encounters,althought the Clarets have not scored more than once in a game either against the Foxes in any of the last 10 meetings.
We are due a win and just for once make the farm Jolly!!
Colchester at Layer Road Saturday 24th February 2007 @ 3pm