Date: 30th January 2007 at 9:43am
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The Clarets will be hoping for their first win in nine games as they face top of the League club,Derby County at Pride Park tonight. Lets hope this wont be a case of pride before a fall!

Steve Cotterill Says:

“We’ve had a couple of good days training at the back end of last week. We have been working really hard. We didn’t look as we had enough legs in us against Stoke, probably through the lack of matches,’

‘I think at the moment, the scenario of Tuesday and Saturday games is a good one for us. We need to get our match fitness levels back up. Hopefully with a few games now, there might be a bit more of a spring in our step. We will be better. It will just take a bit of time to get there.’

‘We’ve got ourselves on a bit of a bad run and we’re in that at the moment. We’ve got to accept we’re in it, rather than think we are not,’

‘As soon as you accept you are in it, you can move on a little bit. There’s still a good togetherness and team spirit. We’ll keep working until we get it right because it won’t always be like it is at the moment.

‘When you are not getting results, your form is bound to dip a little bit . I don’t think at this moment we are lacking in confidence though.

‘You need everybody together on it when you are losing. Certainly, myself, the staff and the players, we are right in it together. We’ll carry on fighting until we do start winning again. Then it will be smiles all round.’

Steve Cotterill goes on to say about the opposition:

‘I watched Derby at the weekend. I think they have arguably got one of the strongest squads in the division now. I thought it was a decent squad that Billy Davies had when he went there, but it’s better now,’

‘He’s done a good job with the new signings he’s brought in.

‘At the end of the day, he has strengthened very well. They are a decent team and we have now got a couple of tough away games, so we’ll have to do our best in them.’

Derby Team News:

Jay McEveley and former Clarets loanee was signed from Blackburn yesterday for £600,000 but not in time to make his debut against the Clarets. Dean Leacock is also available after the defender missed the Rams Saturday’s FA Cup tie through suspension.

Player to watch: Arturo Lupoli

Lupoli, the Italian striker on loan from Arsenal has scored 10 goals in 16 starts for the Rams and is always a threat.

Our former, bette noire, Paul Peschisolido always seems to score against the Clarets so if he plays we better watch out for him too

Burnley Team News:

The Clarets have doubts over Steve Jones (calf) and Alan Mahon (groin)although it would appear that John McGreal could return in place of Frank Sinclair who is reported to have picked up a calf injury.

The starting line up for this one will be interesting after appearing to totally get it wrong in my opinion against Stoke in our worst match of the season. Will there be any radical changes or will that be put down to a one off match?

The team I suspect could well be the same

Pollitt, Harley, Duff, Thomas, Sinclair or McGreal, McCann, Djemba-Djemba, J O’Connor, Elliott, Noel-Williams, Akinbiyi.

Subs: Coyne, Foster, Gudjonsson, G O’Connor, Lafferty

The Beast of course is on the transfer list at his own request. John Spicer may well be released on loan to Crewe before the transfer ends tomorrow night. A number of footy news websites yesterday were still predicting that Steve Caldwell may well be a Claret this week but news from the homefront would suggest this is looking increasingly unlikely

Player to watch: Joey Gudjonsson

Joey will be eager to show he can perfrom in his second match for the Clarets after signing from AZ Alkmaar. He came on as sub in the disasterous match against Stoke and did not really shine. He is apparantly one of these rare midfielders that has the knack of scoring from long distance, so lets hope he can show us all whether thats true

Last Time We Met!

Clarets 0-0 Derby at Turf Moor two days before Christmas 2006. Not a particularly memorable match except this was Coyne’s last match in a run of five thanks to picking up another injury.

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley (Leeds)

Match Prediction:

Derby have won 27 and lost only 9 of the 44 games in this fixture.They are flying high at the top of the League on 56 points and have won five of their last home games. The Clarets with no win in 9 games are 13th on 38 points. Two points from two draws in the last six away matches is not a record to be proud about.

Nobody in their right mind would predict a win for the Clarets based on the above stats. However we are Burnley, we seem to win when you least expect it. The mind however still says a defeat in this match with the heart hoping for at least a point.

What the hell I am going for 1-1 and Ill pick up the straitjacket later

Next Match:

QPR away on Saturday 3rd Feb @ 3pm KO