The pre-game ramble: Burnley
Well here we are. Last chance saloon (like last week, and the week before that). It’s funny that it should come down to this match. A year ago, it was Thorn’s first match, and we were brilliant and things actually looked quite rosy for us. It was fresh, it was inventive, and it was only a few days after Aidy Boothroyd’s rigidness had been given the boot. We was well happy, or something.
Fast forward and Easter Monday saw us fall four points away from safety, as we lost against the one team in the league we really could have done without losing against. Needless to say, this time, we were a bit cross.
But that’s done. We all know it’s going to take a miracle to fix this now, but if they could somehow grab a win at Turf Moor (and let’s be clear, a win is the only result that’ll be of any use), things will at least remain interesting for another week.
Although, if Bristol win as well, we’re pretty much buggered.
How are they getting on?
Burnley have won three out of four, so are not the sort of team we really fancy playing when we’re absolutely desperate for a win. Having said that, Bristol looked like a decent opportunity prior to the weekend – we’ve all seen how quickly form can both develop and dissipate in this league.
They are still in with the faintest of shouts of the play-offs, albeit mathematically more than realistically. Fresh off the back of beating Doncaster and Portsmouth in recent weeks, they’ve clearly got the taste for sorting out the minnows. For a game where only a win will do, it’s gonna be tough.
Who could cause us trouble?
Top scorer Jay Rodriguez is still out. I want to say that’s good news, but these things never are. I neglected to mention Emile Sinclair last weekend because he didn’t seem as much of a threat as the others around him, and the git caused us all sorts of annoyance.
The reverse fixture was a bad tempered kind of affair, which most will remember for Bigi’s karate lunge and sending off. You may also remember we lost the game 2-1, rather inevitibly, after Cody had given us the lead. Charlie Austin got the winner that day having come off the bench, and the guy has gone from strength to strength with 16 goals this year.
I seem to recall Ross Wallace doing the business in the midfield that day, as always. He gave Bigi a right earful for the tackle, which was unfair (did he not see his innocent little face?), so while I don’t particularly like him because of that, he has a tremendous strike of the ball and presence to be wary of.
Danny Ings also has a good name.
Sky Blues team news
Everyone’s positively knackered according to Andy, so it’s a wonder we can even put out a team.
Nevertheless, the worry about the strikeforce has subsided, and it looks like we’ll have all three of them available. Conor Thomas is back in the mix, and could find himself on the pitch at some point tomorrow, given Deegan’s poor right-hand side showing on Monday. Thorn’s probably ruing messing with the winning formula so a return to starting line up for Bigi is a real possibility.
Chris Hussey came off injured (again) in the Bristol City game, but he should be okay too.
The biggest question is which forwards will Thorn play from the start? Nimely and Platt is my guess.
Argh. I don’t know. You just can’t predict what team is going to turn up. They’ll give us something to cheer at some point I reckon, but a draw might be all we can hope for. 1-1.