Date: 2nd February 2011 at 8:12am
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New manager, Eddie Howe tasted defeat for the first time since becoming gaffer in his fourth game against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat last night. Burnley succumbed to an own goal by Duff in the 59th minute after the unfortunate centre back headed into his own net following a cross from Coppinger.

The 1-0 loss brought to an end Burnley`s run of five games without defeat and also gave Donny a rare victory after losing their last four matches. It was a bad night for the Clarets with Martin Paterson also pulling up injured with 10 minutes of the match remaining after coming on from the bench in the 71st minute. It is feared he has had a recurrence of the troublesome thigh injury which kept him sidelined for so long; an injury he picked up in the corresponding match against Rovers at Turf Moor back in November. He must be gutted and sick to the site of the South Yorkshire team.

Howe made just one change from the starting eleven that faced Burton Albion in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Turf Moor last Saturday. As expected in came new boy, Charlie Austin recently signed from Swindon to make his debut. He replaced Steven Thompson who had to be content with a place on the bench along with our other strikers, Chris Iwelumo and Martin Paterson.

Our eighteen then was as follows:

Burnley: Grant, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Fox, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Eagles, Rodriguez, Austin

Subs: Jensen, Alexander, Bikey, Wallace, Iwelumo, Paterson, Thompson

It was not a particularly good start for our debutant striker on a night with the strike force seemed to suffer from a lack of penetration and influence. Our chances were few and far between despite having the lion`s share of the possession and exerting some pressure trying to find the equaliser in the second half. Our best chances came from a low drive by Dean Marney and Jay Rodriguez’s looping header but in the end it was not enough and we paid the price. Most of the teams above us also picked up points to make it worse for the Clarets and the defeat sees us drop to 11th place, now six points adrift of 6th placed club, Leeds United and 11 points behind 2nd place club, Norwich City who we play next this Saturday at Turf Moor. We do though have a game in hand over both clubs.

The search then for our first back-to-back win of the season frustratingly continues and it is probably this more than anything and the lack of ability to play consistently well that is likely to scupper our promotion hopes in the end. At the moment, I fear we are just not going to make it but I hope I am wrong. Maybe instead this will be a time for Eddie Howe to consolidate, get to know his squad better and then plough on to better things in 2011-12. If we don`t reach the play-offs, a failure in Barry Kilby`s eyes, then really there will only be one man to blame and that will have to be Brian Laws for his ineptitude in the first half of the season.

Match Stats

Doncaster Rovers: Woods, O’Connor, Friend, Chambers, Hird, Stock (Guedes 84), Oster (Shiels 89), Coppinger, Keegan, Sharp, Hayter (Brooker 46)

Subs Not Used: Bradshaw, Webster, Mason, Fairhurst

Goal: Duff (og) 59

Booked: Yellow Card for Shiels

Burnley: Grant, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Fox, Cork, Marney, Elliott (Iwelumo 65), Eagles, Rodriguez (Wallace 75), Austin (Paterson 71)

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Alexander, Bikey, Thompson

Booked: Yellow Card for Fox

Possession: 47% Doncaster, 53% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)

Ref: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)


10 Replies to “Eddie Suffers First Clarets Defeat”

  • It sounded like a dreadful performance on Claret Player, with very little happening up front after the first 15 minutes or so. It’s unrealistic to expect an immediate turnaround because of the appointment of the new manager but nonetheless this is a disappointment after recent results. Automatic promotion definitely out of the window now , so let’s see if Howe can turn this around to get us back into play-off contention, which we’re miles away from after last night’s performance. Let’s have a good performance against Norwich at the Turf to keep some hope going for this season.

  • A very poor performance imo and that continued from our win against Barnet, Howe we continue top play a lone striker is beyond me as Austin scored his goals playing in a 4-4-2 formation, Our service to Austin wasn’t there and we should have been 1-0 down just before half time, Games are running out quick so it’s another season in the championship next season for me unless Howe gives a few kicks up the backside and quick

  • Havent been for a few months and this was a dreadful game to go back too. On that evidence, Playoff is simply not achievable. Clarke saying on the official site that we didnt play that bad is worrying – We were poor, very poor. A keeper making his professional debut, not having a save to make – not good enough. Very very disapointing.

  • I feel it’s a pity the team didn’t turn up, we fans did and yet again the support was fantastic. It’s a pity the team didn’t put the energy into the game that the fans did in their support for the team. Got to agree CD it is worrying if Clarke is saying we didn’t play that bad, because from where I was sitting we were woeful. Here’s to Saturday when hopefully they are back to playing how we all know they can.

  • We are a bit like the England football team under performing average just average, and that’s how we have been in all the games I have seen this season, Howe has a lot of work to do to get them working as a team, he is going to have to work wonders to get us in the play off’s.

  • I must admit to being very disappointed with this game. Not the result but the way we played and the after game comments. We have to give the new management team time to get the motivation and tactics right. We are still placed for the play offs so give our full support.

  • Didn’t go to this one but the comments above from those who did suggest we didn’t play too well. We still aren’t too far away away from a play-off spot but, despite the new manager, there are no real signs that we are digging out wins from hopeless positions like, say, Norwich City who really had their backs against the wall last night but ended up with three points. Think Howe and his team will try and do what they can this year and perhaps sneak up the table a bit but, in reality, I bet they are gearing up for a proper challenge next season. Mind you, two or three wins on the bounce and things could change !

  • Howe said before the game that he does not like to tinker too much with a winning side so it will be interesting to see what he does after losing this game?

  • To be honest 8c8 – I would say very few players could grumble if they lost their shirt after their performance on Tuesday.

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